Rich Piana: biography and personal life

Rich Piana is one of the most controversial bodybuilders in the history of bodybuilding. Over the years, Rich has gained both a huge number of fans and a considerable number of haters. Why is the late bodybuilder so remembered by people that they continue to discuss him even after his death? You will find the answer to this question in our article!


When discussing the biography of Rich Piana, one cannot fail to say about his childhood, from which, in fact, his path began. The future star of fitness and bodybuilding was born in 1971. Rich's mother was a professional bodybuilder, it was she who inspired her son to engage in bodybuilding. Piana first became acquainted with the world of iron sports at the age of 11, when he started going to the gym to watch his mother prepare for the competition.

Photo by Rich Piana


According to Rich Piana himself, he was a strong guy long before he began to engage in professional bodybuilding. At the age of 18, he stung 140 kilograms without breast problems without the use of pharmacological support. At the same age, he began to participate in various youthful competitions in bodybuilding, in which he never managed to achieve any success. Tired of defeats, the young bodybuilder Rich Piana decided to switch to the "dark side" ...

Steroid use

As you can already understand, by the "dark side" we meant the use of anabolic steroids. Rich first tried illicit drugs at age 18, after a series of defeats. For 8 weeks of a course of pharmacology, he gained 12.5 kilograms, 10 of which were clean muscles. In addition, his strength indicators improved significantly: for example, his working weight in the bench press increased from 140 kilograms to 160 (185 kilograms with a bridge). The result of this experiment with steroids was a victory in the competition. Success turned the head of a young bodybuilding star, and Rich could not stop.

Bodybuilder Rich Piana

If you look at the photo of Rich Piana, you can see that he has very unnatural muscle proportions. According to official sources, Piana injected polymethyl methacrylate-methacrylate (abbreviated PMMA), which is also called "organic glass." In the field of plastic surgery, this drug is used to correct scars, as an implant for lips, etc. PMMA is very expensive and very dangerous to use, so its use without the supervision of doctors can lead to negative consequences. In addition, the athlete himself admitted that he used a dangerous substance called “synthol” to achieve his goals. It is thanks to these drugs that the athlete has such a strange shape of his hands.

Who is Rich Piana?

Rich Piana did not stop taking steroids until his death. Moreover, he even published on the Internet a schedule for the use of anabolic drugs. Although Rich always convinced his fans to abandon the use of anabolics, he himself said that he was completely satisfied with his choice and did not regret anything.

Personal life

Not much is known about Rich Piana’s personal life. He was married to a woman named Sarah, whom she later divorced. Shortly before his death, he met a girl named Chanel Jansen. He lived in a chic mansion, was engaged in collecting a collection of exclusive tuned cars.


In what, and in the laziness and idleness of Rich Pianu can not be blamed. At 22 years old, the athlete set a goal by all means to make money on a large and beautiful house. Day after day, he began to put off a cent, saving almost everything. As Rich said in one of his videos, at that time his diet consisted of 3 packs of ravioli and 24 eggs. To increase the amount of carbohydrates, Piana occasionally added some rice or oatmeal to his diet. According to him, no more than 8-10 dollars were spent on food for a day. However, at the end of the week he allowed himself to eat from a belly in some catering establishment for the sum of 10 dollars. This went on for a year and a half.

Rich Piana's personal life

As a result, months of restrictions and savings have borne fruit: Piana managed to accumulate some savings, thanks to which he managed to start his own business. Prior to his death, which we will discuss in more detail below, Rich Piana was a successful entrepreneur and businessman. He bought real estate in Texas, had his own brand of sports nutrition called Rich Piana 5% Nutrition, and also led a successful YouTube channel with more than a million subscribers. He devoted 34 years of his life to sports, and the peak of his success in bodybuilding falls on 2009. It was this year that he achieved absolute leadership in the Frontier State Championship in bodybuilding. The most prominent part of the athlete’s body was his biceps, which according to 2014 was 36 centimeters.


On August 7, 2017, after using psychotropic drugs, Rich Piana lost consciousness during a haircut while in the bathroom of his own home. During the fall, a bodybuilder seriously injured his head. After the tragic incident, the doctors immediately arrived home, but they could not bring the man to consciousness. In this regard, the doctors decided to transfer him to the hospital and enter into a state of medical coma. According to official information provided by the police, 20 bottles of testosterone and opiates (narcotic substances) were found in the mansion of a famous bodybuilder. The athlete died on August 25, 2017 at the age of 45, without ever leaving a medical coma.

Rich Piana Biography

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