Rich Piana 5% Nutrition KILL IT Hardcore Pre Training Drink Pre Workout Review

Rich Piana 5% Nutrition KILL IT Hardcore Pre Training Drink Pre Workout Review

Rich Piana 5% Nutrition KILL IT Hardcore Pre Training Drink Pre Workout Review First Look:

It’s Friday night. I should be out at a festival but I missed my train, didn’t have my ticket and then the ordeal of getting back home on a last train then taxi meant I thought better of it all. I would love to have gone but I also have so much to do around the house that it seemed all too daunting with a hangover and very little sleep.

So, here I am, staying in, shattered, about to hit some weights and trying out a different pre workout to see if it can get me out of this slumber and help me lift some weight in my gym.

Deadlifts are the order of the day. I don’t really feel like it if I am honest but the beauty of having a weights set up in my house means you can go and lift as and when you fancy, at any time and without anyone fucking around and using shit you want to lift.

What better sachet to pick fro the many I have in my little cardboard box of tricks other than one offered by Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition brand?

Along with this music in the video, I wanted to get psyched.

Will this make me mental and get an insane pump helping me grow to 300lbs?!

Maybe not, not without some other help from deca, tren IGF etc.

As per all of 5% products the packaging steers us towards the more mutant edge of the branding sphere that is often typical of bodybuilding products, after all, we all want that mutant size and strength…don’t we?


Salt (sodium) – An essential mineral; its consumption is critical to our health. However, Americans plus a lot of Western countries do consume double the recommended daily intake.

Excess sodium may not raise blood pressure, but it is associated with other health issues, such as kidney damage and an increased risk of cognitive decline.

Niacin (B3) –  Higher amounts of niacin can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks. However, the jury is out on these real benefits.

Magnesium – Research into magnesium supplementation also increased testosterone production in men.

Beta-alanine  – Supplementation of this non essential amino acid aids the production of carnosine. That’s a compound that plays a role in muscle endurance in high-intensity exercise.

That said, studies have not exactly been positive nor entirely conclusive.

Creatine – A well regarded supplement overall!

Supplementation increases creatine storage and promotes a faster regeneration of adenosine triphosphate between high intensity exercises.

These improved outcomes will increase performance and promote greater training adaptations.

Tyrosine – Tyrosine is taken for depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the inability to stay awake (narcolepsy), and improving alertness following sleep deprivation.

It is also used for stress, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome(CFS).

Acetyl Tyrosine is a more soluble form of tyrosine.

Taurine – It has been touted that Taurine can help mental performance.

Early clinical research suggested that taurine, in combination with caffeine, glucuronolactone, and B vitamins, can improve attention and reasoning in adolescents, but does not improve memory.

However, there is insufficient evidence to prove this is always the case.

Caffeine – It stimulates the central nervous system (CNS), heart, muscles, and the centers that control blood pressure to give you an extra boost and hit that PB.

Caffeine Anhydrous is the purest form of caffeine so always look out for it.

This is found in 4 Gauge which is the best pre-workout.

Agmatine – Agmatine is considered to be a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator.

The majority use agmatine injections, not oral ingestion and there is still no evidence that working memory is enhanced with agmatine supplementation.

Coconut Water Powder – A 2007 study shows coconut water enhanced with sodium was as good as drinking a commercial sports drink for post-exercise rehydration with better fluid tolerance.

This is found in the best pre workout, 4 GAUGE.

L-Norvaline –  L-Norvaline showed significant improvement in serum nitrates, urea, LDH, testosterone and testicular protein level in diabetic rats.

There seems to be lots of information on the web about L-norvaline being a wonder drug, however, very little can be found from reliable, scientific sources i.e websites that are not trying to sell it to us.

Rhodiola rosea – Can protect against cognitive deficits, neuronal injury and oxidative stress, can also be used as a potential agent in treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. This is found in our favorite Nootropic.

Creatinol O-Phosphate (COP) – When injected this can alleviate heart complications. No evidence it can do anything when consumed orally.


One sachet of this fruit punch (they’re always fruit punch flavored!) flavored powder amounts to 10500mg which is lacking, especially when compared to some of the better pre workout supplements available.

The taste was nothing particularly special or different, it went down the throat easier than treacle though.

Video Review:

Effects & Benefits:

Rhodiola helps with cognitive function and helps protect our brain.

Magnesium is a vital mineral and is important for increasing testosterone production.

Coconut with Sodium is as good if not better than sports drinks for re-hydration.

Caffeine is probably the most well known ingredient found in here and its ability to give you a buzz and some energy is renowned, most used by people who work long hours or are hungover.

Beta-Alanine does nothing other than provide a tingling sensation which makes you think your veins are coursing with energy.

Creatine is a well renowned supplement which can help improve strength and performance.

Sodium will replace the lost salts from excessive sweating when working out, however, too much salt is bad for your health and many western diets provide too much salt as it is.

Tyrosine will help with alertness which is required when you are deadlifting twice your body weight.

READ: Read about our favorite pre workout that turned me in to a beast on the rugby pitch

How did it feel?

I only really felt the Beta-Alanine which felt pretty intense if I am honest.

I didn’t feel much else, I was really surprised and disappointed.


I am really surprised that Rich Piana would release a product which is a proprietary blend which actually conceals the amount of each ingredient that is included. This means we may only be getting trace amounts and the rest consisting of a bulking agent.

Too much sodium can be bad for you health and western diets are laden with sodium.

Niacin hasn’t been proven to offer any lessening of cardiovascular risk at all.

In fact Norvaline, Agmatine, Taurine and Creatinol O-Phosphate, in particular when taken orally has no evidence for its effectiveness at all.

Again, another shocker here for Rich Piana.

Rich Piana 5% Nutrition KILL IT Hardcore Pre Training Drink Pre Workout Review Conclusion:

I am really quite surprised this was released. Rich is on camera saying he would never release products that were not useful or effective. Hence why he said he would never release a mass gainer because it isn’t real food.

In fact, from what I am aware, he did release a mass gainer but it consisted of freeze dried or reduced yam etc. So real food that could be mixed in a shaker rather than just empty calories.

Yet, here, we have a pre workout that, if I am being truthful, offered nothing much more than a tingling sensation and consists of a proprietary blend and many ingredients that are unproven in tests or the evidence is extremely limited.

Furthermore, at least one ingredient has no evidence to merely suggest it is effective when taken orally and should be injected.

We have listed the top 3 performing pre workout supplements which you can read about further, here.



Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.

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