Probably every person involved in bodybuilding has heard about Rich Piana. And probably everyone knows that Rich took steroids. This statement is based on real facts, not on guesswork. Richard himself confessed to the use of “juice” several times. Below we’ll tell you about this athlete and about how the steroids influenced his life.
Rich Piana’s Path in Life
Richard Eugene Piana was born in 1971 in Texas (in the United States of America). From childhood, the guy dreamed of prosperity, especially about a huge penthouse for his own family. From a young age, the boy began to save money (every cent he accrued) to buy a house. Every penny counts, you know.
Simultaneously, he began to train in the gym and prepare for competitions. As Rich later admitted, there were times when his daily dietary regimen, during periods of preparation for competitions, included six meals. Each repast comprised a half package of ravioli and four whole eggs. The cost of such a menu was just US$1 dollar.
Such thrift contributed to the accumulation of start-up capital for business investments. He showed remarkable abilities in sports at age 18. He recorded 407 lbs in one rep on the bench press. The athlete achieved amazing results, not only with the help of dedicated training and nutrition, but more because of the cycles of anabolic steroids, which gave him about 22 lbs of lean muscle mass, and an additional 88 lbs on the bench press.
Impressed by the first results, “the mutant” realized he couldn’t stop there. But not everything went smoothly, in the competitions, the bodybuilder did not achieve impressive successes at first. However, a series of victories suggest that Rich was a good bodybuilder.
- 1999 — 7th place in the US championship in fitness and bodybuilding
- 2003 — 1st in the championship of Los Angeles
- 2004 — 6th in the national championship among super heavyweights
- 2009 — 1st place in the championship of Sacramento among bodybuilders;
- 2009 — The triumphant winner of NPC Border States Classic Bodybuilding championship
- in 2010, his sports career was halted because this period did not bring Rich any prize-winning places.
His life path was closely intertwined with sports, but bodybuilding did not determine its whole meaning. All his life, the man tried to earn and organize his own business. Rich became an outstanding businessman, this isn’t surprising because, for a long time, he was fastidious, an ascetic. The bodybuilder incorporated the sports nutrition brand Rich Piana 5% Nutrition. He had a large assemblage of exclusive tuned cars. He also bought an estate in Texas.
Rich Piana as a Video Blogger and Inspirer of Gym Rats
Rich Piana had a vlog on YouTube called DAYUMAY. Through the video sharing platform, he told his subscribers about sports and life. Users loved him for being honest. The musclebound person talked about the use of steroids but did not promote or encourage the use of “juicy goods.” His videos had hundreds of thousands and even millions of views. This channel exists until now. There are even new videos not released during the life of the athlete.
The Death of Rich Piana: What Tragic Event Killed the Athlete?
Unfortunately, anabolics and other doping drugs are harmful to our health. Even those athletes who know how to use steroids properly are at an increased risk of various diseases, including cardiovascular issues. Rich Piana most likely died because of anabolic steroids.
On August 7, 2017, he was in his mansion with his girlfriend. She was cutting Rich’s hair and he suddenly felt ill. The girl tried to hold him, but the massive 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 hospital. Doctors were forced to induce a coma. After a while, Rich died. Death overtook Rich Piana at the young age of 46 on August 25, 2017. This was a shock to the whole bodybuilding community. The death of Rich was not the sole famous loss in 2017. On August 22, 2017, bodybuilder Dallas “Big Country” McCarver passed away. He was a real contender for the title of Mr. Olympia in the following years.
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, an engorged liver, an enlarged spleen and thyroid gland. This is a clear example of the negative effect of anabolic steroids on the human body. However, we don’t have a clear answer to the question of what was the determinative cause of Piana’s doom, who died after an 18-day coma.
Rich Piana’s Steroid Cycle: “Get BIG as FUCK” (30lbs In 3 Months)
Rich Piana took gazillions of anabolic drugs. The athlete posted his steroid cycles on Instagram. For example, in 2015, he posted the “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)
For instance, these are the first three weeks of this cycle (source: original photo from 1daymay Instagram page):
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3|
|Mon||½ Test E|
½ Mast P
|¾ Test E|
¾ Mast P
|1 Test E|
1 Mast P
|+ Every Day||GH (Serostim) 2.25 IU||GH (Serostim) 4.5 IU||Same|
Besides this cocktail, Rich used preparations like Synthol to give bulkier volume to his shoulders and biceps. According to official sources, he used injections of PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate, (C5O2H8)n) better known as “organic glass.” Plastic surgeons use PMMA as an implant for the lips and for correcting scars. This preparation is dangerous when used without consulting a doctor. Its brand names include Crylux, Plexiglas, Acrylite, Diakon, Acrypet, and Perspex.
Thus, thanks to steroids and the other drugs Rich Piana achieved a lot. However, these drugs led to the premature death of the leading athlete.