Progress Series: Article Listing
Phase One: Laying the Foundation
This is where most people completely blow it, thereby neutralizing their efforts.
Phase Two: Building the Positives
Phase Three: Removing the Negatives
Phase Four: Seeing Where You Are
Phase Five: Setting Goals
Phase Six: Building the Plan
Phase Seven: Measuring Progress
Phase Eight: Adjusting and Continuing
Rather than being listed alphabetically, the articles in this index are listed in order of progression.
If you aren't reaching your fitness goal, that's probably because you jumped ahead and are missing something at a critical step. That doesn't mean you're stupid--it just means you need to fill in that missing information.
Putting together these articles takes a great deal of time and research.
So, check back each month to see what's new. Where a concept is listed but there's no link to an article, that's because the article is in progress and not yet posted.
This information will work for people of any age. We frequently get inquiries:
We do not provide a one-size fits all formula. Instead, we cover the concepts so you understand what you are doing and can reach your goals.
We also don't pretend to be offering advice while pushing supplements as though you can buy your way to fitness. I like the way John Scott, of JS Nitro, puts it:
"The key is the word 'supplement.' It doesn't mean 'in place of.' Once you balance the main three factors of exercise, nutrition, and rest, then supplements can help you an additional 5-10% more."
Depending on what problem you are addressing, a supplement generally will get you 5% to 10% of the way there."
You can think of supplements as being the doors and windows to a home. These are very useful and make the house more functional. But without the foundation, walls, and other critical elements in place, they don't do much good.
Most people confuse activity with work and wonder why their "workouts" don't produce any noteworthy results. We address that.
You may be surprised to know that we don't address that by recommending some magic "killer workout."
For example, boys in their late teens often ask us how they can get bigger arms. There's much more to consider than how many biceps curls you are doing. Our answer doesn't even begin with any arm exercises.
Ditto for women who ask us how to flatten their tummies after having children. The answer does not begin with talking about ab routines.
Here is one way to keep up with the new articles that will appear here:
We look forward to helping you reach your fitness goals. You don't need superior genetics, special equipment, or lots of money to do that. You do need desire and discipline.
Yes, of course it helps to have some free weights and other equipment. But if Arnold was able to maintain his training for weeks at a time in the jungle (while filming Predator) with no equipment other than trees....
The articles on this site are authoritative, because:
Where an article is not bylined with a specific author's name, it was written by Mark Lamendola (see photos on home page and elsewhere on this site). Mark is a 4th degree blackbelt, has not been sick since 1971, and has not missed a workout since 1977. Just an example of how Mark knows what he's talking about: In his early 50s, Mark demonstrated a biceps curl using half his body weight. That's a Jack LaLanne level stunt. Few people can even come close. If you want to know how to build a strong, beautiful body, read the articles here.
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