Rich Piana might not be a top bodybuilder on the Olympia stage, or even a competitive bodybuilder at all anymore, but he is definitely gaining attention and becoming more popular by the day. Some of this is due to the fact that he is an enormous bodybuilder that trains heavy, and some of it is due to his incredibly open mind and outlook on training, anabolic steroids, nutrition, etc. His biggest break seems to have come from a training series posted by MutantTV on youtube, an incredibly high quality production that took us through a day in the life of Rich.
The videos, which are all posted below, show an incredibly “rich” Rich Piana as he goes to the gym, eats, talks nutrition and training, and of course, shows off his toys and luxuries. Although he does not compete anymore, Rich still stands about 6 foot tall and weighs in at close to 290 lbs, without a great deal of bodyfat, either. Incredible vascularity can be seen throughout his training videos – which is sometimes an indication of low bodyfat, as well as incredible muscle fullness.
As stated in the videos and various other interviews, Rich states that he does not believe in overtraining, but more so under-eating and under-resting. He believes there is no real limit to how long and often you train, as long as you rest enough and eat enough. Whether this requires eating 10 meals per day, you need to do what’s necessary. He also stresses that doing what works for you is what matters as well.
Rich has also posted online that as far as rep ranges go, he tends to go for weight as heavy as possible, for higher reps.
“There is a guy at the gym where I train at who every squat day goes up to 5 plates does like 6 reps. Then over to leg press loads up as many plates as the machine can hold and does 8-10 reps. Now I have to say his form is good, squats all the way down, good range on the leg press. One day he tells me he cant get his legs to grow. I was training a client and invited him to work in with us. 10 sets of 20 reps with 225 on squats. His first set he did 24 all the way down perfect form and acted like it was easy. (smart ass) Next set he struggled to get 20.Third set he got 12 and wanted to rack it, I spotted him and made him get 20. There was no fourth set, he threw up and left the gym. Next time I saw him he was back to his old workout. Try 10 sets of 20 reps on squats (rest 2-3 min)”
As stated earlier, Rich is also somewhat open with the use of anabolic steroids. Although he might not mention it in his Mutant videos, he’s been seen in interviews openly discussing usage and does not hide the fact that he uses. Fans have even mentioned him speaking about it when approached by the fans occasionally, as well as being incredibly insightful and friendly.