I’ve always been unimpressed by Cellucor
as a supplement company. In my eyes their products are far too overpriced and overhyped, and I simply have a hard time swallowing the whole “you’re paying for results” argument. That being said, I was impressed when GlausenLMT offered to send me a tub of C4 to try before its mainstream release. I put the tub aside for a while as I was beta-testing another product and then was cycling off stimulants, however I just finished my 30 serving tub this afternoon and, as promised to Glausen, wanted to write a review about my experience.
Straight up, C4 is the best tasting PWO that I’ve tried (I’ve also had Jack3d
, SP250, White Flood
, 1MR, Dark Rage
, etc.). The fruit punch flavor tastes almost exactly like red Kool-Aid. It’s not overly sweet or sour, nor does it have the medicinal after taste that plagues some of the other pre-workout
s on the market. I’ve yet try the orange, but I was exactly pretty excited when I saw that it was the next flavor option as I generally really like orange flavored supplements.
Again, C4 impresses in this department. The powder mixes smoothly with no clumping and very little gritty residue. Generally I mixed C4 in 16 oz. of water and it usually only took 15 seconds of shaking for the product to fully dissolve.
I need to split this category up a bit in order to full illustrate my experience with C4.
ENERGY & FOCUS: 8.5/10
C4 provides a very strong and effective energy boost that I would rank 2nd out of the products I’ve tried (behind 1MR). Generally I dosed 1 to 1 ½ scoops about 30 minutes pre-workout
. Even on days when I was feeling a bit sluggish, C4 was able to wake me up and get me excited for the gym. I am generally very stim-tolerant, so it was a nice surprise that I didn’t need to go completely overboard with the product in order to achieve the desired effects. This was one of the big problems I had with Jack3d
– even 3 scoops sometimes wasn’t enough to provide the energy kick that I needed.
For the most part C4 provided me with clean energy and a moderate increase in focus. I will say that on some occasions I felt a bit jittery throughout my workouts, but I never had any issues with crashing or headaches or anything along those lines.
Unfortunately C4 really doesn’t do much in providing a muscle-pump. I usually would fix this issue by stacking C4 with Nitrox II
- which is a stellar combo by the way. Although C4 does advertise itself as providing the necessary N.O. for a workout pump, Glausen admitted to me that primarily C4 was an energy product and wasn’t really designed with “pump” in mind.
A 30-serving tub is going to cost between $20-25 depending on what size you buy and where you purchase the product. This equates to a cost of roughly .66c per scoop. In contrast, Jack3d
and White Flood
both come in around an affordable .50c per scoop, while SP250 costs a bit more at .84c per scoop. Granted the value of each of these products is going to depend on exactly how much of the product is needed for maximum efficiency.
For me, needing a scoop and a half is about on par in terms of per-serving cost with both Jack3d
and White Flood
. I certainly don’t feel that C4 puts either of these products to shame in terms of value, but I am impressed that Cellucor
has finally realized that in order to be competitive in this market, their products need to be more affordable. C4 is certainly a step in the right direction in this regard.
I very much enjoyed my tub of C4 and will certainly consider purchasing it again in the future. Although I am personally not a huge fan of products that primarily provide energy and focus, C4 certainly hits the mark in both of the areas. Depending on what you want in your pre-workout
, C4 may be an excellent option. I personally feel that Jack3d
and White Flood
are bit more well-rounded in terms of providing focus, energy, and pump, however if all you want is an intense energy boost, then C4 may be a great fit for you.
Overall I am going to rank C4 just about even with Jack3d
, with both of them being a close second to 1MR, which remains my favorite pre-workout