I was super excited to see this sitting on the shelf at GNC. Before C4 Ultimate I never considered purchasing a C4 pre workout again since I tried the original. C4 was just chalky, and too weak for me. So, I decided to give C4 another try once I came across C4 Ultimate, and you will see why soon!
Some of the problems I had with C4 was the taste and the consistency. It was super chalky, and it always left a bad taste in my mouth. Those of you who don’t know me I am a little weird…. I actually enjoy sipping on my pre workout like it was a cocktail. So, me and C4 didn’t get a long very well, and overtime I took it I would gulp it down as fast as possible. However, with C4 Ultimate it is a different story. The powder is extremely fine, and there is no chalkiness. The taste is good, its not the best I’ve had, but I still enjoy drinking it. Its not the powder that gives it a bad taste, I think it was just my choice in flavor. I use to take this awful watermelon flavored pre workout(that I purposely did not name…. *cough cough*..Hemovex) that I had to force down, so getting strawberry watermelon wasn’t the best idea when I still have the vivid taste in my mouth. In my defense though, I wasn’t given the best options. I think GNC only had the Grape, Cherry Limeade, and Strawberry Mango. Anything Grape just reminds me of medicine I took when I was a child, and Cherry Limeade…
The other problem I had with C4 was how weak it was. When I got done with my tub of C4 I had to take 2 and 1/2 scoops before I felt any effects. Which admittedly wasn’t the best of ideas, but I was younger and not as educated on supplements as I am now. C4 Ultimate changed my mind about the C4 pre-workouts though. It is extremely powerful and has everything I was looking for in a pre workout. It has:
Citrulline Malate: 6 grams
-L-Citrulline is a non-essential amino acid (non-essential meaning the body produces it). The reason L-citrulline benefits us fitness junkies is because the body uses L-citrulline to create L-Arganine, which boosts nitric oxide level in the blood. This widens blood vessels allowing more oxygen to flow into the muscles. When our muscles receive more oxygen they are stronger and can endure longer. Also, with the increased blood flow the build-up of lactic acid and ammonia is swept away from the muscles. Lactic acid and ammonia cause the “burning” sensation we get after a hard work out. This will decrease the time we must take between workouts. Malic Acid is a organic compound that increases energy and endurance during exercise. So when L-citrulline and Malic acid are combined to create Citrulline Malate we get the effects of both.
Beta-Alanine: 3.2 grams
-Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid, which means the body can create it. The function of Beta-Alanine is to create a molecule, named carnosine. Carnosine reduces the acidity level in the muscles. When a muscle contracts over and over again its acidity levels rises, which in turn impairs the contraction of the muscles. When we have a build up of carnosine in the muscles they are less acidic and will be able to endure longer.
Creatine-Nitrate (NO3-T): 1.5 grams
-Creatine-Nitrate is just like it sounds. It is creatine bonded to a nitrogen bond. One reason the creatine was bonded to a nitrogen base is because it makes the compound more soluble. This allows the body to absorb a higher concentration of creatine. Current studies have shown that 100% of creatine nitrate is absorbed into the body vs the 98% that is absorbed with creatine monohydrate. Another benefit of the nitrogen bond is that nitrogen increases oxygen levels in the blood stream. This gives us that pump feeling while we are working out.
Betaine Anhydrous: 1.5 grams
-Betaine is relatively new to the supplement game, and not much studies have proven indefinitely that betaine anhydrous has a consist effect on exercise. However, some study show that betaine can be linked to an increase in power output and minor increases in workout volume and endurance.
Nitrosigine (Inositol-Stabilized Arginine Silicate): 1.5 grams
-Nitrosigine is a patented complex of bonded arginine and silicate. In one study Nitrosigine increased nitric oxide levels in the blood and beat out ingredients like: citrulline malate, L-arginine, agmatine sulfate, and arginine AKG.
Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate: 1 gram
– AAKG is a nonessential amino acid that is necessary when creating nitric oxide in the liver. This is beneficial because it helps the liver break down workout by-products like ammonia. Since it creates nitric oxide a pump should be expected to come with taking it. A pump in the gym is never a bad thing.
Taurine: 1 gram
-. L-taurine is an amino acid that improves cognitive functions. This will help with staying focused during your workout. L-taurine also improves blood flow, promotes cardiovascular health, electrolyte balance, and immune modulation. One cool fact about taurine is that it is known as “The nutritional factor for the longevity of the Japanese”.
Caffeine Anhydrous: 300mg
-Caffeine is a naturally occurring central nervous system stimulant found in plants. Until 2004 caffeine was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. However, so many people were and are using it that they released the ban. It has been proven to increase physical performance and to decrease mental fatigue.
Once I saw the nutritional label, I didn’t have a choice but to try it out. This is most everything I was looking for in a pre-workout. I will say it is an extremely potent pre workout, and if you aren’t use to taking it I would start at 1/2 a scoop and test your tolerance. One last cool thing I really liked about this pre workout, that has nothing to do with taste or ingredients, is that there is a hole in the middle of the annoying paper seal. It just makes it so much easier to open up the tub, and you’re not left with little pieces of paper getting stuck to the top of the tub.