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About Christian

Christian – Hot Mess Extraordinaire!


If I’m gonna be a mess, might as well live as a hot mess!

Hi there!

My name is Christian. I’m a 40 something dude who is in the best shape of my life. It wasn’t always this way, though. In fact, just a couple years ago I was totally rocking the “Dad Bod” at 195lbs. and ‘floppy’.

Personal development got me so far. It took me from being a meek, indecisive dweeb to a confident, decisive master of my own destiny. It gave me the courage to leave a job that I had been in for 15 years that was beginning to suck the will to live out me to start a brand new life for me and my family 2500 miles away in sunny Florida.

Although I have been a student of personal development and human communication for a few years, training my mind to operate at peak efficiency, there was definitely something lacking.

A rockin’ physique to go with it….hell, everyone wants to look good at the beach, right?

Although I understood that my physical state affected my mental state, exercise was a four letter word to me. You see, I worked too many hours, was too tired when I got home, had bad knees, had a bad back, blah, blah, blah.

I had every excuse in the world for not getting my ass in shape….and believe me, I used them.

Then one day, something changed.

  • I began to see friends of mine on Facebook celebrating their weight loss, their personal fitness bests, and how these successes seemed to infect their entire lives.
  • I began to listen to the Warrior on Fire podcast, and began to truly see the connection between mind, body, and spirit.
  • I watched my wife’s fitness journey, her dedication and transformation.

But most of all…. I made a damn decision to get off my ass and do something.

It started with the C25k program, then running 5K races, then half marathons, and finally getting my ass into the gym multiple days a week.

I also began consolidating my writing and podcast into one singular Hot Mess… and in November 2015, Fit Florida Dad and the Hot Mess Express Podcast were born.

Within the first month, the podcast spread to over 30 countries world-wide, as Hot Messes around the world united to live their lives out loud. Our motto at FFLD and HME is “Be Unapologetically YOU!”

I love hearing from other Hot Messes around the world…and thanks to the interwebz, there are about a jillion ways to reach out to me.

Twitter: You can find me at csalafia or fitfldad.
Instagram: Find me at fitfldad
Facebook: You can follow the FitFLDad page or connect with me personally at Chris Salafia
Email: Shoot me a message, ask me a question, or if you just need some inspiration, shoot me an email at

Don’t forget, the Hot Mess Express podcast is now available on: iTunesStitcher, and Player.FM.