Cellucor’s C4 Extreme is one of the most well known pre-workout choices out there for bodybuilders and anyone training. It is also my pre-workout item of choice currently. There are so many pros to this product that we will explore in more depth – value, endurance, strength gains, taste and mixability.
As far as C4 Extreme’s ingredients go, there are no fillers in there and the ingredients are known to enhance workout performance and mental focus. C4 Extreme is not loaded with stimulants as it’s main source. I like to watch my caffeine intake and C4 Extreme is not overly loaded at only 135mg/serving. It is one of their key ingredients, which include:
- Creatine Nitrate
- Beta Alanine
- B Vitamins
As a comparison, I would say that C4 Extreme can be closely compared to Jack3d, although I am not a big fan of Jack3d these days. The main difference between the two though is that C4 Extreme lasts longer, which helps with the longer routines. On my split right now, Day 1 is shoulders, triceps and abs, and it is a long day. C4 Extreme makes it through the entire workout and leaves me with enough energy to hit some cardio after the workout as well. As with Jack3d, C4 Extreme starts working in 10-15 minutes although the label says 20-30 minutes.
The energy is solid, but not the main success factor of C4 Extreme. It is a cleaner energy that lasts longer. While not giving you the strongest pump, you will last longer during your workouts, which means a lot to those last few sets.
The strength of C4 Extreme lies in its taste and mixability. I am used to stirring and shaking (and then stirring and shaking some more) with some other brands, but C4 Extreme mixes with ease and you do not end up missing any of the goodness from being left at the bottom of the glass.
Overall, I highly recommend giving C4 Extreme a shot. Some people will want a little more caffeine in their pre-workout formula, but if you are willing to bypass that for great mixability and endurance at a real value, you need to try out C4 Extreme as well.
Value – 9.5
At roughly $0.80 per serving, C4 is a great deal if one serving is enough for you. My experience with C4 Extreme is that I never needed a second scoop to feel the effects, but I have heard of people doubling, or even tripling, their intake before workouts. I plan to try this at some point, but one serving has been working just fine for me and I am ripping through workouts.
Endurance – 8.5
C4 Extreme does a pretty good job with endurance because of the inclusion of Beta Alanine, B-Vitamins, and Tyrosine. They also include a couple vasodilators which can also help to delay fatigue. It does not include are any BCAAs or Glutamine to help accelerate the healing process. This would also improve endurance, but I am not nit-picking here. I include items including those in my post-workout shake.
Strength Gains – 8.5
C4 Extreme features Cellucor’s Creatine Nitrate, which is proposed to be more effective than regular Creatine by itself at producing strength. The amount per serving is pretty small though.
Energy/Focus – 8
C4 Extreme takes a bit of a hit in this category mainly because the caffeine per scoop is a bit low sitting at only 135mg. Like I said previously though, I am willing to forgo this in order to lessen my caffeine intake.
Taste/Mixability – 10
Here is where C4 Extreme makes up for some lost points. All flavors of C4 Extreme are tolerable with Fruit Punch, Green Apple and Icy Blu Razz taking the top spots for me. Every flavor also mixes perfectly with no loose particles at the bottom. That is my biggest pet peeve with concentrated formulas and C4 Extreme passes with flying colors.