My name is Mark Ellebracht.
My goal is to help each one of you develop the body of your dreams.
Everyone should be able to come to love the body they see in the mirror, even when just starting out on their fitness journey.
Most people underestimate how far they can take themselves physically. In fact, anybody could end up with bodies like mainstream models (both male and female) if they push themselves enough.
And push myself I did. I got pretty strong for somebody my size, despite never being someone who was a naturally strong kid.
I wasn't born with the genetics of an NFL linebacker or Olympic sprinter. Honestly, even now my wrists barely measure over 6 inches. Before I started lifting, I couldn't do one proper Pull-Up. Not even ONE!
Despite being skinny with small joints, I was never RIPPED either. I envied the guys in high school who could drink beer and eat like crap yet still have six pack abs; looking back now, I realize how pointless that jealousy was.
But over the years, I learned techniques that helped me put on nearly 30 pounds of muscle and cut down my body fat.
8 years ago, I was nearing the end of my freshman year in high school. I hadn't finished puberty yet (didn't fully go through it until the summer after sophomore year). Any trace of muscle I had was from a lackluster diet, inadequate genes, and a season of sprinting on my track team:
In that photo, I wasn't even 5' 9" or 130 lbs. I had mostly finished puberty at that point, but grew a tiny bit more over the following summer.
Part of me thought that maybe a final growth spurt was waiting for me, one that would put my body over the edge and give me a more respectable physique.
By the end of junior year though (at which point I was far past puberty) my body didn't look too different:
That's me in the green shirt at 5' 9" and just under 135 lbs.
Sure, it wasn't the worst body in the world. But it was in this awkward gray area. Way too skinny to be remotely considered muscular, but not lean enough for my abs to even show.
So I took things more seriously. I started committing myself toward the end of high school to lifting weights and eating the right way.
Honestly I had no clue what I was doing my first year of serious lifting; as luck would have it though, I still had some success even though I didn't fully know what I was doing.
After 2 years of lifting, I saw a more noticeable difference in my appearance:
I was a bit over 170 lbs in that picture, but my body fat was a bit high. Not to mention, I was holding on to excess water weight since I was eating way too many carbs.
My arms were big, but I could barely Bench Press 205 or Deadlift 315 despite training with fairly low reps.
The years since have been filled with trial and error. I've tried all sorts of approaches in building muscle; from solely performing Bodyweight Squats (with both legs, not one at a time) for mass to cutting out all chest exercises other than Pushups.
A lot of those ideas hurt me more than they helped.
So I stopped trying to be creative and got back to basics: low volume workouts with limited variety of exercises.
This past summer, I shredded down to 165 lbs with about 10% body fat.
None of the photos on this page were taken after a weightlifting workout; they're just how I've normally looked at different points in my lifting career. I still want to push my body further and gain more muscle.
But I'm thankful for where I am now; I feel great! I can't help but appreciate the body I've built when I wake up every day, and YOU can get to that point as well!
With this increase in size over the years, my strength has increased dramatically on major compound lifts.
And I didn't have to do anything insane to achieve this transformation. Even today I only exercise 5-6 hours a week, and during busier weeks I devote as little as 3 hours each week.
This fitness website is NOT MY FULL TIME JOB! And fitness doesn't have to be yours EITHER just for you to get in great shape..
My goal is to help you radically transform your body. This doesn't mean I'm going to suggest you start injecting steroids; the methods I recommend will help you naturally achieve a physique that will be both fit and healthy in the long-term.
Unfortunately, I can't make you any promises about how big, lean, or powerful you're going to get. I won't even say I can get you "any body you want" because sometimes people set unrealistic goals for themselves. Men with six inch wrists won't look like Terry Crews regardless of what they do.
Here's what I AM going to promise you:
If you stick to the tips on this site and its e-books, you will see a NOTICEABLE difference in your body over the next 6 months. Whether it's 1 inch or 10 inches off your waist, it doesn't matter. It could be as big as another 5 pounds of muscle on the scale or as small as 3 more reps on your Bench Press. All these things will vary depending on where you are in your physical journey and how committed you are.
Whatever that difference is, it will be a step in the right direction. It will be a step toward the body of your dreams.
Now let's make that dream a reality.
The question... however... is HOW to go about this?
Well, here are the links you should look toward:
These are my main outlets for providing you with ESSENTIAL fitness information, so check them out!