It’s been over six years since we wrote our original article on Rich Piana’s KILL IT, the legendary OG pre workout supplement from 5% Nutrition. With a bottle and label to match the name, this formula has gone unchanged the entire time, keeping Rich Piana’s vision and legacy alive.
Rather than tinker with the KILL IT formula that uses a now-modest 250 milligrams of caffeine per serving, 5% Nutrition has instead made other higher-stimulant pre workouts (such as Kill It Reloaded and 5150), but has bolstered KILL IT with fresh new flavors. The latest of which we discuss today:
KILL IT in Push Pop flavor!
With a menu of a half-dozen killer flavors, the latest is quite possibly the best, especially if you like orange creamsicles: KILL IT Push Pop!
In this article, we quickly recap the social media supplement king’s pre workout supplement, discuss the flavor, and show the other flavors it’s up against. But before that, make sure to sign up for our 5% Nutrition news alerts, because our article on FREAK SHOW is coming next!
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KILL It Push Pop
5% Nutrition released this a little bit ago, but wanted PricePlow Nation to know one simple thing about this flavor – it’s fantastic:
“The Push Pop flavor tastes like a melted down Push Up. It’s absolutely delicious.”
— 5% Nutrition
Short and sweet – and they’re 100% right!
5% Nutrition Pre Workout Comparisons: How much energy do you want?
KILL It has 250 milligrams of caffeine per serving, which was more aggressive at the time of launch, but a bit more tame as we’ve all become more caffeine-addled and sleep-deprived. Compare this to the other 5% Nutrition pre workout supplements in the image below and read our article titled Which Rich Piana Pre Workout is for You? to see where you stand:
Now let’s quickly cover this formula and see the other flavors:
KILL It Ingredients
While 5% Nutrition has a non-proprietary blend in KILL IT Reloaded, this one is the same as they’ve always been – and at this point, we hope it never changes. We’re usually all for open formulas, but let’s let Rich Piana keep this one to himself:
The industry’s most popular pump ingredient, L-citrulline converts to L-arginine, which in turn boosts nitric oxide production so that you can get a vasodilation effect, leading to pumps! It works better than L-arginine for this very purpose, since L-arginine gets broken down too early but L-citrulline does not.
We likely have a clinical dose here, which would not only give us better nitric oxide production, but also endurance and reduction of soreness, amongst several other benefits.
The time-tested endurance ingredient that works with the essential amino acid L-histidine to help your body produce more carnosine, which helps buffer lactic acid. Ultimately, that process leads to greater endurance, especially in exercises ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes long. You may also get a tingling sensation from this, given how high up on the label it’s listed, and we likely have a clinical or near-clinical dose.
An incredible water-facilitating endurance ingredient, taurine can reduce fatigue in one use, and we likely have a clinical dose here. It’s a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning that we can make it, but nearly always do better when supplementing more – especially in terms of focus and endurance. Drink enough water with KILL IT and it may help with “cell hydration pumps” as well.
An auxiliary pump ingredient that is a metabolite of arginine, but has great benefits when supplemented on its own. Agmatine works as an arginase inhibitor and helps prevent the breakdown of arginine. It also has some roles as a neurotransmitter and can assist with pain reduction and focus.
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that boosts our feel-good, energetic neurotransmitters like dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine, and also helps with thyroid hormone production. This is a form of L-Tyrosine that is more water soluble but slightly less bioavailable than standard L-Tyrosine.
Also known as COP, this unique inclusion to pre workouts can help your muscles stay in an optimal PH range. It does this by acting as a buffer that prevents the muscular environment from becoming too acidic. This helps lower the “burning” sensation we all get from longer-duration exercise.
Caffeine Anhydrous (250mg)
Needing no introduction, the most consumed ingredient on the planet that primarily inhibits adenosine in order to wake you up. The question is the dose – 250 milligrams is in some of the most popular pre workout supplements on the market, but many 5 Percenters are big fellas who may want to heap the scoop or try a stronger pre workout like Kill It Reloaded or 5150 if they’re tearing through their KILL IT tubs too quickly!
Like agmatine, this arginase inhibitor can help pair with the L-citrulline to help keep nitric oxide levels around longer by preventing the breakdown of nitric oxide.
Rhodiola Rosea (root) Extract
Our favorite adaptogenic herb, rhodiola is well known for its mood-enhancing effects, and may increase both mental and physical fatigue when dosed high enough.
Creatine Blend – 1.5 grams
Magnesium Creatine Chelate (Creatine MagnaPower)
This is an underrated form of creatine that’s bound to magnesium, a mineral that we’re all-too-often deficient in. Per the formula, we see that we’re getting 72 milligrams of magnesium, or 17% of the daily recommended value – a great supplement for your diet, but not too much to put anyone on “overflow”.
The tried-and-true version of creatine that’s bound to a water molecule and is ~88% creatine by weight. This is the most trusted and most well-studied ingredient in all of sports nutrition.
Creatine is an ATP booster, and pyruvate is a compound used in the biochemical process to generate more ATP, so it makes sense to add some extra to the body in order to prevent any potential bottlenecks.
Overall, we have a very solid pre workout supplement that likely has a few clinical doses alongside 250 milligrams of caffeine, but you’ll want to add a bit more creatine to hit the 3-5 gram per day threshold (unless you’re eating tons of red meat, which is even smarter).
In order to make sure you’re getting your creatine’s worth, take a look at the epic Crea-TEN creatine supplement from 5% Nutrition – another one of Rich’s OG supplements that we hope never changes.
KILL IT still kills it – especially in the flavor department
We came for the new Push Pop flavor, but we stayed for a ride down memory lane. 5% Nutrition has four pre workout supplements (three of which have stimulants) – far too many for most brands, but right on point for the brand behind the Rich Piana namesake.
With 5%, you can go from zero stims to tons of stims – and KILL IT is actually the lower-caffeine option of the stim-based bunch.
Hopefully, this formula is here to stay, but with new flavors to keep the tradition alive. If you miss those push pops from your childhood, or simply want an incredible orange creamsicle flavor, Rich Piana’s got you covered.