Questions By JC Deen Share Tweet Today is only a short update because I want to point you to a few videos I’ve created over the last few weeks. The first video is a response to some of the questions and concerns I got from Jordan and I’s beginners guide on how to build muscle. We had a nice response to the infographic, along with some criticisms from the Reddit community (they can be harsh, but it was well-received). How To Build Muscle Infographic In the video, I cover the following topics: Why I used the images I did for exercise recommendations How we arrived at the calorie recommendations Pre and post-workout meal suggestions – why they’re necessary for the budding beginner Why Jordan and I do not recommend HIIT training when the ultimate goal is to build muscle. General questions/concerns such as not including cardio on the muscle building plan Check out the video here: [leadplayer_vid id=”4FFFD119AE1E3″] Clean Eating Follow-Up As many of you know, almost 2 years ago, I wrote the article Clean Eating is a Scam and Why You Should Abandon It. I then followed that piece up with a part 2 and part 3. With the new Google Penguin update, I’ve been getting a decent amount of search traffic for the original clean eating article I wrote back in September 2010. So now when you search the term ‘clean eating,’ you’ll see me in the 4th or 5th position usually. This is great for traffic, but not necessarily great for a first impression to new readers. In saying that, my views on clean eating haven’t really changed. I explain that in the video – and so far – it’s been a very well received. In the video, I discuss the following: Beliefs – what they are and how they affect our behaviors My personal feelings on the term and how it affected my early life in fitness How fitness and nutrition is akin to religious debate Two opposing views from the comment section on the same article Check out the video here: [leadplayer_vid id=”4FFFCDF3A79B3″] New Videos Coming So, I’ve been pushed and prodded for some time to begin making videos. I fought it like mad, for a while at least. However, I’m really enjoying creating these videos – the whole content creation + editing process has been a ton of fun. It all started with the Brogramming Video I made of my friends Andrew Griffin, RogLaw and myself when I was in Boston back in April. Brogramming with the Broz After that video, I was sort of hooked and have since then created a few more. In saying that, I’ve been getting more and more emails from pure beginners – mainly the guys (and even some girls) who haven’t really lifted much, and if they have, it’s been very unproductive. Their goals are to build muscle, but many of them are either afraid of gaining excess body fat (hello, I’m a Former Fat Boy, too) or they’re afraid that the methods of training isn’t going to work – and then they waste a ton of time jumping from program to program not making any progress at all. So my goal for the next piece of content is to create an article based around the fundamentals of getting jakt, but not only that; I want to touch on some of the pitfalls beginners experience – along with some strategies to combat the mental chaos. So if you have any ideas/questions/concerns you’d like me to discuss, please share those with me in the comment section. I’ve already received a great deal of suggestions from a Facebook thread I started, so feel free to chime in there, if you’d like. JCDFItness T-Shirts Also, I’ve been working with a lady to make this possible, and I think/hope it will be very soon (maybe a week or two for orders). Keep in mind, the top one with the logo – I made the quickly in photoshop, the final product will be much sleeker. I did a poll on Facebook, and these are the styles that we’re going to go with. For men, it’s the simple UnderArmour Heat Gear shirt. I have a bunch of these and they’re my favorite fit. They aren’t too tight, but they fit well enough to make you look great without being baggy and getting in the way during your training. As for the women, most wanted the tank and a few wanted the option of a t-shirt. So y’all will get a choice. Each gender has a choice between black and grey. I’ll have more info on these hopefully next week in terms of pricing, etc. This will likely be a limited run of 50-100 shirts. The main reason for this is due to having to place the orders manually, and then shipping them from my residence. If you’re close, I might just hand-deliver. Anyhow – thanks for watching the videos and got some good content coming out over the coming weeks with articles, podcasts and videos.