THE FIREFIGHTER'S WORKOUT BOOK CAPT. MIKE STEFANO
Michael Stefano is a 20-year veteran of New York City Fire Department, currently serving in the rank of captain, as well as author of The Firefighter's Workout Book. He is also a certified fitness instructor with the American Council on Exercise, and holds various certifications in Hatha Yoga instruction. Stefano has been trained as an emergency medical technician, adding to his understanding of human anatomy and physiology.
Having spent 20 years on the front lines in the hot beds of fire activity in New York City, Michael specializes in developing the physical strength and endurance necessary for firefighting skills, rescue, extinguishment, and the passing of related firefighter entrance exams. In addition to the thousands of firefighters and firefighter candidates on Michael's programs, he has created hundreds of customized programs for individuals preparing for CPAT's all across the country.
Michael's workout routines and articles have been featured on such internet giants as AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, eDiets, eFitness, and iVillage. Capt Mike Stefano has also been featured in print articles in the following publications: New York Daily News, The Post, Newsday, LA Times, The Dallas Morning News, Self Magazine, American Health and Fitness Magazine, Library Journal, Firehouse Magazine, Fire Rescue Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Parade Magazine, as well as many other in print periodicals. He has also appeared in network television segments on Warner Brothers, Fox, CBS News, as well as numerous local TV and radio stations across the country.
"This book will be a solid addition to any public library's fitness section. Highly recommended!"
The Chicago Tribune
"…well thought out and easy to follow as a diet and exercise guide geared toward all levels of fitness, from beginner to advanced."
American Health and Fitness Magazine
"…the ultimate guide for both men and women of any fitness level. The instructional guide provides very in-depth training regimens."
"Working out had always been a way of life for me, so when I began training specifically for the physical aptitude and endurance segment of the New York City firefighter's entrance exam, I didn't have to make that big of an adjustment in my regimen. I set up most of the events in my parent's backyard and began preparing for the grueling test with the enthusiasm and discipline of an Olympic athlete.
I spent many long hours preparing for the big day, and it paid off. It was something I really wanted, and I was (and still am) willing to workout for it. Thirty thousand people took that test and fewer than four thousand were actually hired.
What separated the top 10 percent from everyone else were the desire, discipline, and knowledge to get into the kind of shape demanded of a New York City firefighter. The desire and discipline must come from you. You've got to reach way down inside yourself and decide what is important in your life right now."
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