If you want to push harder during your workout, a good pre workout supplement can help give you that extra ‘kick’ in the gym.
We’ve all had those days, when we’re feeling too tired to hit the gym hard. But we found that a pre workout can help you feel more energized – so you start and finish every workout in peak condition.
The problem is, many of these supplements on the market cause energy crashes or are overloaded with stimulants. We did some research to see if we could find one with less stimulants in and without harmful ingredients.
We found a product called 4 Gauge, it’s made by Roar Ambition, a specialist sports supplement company. In the shape of a shotgun shell, it certainly stands out. Let’s see how powerful this thing is!
The product website is: www.4Gauge.com
Their website says it will give you:
• Increase energy levels– Feel more motivated to enter the gym and smash PB’s.
• Intense muscle pumps– Push out extra reps towards the end of your sets and workouts.
• Enhanced focus– Experience strong mind-muscle-connection, making the most of every rep.
• Helps build muscle and cut fat – Go harder and longer in the gym with greater endurance and strength.
We bought 2 bottles to try out and review. The first thing you notice about the product is the quality. The gold cap is metal and the label design is smart – it really does look like a large shotgun shell.
On the label is says NO: Wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, artificial sweeteners or flavors.
The no artificial sweetener is very attractive for us. Most pre workouts contain sucralose – the most common artificial sweetener, it’s hard to find a supplement without it.
We know that two factors can determine the effectiveness of any supplement – the ingredients and their dosages.
The first thing we noticed on its website, was that 4 Gauge is made from 100% natural ingredients, without any artificial sweeteners. From what we’ve seen and experienced, there’s nothing to indicate that it could cause side effects. Unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
So, it’s safe – but how good are the actual ingredients?
To find out how any supplement works, you need to dig into the ingredients and see what they do. So, that’s what we did:
There are nitric oxide boosting nutrients: Two ingredients in 4 Gauge work specifically to deliver great muscle pumps in the gym:
L-Citrulline DI-Malate – Extracted from watermelon, this nutrient’s believed to raise nitric oxide levels, leading to your blood vessels dilating. As a result of increased blood flow, you should experience intense muscle pumps while you lift weights in the gym.
Red Beetroot Extract – Sourced from the beet plant, this extract has a high nitrate content, which is the precursor to nitric oxide. This can help promote muscle pumps during your training session.
And ingredients to enhance strength, energy, and focus, while reducing fatigue: 4 Gauge’s ingredients should help you experience that ‘kick’ to get you started in the gym – here are the ones used:
Creatine Monohydrate – This should fuel your muscles, boosting strength and endurance. It’s a molecule that rapidly produces energy (ATP), meaning you should be able to push harder than before and make faster progress.
Acetyl L-Carnitine – A nutrient capable of reducing fatigue, muscle damage, and fat mass, while improving cognition (memory, focus, reaction time). These are all great benefits to help you in the gym.
Caffeine – Most commonly found in coffee, it’s consumed worldwide on a daily basis. But in a supplement, Caffeine’s said to boost strength and endurance, as well as improved cognition (memory, focus, reaction time) during your workout.
L-Theanine – A relaxing agent found in green tea leaves, it’s believed to work in synergy with Caffeine to form a ‘smart-caffeine’. This can deliver enhanced strength, endurance, and cognition, without risking side effects like energy crashes or jitters.
Rhodiola Rosea – This herb is said to reduce fatigue and muscle damage suffered from prolonged exercise, while enhancing cognition (memory, focus, reaction time) – which should make sure you’re stay fresh during your workout.
With the bonus of keeping you hydrated:
Coconut Water Powder – A nutrient containing electrolytes, this can ensure that you stay hydrated in the gym – so you can perform at peak levels and get results.
You can learn more about 4 Gauge and its ingredients here: www.4Gauge.com/ingredients
Not only do 4 Gauge’s ingredients stand out, but we believe the doses make a big difference. We like that you can take two servings at once when you need an even bigger ‘kick’ – something that’s advertised on 4 Gauge’s label. We didn’t experience any unwanted side effects from doing this, but you should probably start with the normal serving first to stay on the safe side.
Another thing we noticed was it didn’t have any proprietary blends – this shows transparency, and that Roar Ambition are proud of their formula. Basically, every ingredient has it’s dosage clearly stated, and nothing is hidden – this is good, as we always like to know exactly what we’re putting into our body.
After reading other reviews and researching the ingredients, we found that L-Theanine and Caffeine link up to form this ‘smart-caffeine’. Don’t worry if you don’t know what it is, we had to research ourselves.
