Cellucor C4 Pre-Workout Review


One of the top selling pre-workout supplements on the market, Cellucor C4 has been a go-to product for me for a number of years. Although it may not be for everyone, it’s certainly one of my favorites… and for good reason! When it comes to energy supplements there tends to be two major categories of women: the all natural B-12 pick me up types, and then the latter who prefer a tasty energy drink loaded with caffeine. I ride the fence and enjoy both.

So, here’s the deal – if you’re looking for a more herbal boost or caffeine makes you feel jittery – these types of products aren’t for you. If you do enjoy a good intense boost of energy and want extra motivation and enhanced performance in the gym, then Cellucor C4 Pre-Workout Powder is a great choice. The nice thing is, Cellucor has jumped on the women-friendly bandwagon and offers unique products designed for just about everyone. You know I’m a big fan, but read on and decide for yourself.

Benefits of Cellucor C4 Pre-workout:

  • Increased energy and athletic performance
  • Boosted mental focus
  • Indirectly assists with weight loss
  • Speeds up muscle recovery
  • Helps increase lean muscle

Cellucor C4 – Formulas for Everyone

The first thing you’ll notice when looking at Cellucor’s C4 pre-workout supplements, is that there’s quite a broad range of products to choose from. C4 Original started it all, but it’s been expanded into several formulas for different types of people and training styles. I’m going to outline all of the ones I feel are appropriate for women:

Cellucor C4 Original Nutritional Label

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Cellucor C4 (Original) –  The formula that I originally fell in love with, over time it’s become more dialed in and includes the breakthrough ingredient Teacor,  for improved energy that comes on quickly and lasts longer. C4 Original is a nicely balanced pre-workout supplement that provides increased energy levels, pumps and performance.

Active / Core Ingredients:

  • Beta Alanine: An amino acid that supports muscular endurance. Beta Alanine produces a tingly sensation throughout the body that lets you know it’s working.
  • Creatine Nitrate: Creatine Nitrate provides two benefits: Creatine for strength and Nitrate for pumps.
  • N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine: A core part of the essential energy blend. It helps support peak mental and physical performance.
  • Caffeine: A popular and proven ingredient to increase metabolism and boost energy levels.
  • TeaCor: Promotes long lasting energy production.

Where can I buy Cellucor C4 Original?

RECOMMENDED FOR: Women looking for a mild/moderate increase in energy levels and performance – with the added benefits of creatine*. A nice intro to pre-workout supplements.
Cellucor C4 50X Nutritional Label

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Cellucor C4 50X –  The next step for those who want to “level up”. This formula contains approximately 50% more of the active ingredients per scoop as the C4 Original formula. C4 50X also includes a variety of additional ingredients to provide increased energy; along with XCELICOR to help the energy last longer.

Active / Core Ingredients:

  • C4 Neuro: C4 Neuro helps you stay focused with a formula that features exclusive nootropic ingredients. These nootropics are clinically studied for their positive effects on mental clarity and cognitive performance.
  • Zembrin: Clinically shown to help improve cognitive function, and performance. It also has been shown to have a positive impact on mood and mental wellbeing.
  • AlphaSize A-GPC: Improves memory, concentration and focus, as well as its ability to boost power output and improve reaction time and agility.
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCl: Another cognitive enhancer that has been studied for its effects on memory, mood and response to stress.
  • Toothed Clubmoss: A natural source of Huperzine A, which is a cognitive enhancer that may help support memory and concentration.
  • Creatine Nitrate: Creatine for strength and Nitrate for pumps.
  • Caffeine: A popular and proven ingredient to boost energy levels.
  • TeaCor: Promotes long lasting energy energy production.

Where can I buy Cellucor C4 50X?

RECOMMENDED FOR: Endurance athletes, cross fitters or women looking for a huge burst of extra energy and increased performance levels – with the added benefits of creatine*.
Cellucor C4 Ripped Nutritional Label

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Cellucor C4 Ripped –  All of their pre-workout supplements contain creatine*, but Cellucor created an equally awesome formula without it. C4 Ripped combines the explosive energy of Cellucor C4 with other ingredients specific to fat loss. This formula helps you train harder while increasing your metabolism and supporting your ability to burn fat.

Active / Core Ingredients:

  • L-Carnitine: An amino acid that plays an important role in transporting fatty acids for energy.
  • Capsimax Cayenne fruit extract: Helps promote lipolysis and supports the mobilization of fat for energy production.
  • Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract: Enhances the body’s ability to break down fat more quickly.
  • Green Coffee Bean Extract: Natural source of caffeine and other compounds to improve energy and increase metabolism.
  • Caffeine: A popular and proven ingredient to boost energy levels.

Where can I buy Cellucor C4 Ripped?

RECOMMENDED FOR: Women looking for the energy and increased performance provided by Cellucor’s C4 Original formula, but minus the creatine and the associated water retention.

* More About Creatine: Creatine has many benefits, but many women prefer to avoid the extra water weight/bloating often associated with it. The more muscle you have, the more water you will carry since the water is held within the muscle tissue. No need to worry though, it will fall right off when you quit using it. On the plus side, Creatine is proven to increase energy levels and improve muscle growth and recovery.

My Review of Cellucor C4

As I mentioned mentioned earlier… Cellucor C4 Pre-Workout may not be for everyone, but this particular product has been a life saver for me and it’s definitely my favorite pre-workout supplement. Out of all of Cellucor’s formulas, C4 Original is my daily, go-to product; especially when I’m not competing. The 1 or 2 lbs of extra water weight (caused by the creatine) aren’t a big deal to me, and it definitely provides that extra “pump” and the ability to push through a few more reps.

When I’m prepping for a contest, though, or even just prior to the summer bikini season, I like to switch over to C4 Ripped since it drops the creatine and provides the “shredded” look I want.

No matter which Cellucor product you choose, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself pushing the limits of your normal abilities. Whether it be reps, weight, time or miles… the extra boost of energy it provides will intensify your workout and take your training to the next level.

I should warn you though, if you’re not a caffeine drinker or energy drinks make you feel jittery, you should probably start off slowly. When I first started with C4, it was almost too much intensity, so I downgraded to a half scoop until I was ready for a big girl serving.

There’s not a single flavor that I don’t genuinely love… watermelon, blue raspberry, pink lemonade, margarita, orange dreamsicle… and more. Most pre-workout supplements have artificial flavorings and sweeteners, and they can be downright awful or leave a bitter aftertaste in your mouth – NOT C4. Rather than taking a quick shot with just a tiny bit of water, I actually mix it in a full-size glass (something I NEVER do with other supplements) just so I can enjoy the flavor.

If you think a morning cup of Joe gets you going, just wait until you try one of Cellucor C4 Pre-Workout Powders! Not only do they act quickly (15-20 mins max), but you can literally feel them working as your body gets the “warm and ting-lies” – something that always gets me excited because I know I’m about to have bomb workout! As long as you aren’t sensitive to caffeine and think you can handle the intensity, I highly recommend that you give one of these formulas a shot.