Pre-workouts are an intermediate supplement that helps boost your energy levels during a workout. Particularly effective for those who strength train, pre-workouts enable you to boost your endurance levels so you can train harder and achieve your fitness goals more effectively.
Cellucor C4 has taken the market by storm since its release 2014. It promises to give you explosive energy, allowing you to achieve extraordinary workouts. If you're looking to give your workouts a boost and bring the pump, we've broken down the latest version of Cellucor C4 to see whether it suits your needs.
WHAT'S IN IT
The main ingredients in C4 are beta-alanine, creatine nitrate, arginine, and Cellucor's proprietary 'Explosive Energy Blend' of caffeine, velvet bean seed extract, and TearCor tetramethyluric acid. A winning point is the integration of natural energy boosters instead of chemicals.
Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid that is commonplace in pre-workout supplements. It provides an energy boost similar to caffeine, and it is able to increase muscle carnosine levels. Carnosine is not just an antioxidant, but is a potent defender against hydrogen ion buildup in your muscles, which causes fatigue, especially during high intensity workout. The more muscle carnosine concentration there is, the less you'll feel fatigued, thus being able to workout harder.
Creatine nitrate is a form of creatine that is more soluble than the typical creatine monohydrate supplement. It is easier to digest and consume than creatine monohydrate.
Arginine is an amino acid that is commonly found in nuts, seeds, dairy products, red meat and fish. It is imperative to lean muscle development and helps with heart health. Arginine is a key element in protein synthesis, allowing for the release of growth hormones as well as improving your fat metabolism rates. As you lose your fat stores, arginine helps you attain the lean physique you desire.
The 'Explosive Energy Blend' comes with common stimulants like caffeine and velvet bean seed extract. Caffeine needs little explanation. Velvet bean seed extract comes from a legume that has long been used as a medicine, and has a slew of health benefits. When it comes to bodybuilding it triggers the production of dopamine and serotonin in your brain. These help to improve your mood, as well as boost your body's natural energy levels, which is already heightened by the caffeine, making you feel better and more energised during your workout.
TearCor tetramethyluric acid also known as Theacrine is an anti-inflammatory alkaloid that helps boost your energy levels similar to caffeine. Unlike caffeine that causes a tolerance buildup, theacrine doesn't, so you won't develop a resistance to it even when using it long-term. You'll get a constant, expected flow of energy every time you use this supplement, without running the risk of becoming immune.
FLAVOURS AND TASTE
The flavours available are fruit punch, orange and watermelon. Don't expect natural fruit flavours here, as it leans more towards candy-like fruitiness. It might be slightly sweet for some, but is very refreshing and pleasant when mixed with cold water.
HOW YOU SHOULD TAKE IT
Pre-workout supplements should be consumed only prior to workouts, and one serving of C4 should be taken half an hour before your workout with 4-6 oz. of water. Normal side effects include a tingling sensation that lasts for around 15 minutes. This is due to the beta-alanine, which is totally harmless. As this pre-workout contains energy boosters, you may get easily dehydrated due to energy expenditure during the workout, so drink plenty of water.
At $45 for 30 servings, you're getting serious bang for your buck. Very few pre-workouts pack such high quality ingredients at this dosage levels for such a low price. If you're looking to boost your workout capacity and reap noticeable improvements in your capabilities, Cellucor C4 is a value investment.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
Cellucor C4 isn't the most extremely intense pre-workout, therefore it is suitable for people just venturing into pre-workouts. The balance of ingredients and high concentration of natural ingredients are also hard to find in most pre-workouts, allowing you to really get the best of both worlds.
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