It seems that every famous bodybuilder from Arnold to Ronnie Coleman to Jay Cutler have their own line of supplements, and Rich Piana is no exception. To provide the backup vocals to his pre workout Kill It!, Rich’s supplement company, 5% Nutrition, released ALLDAYYOUMAY, a clever take on his apparel company, 1 Day You May.
What is this supplement and why the need to do away with spaces between individual words, we’ll try to dig digger into this new “all day” product and see what it has to offer, but first, make sure to check the widget below for the best deal and sign up for PricePlow alerts!
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Rich’s latest supplement is aimed at growth and recovery from workouts, specifically it’s being promoted to: repair joints, reduce muscle fatigue, strengthen the immune system, protect your liver and improve digestion. These all sound like great things, but what’s in here that will bring about all these benefits? Let’s find out!
BCAA Blend (6g)
RIght of the bat, Rich serves up a hefty serving of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) which no intra or recovery product should be without. While not specified on the label, Rich’s website notes that the BCAA ratio is 10:1:1 leucine to valine to isoleucine.
BCAA’s are a proven commodity in the bodybuilding industry as they have been shown to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and speed recovery.[1,2] What you may not be as familiar with is their ability to support immune system regulation.
Seems like we’re off to a decent start here, but there’s much more to go!
Essential Amino Acid Blend (155mg)
The Essential Amino Acid (EAA) blend consists of L-Phenylalanine, L-Threonine L-Histidine, L-Methionine. This are called “essential” because the body can’t produce them on its own. They need to be obtained through the diet or supplements, else certain physical processes in your body won’t operate correctly.
L-Methionine behaves an antioxidant in the body by preventing the spread of free radicals and the ensuing oxidative damage that can be caused by intense training.
L-Phenylalanine is converted to Tyrosine first, and then converted into epinephrine, norepinephrine, and L-Dopa (3 key neurotransmitters in the body) which will boost energy and mood. an increase in mood and energy.
L-Threonine is necessary for the production of serine and glycine to spark muscle protein synthesis.
L-Histidine serves many important functions in the body mainly strengthening the immune system and synthesizing hemoglobin.
It should be noted that there are nine EAAs in total. The BCAAs count towards this total as do the four contained in this blend, which adds up to seven… but where are the other two?
Conditionally Essential Amino Acid Blend (2.8g)
Conditionally essential amino acids are ones that the body can make on its own, but in times of extreme duress or physical exertion (think 3RM squats!) it can’t synthesize enough to meet the body’s demand. This is when supplementing becomes necessary.
L-Glutamine, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, N-Acetyl Cystine make up this 2.8g blend, but again we’re not really sure how much of each one is in here.
During tough workouts, the body uses a lot of glutamine as it increases the rate of glycogen replenishment in the muscle which would allow you to train longer and harder. It’s also critical for immune system functioning and muscle recovery. For this purpose, Rich includes a whopping 2.5g of Glutamine in ALLDAY.
L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate is has been around the supplementation game for a long time and is crucial in reducing damage to muscle tissue brought on during exercise. Additionally, it improved aerobic endurance and aids in fat burning.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is the main substrate for glutathione. Why is this a big deal? Glutathione is vital to removing free radicals from the body. The kicker here is that tcyhe body’s production of glutathione is limited by how much cysteine is available, so if you want to keep fighting free radicals, you would do well to get some NAC in you.
Amino Acid Support Blend (960mg)
L-Taurine, Raw Coconut Water Concentrate, Alpha-Hydroxyisocaproic Acid (HICA), Bromelain, and Micro-Dried Blueberry Fruit Powder comprise the Amino Acid Support Blend.
Perhaps the two most interesting ingredients included are Coconut Water Concentrate and HICA.
Alpha-Hydroxyisocaproic Acid (HICA) is a metabolite of L-Leucine and is the catalyst for the mTOR pathway in the body that stimulates muscle protein synthesis. Additionally, HICA has been shown to increase lean muscle mass, speed recovery, decrease fat mass, and reduce soreness.
