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About Mario and Fitness Test Lab

I'm Mario, a software 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 is "optimal home fitness"?

I've squandered plenty of time, energy, and money on numerous fitness-related pursuits over the years with mixed results.

I'm older, wiser, and much busier than I used to be, so I no longer have the luxury or desire to spend time and money on equipment & programs that don't produce results. 

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

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

Optimal home fitness is the continuous pursuit of answers to this question. I'm not trying to build the biggest, baddest home gym on the planet, I'm trying to build the most efficient home gym I possibly can. 

Put simply, Fitness Test Lab is an ongoing project seeking the most effective and affordable fitness options for home use.

If you're interested in building your own home gym, start here.

I focus on developing habits over goal setting

I'm a big fan of developing habits that lead to long-term success rather than focusing on short-term goals. 

The following quote from James Clear sums up my approach to fitness very well:

Why focus on the process when the world is outcome driven? Don’t results matter?

Yes, results do matter. But if you optimize for the outcome, you win one time.

If you optimize for a process that leads to great outcomes, you can win again and again.

Speaking of which, I highly recommend James' excellent book Atomic Habits on the topic of building good habits and breaking bad ones. 

Why listen to anything I have to say?

Nowadays practically anyone can pass themselves off as a guru on the internet.

Let me be perfectly clear, I'm no guru.

I'm not a personal trainer, coach, or athlete. My degrees are in computer science, not sports medicine.

In other words, I'm 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.

Home Gym Essentials - Basic Home Gym

Basic home gym, bass guitar not strictly necessary

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 annoying and intrusive 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 🙂