Being yoked is one thing.
Being ripped is another.
P6 Ripped opts for the latter, dismissing the git BIG mentality for a leaner, meaner, shredded approach to building body. It’s somewhat of an oxymoron: We’re trying to lose weight as we gain weight here, rapidly maximizing our muscle to fat ratio.
And how are we planning on doing this? With caffeine, my sweet baby. The most reliable energy stimulant on the 2017 market, in addition to a number of premium grade, proprietary masked herbal extracts and compounds.
Is this supplement worth the buzz or just another glorified caffeine pill? Read the review to find out.
About P6 Ripped
Another Cellucor P6 Series product coming in hot: P6 Ripped builds upon the same P6 base formula shared by P6 Black, P6 Xtreme, P6 Ultimate, P6 Chrome, et al, by shifting around a few ingredients and brands, and tossing in a few fat burners. Most notably, caffeine. It’s also pretty expensive, so pay attention. Formula notes:
- Testosterone and Performance: The first proprietary blend focuses on male hormones, strength, and muscles with an okay selection of male enhancers.
- Energy and Thermogenesis: Earning this product’s “hybrid” status, the second proprietary blend focuses on stimulating energy and fat metabolism.
- Extended Release Caffeine: The star fat burner stimulant in this formula is a unique brand of caffeine, a supposed “extended release” form that promises “no crash.” We’ve heard this shit before.
P6 Ripped Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 2 Capsules|
Servings Per Container: 60
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)||1666 IU (417% DV)|
|P6® Testosterone and Performance Blend||860 mg|
|KSM-66® Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root extract, Tribulus alatus fruit extract, Ovine Placenta powder, Agaricus bisporus fruit extract, Stinging Nettle root extract|
|P6 Ripped™ Perpetual Energy and Thermo Blend||315 mg|
|Extended Release Caffeine Blend (Caffeine Anhydrous, ZümXR® Caffeine Anhydrous), Coleus forskohlii root extract (standardized for Forskolin), Capsimax® Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) fruit extract|
Capsule Shell (Gelatin, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6, FD&C Red #3, FD&C Blue #1), Rice Flour, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide.
Total Caffeine Content: 150 mg per serving
Take one serving (2 capsules) in the morning and one serving (2 capsules) in the afternoon. Do not take this product within 6 hours of bedtime. For best results, use for 8 weeks in conjunction with a resistance training program. DO NOT EXCEED 4 CAPSULES PER DAY. USE ONLY AS DIRECTED.
P6 Ripped Review: proprietary blends, patented ingredient extracts, loads of FD&C colors, fillers, and sheep placenta — yep, it’s a Cellucor supplement.
P6 Ripped takes the get amped! caffeine approach to male energy and metabolism, placing the BIG dogg boosters by the wayside, with exception to the formula’s only vitamin:
- Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol) – The number four testosterone booster ingredient on our BIG List of T-Boosters for its direct link to test status. While researchers have yet to pinpoint exactly how vitamin D engages testosterone expression, we’ve essentially put together that low D equals low T. So, make sure you get that D.
Nice choice, P6 Ripped. However, the main ingredient stacks are right here:
P6® Testosterone and Performance Blend
The testosterone boosting proprietary blend provides 950 mg to cover five ingredients, allowing for a potential average 190 mg per ingredient. Multiply that by two for P6 Ripped’s two servings daily directive and you have yourself a fairly decent daily dosage here. It’s just too bad we can’t see each individual dosage.
However, here’s what we can see:
Ashwagandha (as KSM-66) – Supplemented for strength, recovery, and relaxation, this Ayurvedic adaptogen naturally supports testosterone status while enhancing cognition and mood via anxiety reduction. The KSM-66 brand has been researched to boost test by 17%.
Tribulus Alatus Extract – Tribulus terrestris, one of the most popular natural testosterone boosters, does not seem to actually boost testosterone. Tribulus alatus, on the other hand, shows slightly more promise in benefiting male hormones for its enhanced bio-active constituents.
Ovine Placenta Powder – Ovine = sheep. Placenta = …well, placenta. So, you’re consuming sheep placenta here, ya freak. Believed to benefit growth hormone status, Ovine Placenta is a key ingredient in Cellucor bodybuilder supplements, despite the ingredient’s lack of research.
Agaricus Bisporus Extract – Agaricus bisporus, or white button mushroom, seems to benefit male health by inhibiting aromatase, the enzyme responsible for converting testosterone to estrogen, decreasing your man booby risk.
Stinging Nettle Extract – Potentially supports testosterone levels by inhibiting sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and 5-alpha reductasee, the enzyme responsible for converting testosterone to DHT. While Stinging Nettle requires more research to fully validate these claims, the herb may possess significant prostate protection.
