Body Talk: Strong Beauties
TRACY LEWIS 33, firefighter.
Of the roughly 11,500 firefighters in New York City, only 31 are women. My first year, I ran up 13 flights of stairs wondering how I'd get to the top. But I made sure I stayed right behind the officer, while the other guys straggled behind. Now, six years later, I'm the only woman in my firehouse, along with 11 men. My team carries the hoses: When a 50-foot-long hose is filled with water, it can be extremely heavy. I do pull-ups, push-ups, and bicep curls to tone. But I don't want to be built like a guy.