Michael Stefano, a captain in the New York City Fire Department as well as a certified personal trainer, has been working with New York City firefighters in the field of exercise and fitness for the past eighteen years. His successful training programs have helped New York's bravest to rise above the challenges and extreme physical demands of firefighting. Using the same principles that worked for firefighters, Michael Stefano has also developed safe and effective exercise routines for the general population. As captain, he is directly responsible for the safety and efficiency of his unit and has been recognized by the department four times for acts of heroism. He lives on Long Island, New York.