P6 Ripped™ Perpetual Energy and Thermo Blend
The fat burning proprietary blend provides 315 mg for three ingredients, of which caffeine absorbs 150 mg, allowing for a potential average 82.5 mg per ingredient for the remaining two ingredients. Again, would’ve been better to actual see the dosages, but this could be much worse.
Extended Release Caffeine Blend (as ZümXR®) – The zümXR brand of caffeine promises “a four to five-hours sustained release profile” to eliminate the caffeine crash, despite any clinical evidence to support this. Sustained release or no, caffeine earned a top spot on our BIG List of Fat Burners for its reliable thermogenic benefits on weight loss and appetite control. Cellucor P6 Ripped provides 150 mg caffeine per serving for 300 mg daily.
Coleus Forskohlii Extract – Activates cAMP and triggers fat metabolism, potentially reducing food consumption, fat accumulation, and overall bodyweight …as described by animal research.
Cayenne Extract (as Capsimax®) – Another Best5 favorite fat burner, Cayenne combines appetite control and thermogenic bio-activities to help counter fat gain. Its potent carotenoid antioxidants also help counter damaging free radicals.
P6 Ripped takes the extreme weight loss + weight gain approach to bodybuilding (i.e., cutting), yet forgets to adhere to this philosophy in its formulation. With its 120 colored, additive-filled capsules, P6 Ripped is bloated with crap, not leaving enough room for the ergogenic ingredients that matter.
And of the ingredients that P6 Ripped does provide, only a few accomplish this product’s goals by clinical standards:
- Increasing Testosterone – Vitamin D, Ashwgandha
- Enhancing Performance – Ashwagandha, Tribulus, Caffeine,
- Boosting Energy + Metabolism – Caffeine, Cayenne
The remaining ingredients: Ovine Placenta, Agaricus bisporus, Stinging Nettle, and Coleus forskohlii — may work for other aspects of male health, but they’re not our first choices for boosting testosterone, strength, and performance.
Not that a supplement can’t have auxiliary ingredients to cover the more fringe elements of male health and performance. But Cellucor has a bad habit of including too many of these ingredient types in their products, a questionable move considering their supplements’ dosage masking proprietary statuses.
Not that any of P6 Ripped’s ingredients are bad by any means. But if we’re expected to pay top dollar for this testosterone boosting fat burner, we damn well better get top dollar ingredients.
P6 Ripped Benefits
Cellucor keeps its benefit claims simple with P6 Ripped, listing only three words:
- Lean Muscle
Okay, well four words — lean + muscle — but you catch our drift. Altogether, this thermogenic testosterone booster hybrid claims to build strength and muscle while improving your fat metabolism for a leaner, meaner bodybuilder body.
In reality, P6 Ripped might increase strength and muscle mass, and it might improve your fat metabolism, however you might do better by investing in a cheaper, more effective test boosting supplement and stacking it with cayenne and a cup of coffee.
Who Takes It?
Bodybuilding Caffeine Junkies. Not that you should stack this supplement with an already caffeinated diet, but men and women who enjoy a caffeine boost to their supplement intake may get a kick out of P6 Ripped. The 150 mg isn’t a major caffeine dosage, yet it’s enough to get your juices flowing.* (*This is an ironic claim: Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor.)
Any Side Effects?
None reported. In fact, the few Amazon customer reviews suggest no effects with this testosterone booster. No effects are certainly better than side effects — however, we recommend caution if you’re sensitive to caffeine or already consuming a decent amount of caffeine in your daily diet.
Other than that, this product seems generally safe for long-term use.
P6 Ripped Review Summary
- Vitamin D. The best booster in this supplement is a vitamin. Vitamin D, baby.
- Ingredient Brands. Cellucor reliably selects the cream of the cream for its formulas.
- Premium Caffeine. Cellucor sees enough in this ingredient to invest in it.
- Just Caffeine. Premium caffeine is still just caffeine.
- Proprietary. Cellucor, what are you been hiding from us??
- Weak Results. The testosterone + performance aspect fails to get us excited.
- Expensive. See below.
Pricing and Where to Buy
- 1 Bottle (1 month): $99.99
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on P6 Ripped
The P6 Ripped Review conclusion: Does P6 Ripped work? Maybe, but probably not. So, should you buy it? Probably not, but maybe. If you’re a Cellucor supplement fan, go for it: Enough of P6 Ripped’s ingredients are shared by other P6 products, and if those have worked for you, then this one might be worth a try. Believe it or not, this is one of the cheaper P6 supplements, so this might actually be your starting point with Cellucor (or a complete dead end).