Before taking C4, I had only tried one other pre workout supplement before. My biggest frustration with this supplement was that it was quite unpredictable, regardless of the dosage. On some days I would take 1 serving and feel the full effect, while on others I went a little over 1 and still didn't get any type of effect. This left my workouts feeling dreadful and brutal, since I was left with no energy.
Another thing that bothered me was the taste. It was chalky, and made it hard to swallow sometimes. Now while this is a luxury and not at all impactful on performance, most supplements nowadays to focus on also providing great tasting mixtures, which is a way to boost ratings and overall happiness from their customers. Not having a great tasting supplement may not matter to some, but for others it can certainly damper the effects a little, since you don't exactly look forward to taking it.
Explosive Energy? That Doesn't Even Begin To Describe It
After finishing off my prior pre workout, I hesitated on buying another one. I didn't want to run the risk of wasting more money, since I am on a tight budget. But, I had seen excellent all around reviews for C4, so I decided to give the pre workout market one more shot.
C4 did not disappoint.
The energy I get from this supplement is amazing, and it doesn't make me crazy or uncomfortable. I feel very focused, and can see a significant improvement in not only the amount of weight I am lifting, but also with the control and technique I am demonstrating during my training sessions. This is very important to me as a personal trainer, since I wanted a pre workout that also wouldn't make me just go around like a madman and sacrifice form.
On top of that, the Blue Razz flavour tastes incredible! Instead of dreading the moment where I have to down the supplement, I now actually look forward to it! This is great because it shows that I not only look forward to the taste, but I am now also 100% sure that I will feel the effects I want (and sometimes need!) when I take C4. Cellucor did an excellent job with the ingredient combination in this supplement, and it is no wonder that the reviews for this supplement have been off the chart.
My overall rating is 9/10.. and the only reason that it didn't make the 10/10 mark is because I'm cheap and wish that I could feel those effects with just a half a scoop, so that it would last longer!
Some Things to Consider
While I loved this pre workout, I am still a rookie when it comes to taking these types of supplements. I just started trying them out, and C4 has quickly set a high standard.
But there are some things to be wary of when reading this review from my perspective. I wanted to list some off:
- Pre workout vs BCAAs: While C4 gives me great energy, I also have taken Optimum Nutrition's 'Essential AminN.O. Energy.' With this supplement, I actually felt similar effects, as well as the numerous amounts of benefits BCAAs bring to the table. Because of this, I still debate whether or not the pre workouts are even necessary, since BCAA supplements can provide the same effect.
- Very Little Competition: I have only taken 1 other pre workout supplement before this one, which means that I am largely unaware of what the other supplements will do for me personally. As a result, C4 had the ability to set not only a high standard, but a standard that hasn't really been tested yet.
- More Than 1 Flavour: C4 comes in a variety of flavours, and I just chose the highest rated one. Some of you may not like that one, but like others. The fact of the matter is that everyone is unique, and so you should select the flavour that sounds the best to you. But don't immediately conclude that any flavour will taste amazing, just because I said one does.
- You Are A Unique Individual: Finally, you need to understand that while any supplement may have super high ratings, your body will react differently. You may not feel anything at all, may hate the taste, etc. That's just the truth. You need to do your own experimenting to find out what works best for YOU, instead of just falling for clever advertising and assuming that everyone will receive 'Explosive Energy.'