In case you didn’t know, pre workout supplements are products that have been designed to be consumed before exercise or hitting the gym.
They usually contain a range of common ingredients that can help you to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your time spent in the gym.
We all want to make sure that we’re getting the most out of our training, and that’s why pre workout supplements have become a very popular tool for gym goers in recent years.
The product website is: www.4gauge.com
We were intrigued to give 4 Gauge a go, so we bought two bottles to try out and review. The first thing you notice about the product is the quality feel. 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 that it contains no: Wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, artificial sweeteners or flavors.
Many pre workouts contain Sucralose – the most common artificial sweetener, it’s hard to find a supplement without it, so it was good to see that 4 Gauge doesn’t use it. The less artificial ingredients, the better, in our opinion.
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 without any artificial sweeteners and contains some common pre workout ingredients.
So, 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:
L-Citrulline DL-Malate – Extracted from watermelon, this ingredient is a common pre workout supplement ingredient. You’ll find it in most of the leading products in this category. Each serving of 4 Gauge contains six grams of L-Citrulline DL-Malate.
Red Beetroot Extract – Sourced from the beet plant, is another common ingredient found in pre workouts. Each serving of 4 Gauge contains 300mg of Red Beet Extract.
Creatine Monohydrate – Creatine is a very popular ingredient and supplement amongst gym goers. It’s also fairly common in pre workout supplements. Each serving of 4 Gauge contains one gram of Creatine Monohydrate.
Acetyl L-Carnitine – Another common ingredient in pre workouts and one we like to see in supplements in this category. 4 Gauge uses 500mg of Acetyl L-Carnitine per serving.
Caffeine – Most commonly found in coffee, it’s consumed worldwide on a daily basis. Caffeine is commonly added to supplements, especially ones which are designed to be consumed before hitting the gym. 4 Gauge uses a sensible dose of 150mg of Caffeine Anhydrous per serving.
L-Theanine – An amino acid found primarily in tea leaves. L-Theanine is often paired with Caffeine in the same supplement. Each serving of 4 Gauge uses 200mg of Caffeine.
Rhodiola Rosea – This is a herbal ingredient which is often found in supplements in this category.
Coconut Water Powder – Coconut Water is sold in supermarkets as an alternative to sports energy drinks. Each serving of 4 Gauge uses 300mg of Coconut Water Powder per serving.
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.
Another thing we liked was that it didn’t use 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.
We didn’t experience an energy crash while using it. We’ve found that with other pre workout supplements, sometimes you can get a quick energy boost which soon fades, leaving you feeling even more tired than before.
There isn’t much flavour choice with 4 Gauge, it only comes in one flavor. Fruit Blast – it’s their unique flavor. 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 a bit hit and miss. Some have a very strong 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 many 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.
It seemed to have mainly positive reviews. Of course, there were some people who didn’t like the flavor and said that they preferred other products.
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.
• Good Ingredients – Popular pre workout ingredients such as Creatine, Citrulline Malate and Caffeine Anhydrous.
• Five Calories – Only 5 calories per serving, so you don’t need to worry about overdoing it with the calories with 4 Gauge.
• No Sucralose – 4 Gauge contains a blend of natural plant sweeteners.
• Tastes great – One of the best tasting pre workouts we’ve tried recently.
• It’s premium priced – You are paying for good 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, then 4 Gauge is one of the best pre workouts we’ve tried. It helped us to get motivated and smash our workouts in the gym.
We really enjoyed taking it and we found reviews from almost every age group, and they were all impressed with 4 Gauge.
It contains a solid blend of ingredients, including Caffeine Anhydrous, Creatine Monohydrate and Citrulline Malate.
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 looking for a supplement to help take your workouts to the next level, then 4 Gauge is definitely a great option.
For more information and to buy: www.4Gauge.com
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