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MASS

4.82 out of 5 based on 17 customer ratings
(17 customer reviews)

$87.00

If you go through with the entirety of this program you will be changed. Most of you who start will not finish. This program is not for the weak and timid. This program is for those who are tough, resilient, and committed to working hard and reaching for the stars. I did not design this program for the 99%. Only the 1% will be able to make it through this program. The 1% are the people who are willing to endure in the face of extreme difficulty. The 1% are the people who are willing to sacrifice many things to realize an eventual goal. I have no pity for you if you are not able to complete this program. If you give up, you are probably like the majority of people on this planet. If you make up the 99% of the population who will not go through this program, there is probably nothing wrong with you, but I’m probably not interested in being friends with you. I like those who are on the fringe. I like those who are different. I like those who live by their own set of values. I like those who don’t mind it when the lunatics run the asylum. If you enter the beast, you must become the beast to survive.

  • Feature 1:  A 16 week training program built to pack on muscle, strength and size
  • Feature 2:  A 66 page Ebook that gives you a look inside the head of mad scientist Pat Davidson, PhD
  • Feature 3:  Training templates to help you modify the program for your sport of choice

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My name is Pat Davidson, and I have credentials that back up my ability to write a program. I have a PhD in Exercise Physiology. I have worked as a professor of Exercise Science at Brooklyn College and Springfield College. I have coached the athletes from Springfield College Team Ironsports. I have competed in Strongman and qualified and competed in two world championships at the Arnold Classic. I have competed in submission wrestling at the highest level in the North American Grappling Association. I have fought professionally in Mixed Martial Arts. I have trained for a long time. I have made weight in weight class sports for a long time. I have studied the workings of the body and lived the science to the best of my ability for a long time. I have been lurking in the shadows, learning and training, not putting my information out for public consumption for a long time. If you are an elite strength coach, you probably know who I am. If you are an elite strongman athlete, you probably know who I am. If you are a regular Joe who is a weekend warrior, or a gym bro, you probably do not know who I am. This is how I meant to keep things. Now I am changing and permitting the 99% to have a glimpse at what the 1% does. Perhaps I can unveil more members of the 1% by putting this information out there for the masses. I doubt there are many of you out there, but if you exist, I’ll know it because you’ll enter the beast, you will become the beast, and you will want to tell me and the world about it afterwards.

This program is not going to be like ones you have done before. You will do the same workout over and over again for four weeks in a row. There is no chest and bi’s day. There is no back and shoulders day. There is no leg day. Every day will be an everything day. After you complete four weeks of the same workout done four times per week, you will move on to the next phase. Each phase builds on the previous one. Do not skip phases. Do not alter the plan. Do not have your own, “good idea”. Fall in line, and accept what is given to you. This program is not built on the singular day. This program is built on the accumulation of all the days put together. You will have good days. Do not get too excited about those good days. You will have bad days. Do not let the bad days get you down. Punch your ticket on a daily basis and ride the wave. Do not think too much. Simply trust the process and do your work. Nobody cares about you except yourself, but you can be your own worst enemy by thinking too much about yourself as a special little entity. You likely suffer from terminal uniqueness. You believe that you are somehow very different than everybody else. You are more like everyone else than you are different. Others have gone through this before you. Others will go through this after you. Either you do this, or you do not do this. You make a decision, and then everything else falls in place. If you have made your decision, then I welcome you to the beast, and I am excited for your transformation into the beast. Do not be afraid of the animal that lurks in the deep recesses of your being. Let it out, and experience its primal forces. Let it breathe the fresh air, and growl at the timid who walk around you.

At this point, you may be asking, what is the outcome that I am trying to get out of this program? The outcome is a multi-faceted one. If you are a typical gym bro, and you’re only looking to put on muscle mass, this will be accomplished through this program if you eat a lot of food. If you are looking to get shredded, this will be accomplished if you eat a moderate amount of food. If you are looking to get injured, this will be accomplished if you have poor technique and do not eat enough food. If you are looking to get stronger, this will be accomplished because the training density will cause you to accumulate a tremendous amount of high quality work. If you are looking to improve your cardiorespiratory endurance, this will be accomplished because your heart rate will be elevated for significant amounts of time while you’re doing this program. This program is a shot gun blast. Whatever it hits, it destroys.

