Cellucor C4 RIPPED SPORT Review


  • Contains Citrulline Malate
  • L-Carnitine can reduce fatigue & muscular damage
  • Sensible dosage of Caffeine Anhydrous
  • Beta-Alanine can enhance muscular endurance


  • Beta-Alanine also known to cause itchy & tingly skin
  • Every ingredient part of proprietary blends
  • Citrulline Malate is under-dosed (optimal dosage is 6,000mg per serving)
  • Missing key pre-workout nutrients (eg. Creatine Monohydrate)

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About The Product

C4 Ripped Sport is a pre-workout supplement that’s also aimed to help you lose body fat, made by Cellucor. It comes in 30 serving containers, but we noticed that it’s only available in 1 flavor option of Arctic Snow Cone (at the time of writing this review).

It costs $22.99 making it very reasonably priced. In fact, in today’s market, this might even be seen as a budget product, so we hope that it can compete with the higher priced pre-workouts on the market.

Anyway, we’ll take a look at the ingredients inside Cellucor’s C4 Ripped Sport in the next section. But first, we’ll tell you more about the company behind it.

Who Is Cellucor? 

In all honesty, if you haven’t heard of Cellucor, then you most likely new to supplements. This company is one of the biggest names in the industry, and their original C4 pre-workout has helped thrust Cellucor into the limelight for years.

However, you’re here to learn more about this new release for 2018 – C4 Ripped Sport. So let’s see which ingredients have been added to this pre-workout/fat burner hybrid below…

Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport Ingredients Explained

We like Cellucor. Only bias websites will say otherwise, and there’s a reason why this company is held in such high regard – they’ve produced some extremely respectable supplements on the market in the past.

However, one thing we will say is this: we personally aren’t convinced by hybrid supplements, and prefer to buy specialized products. That means we’ll buy a pre-workout to improve our performance in the gym, and we’ll buy a fat burner when aiming to shred body fat.

Why? Because we’re not sure that any product is capable of doing both at the same time.

The reason why we don’t choose to supplement hybrid supplements

Think about it. You take one serving of pre-workout before the gym, and Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport comes with 1 serving daily.

However, clinical studies show that thermogenic nutrients (such as green tea extract) are best taken multiple times throughout the day.

There aren’t enough proven thermogenics in Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport to justify its ability to promote fat loss (in our honest opinion)

An even bigger issue we have with Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport claiming to help you cut fat is the lack of thermogenic ingredients; our favorite nutrients such as green tea extract haven’t been added.

Additionally, Cellucor has placed every ingredient in this pre-workout into 2 separate proprietary blends (we’ll expand on this below).


Proprietary blends are mixtures of numerous ingredients that are only shown to you as 1 quantity. As you can see from the ‘C4 Ripped Sport Performance Blend’ on this fat burner’s ingredients list, the overall amount is 3,941mg – but you’re not shown the dosages of each ingredient inside such as Beta-Alanine.

This increases your risk of side effects, and also makes it uncertain whether Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport will work. For this reason, we try to avoid any supplement that contains proprietary blends.

Now you know why we try to stay away from supplements containing proprietary blends. But it’s not all bad news for this pre-workout – in fact, there are many good aspects to it too.

In terms of being a pre-workout supplement, Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport contains some great additions; the likes of Citrulline Malate, L-Carnitine, and a well-dosed Caffeine Anhydrous are key to making a successful pre-workout, in our honest opinion.

So it’s evident that Cellucor has done their research into what makes a quality pre-workout.

Anyway, we’ll take you through the main ingredients in this pre-workout supplement. By the end of this review, you’ll have a good idea of how safe and effective Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport really is.


Here’s Everything You Need To Know:


There’s a reason why Beta-Alanine is seen in most pre-workout supplements on the market – it works.

What does it do? Well, it’s shown to improve muscular endurance, making it an ideal for helping to raise your performance in the gym.

However, the bad news is that Beta-Alanine has been added to a proprietary blend in Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport. This means that you’re not shown the exact dosage of Beta-Alanine in this pre-workout supplement, meaning it might not work.

How much is needed for Beta-Alanine to work? Well, studies have shown that you need servings of around 2,000mg.

As Beta-Alanine has been placed into a proprietary blend, you’ll never know whether it has been optimally dosed (unless Cellucor makes an official announcement, which probably won’t happen).

Not only that, Beta-Alanine has shown to cause a side effect called paresthesia; this is basically tingly & itchy skin, and while it’s harmless, it personally distracts us from our gym session, so we’d rather consume Creatine Monohydrate instead (which offers the same benefit as Beta-Alanine, without causing any side effects).

It’s a shame that Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport doesn’t contain Creatine Monohydrate. But in fairness to Cellucor, many people consume Creatine Monohydrate separately, which might have been the reason why they chose not to include it here.

Citrulline Malate 

A very wise man once said that the sensation of muscle pumps was comparable to orgasms – none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

While muscle pumps might not be as great as that, you can’t deny that nothing beats watching your arm inflate and look swole! So this is why Citrulline Malate is one of our favorite ingredients to consume in pre-workout supplements.

