Cellucor C4 Pre-Workout
Cellucor C4 Pre-Workout is a pre-workout, all-in-1, energy booster. It comes in many flavors and different packages - something for everyone - flavors are OK, but what is more important, this supplement usually works well.
Published: February 5, 2016.
Some people are more sensitive than others on the compounds found in this and similar 'nitric oxide' supplements - some people will react better to Cellucor C4 Pre-Workout and some people will prefer other similar supplements, for example:
- Labrada SuperCharge Extreme
- BSN NO-Xplode
- Dymatize Xpand Xtreme Pump
- MusclePharm Assault
- SciVation Novem etc.
Cellucor C4 comes in many flavors: Green Apple, Lemon Lime, Mojito, Pineapple, Watermelon, etc. The flavors I have tested are very good, at least for me - Watermelon and Green Apple. For protein powders, I prefer chocolate flavors and I try to avoid 'fruity' flavors, but these C4 Extreme fruity flavors are, as I said, really good. Of course, when using various supplements, their usefulness is much more important, but if they taste OK, even better ...
It comes in various packages: 5, 30, 60, 90, 120, and sometimes even 180 servings. Also, from time to time, sample packs are available - each sample packs contain 12g of powder, which is 2 servings - for those having issues with math, that is 6g per serving :-)
Each serving of Cellucor C4 has around 5.5g and contains:
Total Carbohydrates: 1g
Vitamin C: 250mg
Folic Acid: 250mcg
Vitamin B12: 35mcg
Creatine Nitrate: 1000mg
Arginine AKG: 1000mg
Explosive Energy Blend: 741mg
It also contains N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Caffeine Anhydrous (135mg), Mucuna Pruriens [Standardized For L-Dopa], Advantra Z® (Bitter Orange Fruit (Citrus Aurantium) [Standardized For Synephrine]), Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate, Methylcobalamin.
Other ingredients include natural & artificial flavors, calcium silicate, malic acid, citric acid, silicon dioxide, sucralose, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Blue #1, acesulfame potassium.
Cellucor C4 Side Effects
Important water-soluble vitamins (vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, B-12, etc) are present in abundance. 2 servings contain 3g of Beta-Alanine and 2g of Arginine AKG, which is good, but maybe could be better. But, with an additional 270mg of caffeine and other ingredients, energy and strength kick is almost certain.
Like any other similar supplement, Cellucor C4 Extreme comes with many warnings and with good reason - such supplements can cause elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure, dizziness, jitters, sometimes even severe headache or shortness of breath. So, before taking this or any similar supplement, check your health at your doctor - better safe than sorry. Even then, you are taking these supplements on your own responsibility ...
Recommended dose: in the beginning, take one serving (6g) some 15-20 minutes before workout and when you determine your tolerances try 9g or 12g before workout - mix it with water (around 1.5 dcl per one serving, but vary according to your preferences).
Real-life experience: when one reads advertising campaigns, each company treats each supplement as the 'next big thing' in the fitness industry. Well, in real life, Cellucor C4 will not make you break every possible personal record on your next workout, but it will increase your mental focus and it will provide you with strength and energy to increase your workout intensity and volume, up to a certain point, of course.
If you are on a calorie deficient diet, C4 Extreme will enable you to work out almost as if you are not on a diet - in this situation one must be very careful about nutrient intake around workouts, since lack of calories and nutrients can lead to overtraining very quickly.
If your calorie intake is around or above your maintenance levels, then you will be able to pack on some new muscles and increase strength - how much, again, depends on your current fitness level, previous experience, and NOx usage, workout program, nutrition, age, goals, etc.
Price - Cellucor C4 is one of the best buy pre-workout energy booster supplements on the market. If you can find it on sale, even better, especially larger packages.
As with any other supplement, use it as recommended.
Recommendation - this supplement is highly recommended to any healthy individual wanting to increase strength and energy before a workout - again, don't expect miracles from this, nor from any similar supplement.
They do help, up to the point. If you plan to participate in some kind of sport event, be sure to check with your organization if you are allowed to take this or any similar supplement. If you are unsure about this supplement, ask for samples or buy a smaller package - in the long run, this can save you some money, but only very few people don't react well to this NOx supplement.
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