The MASS program is a combination of periodization based program design schemes of the Soviet Union, and exercises that are extremely popular in the United States. The creation of the MASS program was greatly inspired by the movie, Rocky IV. At the moment where I sit here and write this book, May 24, 2015, I am a 35 year old, American man. I was born in 1980, and if you grew up during that time like I did, you understand that there was a lot of USA vs. USSR stuff going on in our television and movie spheres. Ivan Drago was the epitome of the Soviet villain. Drago was the unstoppable giant who appeared cold and unbeatable. He killed Rocky’s best friend, Apollo Creed in the beginning of the movie, and it appeared as though he may do the same thing to Rocky at the end of the movie. Rocky needed to avenge the death of his friend, so he had to take on the monster that was Drago. The fight took place in the Soviet Union, and Rocky traveled there to train for the epic showdown. The training scenes from this movie are some of the most memorable of any of the Rocky movies. Ivan Drago was the ultimate Soviet sports system laboratory experiment. In every training scene involving Drago he was hooked up to electrodes measuring his internal information. Drago punched devices that recorded his force production. Fancy machines were used in the training of Drago, and there were constantly multiple scientists in white lab coats with clip boards surrounding him, analyzing every aspect of his physiological development. In contrast, Rocky was running outside in the snow, climbing mountains, lifting wagons, and sweating it out inside a barn with a primitive looking fire burning in the background. This was the clash of cultures, philosophies, and approaches to training.

When I was a kid in the 80’s, I was completely fascinated by this movie and it remains one of my strongest childhood memories to date. Not only that, but I was incredibly interested in all the laboratory stuff Drago was using. Every bell had a whistle, numbers on dials were always going up, and the ability to demonstrate increased power and speed was something that grabbed my interest intensely. I thought the Soviet training was the coolest thing that I had ever seen. Conversely, I just knew that what Rocky was doing was even better. Allowing the forces of nature to permeate throughout all aspects of the training process made intuitive sense. Getting outside into big, wide open space and being very primitive in the approach to developing the body resonated as the more correct approach. Drago trained rotary force production on an isokinetic machine. Rocky put a yoke for animals on his shoulders and did the same thing. Drago performed triceps extensions on a device that could quantify force. Rocky was using a multiplanar approach that looked like a triceps extension by hoisting a huge bag of rocks attached to a pully system with a rope. Drago used the barbell clean and press while Rocky was pressing a cart with his training team seated in the back end. The two athletes juxtaposed one another in every possible way, their training included.

In putting this program together I was inspired to do some blending of approaches that reflect what I’ve learned of block training coming from the Soviet sports science approach to training, and some good old fashioned American ingenuity. If I had to define block training, I would say that it is the sequential organization of training phases where each training phase has a fairly specific, objective approach. Each phase prepares you for the following one optimally, and every subsequent phase builds on that which was developed in the previous phase. A training block should identify a fitness quality that it is trying to develop, and it should be very consistent in the way it attacks the development of that quality. While training in a block, you do not want to send mixed training messages at the body. This is why you do the same workouts over and over again during the blocks. Too much variation leads you in too many different directions. Too much variation gets you nowhere from a training perspective. I need to be very precise in picking the correct exercises that will allow me to properly develop the physiological quality I am interested in. The exercises are the tools for the job. I need to first understand what the job is that I am trying to perform, and then I select the appropriate tool. I do not want to use power snatches for time in the first two blocks of this program. The power snatch is a great tool for a phase that is looking to develop strength-speed within a triple extension oriented movement pattern focus. I’m looking to change body composition with this program, pack on muscle, increase strength in a non-specific directional way, and develop the physiology of your energy systems with this program. Giving you highly technical exercises that are easily compromised in their technical performance with fatigue is a very poor idea. In my organization of the blocks for this program, I have selected an approach that will look to recruit and fatigue as many muscle fibers in the body as I possibly can tap into. I have chosen exercises that I believe are the appropriate tools for that specific job. This is my laboratory, Soviet approach to program design.

