Here are the most frequently asked questions about the BuiltLean Program. If you’re question is not answered in this FAQ, you can contact us through our contact form.
The BuiltLean Program is a series of ebooks (e-manuals) that can be downloaded right to your computer. The BuiltLean Program is only available on this website, and is not available for purchase at any bookstores.
There are several benefits to you, the customer in purchasing an ebook vs. a physical product:
1) There are NO shipping costs
2) There are no materials costs, which would substantially add to the cost of the program
3) You receive INSTANT access to the BuiltLean Program, instead of having to wait as long as 2 weeks for shipping.
4) If you live outside of the U.S., shipping costs can be prohibitively expensive. A digital download allows for much greater distribution to anyone with an internet connection.
5) You can view the documents on just about any digital medium, including on a smart phone, an iPad, your laptop, or your desktop. You can also print one copy of the materials at your convenience.
Right after you click the “Add to Cart” button, you will be directed to a secure order form where you will make payment via credit card, or PayPal. After payment, you will receive email confirmation within minutes of your order. A follow up email will be sent to you with a download link offering you INSTANT access to the BuiltLean Program and bonuses. The format for all manuals, workbooks, and checklists, is adobe acrobat PDF, which can be viewed on Mac or PC and on your smart phone, iPad, laptop, or desktop. The download link is active for 7 days from the day of your order and two downloads are allowed in case the first download doesn’t work, or if you want to have a copy on your laptop and desktop.
If you experience any difficulty, you can contact our customer support staff who are ready to assist you. We typically respond to your inquiry in less than 24 hours, many times within only a few hours.
When you order the BuiltLean Program online, the purchase is completed through a secure web page using secure socket layers (SSL). Your credit card details are encrypted and kept private so that no 3rd party can ever see them. Your info is not stored on the Internet, either, it’s a one-time transaction. We use Authorize.net as a payment processor, which is very secure. You may also use PayPal to purchase the BuiltLean Program, which is the #1 third party online payment processor in the world. BuiltLean.com is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and is Verisign Trusted as a secure and malware-free website.
Yes. The owner of BuiltLean, BuiltLean LLC is based in the United States (New York City), and all prices are in U.S. funds. Our secure payment processor, Authorize.net, accepts orders from almost anywhere in the world and automatically makes the currency conversion for you, so you don’t have to do anything special for international orders. In addition, we accept payment through Paypal, which is the most trusted, third party online payment processor in the world.
It is recommended that you join a gym, but it is NOT required. The only required equipment is a set of dumbbells, an adjustable bench, and a pull-up bar, or resistance bands. A basic mat and exercise ball are recommended, but not required.
You will be walked through every exercise in the program and be given alternatives based on the equipment you have access to, so the BuiltLean Exercise Plan gives you flexibility based on accessible equipment.
While the BuiltLean Program is marketed primarily towards men, it does work just as well for women. There are menu and meal options for women in the Nutrition Guide. We do not have any testimonials from women at this time because no one has wanted to share their “before” photos on our website.
The workouts are based on basic strength training exercises, so it’s important that you be comfortable with the strength training foundation of the program. If you want to lose fat without losing muscle efficiently and safely, the BuiltLean Program will not disappoint.
For starters, the BuiltLean program is not about losing “weight”! BuiltLean can help you lose fat, while retaining muscle mass. It’s easy to lose 10lbs in one day by losing water weight and some muscle, but losing ONLY fat is more challenging.
From our experience and countless research studies, a healthy pace of fat loss is roughly 0.5% to 1.0% of your total body weight. If you lose much more than that, it’s most likely water, or muscle loss. So if you are a 200 pound man, you can expect to lose a solid 1-2 pounds of pure fat each week. Some people may experience greater fat loss, or less fat loss, depending on the amount of effort put into the program and genetic factors.
It is also possible to add some muscle and lose fat on the BuiltLean program, especially if you have not lifted weights in a while. This will improve your body composition without affecting your body weight as much.
There is no such thing as “spot reduction” unfortunately. In other words, no workout program, or diet can be specifically designed to shed fat off of any particular part of your body. In fact, where you lose fat is genetically predetermined (you can thank your parents for that!).
The good news is that you can lose fat from your problem areas simply by focusing on losing fat without losing muscle. Eventually, you will lose fat off your problem areas, which are oftentimes the last place the fat comes off. The BuiltLean Program is designed to help you lose fat without losing any muscle safely and efficiently. Many people who complete the program lose fat off their most stubborn areas.
