Examine.com Stack Guides

Whenever I think of the word stacking, I usually think of the phrases pancake stacking, stacking a deck, or playing against a stacked team (because I like to think like the underdog in order to constantly improve myself).


However, examine.com is hosting a sale on a stack guides on supplements and nutrition.

What is stacking with regards to nutrition and supplements?

Essentially it comes down to adding supplements towards a specific cause to affect the body in a positive way.

There are many reasons why you should think about purchasing these guides, but with regards to sports performance and enhancing movement, I immediately think of a few key questions towards helping that cause.

  • How can you increase muscle growth?
  • How can you increase force production?
  • How can you enhance rest and recovery?

For many people, it as simple as getting more sleep, increasing your “good nutrition” (more protein, slightly less carbohydrates, depending on your intake levels of course, and eating natural whole foods such as veggies, fruits, roots, as opposed to Micky D’s and other “fast food” options), and utilizing the appropriate stimulus for increases in muscle hypertrophy and strength.

Sometimes, however, this is not enough, or many do not understand how to get around the basics without overanalyzing this aspect. If you feel plateau-ed in your progress, or need a step by step plan in order to enhance your goals, this is a solid lead because these guys at examine.com are super smart. They have medical doctors, fact checkers, and researchers looking things up and reading all of those scientific words that ultimately lead to massive gains and increases in human performance.

If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you’ll notice that I keep my hands off of nutrition for the most part. While I respect the basics, the most “stacking” I’ll do is adding chocolate protein powder to my iced coffee and I’ll feel accomplished. If I’m feeling risque I’ll add in some creatine as well.

Black Iced Coconut Coffee, with Chocolate Protein Powder. Add a dash of creatine, and I’m ready to crush weights!

On that note, here is a sneak peak on how they divvied up their content, which makes it SUPER digestible.

Table of Contents - Examine.com

This is a snippet of what one page out of their Muscle Gain & Exercise Performance page looks like. The table of contents literally LAYS OUT what the research supports, what is not as supported, along with what supplements have been hyped up by the media.

Cautionary & Overhyped Options - Examine.com

This is one of the best parts of this one specific guide, particularly so because I’ve gotten feedback from so many tired and overwhelmed gym-goers who are on their “last resort” who want to take “other supplements”. I use quotes a lot because if they don’t work, what are they really supplementing?

In any case, this is just one snippet of what is available from examine.com’s Stack Guides.

Another fortunate bonus is if you click on any of the images above you can receive the benefit of an introductory sale that ends in a few hours!

With that in mind, I’ll remind you again that any links you click will benefit me from an affiliate point of view, from which I’ll profit from. You win by gaining the power of knowledge of WHAT supplements work, and what supplements DON’T work or are overhyped, and you get to feed my caffeine addiction by purchasing these stack guides.

However, I fully believe these guys, and I’ve definitely followed the guides from the past as well, to which I’ve advised several of my clients, athletes, and teams to search for and use to their success.

Another added benefit to getting the full product is that you can receive more information than just the muscle gaining and exercise performance stack guide, but also sleep guide, fat loss, joint health guides, and several more – up to 16 different guides.

On that note, click the link, check it out, if you don’t like it, that’s cool. Maybe you know someone that is interested in taking whey protein, or creatine, or you know someone that is currently taking a T-Booster (Spoiler: It may not be working to your benefit.). If this is the case, use this time to give them a gift or present!

–> Click below to receive an introductory sale on the Examine.com Stack Guide that ends tonight (6/24)! <–

Stack Guide

Each one, teach one. 

As always,

Keep it funky.


Interview with Dr. Pat Davidson

I had the opportunity this morning to interview Dr. Pat Davidson, a former professor at Springfield College, national level competitor that has competed in the Arnold Classic twice, former practitioner of MMA, and overall animal of a person. If you’re interested at all in learning about Pat’s life from his career early on towards his evolution as a modern strength coach, I highly recommend listening to the whole interview.


