The 5-Percenters asked for it, and they got it.
Fans of Rich Piana know the bodybuilder is synonymous with an outlandish lifestyle and equally outrageous supplements. Just take a look at our write-ups of Crea-TEN and his mental brain-booster, Mentality.
We’ve already covered Rich’s pre workout Kill It, which was rather unique. However, that’s the lightweight pre workout by Rich’s standards. For the serious stim fiends and pre workout junkies that need a heavy “fix” of energy before their workouts, 5% Nutrition also offers 5150.
The Quick and Dirty
- This is a well-balanced pre workout if you like high stimulant doses!
- But citrulline is the only nitric oxide booster (taurine is the other ‘pump’ ingredient)
- New stimulant ingredient: Halostachine
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5150 is all about energy, focus, and some pumps. If you’re one of those guys who’s a 2-3 scooper each workout, this is the product for you. One scoop of this stim blend and you’ll have energy for DAYS!
When you want pure, unadulterated pumps, L-Citrulline is where you go! It’s a superior nitric oxide booster compared to Arginine and other old-school options. Higher nitric oxide production leads to greater vasodilation, blood flow, and most importantly, PUMPS.
That’s not all though, L-Citrulline also enhances your endurance by reducing time to exhaustion.
The dose here is perfect to give you all the pumps you need for your intense workouts.
Taurine is categorized as one of the “conditionally” essential amino acids that usually in ready supply in the body, but during times of extreme physical exertion, the body’s output can keep up with demand. Here’s where supplementation is necessary.
Taurine is predominantly stored in the muscles, brain, and heart. In skeletal muscle, taurine acts as a cell volumizer helping draw water and nutrients into it.
This not only improves hydration, but endurance as well. A last benefit of taurine supplementation is “water-based” pumps when consumed pre workout, and dramatically reduced DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).[3,4]
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (750mg)
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) is the more bioavailable, and more expensive form of L-Tyrosine. This means a smaller dose of NALT can be used to improve focus and cognition compared to L-Tyrosine.
Tyrosine supplements increase production of noradrenaline and dopamine, two highly important neurotransmitters. Higher levels of dopamine and noradrenaline improve mood and focus while alleviating symptoms of anxiety and stress.[5,6]
Choline Bitartrate (500mg)
While Rich opted for the more expensive form for Tyrosine, he chose to use the cheaper form of choline variants in choline bitartrate. It’s less bioavailable than Choline CDP, which means we’ll need a higher dose to really “feel” the effects of this ingredient.
Choline supplements help promote a stronger “mind-muscle” connection as well as bolster focus during any task.
500mg is a decent dose, but we usually like to see closer to 1g when using this lesser form of choline.
Higenamine HCl (50mg)
Higenamine, a.k.a. Norcoclaurine, comes from the Nandia plant and was originally used in ancient medicine as an anti-asthmatic. More recently, it’s been used in fat burners and pre workouts since it mimics the effects of the now banned ephedrine.
Much like ephedrine and synephrine (another of our ingredients), Higenamine is a beta receptor agonist. Higenamine increases production of noradrenaline, which ignites a chain reaction in the body that stimulates the “fight or flight” response.
This results in greater concentration, heightened focus, and the mobilization of stored fats for use as energy.
Hordenine HCl (50mg)
Hordenine is one of the many bioactive alkaloids contained in Citrus Aurantium (a.k.a. bitter orange). Like the other alkaloids found in the plant, hordenine operates as a beta-2 adrenergic agonist.
In addition to increasing energy expenditure, Hordenine also functions as a noradrenaline reuptake modulator.[10,11] What this means is that noradrenaline stays active longer in the body and yields greater focus, energy, and alertness.
Halostachine HCl (50mg)
Here’s an ingredient you won’t find in many, if any, products on the market! Halostachine is a mild sympathomimetic agent that also acts as a partial adrenergic binding agent.
One study comparing halostachine to various other epinephrine-like compounds demonstrated halostachine to be 19% as effective as epinephrine in activating the beta-2 receptor.
It’s more effective as an alpha receptor agonist where it leads to elevated body temperature and some mild vasoconstriction.
Synephrine HCl (30mg)
Synephrine is yet another beta receptor agonist included in 5150. Numerous research trials have been conducted on this plant alkaloid and found it to be a safe, and incredibly effective, alternative to ephedrine.