The BuiltLean Program is comprised of three levels of intensity; Level I, Level II, and Level III. If you have not exercised in 6 months, or more, you start at Level I. The levels differ in the (1) number of sets completed for each exercise (2) amount of rest between sets, and (3) difficulty of the exercises. In addition, by using progression, the workouts become harder over time so your body adjusts to the intensity and is forced to improve safely. The original inspiration for the BuiltLean Program was to help people who had fallen out of shape and wanted to be in great shape with leaner bodies at the end of just 8-weeks. So yes, the BuiltLean Program is a safe and effective program if you have not exercised in a while.
The purpose of the BuiltLean Program is not just to help you get a leaner, stronger, and healthier body at the end of 8-weeks, but for the rest of your life! By not just giving you a program, but teaching you exactly how it works and offering simple guidelines that you can follow, the BuiltLean Program is ultimately a lifestyle. If you are done with the program and want to continue losing fat, or switch to building muscle, we have more information in our customer FAQ. For example, some customers complete the program twice. In addition, following new articles on BuiltLean.com, subscribing to our weekly newsletter, and being part of our family will help you stay motivated!
Yes, you can follow the BuiltLean program with foods available in your country. The BuiltLean nutrition program uses guidelines, and strategies, so it’s NOT a rigid diet. You will not be forced to eat “americanized” food unavailable in your country. In fact, basic, natural foods like vegetables, lean meats and fish, healthy oils, and fruits to name a few are the types of foods that can be eaten just about anywhere in the world!
Yes, the BuiltLean Program can be adjusted for lacto-ovo vegetarians (eats no meat, but does eat dairy), and vegans (no meat, or dairy).
The BuiltLean Program does recommend complete proteins at each meal, but there are way to work around these guidelines. Of course, you can combine two complementary incomplete vegetable protein sources (rice and beans for example) to create a complete protein, but the BuiltLean Program does not go into detail about the different types of complementary proteins you can combine.
If you are familiar with complementary proteins and the types of vegetables that have more protein, you should not experience any difficult following the nutrition guidelines in the BuiltLean Program.
If you are lactose intolerant, you are not alone. The incidence of lactose intolerance is as high as 80% in Asian and African Americans, and 50% in Hispanics. In addition, wheat (and gluten) intolerance, or allergy is also very common.
If you have any of these issues, you can still follow the BuiltLean Program, as there are many different meal and snack options that are presented. With that said, you should always check with your physician before starting an exercise, and/or nutrition program, especially if you have any special clinical, or medical considerations.
If you strip your body of body fat while retaining your muscle mass, it’s extremely unlikely you will appear “bulky”. The BuiltLean Program is designed to help you achieve your natural potential, the best body for you. BuiltLean is not a muscle gaining program and will not make you look like a Bodybuilder, but instead help you develop a lean, toned physique.
If you eat more calories that you burn, or you are new to strength training, it is possible to gain muscle on the BuiltLean Program, but the program is not designed as a muscle gaining program. If you are considering adding muscle, we highly recommend getting lean first, then adding bulk. Not one top fitness model attempts to lose fat and build muscle at the same time. Instead, they go on cutting phases where they focus on losing fat without losing muscle, then go on bulking phases where they focus on building muscle. For more information, see this article “Can I lose fat and build muscle at the same time?”
If you have suffered from any minor injuries, the BuiltLean program is “injury friendly” and “low back friendly. If you experience chronic pain related to an injury, the BuiltLean Program may not be for you. You should always check with your physician before starting an exercise and or nutrition program, but especially when you have special clinical or medical considerations, or feel chronic pain.
It’s great that you want to make a positive change in your life! The BuiltLean program, however, may not be appropriate for everyone. If you have any chronic pain, the program may not be for you and you should consult with your doctor. You should always check with your physician before starting an exercise and or nutrition program, but especially when you have special clinical or medical considerations.
The author of the program Marc Perry, CSCS, ACE-CPT is not medical professional, or registered dietitian. He is a health, fitness, and personal coach. He is not qualified to give medical or clinical advice.
There are no specific age limits that apply to use of the BuiltLean Program. With that said, you should always check with your physician before starting an exercise, and/or nutrition program, especially if you have any special clinical, or medical considerations.
The pace of progression, or how the workouts become more challenging over time is substantial in only an 8 week period. The workouts can be modified to make them less intense, and the pace of progression can be varied, but BuiltLean is designed for healthy adults with normal mobility.