As of late, Cellucor has been a pre workout making machine. They first started out with the original C4 Extreme, but now, we’ve got a complete line up of C4 Original, C4 Mass, C4 Ripped, and now – the new C4 Ultimate.
But, how do these new C4 pre workouts review? What’s the difference between each variation and which version of C4 is the best? That is what we are going to cover here for you right now!
C4 Original is the Template
At the heart of the C4 pre workout line, we have C4 Original. Now, if you haven’t taken C4 for the last 3 years, then this is a different formulation of C4 compared to what you’ve had in the past. But in a nutshell, the ‘new original C4’ is a small-dose energy focused pre workout supplement.
Cellucor C4 Original Pre Workout Review
To begin, you can see that compared to other supplements the original C4 is a pretty simple formula. We have Beta Alanine for buffering lactic acid and the negative effects of a low pH environment, Creatine in nitrate form for fast absorption and utilization, Arginine AKG for pump, and the Explosive Energy Blend. This blend, contains the stimulants caffeine and teacrine along with N-Acetyl-L-tyrosine.
How does the New Original C4 Compare to the old C4?
The new C4 pre workout keeps a lot of these same ingredients as you can above, the only difference is a tiny bit more beta-alanine and the replacement of synephrine with tetramethyluric acid also known as Theacrine, or what Cellucor likes to call TeaCor.
What Makes Cellucor C4 Special
- Energy Blend of Caffeine (150 mg) and Teacrine (undisclosed)
- Small Dose Carnosyn Beta-Alanine (1.6 mg)
- Small Creatine Nitrate (1 g)
- 5 Vitamin blend
Comparing C4 Ripped, C4 Mass, and C4 Ultimate to the Original C4
So if C4 Original is the template, then how does Cellucor’s other C4 variations compare? Glad you asked, next we will highlight how C4 Ripped, C4 Mass, C4 50X, and C4 Ultimate differentiate from the original version.
Cellucor C4 Ripped Pre Workout Review
C4 Ripped is the cutting and fat loss version of the C4 pre workout line. Cellucor claims that C4 Ripped increases the body’s ability to burn fat, while improving performance. While this pre workout does have added ingredients for fat metabolism, we didn’t quite consider them to be enough (total fat burning formula maxing out at only 1 gram.
How does C4 Ripped Compare to Original C4?
For the new C4 Ripped, the fat burning matrix was added which totals one gram and contains: L-carnitine Tartrate, green coffee bean extract, Capsimax Cayenne, and forskolin. However, ingredients were also removed including: Teacrine, Creatine Nitrate, and Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate. This means there is a potential for less energy, power, and pump; but possibly more fat loss.
What Makes C4 Ripped Different
- 1 gram fat burning blend
- Removed Creatine
- Removed Teacrine
- Removed Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate
Cellucor C4 Mass Pre Workout Review
C4 Mass was developed for the majority of men who take their products… Guys who want to build serious muscle and bulk up. To make this happen, Cellucor took their original C4 formula, and beefed it up with a creatine and carbohydrate mix. This mix, leads to better pump, and creatine uptake into the muscles.
How Does C4 Mass Compare To Original C4?
C4 Mass pre workout is the exact same as the original formula, except a creatine-carbohydrate matrix has been added. This matrix totals 27.5 grams and contains Polydextrose, Fructose, Dextrose, Sucrose, and Micronized Creatine Monohydrate.
What Makes C4 Mass Different
- No Deletions From Original C4 Formula
- Addition of Lots of Sugar
- Addition of Micronized Creatine Monohydrate
- Really Doesn’t Impress Us
Cellucor C4 Ultimate Pre Workout Review – Breaks Away From the Template
Cellucor C4 Ultimate is not in any way similar to the original C4, or any of the other C4 Products. Instead, Cellucor C4 Ultimate has true, high quality and large ingredient dose qualities like the legendary pre workouts on our best 10 pre workouts ranking. In our opinion, C4 Ultimate is the best thing Cellucor has ever done for their users… We’re just a bit pissed off that when we ordered our tub, it didn’t have the scooper inside it. Rookie mistake, Cellucor.
How Does C4 Ultimate Compare To The Original C4?
Compared to C4 Original, C4 Ultimate breaks the Cellucor pre workout mold. Nearly every ingredient is increased, and there are additions that we’ve never seen in C4 before! We want to point out, that C4 Ultimate contains citrulline malate, as well as a much larger dosage of caffeine anhydrous. For the full breakdown, check out below.
What Makes C4 Ultimate Different:
- Addition of 6 grams Citrulline Malate
- 3.2 Grams Beta-Alanine (double C4 Original)
- 1.5 Grams Creatine Nitrate (0.5 g more than original)
- Addition of 1.5 Grams Betaine
- Addition of 1.5 Grams Nitrosigine
- Same 1 Gram Alpha-Ketoglutarate
- Addition of 1 Gram Taurine
- Larger Stimulant Matrix with 2X caffeine (300 mg)
All of these changes add up into a completely different product. And, we believe that this is a stronger pre workout experience in comparison to the other versions of Cellucor C4 that we have reviewed. Is it the best pre workout experience? No, it’s not… But it is still way up there. Ultimately, Pre-Jym is a better product and Transparent Labs BULK is the true ‘ultimate king of pre workout’.
Our Ranking of Cellucor C4 Pre Workouts
#1 C4 Ultimate
In terms of quality, C4 Ultimate is the best version of C4 yet. The only downers are that there is only 20 servings per container, and those 20 servings are going to cost you no less than $40 even when it’s on sale… When not on sale, expect to pay $50.
#2 Original C4 Pre Workout
Second place is without a doubt for the original version. This is because, it is effective, clean, and honest. Take this for energy, period. Likewise, this is the most affordable version compared to the specialty C4 Mass and C4 Ripped; which don’t stack up to their price points.
#3 C4 Ripped
C4 Ripped is the 3rd best C4 option because it is a lean and mean pre workout that isn’t drastically overpriced. With C4 Ripped, you are getting some extra fat burners added in with the exclusion of extra pump, energy, and creatine. Could be worse, but by no means bad.
#4 C4 Mass Pre Workout
C4 Mass holds up the rear of Cellucor’s pre workout rankings, primarily because we don’t like: A) that it is so expensive, and B) that it just has sugar and creatine monohydrate added…. That’s it. Because of this, we prefer to consider other options for a mass building pre workout supplement.
Conclusion on Our C4 Pre Workout Review of C4, Ripped, Mass, and Ultimate
All in all, we’ve had some great memories taking Cellucor pre workouts like the original C4 back in the day. However, now with all of the awesome supplements that we’ve reviewed – our tastes have become a bit jaded since average pre workouts simply don’t have as much appeal. C4 Ultimate does makes the whole brand more exciting again, though.
So, for you pre workout newbies – the C4 line is going to be a truly awesome experience for you. However, as you gain experience – you’re going to start demanding the highest quality products. More so, as you continue to get serious about your health, you are going to want to consider focusing on products that do not contain artificial dyes, artificial sweeteners, and artificial flavors… Things that C4 pre workouts are full of.
Notes: We didn’t include C4 Neuro on this list because we think they are going to discontinue it. Likewise, once new C4 variations are available we are going to review them and get them on this page. If you’ve tried a C4 type that isn’t on here, comment below and let us know about it!