I’ve also done this program before and had many others perform it as well. Every time I do it and see other people perform it, the program just looks right. I see people working hard, getting results, and enjoying it as much as anybody could with something that is tremendously grueling. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and swims like a duck, it’s probably a duck. This program just looks right to me. It’s got an All-American blue collar, red meat eating, punch your ticket at work kind of vibe to it for me. You get to bench press and squat and deadlift a whole lot. There’s not a lot of fancy, high tech looking exercises in this thing. I’m an American and I like to sweat and get a testosterone rush, grunt, and feel like I did something at the end of my training session. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here. I’m trying to organize a really hard, satisfying training experience in a way that will get you where you want to go.

I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together and living the program and thoughts that are conveyed within these pages. If you’ve watched Rocky IV, I hope you enjoy the titles to the chapters, and the way a lot of the famous movie quotes keep coming back to you in the text. I hope you appreciate the fact that I’m mixing in humor and exaggeration in the writing that is in the spirit of the Rocky IV movie. If you haven’t seen Rocky IV, go watch it, because I think it will make your experience with this program better. Don’t be afraid to play the soundtrack from the movie every time you train. As you enter this book, I’d like to welcome you with one thought regarding the outcomes of your training journey into MASS…if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change.

17 reviews for MASS

  1. 5 out of 5

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    You know that one workout that leaves you on your ass and that you absolutely dread? Well, MASS does just that and more. It feels like running a four minute mile, executing 500 pound barbell rows, and squatting a doublewide trailer home all at the same time. Impossible right? Yeah, well that’s what the past 16 weeks felt like for me.
    I personally got to complete MASS with Pat Davidson and Ethan Grossman – two savages that created an experience I will never forget. With our advanced training experience and high relative strength levels, this program was absolutely grueling. This training cycle has given me a new approach on how to cope with life’s difficulties and dial into the little things that would otherwise be unseen without this type of training.
    If you are looking for mental fortitude and physical supremacy, MASS is your golden ticket to the house of gains.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    As a martial artist, you’re always looking to better your performance. Operation Drago has put to the test my mental discipline. Some days I just don’t want to do it. Some days I just want to stay home. However, every time I push through with my team, it feels great! Training with beast men and having a beast program, has definitely brought my training to a higher level. I highly recommend the program for anyone who wants to challenge themselves and become part of the 1%.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    There is always a healthy amount of skepticism that emerges whenever there is a new training program or diet structure that emerges on the scene, especially front hose of us who have had access to the upper echelon of training knowledge. Most of it is 8 weeks to this, a month to that, a quick body fix, and so on. This, however, is not a training program. This is not a miracle body fix. This program you are lucky enough to hold in your hands is nothing short of a crucible. One that many have gone through and not all have emerged from. If you are flipping though the pages and any part of this program makes you feel uneasy or you don’t quite understand what it’s trying to accomplish, trust that instinct and put it back where you found it. No shame in it, it’s very much designed that way. For those of you who have an enthralling courtship with fatigue, soreness and their other
    evil step sisters, then welcome home. You will sweat, you will grunt, you will drop weights, you’ll have gym owners none too pleased with you, you will occasionally zero out sets. But know that the hands typing this are attached to someone who has felt every single thing you have. The battery acid pumping through your veins post Phase 1, the crushing feeling of being trapped in Phase 2, the painfully explosive pump and muscle fatigue of phase 3, and the almost certain death that awaits you in Phase 4 I am all too familiar with all of it. But keep in this in the front of your mind before you embark on this journey: if you die, you die.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    Every so often, just when you feel like you’ve hit a plateau or you can’t figure out where your training is lagging, you stumble upon something that reinvigorates everything you do in the gym. MASS could not have come at a better time for me. Reading the program is the only thing easy about it (and if you’ve ever talked to Pat, you know his mind is working a mile a minute, so try to keep up). Straight to the point, MASS will punch you in the face and if you aren’t on the ground after every single workout, you’re not taking advantage of its true potential. Dial in your form, toss on the plates and prepare for the fight of your life because MASS is not for the faint of heart. Each phase will force you to dig deeper and push harder because it’s not just about picking heavy stuff up. Just when you think you can handle the volume and work:rest, the program comes at you from a different angle. Survive all 4 phases and you’ll be staring at a new person in the mirror. I just hope you’re not afraid of monsters…