What does it do? Well, Citrulline Malate has proven to raise your nitric oxide level, which leads to more blood and oxygen being pumped into your muscles.

However, it’s only shown to be effective in dosages of 6,000mg or above; this is a problem with C4 Ripped Sport, as it’s been placed into a proprietary blend – meaning you’re not shown the exact amount in C4 Ripped Sport.

For this reason, we can’t state whether Citrulline Malate will be effective in this pre-workout supplement. Ultimately, this is a great example of why we don’t like seeing proprietary blends in supplements.


In case you’re wondering, CLA stands for ‘Conjugated Linoleic Acid’. It’s a group of fatty acids that are believed to have a positive effect on fat loss.

However, the bad news is that studies show it’s not the most reliable nutrient to have in a supplement; we prefer tried-and-trusted thermogenics, such as Green Tea Extract.

As a result, it’s not likely that CLA will be able to contribute to Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport’s marketed ability to help you get shredded.

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L-Carnitine is definitely one of the key additions to Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport. It’s proven to help reduce muscle fatigue and damage, while also being able to improve your mind-muscle-connection in the gym.

However, the bad news is that it’s been included in a proprietary blend; this means you’re not shown the exact amount in Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport, so it might not be optimally dosed here.

In fairness though, we’ll point out that the proprietary blend is huge. So there should be more than enough space for each ingredient to have been dosed well.

But in our honest opinion, we believe if a company is generous enough to dose every ingredient optimally and spend more money on doing so, then they’ll definitely want to market this fact.

Think about it, when most celebrities donate money to charity, they’ll make the most of it by plastering it all over their social media to improve their image.

Ultimately, this is why we’re always skeptical of proprietary blends. What’s the point of spending big money to dose things perfectly if you’re not going to show it off? (just our honest opinion).


We must be getting old because we haven’t heard of this nutrient before. Maybe we just need to keep up with the kids more…

Anyway, after asking some specialists and doing some research, we found that the official name for this ingredient is ‘Dichrostachys Glomerata’.

What is it? Well, it’s believed to be an ancient spice that’s been used in cooking, for a very long time, in Africa.

The reason why it’s been added in Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport is because it’s shown promising results in helping to raise your metabolism and promote fat loss. However, there simply haven’t been enough studies to make this a reliable ingredient, in our honest opinion.

So call us old fashioned, but for now, we’ll be sticking with tried-and-tested thermogenics such as Green Tea Extract. But we are glad that Cellucor are keeping up with the times and adding ‘newer’ nutrients to their products.


Even if you’re new to supplements, you’ve most likely heard of Taurine before; this is because it’s commonly added to energy drinks, so many mistakenly believe that it’s a stimulant.

While it’s not able to raise your energy levels, Taurine has shown to help prevent cramping, which is still useful.

For this reason, while Taurine will never ‘make or break’ a product, we always consider it to be a useful ‘bonus’ addition to any supplement.

Caffeine Anhydrous 

There’s a lot of ‘non-stim’ supplements out there now, but we still believe that Caffeine Anhydrous should be a staple in all pre-workouts.

Why? Because it’s the best ingredient for raising your energy levels and giving you that ‘kick’ you need after a hard day at work. And it’ll only cause jitters when consumed in dosages that are too high.

The good news is that Cellucor has dosed Caffeine Anhydrous perfectly in Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport; we always recommend that you consume under 200mg per serving to stay safe, and there’s a sensible 125mg dosage here.

We’ll praise Cellucor for not including Caffeine Anhydrous into a proprietary blend and to choose to provide its exact dosage instead. But we just wish that they’d done this with every other nutrient in Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport too.


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Side Effects

You’ll be glad to hear that Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport doesn’t contain any ingredients that will cause any serious side effects. But that doesn’t mean that it’s side-effects-free.

As we mentioned in the previous section, Beta-Alanine is well-known for causing a side effect called ‘paresthesia’; this is a tingly & itchy sensation that, personally, distracts us when we’re trying to focus on lifting heavy weights in the gym – it’s not nice feeling like you need to itch your arm while halfway down a squat on a personal best…

But as this isn’t a serious side effect that’s going to affect your health, Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport still gets the thumbs-up from us. We just wish that Beta-Alanine had been replaced with Creatine Monohydrate (in our honest opinion).

Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport Review Conclusion

Hopefully, we don’t sound like we’ve been overly critical of Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport; we really respect this company, and pre-workout supplements might not be as popular as they are if Cellucor hadn’t released their original C4 product years ago.

For the most part, this is a very good product that deserves a place on the market. It contains some key pre-workout ingredients such as L-Carnitine, Citrulline Malate and Caffeine Anhydrous – so it’s clear that Cellucor C4 Ripped Sport has been formulated well.

However, we can’t ignore the fact that most ingredients have been added to proprietary blends. So you’re not shown the exact dosages of each nutrient, and we personally much prefer knowing exactly what we put into our body.

Not only that, we personally like to try and avoid Beta-Alanine, as we don’t enjoy its itchy & tingly side effect that it causes most of the time.

Overall though, we’re sure that many people are going to enjoy Cellucor’s pre-workout released in mid-2018.


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