Cellucor burst onto the supplement scene only a few short years ago, and while they may lack the tenure enjoyed by some of the other big brands that have been around for 20 plus years, they more than make up for it with quality products and massive popularity. Their explosive growth has been such that it landed them on Inc’s 5,000 “America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies” category in 2011 and 2012. One of the mainstays of Cellucor from the beginning is that they maintain only a few core products (pun intended) that they put all of their focus on, instead of trying to compete in a hundred different categories. Their C4 pre-workout comes in a shiny chrome-looking jug that makes it stand out from most other brands right away and this coupled with the claim on the bottle of “Explosive Energy” piqued our interest enough to try it out.
The ingredients in C4 more than cover the bases for the demands put upon your typical pre-workout supplement. There is a healthy 1.6 grams of beta-alanine per serving, an amino acid that helps support muscular endurance and that also gives you that skin “tingle” that a lot of people like in their pre-workout because it lets you know it’s “go time” in the gym. Every scoop packs in 150mg of caffeine to ramp up your energy levels and is combined with 1 gram of creatine nitrate to boost both strength and help with the ever elusive pump. While 1 gram isn’t nearly the amount of creatine needed to see optimal results (5 grams per day is the gold standard) most pre-workouts aren’t trying to outright replace the gym goer’s daily dose of creatine, but rather just augment it. The big standout for Cellucor’s C4 is their 9 different delicious flavors that make taking this pre-workout a pleasure instead of the typical scrunched up face, gulp-it-as-fast-as-you-can chore with a lot of other brands. The strawberry margarita flavor is our favorite, in case you are wondering.