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About Mario and Fitness Test Lab

I'm Mario, an engineer with a full-time job, family, and a desire to stay strong, mobile and fit. I started Fitness Test Lab to document my search for the most effective and affordable home fitness options and pass the knowledge on to you. 

What do I mean by "optimal home fitness at minimal cost"?

I've squandered plenty of time, energy, and money on numerous fitness-related pursuits over the years with mixed results. I no longer have the luxury or desire to spend time and money on equipment and pursuits that don't produce the results I want, and perhaps you don't either.

I started Fitness Test Lab in an attempt to find answers to the following question as it pertains to my health and fitness:

What's the most effective use of my time and money?

Optimal home fitness at minimal cost is the continuous pursuit of answers to this question. Put simply, Fitness Test Lab is an ongoing project seeking the most effective and affordable fitness options for home use.

Why listen to anything I have to say?

In this day and age practically anyone can pass themselves off as a guru on the internet. Let me say this up front, I'm no guru. I'm not a personal trainer, and I don't consider myself an athlete. My degrees are in computer science, not sports medicine.

In other words, I'm just a normal everyday person like you, and I don't believe there's a One Size Fits All™ approach to fitness.

I'm an engineer by training and trade, and I approach my fitness pursuits the same way I approach my work - with a continuous drive to optimize results by improving performance and reducing costs.

This means I'm continuously experimenting on myself to find the most efficient and affordable health and fitness options for home use. I document everything I do in order to help others (like you!) make informed choices when faced with similar circumstances.

The Fitness Test Lab

My home gym, aka the Fitness Test Lab

Medical disclaimer

Nothing in this blog is intended to replace the advice of your medical physician - consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program, diet, or physical activity.

Monetization disclosure

Buying equipment to test and hosting a blog incurs significant costs. Rather than plaster the site with ads, I prefer to use affiliate links to support the Fitness Test Lab blog. This means some of my writing includes links to affiliate programs that pay me a small percentage of the purchase price at no additional cost to you. I also occasionally receive free products or services in exchange for an honest and thorough review. I personally use and test every product or service I write about and I only recommend products and services I find useful for a specific purpose. If you think a particular product or service I write about will help you achieve your goals, I'd really appreciate it if you'd make the purchase through one of my links 🙂