Here’s what we found: L-Theanine enhances the benefits of Caffeine without the unwanted effects of a high Caffeine dose. This is why the dosage of Caffeine is lower than in other pre workouts, but is actually more effective – but personally, we liked the lower dose of Caffeine anyway, as we experienced some side effects in other pre workouts that contained large doses of it.
For us, the best thing about 4 Gauge is that we didn’t experience an energy crash while using it. This is a big problem with many pre-workouts that we’ve tried – with other pre workouts, the quick energy boost soon fades, leaving you feeling even more tired than before.
There isn’t much flavour choice with 4 Gauge, it only comes in one flavour. Fruit Blast – it’s their unique flavour. It’s nice, it’s sweet, fruity and slightly sour. It goes down very easily.
With other pre workouts that we’ve tried, the taste has been hit and miss. Some are very sweet with an artificial sweet taste and others are very bitter. The bitter ones can make you gag, it can be a real chore to get them down.
The natural plant sweeteners in 4 Gauge work very well. It’s a nice change from the artificial sucralose taste that most supplements contain.
The directions for use on the label say to mix one serving with water or juice 20 – 30 minutes before training. We usually started to feel the effects after 5 – 10 minutes, so you can drink it on the way to the gym or right before you train. The full effect kicks in after about 20 minutes, it lasted around 1 hour for us.
You can mix it in a glass – you don’t need a shaker, as the powder dissolves very quickly. It has a slight pinky red colour, this is probably from the beetroot extract.
When you’ve used it a few times and you’ve assessed your tolerance level, the label says you can take a double serving for an extra boost. We wouldn’t recommend doing this if you workout in the evening.
When choosing a product, we like to see what other users are saying about it. We checked YouTube, Social Media, forums, and supplement review websites – to see people’s experiences before trying it out.
Many people emphasized that it didn’t inflict any ‘energy crashes’ while increasing energy levels in the gym. They also enjoyed being able to take ‘double servings’ to experience heightened benefits, without any side effects – something you can’t usually do with other pre workouts.
However, there were mixed opinions on the fact it’s not sold in any shops and you deal directly with the company – international shipping outside of the USA, UK, or Europe can take 1-2 weeks, but they do have an express courier option to some countries. But on a positive note, it’s said that you get free worldwide shipping with 4 Gauge when buying 3 bottles.
• Energy levels were sky high – I never felt tired during my workout.
• Felt and looked great – I felt amazing muscle pumps in my arms.
• Always focused on every rep – It really helped me focus on my form when lifting weights.
• No energy crashes – I didn’t experience a dip in energy levels, even after the session.
• No unwanted side effects – With 100% natural ingredients, there’s no risks of side effects.
• Low calorie – Only 5 calories per serving, so you don’t need to worry about calories with 4 Gauge.
• No artificial sweeteners – 4 Gauge contains a blend of natural plant sweeteners.
• Tastes great – One of the best tasting pre workouts we’ve tried.
• It’s premium priced – You are paying for a better formula and no artificial sweetener. It may not be within everyone’s budget.
• Can’t buy in shops – You can only buy direct from the company through the website.
If you’re looking for a supplement to provide a boost when you’re tired, then 4 Gauge is one of the best pre workouts we’ve tried. It helped us get motivated and smash our workouts in the gym, and we saw some great results when using it.
We didn’t experience any unwanted side effects, which could be due to 4 Gauge containing 100% natural ingredients. It gave us great energy boosts without the dreaded ‘energy crash’. We found reviews from almost every age group, and they were all impressed with how safe 4 Gauge is.
We believe that what keeps you from suffering from energy crashes is the ‘smart-caffeine’ combo inside 4 Gauge – basically, we found out that L-Theanine enhances the benefits of Caffeine, so it’s more effective in a lower dose. Not only that, it helps keep you away from any unwanted side effects like jitters or, more importantly for us, energy crashes.
We know taste isn’t a key feature of a pre workout, but we were impressed by how good it tastes – after tasting countless horrible pre workouts, we were relieved to find one we enjoyed drinking – definitely a welcome bonus.
You can’t buy it in shops but they offer fast worldwide shipping from their warehouses in the USA and the UK.
You’ll get 20 servings in each bottle, and it only took 5 – 10 minutes for us to start feeling the benefits before our training sessions. If you’re aiming to lose fat, maintain body weight, or build muscle, 4 Gauge can help you get results in the gym and on your physique.
For more information and to buy: www.4Gauge.com
Roar Ambition’s Website: www.RoarAmbition.com
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