Going into this I wanted to discover what makes Pat tick, and when I did this I wanted to dig deep into his internal locus. Hopefully you too come out of this with a better understanding of his early sacrifices, what he is learning now, and how much of an expert this individual truly is when it comes to strength and conditioning, and everything that relates to this topic.

Taking the Path Less Traveled – Episode 1 with Dr. Pat Davidson

NEW! – Episode 2 with Pat Davidson


If however, you don’t have the patience to sit and watch 3 hours of an interview, I’ve highlighted different parts of the interview in order to “chop” up the segments for easier digestion.

Find below timestamps for a one on one interview with Dr. Pat Davidson.

0:00 – Introduction

Personal Background of Pat Davidson

23:18 – Formal Education of Pat Davidson

30:12 – Talking about his PhD at Springfield College

Other Philosophical Influences of Pat Davidson

Pat Davidson - Word Cloud

38:42 – Experiences with DNS

39:55 – Pat’s Intro to PRI from Other Coaches

41:00What drives you as a student within this industry?

45:00 – Kevin Adair, BioSignature, and Gluten

47:54What drives you as an educator and coach within this industry?


50:00 – “ACSM guidelines are to exercise, as Will Smith is to rap.

55:40What drives you as an athlete?


56:47What are one or two lessons that you know now, that you wish you knew in your 20s or early career?   

57:36 – Success, and “Sleeper Cell Students” within Exercise Science and S&C

1:01:53 – What are your biggest epiphanies in 2013-2014? And what paths did you go down excitedly, but realized were ultimately dead ends?

1:03:48 – Extensive PRI Chat

1:08:23Who has been the most impactful with regards to influencing your thought process?

“It doesn’t matter what you do,

you apply the same mindset to it that you apply to your training.”

“If I’m cleaning a toilet, it’s gonna be the cleanest toilet you’ve ever seen in

your entire life, because i’m going to clean that toilet like I train.”

1:12:35 – “Intelligence scares me.

1:14:15 – “If you’re not on the PRI bus, I don’t really want to do anything you’re not doing.

1:14:48 – “Ron Hruska is like God to me.

1:15:02 – “Yeah there’s people, but it’s more like the notion of what people represent to me, as far as their work ethic, talent, and the pursuit of everything that is outside of the box.”

1:15:35What resources do you recommend for many up and coming coaches and trainers who are eager to learn?

1:17:28 – “Gears, clock making.”

1:17:51 – “There’s level to it.”

1:18:09 – Pat asks me: “How many years of PRI do you think you’d need to dive into it before you’re comfortable?

1:20:06 – “I’ve been in chronic pain forever.

1:23:10 – “Low Threshold Signals vs High Threshold Signals”

1:28:19 – Temporal-Mandibular-Cranial-Cervical Explanation + Tangential Information

1:31:05 – What are reference centers with regards to the TMCC information?

1:43:24What methods does he use to help in the transfer of weight room strength to on field performance?

1:53:33Please explain the correlation between proper diaphragm breathing and one’s ability to produce maximal strength.

2:07:33Concurrent programming, How to manage fatigue of the various body systems, What you’re looking for in particular (with regards to the above topics)?

2:18:55 – Fatigue (DB Hammer (?))

2:21:49 – Tom Yanuzzi & Gerard Friedman – CrossFit Question

2:28:41 – Naming Protocols During Different Blocks

2:34:48Best resources for someone interested primarily in strength, power, and hypertrophy to learn programming/training variations?

2:48:28What is your definition of greatness?


If you have any interest in any of the things that we discussed today, you can check out Pat’s website here at www.deltaforcetrainingsystems.com and his email at pdpdavidson@gmail.com.

As always,

Keep it funky


Fitness Tech Day #3 – Examine.com’s Supplement-Goals Reference Guide

How else can I review Examine.com’s new product without being super objective? Kidding aside, when I first heard of Examine.com’s efforts of documenting and reading research on supplements, I cringed – the mere thought of sifting through thousands of documents and articles in order to decipher the “truth” about supplements is difficult to do, let alone imagining the amount of hours spent at night on PubMed made me want to crawl into a fetal position and cry.

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