It’s time for another edition of our versus series. This time up, two of our best selling pre-workouts. It’s C4 by Cellucor and No Xplode by BSN. Alongside their peers, these two products are among elite status in the weightlifting community and loved by many. But what we aim to find out in this blog post is, which is better?
What is Pre-Workout?
First and foremost, let’s cover what pre-workout is. Pre-workout is a supplement that is sold by lots of companies, often promising you enhanced formulas that will benefit you during your workout (such as focus throughout your training).
They’re often very high in caffeine formulas which gives you an extreme amount of energy and can increase physical performance. You could call pre-workouts high-energy drinks that have added ingredients for healthy muscles.
Each pre-workout is different, each has its own formula that can help you in certain ways. Such as caffeine content, whether nitric oxide is present or whether it has natural flavouring.
A Brief Overview of Each Product
In this section, we’re just going to briefly cover each product and their most unique features.
C4 Original by Cellucor is one of the most OG pre-workouts on the market. It has a formula that gives you more energy, endurance, focus and muscle pumps.
It has many flavours ranging from Lime to Strawberry Margarita. Per serving, it features 1.6g of their own patented Beta-Alanine, 150mg of caffeine and 1g of their AAKG. Alongside that, it has 1.5g of Creatine and a rich taste.
No Xplode Pre-Workout
No Xplode features 300mg of caffeine per serving, as well as 1.3g of Beta-Alanine and 3g of L-Arginine. It has several flavours such as Fruit Punch, Watermelon, Blue Raspberry and more. Its unique formula gives it an unrivalled taste and makes it one of the most infamous pre-workouts on the sports nutrition market.
When looking at what pre-workout you’d prefer, it is always advised to read the nutrition label attached to the rear of the product. Although, BSN No Xplode does have the nutrition label as two servings, so watch out for that.
First up is caffeine. Per serving, No Xplode has 150mg of caffeine, but so does C4, so a nice little tie there.
They also both have Beta-Alanine, these non-essential amino acids help your body fight fatigue during your workout. C4 beats No Xplode in this category as they have 1600mg and 1300mg respectively. Although, Beta-Alanine sometimes gives people tingles, so if you don’t like them then maybe No Xplode is the safer choice in that regard.
According to WebMD, creatine has been widely researched and has shown to help improve strength and promote the growth of lean muscle mass. Alongside this, it also helps the muscles recover more quickly during exercise. That is why it’s important to have this compound in your pre-workout. Again, there is a tie with each product coming in with 1.5g per serving.
To fight fatigue, they also have Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 – so again no clear winner there.
They also have a strong presence of folic acid, which studies show contribute to the creation of muscle cells. Alongside other bodily functions as well. So, per serving No Xplode has 168μg and C4 Original only has 100μg – so a nice win for No Xplode there.
Now, many people don’t count calories when having pre-workout – but remember every calorie counts. Cellucor’s flagship pre-workout absolutely tramples BSN’s. C4 has only 5 calories per serving whereas BSN has 40. This means that if you are calorie counting to the extreme, C4 is for you!
When comparing prices, it is important to compare as fairly as possible. Typically, the larger sizes of these products are usually cheaper per serving. However, C4’s larger tub is 60 servings and BSN is only 50 – meaning there may be some price difference. So, we’re going to be comparing their 30 serving variants.
Would you believe it? Another draw. Both products are £19.95 (as of 30th March 2021) making them both 67p per serving. So, maybe we do need to compare their larger variants.
Per serving in BSN’s 50 serving tub, it will cost you 53p per serving. This makes it significantly cheaper than its 30 serving variant. Unfortunately for No Xplode however, C4’s 60 serving tub is cheaper than No Xplode’s 50 servings tub. Per serving, C4 pre-workout 60 servings is 44p – making it a clear winner.
Which Is Better, C4 or No Xplode?
Well, judging by what we’ve covered so far it will be a hard choice. But we think going for the 60 servings tub of Cellucor C4 pre-workout is the best decision. You get similar benefits to No Xplode and get more beta-alanine and creatine monohydrate.
If you’re looking for an energy boost whilst helping to maintain mental focus, Cellucor C4 is for you.