Like Higenamine and Hordenine, Synephrine acts as a strong beta receptor agonist in the body,[15,16] that stimulates lipolysis which essentially encourages the body to “burn fat for fuel.
Stim-Crazy Caffeine Complex (500mg)
Although the caffeine complex is proprietary, Rich does disclose the total caffeine content. Each scoop of 5150 contains a total of 400mg of caffeine from all the various sources – both fast and ‘slow’:
Kicking off our caffeine complex is the old stalwart, caffeine anhydrous. This is the same as the caffeine you’d find in coffee, soda, or tea, except it’s had the water molecule removed.
We won’t waste more time covering this form of caffeine as you’re probably very familiar with it.
Dicaffeine Malate is a combination of caffeine and malic acid. This yields about 75% caffeine by volume compared to the anhydrous variety.
Anhydrous provides the instant, hard-hitting energy you’re accustomed to, while dicaffeine malate provides a smooth, sustained release that helps carries you through your workout and provides a smoother transition off the stim high.
Theobromine is another xanthine-type molecule similar to caffeine that stimulates the CNS. It’s often referred to as caffeine’s “younger brother” in that it still imparts increased energy and alertness, but no to the same degree as caffeine.
Similar to our previous ingredient, theobromine does provide a smoother, longer-lasting energy than pure caffeine as well as smooth out any potential crash that may exist from consuming such a high caffeine dose.
Caffeine (from Green Tea)
Our third form of caffeine comes from that derived from green tea. While coffee usually has 80-100mg per 8 oz cup, green tea averages only around 25mg or so.
As far as the differences you may feel from the two, there really isn’t a difference, and no real studies have been published testing the effects of one versus the other.
Yerba Mate Extract
Yerba mate is a newer, trendier way that people have been latching onto to get their caffeine fix lately. It’s a of plant that’s a member of the holly family and used to make a type of tea.
The interesting thing to note though, is that yerba mate combines the healthful polyphenols found in tea with the caffeinated kick of coffee. This is a great combo that in all likelihood will have more research coming out on it in the near future.
Green Coffee Bean Extract
We’re assuming this is included for its caffeine content and not as the weight loss “wonder” that’s since been proven false.
The one point in Green Coffee Bean’s favor is that it can help lower your your blood pressure due to its chlorogenic acid content.
Gotu Kola Extract
Gotu Kola has a long and storied use in Traditional Chinese medicine for treating numerous skin conditions. Clinical trials involving the plant demonstrated it exhibits several benefits in helping individuals reduce symptoms of alleviate anxiety.
To match Rich’s unique style of supplements, you can rest assured he doesn’t do standard flavors like Fruit Punch or Blue Raz. Rather, you’ll get four options that you won’t find all that frequently: Green Apple, Pomegranate, Passion Fruit, and Wildberry.
5150 is obviously not for the faint of heart. Even the hardcore stim junkies may want to start out with a ½ scoop to assess their tolerance and then gradually work up to a full scoop. 400mg of caffeine all at once is a lot even for the most stim-tolerant among us. Plus, you should first experience halostachine before going full-tilt.
If you’re a high-stim user and you’re sick of those cheap “crack-n-stim” tubs that don’t bring any pumps to go along with them, you should be pleasantly surprised here. This is what we see many users actually asking for.
Our one ‘criticism’ is that you gotta be a citrulline lover – which most of us are. If you usually need agmatine, nitrate, or glycerol to go along with it, you’ll need to add them yourself. But if straight citrulline and some taurine is all it takes for you, then this is going be pretty balanced in terms of stims vs. clinical nitric oxide pumps.
So if you’re in the market for a seriously hard hitting, pump-driven pre workout, 5150 is Rich’s answer, and it could be yours too!
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- Hickner RC. et. al.; Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; “L-citrulline reduces time to exhaustion and insulin response to a graded exercise test;“
- Hoffmann, E.K., I.H. Lambert, and S.F. Pedersen, Physiology of cell volume regulation in vertebrates. Physiol Rev, 2009. 89(1)
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- Dollins AB, et al; L-tyrosine ameliorates some effects of lower body negative pressure stress . Physiol Behav. (1995)
- Frank M, et al; Hordenine: pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and behavioural effects in the horse; Equine Vet J. (1990)
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