About the Authors

Steve Cardillo, How a Champion is Made authorSteve Cardillo

Steve Cardillo earned his bachelor’s in physical education, with minor in biology from Salem State College in Massachusetts. After teaching physical education for 10 years at the junior high and high school levels, Cardillo went out on his own to design his own line of weights belts known as Cardillo Weight Belts. He quickly became the #1 weight belt manufacturer in the world. He then moved on to Reebok as the president of Reebok Weight Belts, where he constructed the pump technique for the apparel giant. After leaving Reebok,

In the gym, he has trained scores of amateur and professional athletes over a span of 3 decades. In 1996, along with his nephew, Peter Morel, he opened American Nutrition Center, a sports nutrition supplement store in Everett, Massachusetts. The company is now the #1 retail sports nutrition store in the United States. Today, Cardillo Weight Belts remains atop the world in its industry, and Cardillo himself continues to play a vital role with American Nutrition Center.

Marc Zappulla, How a Champion is Made authorMarc Zappulla

Marc Zappulla was born and raised in the long-standing Boston suburb of Medford, Massachusetts. After receiving his diploma from St. Clements High School in his home town, he went on to attend Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, where he would graduate with the class of 1998, taking home a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Just out of college, Zappulla began an amateur writing career, until 2008, when he published articles as an online freelance sportswriter. After years of writing for credits, he published his first book as a ghostwriter, How a Champion is Made by Steve Cardillo.

His works also includes Death, Taxes and Mack, the autobiography of professional strength and conditioning coach, Brian McNamee. In 2012, he’ll be set to publish the untitled autobiography of Boston Bruins Hall of Fame goaltender, Gerry Cheevers, and Active Girls, Healthy Women by fitness model, Mai Tran.

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