C4 Energy Drink Ingredients – What Gives It That Zip

Since I’ve had great results with my C4 Pre Workout Drink Reviews, I thought it would be beneficial to go over the C4 Energy Drink Ingredients.  C4 products are among the broadest and best rated in the exercise supplement industry.

The C4 line is known to provide the best amount of Caffeine and Amino Acids to bring the proper energy, muscle pump and exercise endurance necessary to any intense exercise program.  Because we are a nation “On the Go”, many of us need a pre workout that doesn’t require mixing, although there are certain advantages to the powder form as well.

Besides reviewing the ingredients that make the C4 energy drink effective, I will reveal some of the pros and cons of using a premixed drink.  Lastly, I’ll introduce a couple of other great C4 pre workout options that I enjoy.


C4 Energy Drink Review

C4 Energy Drink Ingredients - me holding C4 on the go I’ve had excellent results with the C4 powder forms in the past as you can see with my C4 Original review and C4 ultimate reviews.  Powder is my personal preference, so I’m stepping outside of my box with the C4 Drink.  I’ll have to admit that I really enjoy the convenience.

Recently I tried C4 Ultimate Pre Workout in the can.  It gave me a surprisingly powerful workout and changed the way I view the C4 “On the Go” line.  But on to C4 Original Energy Drink.

The first thing that I noticed with my C4 drink is how refreshing the carbonation is and of course, I recommend this cold.  I’ll have to admit that I do prefer this part over the mixed powder form.  I enjoyed both the Midnight Cherry and Strawberry Watermelon flavors as well.  There are six other flavors available.

This zero sugar drink is sweetened with Sucralose, an artificial sweetener derived from sugar.  Some times Sucralose drinks can be too sweet, but in C4 it was good.  After about 25 minutes, the effects of my C4 Energy Drink started to kick in.

One of the most important parts of a pre workout is the increased energy and performance.  As for the energy, the 200mg of Caffeine gave me a great jumpstart and was enough to energize me throughout my workout.   I don’t feel that the amount of Caffeine was too much.  Believe me, I’ve experienced this too many times in the past from over mixing my pre workouts.

c4 energy drink ingredients - can of C4 energy drinkI could feel the Amino Aids kick in, like the Beta Alanine which gave me that head tingle and the pump for the Nitric Oxide (from the Amino L-Citrulline).  These Amino Acids help with muscle endurance, which are essential for a good workout because these Aminos help me go longer without fatiguing.  They also enable the muscles to recover faster to full strength after each set.

My workout was above average from the effects of my C4 Pre Workout Drink.  These include better performance, endurance, and I was able to lift strong to the finish.  I slept well that evening, so this means that my workout was complete and that the ingredients worked well for me.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about my C4 Energy Drink Review or any other pre workout.  You can leave your comments at the bottom and I will respond.


C4 Energy Drink Ingredients - close up of can

Advantages and Disadvantages of “On the Go”

Typically, I become the pre workout chemist, where I mix my powders to the exact taste and consistency that I feel necessary based on the foreseen intensity of my workout.  This does sometimes backfire on me when I mix it too strong.  More about this on Is Pre Workouts Bad for you.

C4 Energy Drink Ingredients - shaker with C4 pre workoutC4 energy drinks don’t always have the same amount of ingredients as the powder form.  For example, the C4 Original pre workout powder has more Amino Acids per serving than the C4 Original Energy Drink.  For some reason, the C4 Drink does not have Creatine like the C4 powder either.

There are subtle differences in pre workout strength that you could be going without in the “drink” form, but most likely not enough to be noticed in your workouts.

I didn’t expect to enjoy the C4 Energy Drink carbonation, but I did.  It seems to make it a lot more refreshing, and it almost feels like it helps to absorb the effective ingredients faster.   C4 Energy Drink is available in several more flavors than in the powder form.

With a powder mix, I always prefer to mix it with ice.  This can be a drawback to keeping pre workout and a shaker with me in the car.  Of course, ice is not mandatory, just habit.

In all, I don’t see any reason to choose one or the other based on performance.  Mainly there is the convenience factor and price.  The powder form costs around $1.00 per serving while a can of C4 per workout is closer to $3.00.  The price of convenience.




C4 Energy Drink Ingredients

Several of the active ingredients in C4 Energy Drink are placed together on the supplemental facts list under “explosive performance energy blend”.  I’ll break these down individually so you know what their benefits are.  Once again, the C4 “On the Go” has slightly different amounts of ingredients than the powder forms that they represent.

C4 Energy Drink Ingredients - supplemental facts labelCaffeine Anhydrous

Caffeine Anhydrous is a form of dehydrated Caffeine.  Caffeine is a safe, natural stimulant that provides the cleanest energy possible.  It will increase focus and stamina vital for an intense workout.