  5. 5 out of 5

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    MASS is the perfect combination of brains and brawn. The brain of the program is the creator, Dr. Patrick Davidson. Davidson is well known for his expertise in the field of strength training and programming. He is an expert and really knows his stuff. The brawn of the program is you. After 16 weeks of following this program you will find your inner beast, mentally and physically. More than anything you will be challanged and put to the test. If you have what it takes, you will come out on the other side as a monster.
    In this program I gained muscle mass, physical/mental strength, confidence, and fulfilled my desire to challange myself. I started the program at 150 lbs and I am currently only half way through the program weighing 160lbs.
    Up your training to the next level. Follow a real program with a purpose written by an expert. There’s plenty of nonsense in the exercise world, but this is the real deal.
    On a final note I will add that the book is a great read. When I initially picked it up my intention was to just skim it, get an idea, and read it the next day. Let me just say that I finished reading it that night. As a martial artist, and strength coach myself, I was very impressed with the knowledge with in it.

  6. 5 out of 5

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    Knowing Pat Davidson as I do, it comes as no surprise that he wrote a program that is meant to absolutely smash you. I had the pleasure of doing my Graduate work along side Pat and we were also training partners for a time. I have witnessed his extremely high standards both in the classroom and the weight room. MASS is a horrifying blend of his science and practical background. While it may not seem feasible, MASS can accomplish a number of results depending on your focus and nutritional habits: muscular hypertrophy, decrease body fat, increase metabolic conditioning, etc. Prior to starting MASS, I did not need to add size but certainly needed to increase my met-con and decrease my body fat. By tightening up my diet and following the MASS protocol, I have seen some great results. I shared MASS with my friends who were trying to add size. It has worked quite well for them. But make no mistake, regardless of your goals MASS is going to kick the hell out of you. It will most likely be the most physically and mentally taxing program you have experienced. If you are content just being another part of the 99%, MASS isn’t for you. You will surely lose the battle. However, if you have the mental, physical, and testicular fortitude to complete the 16 week MASS program, the results will be dramatic.

  7. 5 out of 5

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    Training to me has and always will be about building relationships and creating a community to accomplish a goal. Those goals may be different for everyone but each person does and should have a goal(s). Since making the decision to start this program, I not only have gained approximately 10-15 lbs of muscle (Started @195..now ~205-207)without even changing my diet, but I have gained an appreciation for how hard I can push myself and an appreciation for the others who have as well. I have never pushed myself like I have pushed myself during this 16-week program. Each phase is a new opportunity to make yourself better. I can honestly say that this might have been the most fun (& grueling) training program I’ve tested because anything worthwhile in life requires sacrifice. This training will be a sacrifice in your life. There will be days where you absolutely don’t want to do it and you’ll hate it when you do. However, anything worthwhile in life requires sacrifice.
    It will give you a better understanding of yourself as a person because you know what you are capable of and in the end you will be a different but better person that you knew

  8. 5 out of 5

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    Sweat pouring, heart racing, legs throbbing, lungs gasping, eyes fogging, brain sending out its warning that all may fail… and then the buzzer sounds for your next set, so you rise. This program will show you what it is to actually push yourself to the ends of the earth, to rise, only to fall, then rise again, to fall even lower. It will introduce and familiarize you with defeat, well before earning any right to success. It will teach you suffering is in the individual, but power, motivation, strength and retribution is in the team! This program isn’t just a workout, its a life lesson in pain vs gain , risk vs reward, man vs monster. I am just one link in a chain of athletes who were just fortunate enough to be a part of it. My thanks to Pat Davidson.

    Joseph Agudelo

  9. 5 out of 5

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    I have never been through a workout like this. Nothing has pushed me so hard and left me wanting more. It leaves you feeling like a beast like you can accomplish anything. Working out every muscle to the point of failure. This program really did it for me. I recommend it to anyone who is strong enough. This is not for the weak or timid. This workout will destroy you!

  10. 5 out of 5

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    This is the first training program I have done and I do not regret my decision. MASS pushes you not only physically, but mentally as well. It has made me realize a potential I never knew I had. During the workout, I feel like giving up and never going back to it, but there is no greater feeling than finishing and knowing you are part of the 1%. MASS is a very well-organized program that will unleash the beast in you and I highly recommend it to those looking to push themselves like never before.

  11. 5 out of 5

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    This program will test you physically, mentally, and emotionally. There is no “kind of” or “sort of” with this. You either do it or you don’t.

