Cellucor C4 vs. Muscle Pharm Assault

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So you’re looking for a new pre workout supplement. Maybe you’ve never taken one before, or maybe you’ve taken hundreds. In this article, we’ll discuss an in-depth comparison between two of the top pre workouts right now; Cellucor’s C4 vs. Muscle Pharm’s Assault. Both are great, but which one is better? Well, that depends on what you want out of a pre workout. We’ll also help you determine which one will work better for you.

Let’s begin by addressing the size factor. SIZE DOES NOT ALWAYS MATTER! C4 is concentrated, so there’s less powder, and Assault is the more bulky, higher volume pre workout. Just looking at the bottle you’ll see a more expansive ingredients profile in Assault. However, more is not necessarily better. It’s what ingredients are in the powder that makes the difference.

Here are the answers to the questions you may be asking…

Which one provides more energy?

Assault is definitely stronger stimulant-wise per serving. C4 has 135mg of Caffeine per scoop, Assault has 150mg per HALF scoop. So, a full scoop of Assault has the equivalent of 3 – 3.5 cups of coffee Caffeine content. C4 has more stimulant ingredients in it (synephrine HCL is a thermogenic stimulant), but Assault has more Caffeine, and a lot more B-12 as well. If you’re no stranger to Caffeine, Assault is the more potent choice of the two.

Which one will help me focus more effectively?

A very effective ingredient for mental concentration is B-vitamin Choline Bitartrate. Assault contains an adequate dose of this essential nutrient to provide awesome focus in the gym, on the field, or wherever you train. C4 contains Mucuna Pruriens (L-Dopa) which is a dopamine precursor. This will benefit mood enhancement, growth hormone secretion, and give focus. Both products contain effective focus ingredients. With that said, you may need to try both to see which one works better for you in this category. I give the slight edge to Assault, personally.

Cellucor’s C4 contains NO3, which creates awesome pumps during workout.

Which one provides better pumps?

They’re both great, but both very different in this category. C4 contains Cellucor’s NO3 product in it, which essentially is Creatine Nitrate based. Nitrates have gained massive popularity over the last year because it is far more efficacious as a vasodilator than regular L-Arginine. When combining Creatine and Arginine nitrate, they are synergists of each other and give excellent pumps and strength.

Assault contains Citrulline Malate, which is generally effective at producing pumps. The trick here is some people (like me) respond to either nitrates or Citrulline, but not both. If you know which one works better for you personally, you’ll be able to determine the more beneficial pre workout. Even if Citrulline doesn’t give you a pump, it’s proven to increase recovery effectiveness and overall athletic performance.

To summarize: the better pump product is somewhat subjective, but nitrates are awesome for pumps for the most part, so I give the edge to C4.

Which one has the overall better ingredient profile?

Depends on what you’re looking for. If you need a quick burst of energy and better pumps, C4 may be your best bet. If you’re looking for longer lasting energy and endurance, Assault is definitely stronger. It contains clinical doses of Beta-alanine (4g), Creatine (5g total, including monohydrate and HCL), Citrulline (1.5g), and 6g of BCAA per scoop. Comparatively speaking, C4 contains 1.5g Beta-alanine and 1g Creatine Nitrate (zero of the other two ingredient. Assault is definitely more extensive and diverse with its ingredients, but again, it all depends on what you’re looking for.

I’m not a bodybuilder, I’m an athlete, so which one is better for me?

If you play a sport, train in MMA, or need more athletic endurance, Assault is clearly the right choice for you. It’s longer lasting, it will not give you a pump as much as it will increase athletic performance and ability, and it contains no banned substances. C4 does not contain banned substances either, but it’s more designed for weight lifting and strength training than for athlete-specific workouts.

How much are they and how many servings are there per container in each?

The lowest price I’ve seen consistently is $29.99 (plus shipping and handling) on major sites like bodybuilding.com, nutraplanet.com, etc. Each of them claims 30 servings per container. Here’s the catch – if you’re a full scoop user of Assault, there are only 16 servings in one tub. If you need more than one scoop of C4 to get you going, you could be looking at 10-15 servings per tub total. If you stick to the minimum of one serving (1/2 scoop Assault, 1 scoop C4), they are very comparable in price/serving.

Which one tastes better?

This is personal preference as well. Both companies are skilled at creating palatable supplement powders. Orange, blue raspberry, watermelon, or fruit punch are among the not-so-extraordinary flavor options. The biggest difference is the amount of powder, and amount of water to add when mixing. As aforementioned, Assault’s servings contain quite a bit more powder, so you’ll need 8-16oz of water for it to mix well.

Which is the overall better product?

Pre workout supplements are ones that vary in effectiveness from person to person. There is no right or wrong answer, just finding out which one works better for YOU. My advice is to check your goals, figure out what you’re looking to get out of it, and use this guide to help you decide which one is better.

Here are what a couple of users are saying:

“First I absolutley love the taste of all of Assault’s flavors, especially Rasp Lemo and I am sure now green apple is gonna be amazing. It does have your full 5g of creatine per full scoop, and of course it has all of your normal stimulant products ie caffeine and beta-alanine. Plus the addition of suma root extract I think really adds to the boost you get. The energy is not so buzzy like Jack3d or C4 but the pump energy and vascularity you get and the extra intensity it adds to your workouts is unrivaled.”

“Well I really like Assault and I’ve tried a few samples of c4. But I’d go with C4”

Bottom line: the decision can’t be made for you; you have to know what to look for in each product. Choose the one that best fits your goals.

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  1. Andy 17. Mar, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    The article is spot on. As more of an athlete (squash) rather than a bodybuilder, I have been looking for a pre-workout supp that would extend my workouts and increase intensity, but I don’t need to up my blood pressure.

    I am a bit wary of C4’s Synephrine HCL ingredient, which is a banned substance and increases blood pressure. Look out!
    I bought C4, and still think it’s a good product, but will not do so again for the above reasons.

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