By Sam McPherson

Stephanie McMahon, the Chief Brand Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment and daughter of the legendary Vince McMahon, was interviewed on Joe DeFranco’s Industrial Strength Show podcast this week. She describes her daily routines — evidently quite full as a wife, mother and businesswoman — and just how she manages to stay fit through all the action that comes her way almost every day of her busy life.

From early-morning fitness through the workday to putting the kids to bed and then more fitness late at night, the 24-hour cycle is pretty crazy for McMahon and her family. She told DeFranco her secret on how she keeps it all together: checklists.

“What are your goals for the day? What do you need to accomplish that day or that week?” McMahon said. “Then you can sort of develop your checklist and get things done accordingly. Checklists are super helpful, particularly in just checking off those accomplishments. I’m the type of person, I need to write everything down, because otherwise I’ll forget something, and I’ll know I forgot it.”

Check out other episodes of Joe DeFranco’s Industrial Strength Show.

With such a busy schedule, juggling personal, work and family commitments, she pushes her workouts to late night around 10:30 p.m., simply because she wants to spend quality time with her three children every day.

“We always ask, ‘What’s the peak and pit of your day?’ just to try to hear a little bit about their day,” McMahon noted. “Did they achieve their goals? That’s something new we’ve started is to try to ask them, ‘What’s your goal for the day?’, cause it’s good just to have that accomplishment.”

McMahon’s day starts really early, too, as she partakes in something called Yoga Tune Up.

“I really love [Yoga Tune Up]; it’s awesome for me,” McMahon explained. “It’s not like traditional yoga; it’s kind of like physical therapy plus yoga technique. I find it really works me. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be getting up and giving my free hour at six o’clock in the morning.”

As for those late-night workouts, she shared with the audience just why it appeals to her so much — when most people would just want to go to sleep after the full day they’ve just lived through.

“Training’s my church,” McMahon said. “That’s my meditation; that’s my outlet; that’s my release. I love training. And talk again about challenging yourself and accomplishing goals, in every workout there are goals along the way. I love the mental challenge and the physical challenge. I love it; I think it’s so much fun, on top of being a massive stress release.”

Her family made professional wrestling into the entertainment giant it is today, and McMahon herself is married to a professional wrestler (Triple H). She has three kids and works very hard to keep the family business going strong. Yet McMahon is just like the rest of us, in terms of finding that personal balance for life happiness.

Check out the full podcast here or above, with more insights into her successful approach to living well every day.

Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering baseball, football, basketball, golf, hockey and fantasy sports for CBS, AXS, and Examiner. He also is an Ironman triathlete and certified triathlon coach.

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