Manufacturer Description: C4 Ripped is a pre-workout that combines the explosive energy of C4 with ingredients specific to fat loss.* This formula helps you train harder while supporting your body’s ability to burn fat.*
If you have ever been on the hunt for a Creatine-free workout, C4 Ripped is your formula. Our proprietary formulated Ripped Blend is designed to enhance fat loss by harnessing the power of L-Carnitine, Green Coffee Bean Extract, Capsimax® Cayenne Fruit Extract and Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract.*
I have been on a 3 week break since I’ve been under the weather lately and have been stimulant free during my time away from the gym. I decided to get back into the gym but have struggled to get myself motivated enough so I visited my local GNC store and picked up the C4 Ripped Pre-Work Out (Fruit Punch flavor).
I’m no stranger to Pre-Workout supplements or the Cellucor brand – they have always made solid products and my body always responded well.
The next morning, I took the recommended dosage of one scoop and waited 20-30 minutes before working out as instructed. Within 15 minutes, I could feel tingling sensations and that was from the Beta Alanine.
I typically adjust between a 3 or 4 day workout schedule depending on how intense my workouts are.
I would start with a 15 minute cardio session and 30 to 45 minute lifting and end with some ab workouts.
I have spent 4 months bulking up and at this point getting off the Creatine and eating cleaner. I typically feel great getting between 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
Energy Levels – 5/5
With the C4 Ripped Pre-WorkOut I felt a rush of energy within 15-20 minutes of digestion. I didn’t feel overwhelmed, but my wife who was not use to pre-workouts stimulants felt very jittery and did not liked the tingling and itchy feeling.
Based on this fact, I would recommend anyone to try half-the dosage (half-scoop) to assess tolerance and decide if you like it.
Tastes – 4/5
The C4 Ripped Pre-Workout Fruit Punch flavor was very good. One thing I like about this is that there’s no chemical or medicine-like taste or after-taste for that matter. The fruit punch tastes just like what a fruit punch should taste.
I was able to try both the Ultra Frost flavor and ICY Blue Razz samples at the store and they were also good.
Cellucor C4 flavors are pretty decent compared to other pre-workouts.
Performance - 5/5
In comparison to other pre-workouts (stimulant), the C4 Ripped Pre-Workout resulted in the same effects in which you’ll get a boost of energy within 15-30 minutes. With just 8 to 12 ounce of water, it goes down pretty easy. I would not combine the C4 Ripped Pre-Workout with other stimulant or exceed to recommended dosage. I am pretty use to taking stimulants and when I combine the C4 Ripped Pre-Workout with another stimulant, it gave me really bad stomach ache and was nausea later in the day. Don’t get me wrong, it did offer the extra boost of energy but it’s not worth the trouble. With the C4 Ripped Pre-Workout, my energy levels seemed remain steady for 3-4 hours after in-take.
In terms of workout intensity, I did not feel like running a marathon, but felt more alert and the extra pump came from the tingly sensation which could makes you want to move around a bit. Some may be a placebo effect which you think you’re more capable to do more because of the supplement. Either way, I was able to do more repetitions and 2 to 3 more sets between workouts when taking the C4 Ripped Pre-Workout.
Original C4 Pre-Work Out
In comparison to the Original C4 Pre-Workout, I would say that the C4 Ripped Pre-Workout offers a little more boost. I also did noticed with the C4 Ripped Pre-Workout, there are ingredients specific to fat loss and is creatine-free.
Power Ingredients including Fat-loss Formula
The C4 Ripped Pre-Workout has proprietary formulated Ripped Blend is designed to enhance fat loss and Metabolism Boosting Ingredients including L-Carnitine, Green Coffee Bean Extract, Capsimax® Cayenne Fruit Extract, and Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract. There’s also 150mg of Caffine (95 mg 1 cup of coffee), 1.6 grams of CarnoSyn Beta-Alanine and Zero Sugar, Carbs, or Calories.
I did notice a curb in my appetite, and I found myself not being able to finish my normal food portions. I wouldn’t say that it’s a magic formula, but I didn’t find myself as hungry and was eating 10% less in each meals.
Final Thoughts - Overall Score: 4.5 out of 5
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Directions For C4 Ripped:
POWDER: DO NOT EXCEED RECOMMENDED DAILY INTAKE. USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. Take one serving (1 scoop) of C4® Ripped, mixed with 6 fl. oz. of water 20-30 minutes before training. Once tolerance has been assessed and you are looking for an additional boost of energy, take one additional serving (1 scoop) with serving taken before training. DO NOT EXCEED 2 SCOOPS PER DAY. DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT WITHIN 6 HOURS OF INGESTING ANY OTHER SOURCE OF CAFFEINE OR OTHER STIMULANTS. During your workout, it is recommend that you drink plenty of water or performance beverage to stay hydrated. Some individuals may experience a harmless tingling sensation, which is attributed to beta alanine.
CAPSULES: Take one serving (4 capsules) of C4 Ripped with food in the morning or early afternoon. Some individuals may experience a harmless tingling sensation which is attributable to Beta-Alanine. DO NOT TAKE WITHIN 6 HOURS OF BEDTIME. DO NOT EXCEED 8 CAPSULES PER DAY. USE ONLY AS DIRECTED.
Warnings: THIS PRODUCT IS ONLY INTENDED FOR HEALTHY ADULTS, 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Before taking this product, consult a licensed, qualified, health care professional, especially if you are taking any other dietary supplement, prescription drug, or over-the-counter medication; or if you suspect you have or have been treated for, diagnosed with or have a family history of, any medical condition. This product contains caffeine and should not be used in combination with caffeine or stimulants from other sources. Do not use this product continuously for more than 8 weeks. Discontinue use 2 weeks prior to surgery. Immediately discontinue use and contact a medical doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to this product. Do not use if the safety seal is broken or missing. Store in a cool, dry place. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.