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Cellucor is a brand that has become synonymous with excellence. Boasting a very impressive range of performance products for everyone, it’s no surprise that they have been on top of the supplement mountain for so many years and their most recent range of pre-workouts to hit the shelves is going to do wonders in terms of keeping them there.
C4 Ripped is the newest fat burner to be added to the Cellucor family. On paper, it looks the goods, with a balanced blend that should keep most people pretty happy, without blowing anyone’s socks off. Something that Cellucor have done so well in the past, is appealing to the masses and the key to that is creating a well-rounded product that ticks all the boxes.
The thermogenic component of C4 Ripped consists of a one gram proprietary blend, so we don’t know how much of the following ingredients are present, but what do know is that companies opt for this so competitors can’t replicate their winning formula.
L-Carnitine Tartrate (LCLT) is not a form of carnitine that a lot of companies opt for, however studies have shown improved fat oxidation as well as muscle recovery when compared to L-Carnitine and Acetyl L-Carnitine, as generally a smaller dose is needed to generate greater effects. Capsimax (red pepper extract) has also had a lot of positive press as a legitimate fat oxidiser. Capsaicin (which is found in all sorts of spicy foods) increases energy expenditure and promotes the burning of stored fat. Finally coleus forskohlii (forskolin) is a known root extract and is used to increase cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) levels in the body. cAMP aids in fat metabolism whilst also improving muscle protein synthesis.
It’s also worth noting that C4 Ripped energy blend packs a serious punch in its 371mg hit, consisting of 150mg of caffeine which is approximately a cup and half of coffee’s worth, N-acetyl-L-tyrosine which is proven focus enhancer as well as Velvet Bean Extract which has been known to stimulate dopamine production to give you all sorts of smooth, happy feels whilst you’re pumping the iron. Whilst C4 Ripped still contains beta-alanine and AAKG, the exclusion of creatine is evident. Although creatine isn’t a bad ingredient for dieters to be utilizing, it’s fair to assume that it’s makers have chosen to leave it out due to the common misconception that all creatine causes puffiness, bloating and water retention. Not at all true, especially when it comes to creatine nitrate, which is the most commonly used form of creatine across the Cellucor range.
Like most products, there will always be good and bad, and when it comes to C4 Ripped, the positives definitely outweigh the negatives which makes it a viable option if you’re on the hunt for a decent fat burning pre-workout. If you’re a dieter, a fan of Cellucor and want to try a C4 with a bit of a fat burning twist, then we say give it a go because you might just be pleasantly surprised.