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Best of BuiltLean 2011

By Marc Perry / December 3, 2018

Looking back at 2011, it has been a very fun, exciting, and busy year for BuiltLean.com. From the start of the year, traffic to BuiltLean.com has grown 10x from 300-400 visitors/day to 3-4K visitors/day (See: BuiltLean.com Surpasses 100K Unique Visitors Per Month). Some more notable items: I did my first live TV appearance for the NBC Philadelphia 10! Show, the BuiltLean Program launched in March to rave reviews, 29 new videos were uploaded to the BuiltLean Youtube Channel, which now has over 150K views from around the world, and 3 amazing contributors came on board to write articles for BuiltLean.com (Christy, Max, and John).

Out of 75 articles written this year, only 5 can make it to the Best of BuiltLean 2011 list. The articles that were chosen were based on a combination of the following:

1) # of Pageviews
2) # of Comments
3) # of shares

So here they are:

1) How Many Calories Should You Eat To Lose Weight?

There are some articles I find myself sharing all the time and this is one of them. Eating less calories than you burn is fundamentally the most important guideline for successfully losing body fat. In this article, which attracted 35k views and 31 comments breaks down how many calories you should eat to lose weight into 3 simple steps.

2) Full Body Workouts vs. Split Routines: Which is Better?

There is a lot of confusion over whether full body workouts or split routines help you lose fat, build muscle, and improve performance most effectively. The short answer is that either strategy can work very well when combined with proper nutrition. For a detailed look at the pros and cons of each exercise strategy, check out the full article which has attracted 10K views, 41 comments, 42 Facebook Likes, and has an average time on page of 3 minutes and 45 seconds.

3) How To Get Ripped & Cut: Definitive Guide

Getting “ripped” is an elusive state of fitness only experienced by very few people. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not about some fitness product, or even fitness program that gets you ripped. In this article, which attracted 33K views, 55 comments, and 48 Facebook Likes, I tell the truth about how to ensure you get a ripped body…and it has little to do with the strength training program you choose.

4) Proper Push Up Form: How To Do A Push Up

Breaking down the push up into 7 distinct tips, this video attracted 23K views and 33 comments on Youtube and 18k views on BuiltLean.com with 35 comments in 2011. In the video, we used B-roll to show the proper push up form and also improper push up form to highlight the differences.

5) Jack Lalanne Tribute: Facts About Fitness Icon

With 13K views, 38 Facebook Likes, and 10 Comments, this article tribute to Jack Lalanne was not the most viewed, or shared, but it was a very important tribute to a fallen comrade in the fight against obesity. He has some of the best quotes I’ve ever come across on fitness and his passion for fitness lives on.


  • Marc Perry says:

    I want to thank everyone for all the shares, likes, comments in 2011. Looking forward to an even better 2012!

  • Scott says:


    GREAT YEAR for http://www.builtlean.com. !!! I just had my Osteoarthritis in my right shoulder operated on this week.

    Surgeon also had to do a biceps tendenesis. Said biceps were almost completely shredded!! Ugh!

    Cannot wait to get back to my training.

    Hope you and yours have a happy New Year!

    • Marc Perry says:

      @Scott - I hope you have a speedy recovery and happy new year to you as well!

  • Nick says:

    I haven't seen much on your website about supplements and I was just curious of your opinion on BSN's product N.O Xplode 2.0. Ive been using it for a few weeks and gotten amazing results.

    • Marc Perry says:

      @Nick - And for my article on supplements, it's right here: Dietary Supplements 101

    • Marc Perry says:

      @Nick - A ton of bodybuilders/fitness models take N.O. before workouts to help get a "pump". Because it's not approved by the FDA and there are no long term studies on it, I personally wouldn't take it. Simply put, I think you can get great results without supplements just by eating right and exercising properly. NO may make a 5-10% difference at best in my estimation.