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Best of BuiltLean 2014: Top 5 Articles

By Marc Perry / July 1, 2017

It’s hard to believe yet another year has gone by as BuiltLean.com is close to turning 5 years old. This year we had around 50 articles published, which is less than in previous years where we’ve had well over 100. I took the last several months off from writing and editing to focus on training and research, which explains the decrease in articles this year. But the task of choosing the top 5 is no less difficult.

The articles below were chosen based on popularity, engagement, and inspiration, or a combination of all three. I hope you enjoy reading them again if you’ve already read them:

1) 70-Year-Old Man’s Shockingly Muscular Body

The most shared article by far this year was a profile I wrote of Sonny Bryant, a 70-year-old bodybuilder. What made this story so popular is not only the unbelievable results Sonny has achieved, but his philosophy on exercise, aging, and life. The article generated 249 votes and a 4.7 rating, with over 1.4k facebook shares.

“People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realize that it’s a state of mind that makes you old” – Sonny Bryant

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2) Does Eating Fruit Make You Gain Fat? – No, It Doesn’t.

Dr. Charlie Seltzer debunked the myth that eating fruit makes you fat based on references from 6 research reports. Including references in articles is absolutely critical when writing health and fitness information, which is what we require for any health claims at BuiltLean.com. Charlie’s article is both simple and concise, yet detailed and thorough, which is why it makes it to the Best of BuiltLean list.

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3) Training Tips From The World’s Greatest Athlete

I had the honor of interviewing Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay in June this year. In the interview, Bryan shares nuggets of wisdom that helped propel him to be a world-class decathlete. He also shares training and nutrition tips that apply to anyone regardless of skill level or age. The article was also shared over 400 hundred times on Facebook.

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4) How To Reduce Chronic Disease Risk By 80%: Q&A With Dr. David Katz

I had the honor of interviewing Dr. David Katz who is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and is one of the world’s foremost experts on nutrition and preventative medicine. David has tremendous depth of knowledge, yet is able to translate his knowledge in a way that is very accessible and sensible. I’m grateful we have someone like Dr. Katz to look out for our best interest.

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5) How John Got A Six-Pack In 8-Weeks

John has a similar story as many busy guys who live in metropolitan areas. He was working long hours and drinking a lot, which slowly added body fat to his frame and robbed him of his vitality. Using the 8-Week BuiltLean Program, he dramatically changed his body. In an email to me, he highlighted the changes he made and how it has changed his life:

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There were several great articles that didn’t make it to the list, but were considered. The following are just a few:

10 Things I Learned From Gray Cook
Meeting Gray Cook and becoming a disciple has certainly changed my life and how I approach fitness. This article was my first foray into sharing some of the knowledge I’ve learned from him with you. I plan on sharing significantly more information in the future that I’ve learned from Gray. Very powerful, if not priceless information.
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29-Year-Old New Yorker’s Amazing Body Transformation
I recorded a video of my friend Eric Mandelkern who using our personal training services in NYC dramatically changed his body. His before and after photos show how consistency and determination along with an effective plan can yield exceptional results.
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How to Lose The Last 10 Pounds of Fat
Dr. Charlie Seltzer wrote the most viewed article published in 2014 about how to lose the last 10 pounds of fat, which has had 236,000 views so far (yes, you read that correctly!)
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Best of BuiltLean From Previous Years:

  • Best of BuiltLean 2013
  • Best of BuiltLean 2012
  • Best of BuiltLean 2011
  • Best of BultLean 2010

    Thank you for being a BuiltLean reader and fan. Happy Holidays and from all of us at BuiltLean, we look forward to an awesome 2015!


    • canali says:

      sonny bryant's incredible body and attitude reminds me of the wise words of the late, great george burns (hope you'll share this with him):\
      ''there is nothing wrong with getting older...just don't grow old.''

    • saber says:

      I feel like I should have paid for all this information…Love it!

    • Ali says:

      Hey, Mark. I might go a little off topic, please forgive me, but I'm kinda new to the entire BuiltLean program. I came across the the free guide which introduces everything. For the strength circuits, I should just carry on lifting the same weight if I'm trying to cut fat down, or would increasing weights every now and then be alright, as it'll help me build muscle, too?

      Please let me know. Thanks a lot. Appreciate it.

      • Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT says:

        @Ali - I really wouldn't worry about the rep range, or even the weights much, because you are simply trying to lose fat without losing muscle, which is achieved mostly through nutrition as I mentioned in the Get Lean Guide. With that said, I'm partial to somewhere between 6 and 12 reps for fat loss as I've written about here: How Many Reps Should You Do? I have since revised my opinion on lifting to failure, and I don't think it's necessary. Keeping a couple reps in the tank on each set makes the workout more manageable while yielding as good, or better results. When it comes to building muscle, it's more about volume and weights. So I would add more sets for a muscle building routine vs. a fat loss routine and slowly add more weight over time as well. In my mind, the volume is the major difference between a workout designed specifically for fat loss vs. muscle gain.

    • Ali says:

      Hey, Mark. Just one more thing. In your guide, it said I could do HIIT after workouts for even quicker results. I'd love to do that, but I really don't have the stamina for that. Like, at all. Since you said you only need to do the strength training thrice a week, I was wondering if I could do HIIT on days I don't go to the gym. Would that be okay? Cheers.

      • Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT says:

        Absolutely, HIIT / conditioning on opposite lifting days is fantastic. If you can throw in some recovery / relaxation as well like Yoga at the end of your conditioning days, you will have a pretty complete routine.