Probably every person involved in bodybuilding has heard about Rich Piana. And probably everyone knows that Rich took steroids. This statement is not based on guesswork, but on real facts. Piana himself confessed to the use of steroids several times. Below we will tell you about this athlete and about how the steroids influenced his life.
Rich Piana’s path of life
Rich Piana was born in 1971 in Texas (the United States of America). From early childhood, the guy dreamed of prosperity, especially about the huge penthouse for his own family. From a young age, the boy began to save money (every cent) to buy a house. Every penny counts, you know. Simultaneously, the guy began to train in the gym and prepare for competitions. As Rich later admitted, there were times when his daily diet during periods of preparation for competitions was 3 packs of ravioli and 24 eggs, the cost of such a menu was just $ 1.
Such thrift contributed to the accumulation of starting capital for business investment. He showed remarkable abilities in sports at the age of 18. At that time, he recorded 185 kilograms in one rep in bench press. The athlete achieved amazing results not only with the help of dedicated training and nutrition, but more due to the cycle of anabolic steroids, which gave the athlete about 10 kg of lean muscle mass, and an additional 40 kg in bench press.
Impressed by the first results, Rich realized that he would not be able to stop there. But not everything went smoothly, in the competitions the bodybuilder did not achieve impressive successes. However, a series of victories suggests that Rich was a good bodybuilder.
- 1999 – seventh place in the US championship in fitness and bodybuilding;
- 2003 – the first in the championship of Los Angeles;
- 2004 – the sixth in the national championship among super heavyweights;
- 2009 – the first place in the championship of Sacramento among bodybuilders;
- 2009 – the winner of NPC Border States Classic Bodybuilding championship;
- in 2010, the sports career was ended, because this period did not bring the athlete any prize places.
We can say that his life was closely intertwined with sports, but the bodybuilding itself did not become its meaning. All his life the man tried to earn and organize his own business. Rich became an outstanding businessman, this is not surprising because for a long time he was an ascetic. The bodybuilder created sports nutrition brand “Rich Piana 5% Nutrition”. The athlete had a large collection of exclusive tuned cars. He also bought real estate in Texas.
Rich Piana as a video blogger
Rich Piana had his blog on YouTube (DAYUMAY) where he told his subscribers about sports and life. Users loved him for being honest. The bodybuilder talked about the use of steroids but did not promote or encourage the use of these drugs. His videos had hundreds of thousands and even millions of views. This channel exists until now. There are even new videos that were not released during the life of the athlete.
Death of Rich Piana
Unfortunately, the use of steroids and other doping drugs is harmful to health. Even those athletes who know how to use steroids properly are at increased risk of various diseases, including cardiovascular. Rich Piana died, most likely because of anabolic steroids. On August 7, 2017, he was in his mansion with his girlfriend. She cut Rich’s hair and he suddenly felt ill. The girl tried to hold him, but the big body of the bodybuilder fell to the floor. He hit his head and did not wake up.
The girl called an ambulance and Rich was taken to the hospital. Doctors were forced to introduce him into an induced coma. After a while, Rich died. Death overtook Rich Piana at age of 46, on August 25, 2017. This was a shock to the bodybuilding community. The death of Rich was not one famous loss in 2017. August 22, 2017, bodybuilder Dallas McCarver died. He was a real contender for the title of Mr. Olympia in the following years.
Sometime after Rich’s death, the results of his autopsy appeared on the Internet. It turned out that Rich Piana had brain swelling, mild coronary atherosclerosis, enlarged liver, enlarged spleen and thyroid gland, etc. This is a clear example of the negative effect of anabolic steroids on the human body. However, even these data do not give an answer to the question of what was the final cause of Piana’s death, who died after a 3-week coma.
Steroid Cycle of Rich Piana
Rich Piana took a very large amount of anabolic drugs. The athlete posted his steroid cycles on Instagram. For example, in 2015, he posted “get BIG as FUCK” 3-month cycle. It included:
- Deca Durabolin;
- Primobolan Depot;
- Testosterone cypionate;
- human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG);
- human growth hormone (hGH);
- Arimidex (one of PCT steroids).
In addition, Rich has used preparations like synthol to give large volumes to his shoulders and biceps. According to official sources, he has used injections of PMMA, better known as “organic glass”. In plastic surgery, PMMA is used as an implant for the lips, for correcting scars, etc. This preparation is dangerous when used without consulting a doctor.
Thus, thanks to steroids and other drugs Rich Piana has achieved a lot. However, these drugs led to the premature death of the athlete.