Cellucor C4 uses patented Creatine Nitrate in pre workout supplementation. The nitrate aspect of this creatine provides befits from Nitric Oxide synthesis. C4 users gain a sense of pump from Nitric Oxide production from Creatine Nitrate combined with Arginine AKG.
C4 has 1500mg of Beta Alanine in one serving and 3000mg in a max serving. This is a lot of Beta Alanine…too much for some people. Beta Alanine is responsible for the tingling sensation people get before and during the workout known as paresthesia. Some people love it and other hate it.
Paresthesia can cause for a very itchy feeling and can be uncomfortable at such a high dosage. Others love how it feels and use that tingling sensation to help them push past limits. Often this feeling will occur during exercise when blood circulation is enhanced. Ultimately this ingredient increases anaerobic endurance in the gym by delaying fatigue.
The B Complex Vitamins will help weight loss through aiding fat metabolization. It also helps convert carbohydrates into an energy source.
Energy, Focus, Increased Overall Performance
135mg in one serving and 270mg in a max dosage is enough to provide your body with the right amount of caffeine to aid with alertness, fatuige reduction, and increase performance. Those of you worried about in-taking too much caffeine there is not enough here to be concerned with. At max dosage people with a high tolerance for caffeine should be able to feel benefits from it as well.
Primarily used for weight loss, Synephrine suppresses apatite and increases fat metabolism through thermogenesis. Combined with caffeine this compound increases muscle endurance.
- Servings: 5, 30, 60
- Serving Size = 1 Scoop…2 Scoops (max)
- 20-30 Minutes Before Workout
- Caffeine based
A few minutes after taking C4 paresthesia normally kicks in. Even though the tingling can be uncomfortable it can help those who have a high pre workout tolerance to judge effectiveness. Take this judgment lightly since there are other factors involved. While lifting the tingling sensation normally amplifies and can help push through a rep that otherwise would not have been attempted or succeeded.
An enormous energy boost is noticed from the caffeine and vitamin B. A decent amount of pump is derived from Nitric Oxide production but I would recommend extra supplementation with more Creatine Nitrate or L-Arginine. Creatine Nitrate contains 77% creatine and 23% nitrate so the 1000 mg of Creatine Nitrate in C4 contains 770 mg of Creatine Monhydrate and 230 mg of nitrate.
Like many other pre workouts, C4’s old formula had 1, 3 Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) which was banned from the market and supplements that contained this ingredient had to remake their formula. Some remakes flopped this formula seemed to sustain or even improve effectiveness in some after removing the banned substance. The caffeine dosage improved from 100mg to 135mg and Synephrine HCL was added to the formula. The increase in muscle endurance from the caffeine and Synephrine relationship eased the pain of the lose of this banned substance.
While supplementing with C4 I recommend also taking APS Creatine Nitrate. This way your creatine intake can bump up to a dosage of around 4-5 grams. Also this will increase nitrate intake to synthesize more Nitric Oxide and increase blood vessel dilation.