Caffeine is proven to provide thermogenic effects as well, so it is also seen in most dietary supplements.  Caffeine will help burn calories at much higher rates to achieve fat loss.

Be careful if you have a Caffeine allergy or you are Caffeine intolerant.  The effects can be nausea, anxiety or the jitters.  If you are in this category, you may want to try a Caffeine Free Pre Workouts.


This is one of several Amino Acids that you will find for muscle endurance in C4 Pre Workout Drinks.  Amino Acids are the building blocks for protein synthesis and for muscle growth

Beta-Alanine is critical because it will improve athletic performance, increase exercise capacity, and help to build lean muscle mass.  This is the Amino that sometimes will give you that tingling feeling in your head.


C4 Energy Drink Ingredients - creatine powder scoopThese are two of the Amino Acids that support cognitive and mental health when you perform stressful activities such as exercise.   N-Acetyl enhances performance and can reduce soreness from acute, repeated sprints and high-intensity exercise   They are also antioxidants that will increase muscle performance.


This Amino Acid is a big one for keeping your muscles fresh because it increases Nitric Oxide levels.  Nitric Oxide is the form that comes from synthesizing L-Citrulline.  It acts to increase blood flow which is known as vascularization.

The increased blood flow brings more nutrients and oxygen to your muscle tissue faster.  This not only keeps your muscles from fatiguing but will help them recover to full strength quicker between sets.

BetaPower Betaine Anhydrous

Like Caffeine Anhydrous, when you see the work Anhydrous, it is simply a scientific name for dehydrated.  Betaine is a chemical compound that works for electrolyte concentration maintenance in your cells.  It also supports hydration.  You may have seen Betaine in weight loss supplements as well.

Vitamin B’s

There are more Vitamin B’s in C4 Energy Drink than your multivitamin.  Vitamin complex brings a great natural source of energy.  Niacin and Folic Acid are also names for B Vitamins.

C4 Energy Drink Ingredients - scientists in a labInactive ingredients

Unfortunately, most C4 products do have some artificial additives.  It also contains natural and artificial colors (FD&C Red #40), a standard food coloring.  Citric Acid is a standard preservative.

Sucralose is a zero-calorie sweetener that is made from sugar.  Sucralose seems to be found in the majority of exercise supplements.  If you prefer not to have this sweetener in your diet, All Natural Pre Workouts don’t contain Sucralose or any artificial sugars.

Does C4 Energy drink have Creatine?  Unfortunately not, but check out my best pre workout with creatine for some excellent choices.

If you have any questions or comments regarding C4 Energy Drink ingredients, please leave them at the bottom and I will respond.


C4 Energy Drink Ingredients - C4 Ultimate ShredGreat C4 Alternatives

If an excellent pre workout that also includes thermogenic ingredients sounds good to you, see my C4 Ultimate Shred Review.  This pre workout will heat your body up and help you to burn the most calories as possible.  You can lose fat quickly and for the long term.

C4 Energy Drink Ingredients - C4 gummiesC4 Ultimate Pre Workout has a whopping 300mg of Caffeine and even more Aminos than C4 original.  This is the powder version of the C4 Ultimate Energy Drink that knocked my socks off.  Look for my upcoming review on this Energy Drink.

C4 has some other interesting pre workout energy products that sound like fun to take.  You can try  C4 Energy Gummies (Yay, gummies!).  One container has 30 Energy Gummies.  Then there are C4 Shot Rocks.  They are just like it sounds, popping energy rocks in your mouth.




C4 Energy Drink Ingredients - C4 ultimate on the go cans

C4 Pre Workout Energy Drink Conclusion

Although there are some slight variations between C4 Pre Workout powder and the C4 Energy Drink Ingredients, they are quite comparable.  C4 “On the Go” has all the necessary Caffeine and Amino Acids that can go up against most pre workout powders.  These ingredients supplied me with the energy, increase strength and endurance to give me a much more intense workout.

C4 Energy Drink Ingredients - cans of C4 energy drinkAfter using C4 Pre Workout Drink, I would recommend giving it a try.  At least keep it handy for when you don’t have the time or the place to mix your powder.  If after trying C4 premixed drink, your workout doesn’t agree with the concentration of ingredients, you may have better luck with a powder form.  This way you can make it as strong or as weak as you like.

I’m not really a carbonation type of guy, but in this case, I really like the way it felt.  The flavors that I tried tasted great, and there wasn’t any bitterness from these potent ingredients.

I hope you learned more about the key ingredients for C4 performance, and I hope this helps to give you more information on the more convenient C4 drink options.  Don’t forget to try the C4 Energy Gummies and the C4 Pop Rocks, popping energy rocks!

If you have any questions or comments about C4 or C4 Energy Drink Ingredients, please type them below and I will respond.


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