3 Isn’t Always a Crowd: Why Stacking Your Supplements Is a MUST

Is 3 always a crowd?

So many things come in threes. You’ve heard of a few: three musketeers. Third time’s the charm. Three strikes and you’re out. Good (and bad!) things come in threes. There are three stooges, three bears, three blind mice, and three little pigs. And of course we’ve always heard that three’s a crowd! But not always. We have a few favorites that come in threes (including our Lean Stacks of protein, pre-workout, and BCAAs), and they’re all the better for having that third wheel.

Here are 10 of our favorite things that come in threes… both silly and serious. At the end, rearrange our list to tell us what your favorite threes are.

Three-Cheese Pizza

You knew we were going to start off with a food, right? This is the classic, maybe even more classic than pepperoni. This is the “pizza cheese” that you buy pre-shredded in a bag: mozzarella, fontina, and Parmesan. Mozzarella is chewy, fontina is melty, and Parmesan is salty, and together they combine to make pizza taste like pizza, exactly the way you remember from childhood slumber parties. Once you’ve tasted a three-cheese pizza, mozzarella alone just doesn’t taste right.

The Kardashians

Okay… sometimes all three of them really are a crowd. But we all love the drama, right? Gotta have some reality TV. There are three Kardashian sisters we’ve all become familiar with on their reality show, online, and in the check-out aisle at the grocery store: Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe. Together, they’re a non-stop drama factory and make the front page of the tabloids at least once a week. And they wouldn’t be the same without each other!

Soup, Salad, and Breadsticks

Everyone’s favorite weekday lunch when they need to get out of the office. It’s so much healthier than pizza… or so we tell ourselves. And of course you can’t just order the salad: it’s not filling enough without the soup. And the soup simply isn’t the same without breadsticks, right? You need all three to make a complete lunch. And because there’s salad, it’s totally healthy. Totally.

Three Wishes

We all know that when you find a magic lamp with a genie in it, you’re offered three wishes, and you’d better be smart about which ones you choose! There are some wishes that always end badly for the wisher, like eternal life, or bringing someone back from the dead. You’ve seen the movies and read the fables. So what’s so magical about three? No one is entirely sure, but it’s long been considered both a lucky and an unlucky number. Which is it for you?

Tequila, Salt, and Lime

Not everybody likes tequila: some because they never have, and some because they once had “a bad experience” with the drink! Whether you like it or not, there’s only one way to drink it: with lime and salt. You can combine the three as a shot (lick the salt, shoot the tequila, then suck on the lime slice), or you can combine them in the form of a margarita with a salted rim. The former is sure to get your night started off on the right (or maybe the wrong) foot, and the latter is a refreshing go-to every summer. Is tequila even drinkable without it’s two sidekicks?

Shorts, Socks, and Sandals

We are not kidding: this is a classic combination. At least for the dads of the world! Have you ever gone on vacation without seeing a middle-aged or elderly gentleman rocking this hot summer look? Extra points for black socks, Velcro® sandals, and khaki Bermuda shorts. You need all three to achieve coveted Embarrassing Dad status at Disney World or Daytona Beach.

The Jonas Brothers

We couldn’t leave them out if we included the Kardashians, could we?! The Jonas Brothers have faded in popularity recently, but for a while they were the subject of conversation at every middle school lunch table… and maybe some grown-up lunch breaks, too. Nick, Joe, and Kevin swept some awards shows between 2008 and 2013, and they certainly couldn’t have done it without each other, especially since the inter-brother drama is what keeps everyone coming back for more.


The campfire treat so craveable that it’s now one of Ben & Jerry’s most popular flavors, but the kind you make over a campfire in the woods is by far the best. And there’s always hot debate about how burnt or how blonde your marshmallow should be! No one is 100% sure who invented this treat, but it’s credited to scout troups in the 1950s. You absolutely need all three ingredients to make it a s’more: graham crackers, marshmallows, and milk chocolate.

Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen, and Dennis Rodman

Here’s the trio that made the Chicago Bulls what they were in the 1990s. This All-Defensive First Team is the perfect example of three elements working together perfectly to achieve the best possible outcome: three National Championships in a row. Working as a team is just as much of a talent as playing well on your own, and these three were some of the most talented in the history of the sport.

IdealLean Lean Stacks

Speaking of athletes… IdealLean Lean Stacks work as a team of three to give you the best workouts and the best results ever. If your goal is to achieve the leanest, fittest body you’ve ever had, then you need all three: IdealLean Protein to fuel lean muscle, IdealLean Pre-Workout to get you motivated and focused on your workouts, and IdealLean BCAAs to promote fast recovery and full hydration. Do they work separately? Just like Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman, they sure do… but they’re at their best when they’re on the team together! When you combine the right supplements, you get the best results.

What do YOU think?

Rank these popular threes below and tell us which you think are best and worst!

Katharine Stevenson

Katharine Stevenson

Writer and expert

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