  12. 5 out of 5

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    I wrote this monster and I did it myself. It was an epic 64 training sessions. I wouldn’t have made it without my training partners. Most days I told myself, don’t do it, you’re too old and too tired, this isn’t a good idea. I did it anyways. I made it just like others have made it. The only problem with this program is you don’t know what to do after. You can’t justbe back to regular training after this 16 week journey. It changes you. I’m just another guy who did this program at the end of the day. I really enjoyed it. I enjoy being part of the community now.

  13. 5 out of 5

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    When I started this program I had been looking to be challenged. MASS did not disappoint. It was quite the journey. It will test you every step of the way. If that’s what you’re looking for, MASS WILL provide that. Strength, body comp, work capacity all changed for the better. This is not for the faint of heart but trust me, you will feel like a new person once you complete it.

  14. 5 out of 5

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    You can show up to the gym and think that you are efficient, strong, engaged, and being a monster. Let this program humble you. Let it show you that you are weak and that you will quit. Tremble, shake, and beg for mercy. Then show up, and do it again. But this time you are a little stronger. You keep moving forward and right when you think you are stronger than you’ve ever been, you hit a wall. You are breaking down. You are sore. You are grumpy. You can’t sleep. At this point, you will probably give up. That’s a shame, because there was a beast growing inside of you, and you couldn’t handle it. But here’s the thing – you may not be able to handle stress, but the beast can. It’s stronger than you ever imagined. Wait for it. The shackles will break and you will be living proof that there was a monster inside all along. All you gotta do is shut up, and do the work.

    With proper nutrition, sleep, hydration and stress coping techniques, you will not believe that a single program can improve so many variables. GPP, work capacity, variability, power, strength, improved body composition,

    It takes a lot of hard work, sweat, and blood to build a beast.

  15. 5 out of 5

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    MASS is everything I didn’t know I needed until I was about 2 weeks in. It’s grueling, dreadful, exhausting, daunting and some how equally fun, challenging, motivating, and rewarding.

    It puts life into perspective. You start to believe, if I can do this I can do anything. I recently faced some of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced professionally with more confidence than ever. You appreciate rest days more because you’ve never worked this hard. You feel broken physically and sometimes mentally but you overcome it and start to realize your true ability. You’re forced to think incrementally, 5 more reps, 2 more sets, one more day, block 3, and goals start to feel crushable. The beginning of every workout sucks (especially at 6am) and so does the end but the satisfaction and strength you feel with completing each day is intoxicating and relieving.

    Priceless takeaways:
    Think less. Sleep more. Lift heavy. Get stronger. Be confident. Focus. Smile. Growl. Have fun. Push yourself. Accept challenges.

  16. 5 out of 5

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    The best workout is the one you are not doing. If you are not currently doing this program, I guarentee it will be the best one you’ve ever done. I have been strength training, bodybuilding, conditioning for 23 years. In that time, I have taken no more than 1 week off training at a time. Will be 42 in January. I have a gym set up in my basement. No one but me, trap bar, barbells, weights, and pandora. I have 2 more workouts to go for block #2. As others have said, this workout is brutal. I have increased weights beyond were I thought I would be at this point. The only thing that makes this “easier” is to: stay hydrated all day everyday (i.e. good reason to put the IPA beer “hobby” aside), and keep nutrition on point. As each block progresses, I increase calories and carbs toward the end of the block to fuel the workouts to the next level. At almost 42, my body is changing, re-comping, and the scale is lying. With 2 to go in block 2, I blow up like a tick during and after these workouts. Usually by round 2 of 6 I talk myself into going to a place I’ve never been, and suck it up, because I am grateful to be a athletic psycho-freak at my age. This to me fulfills a regret of never going into the military and is the Special Opps training that I never did. And my wife appreciates the almost nill beer consumption. Best feeling ever. Thank you Pat for designing this program.

  17. 2 out of 5

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    If your gym is not completely empty when you go, then this program is not for you. The fact of the matter is that you need to hog equipment for the first 2 phases especially. It just isn’t practical to expect to hold a squat rack for a half hour while youre all over the gym doing other things. Also, my problem with this program is how much it focuses on endurance. If your goal is simply to gain strength or size, I would suggest going for something else. This knocks you on your ass so much cardio-wise that it leaves no room for your muscles to go to their limit. Overall, if you like to enjoy going to the gym and not hogging equipment, I would have to suggest you stay away from this program.

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