The dosage needed to see these benefits of HICA those is 1.5g, seeing as there’s only 960mg in this prop blend, this seems more like a “sprinkling” of an ingredient to garner some attention for the product.
Coconut water has been gaining some notoriety in the fitness industry for its electrolyte replenishing benefits. We all know that sweating during exercise depletes the body of electrolytes and maintaining adequate levels ensure you can keep the muscles firing on all cylinders.
However, you may remember our gripe at this “concentrate” that was included in Rich’s Kill It pre workout, which we discussed in more detail here.
Intra-Cellular Buffer Blend (1.5g)
Yet another blend awaits us in ALLDAY with the Intra-Cellular Buffer Blend consisting of COPMax™ Creatinol-O-Phosphate and CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine. However, we have no idea how much of each of these lactic acid buffers is included.
Creatinol-O-Phosphate, much like beta-alanine, operates as a lactic acid buffer in the body. Research is limited on this ingredient, but it seems to increase anaerobic glycolysis.
No doubt, Rich must love this ingredient, because it’s in a lot of his products. Many users feel better pumps with it – and this is one place where we’d love to have more research but everything is going to be anecdotal. If you haven’t tried COP and are in an experimental mood, you should consider testing it for yourself.
We don’t know the dose of either of the ingredients here, so it would be best to supplement with some additional BA to get your daily 3.2g in!
Joint Support Blend (600mg)
No doubt you’ve seen countless joint support formulas in the stores that are comprised of glucosamine, chondroitin and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). ALL DAY YOU MAY borrows two of those ingredients for its Joint Support Blend with D-Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium, Methylsulfonylmethane.
Your joints are going to take a beating if you are regularly hitting the weights. These two ingredients will help support and rebuild joints, tendons, and ligaments that will become gradually worn down from all the intense training.
Thoughts on ALLDAYYOUMAY
Initially, ALLDAY may seem like a decent intra / post workout option that’s just a tad bit different (just like Rich!) from what you’ll find in a market that’s constantly flooded with these types of products. However, it’s not so much different that you’ll truly see its purported effects.
Basically, there are far worse options, but at the same time, with proper nutrition and a solid dose of creatine*, we’re still not sure if post workouts are that necessary… especially at the hefty price.
* On the note of creatine, see CREA-TEN, Rich’s insane creatine formula that has TEN different types inside!!! Always a fun time analyzing Rich’s stuff!
But no doubt, fans of Rich will flock to the product as they did with his pre workout, KILL IT. After all, proof can be seen in the picture to the right!
The inclusion of HICA and COP are noteworthy, but not knowing the doses of these two ingredients prevents us from truly getting excited about the profile versus its competition.
As with KILL IT, you have to dig up specific dosage information on Rich’s website to find out how much of each ingredient is in ALLDAY, if its even listed.
Mix a one scoop serving of ALLDAYYOUMAY with 12 to 16 ounces of water and consume in between meals, right before a workout, during a workout, and after a workout.
The recommended dosing for this product is to place 4 scoops in a gallon of water, mix well, and sip on throughout the day.
ALLDAYYOUMAY is currently available in 5 flavors:
- Blue Raspberry
- Fruit Punch
- Lemon Lime
- Mango Pineapple
- Southern Sweet Tea (added July 2016)
At the end of the day, this isn’t the worst intra or post workout product we’ve seen, but it’s also not our favorite. Rich’s followers will undoubtedly buy it out of sheer support and loyalty to him, which will spark interest for others. And that’s not a bad thing, because unlike some “celebrity brands”, he’s putting together some pretty good stuff.
However, we’d prefer to stick to more openly dosed products out there, and hope Rich will continue to disclose his ingredients – especially the COP and HICA.
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- Effect of oral glutamine on whole body carbohydrate storage during recovery from exhaustive exercise
- Spiering BA, et al; Responses of criterion variables to different supplemental doses of L-carnitine L-tartrate . J Strength Cond Res. (2007)
- Mero, Antti A., et al. Effects of Alfa-hydroxy-isocaproic Acid on Body Composition, DOMS and Performance in Athletes. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 7.1 (2010)