Platinum Pre is one of Optimum Nutrition’s best-selling pre workout products, while C4 is Cellucor’s main pre workout offering.
They’re both made and marketed by reputable companies and contain similar ingredients – but which is this best?
The purpose of this comparison article is to break down the main differences between the two products help you decide which one is best.
We’re going to focus on the following five categories and break down each product according to the ingredients and customer reviews:
• Company reputation and product background
• The servings
• The ingredients
• Side effects and safety
So, with the scene set and the introductions out of the way, let’s start comparing these two popular pre workout supplements.
• Made by Optimum Nutrition
• Promotes energy
• Boosts focus
• ON’s ‘premium’ product
• Made by Cellucor
• Promotes ‘explosive’ energy
• Contains creatine
• Boosts focus
As you can see by the comparison above, these are two pretty similar products on the face of it, so it’s no wonder that many people struggle to pick the best one between them.
Both Platinum Pre and C4 are marketed in similar ways, and they both claim to boost energy, focus and generally get you feeling awesome at the gym.
One difference is that C4 boasts the fact that it includes Creatine Nitrate as one of its ingredients, while Platinum Pre doesn’t contain any creatine at all – but more on that in the ingredients section later.
Pre Workout supplements tend to be pretty similar in the way they’re consumed. You’re supposed to take them around 30 minutes before starting your training session and wait for them to kick it.
Sometimes, the directions for use on the label can give a bit away about how good a product is.
With Platinum Pre, you should mix one scoop into a glass of water around 20-30 minutes before training.
With C4, it’s the same story. Take one scoop and mix it into a glass of water around 20-30 minutes before training.
Platinum Pre comes in three flavors: Fruit Punch, Raspberry Lemonade and Twisted Apple.
C4 comes in a range of flavors, from Juice Candy Burst to Green Apple, as well as Watermelon.
Now it’s time to get to grips with just how good (or bad) these products really are by taking a close look at the ingredients.
Let’s kick this section off by comparing the exact ingredients of both of these pre workout supplements:
As you can no doubt see for yourself, the similarities between these two products continue with the ingredients labels.
Both C4 and Platinum Pre contain exactly the same amount of some ingredients such as Beta Alanine.
But there are also some subtle differences.
Platinum Pre uses 200mg of Caffeine Anhydrous, while C4 uses 150mg.
Generally, we don’t think pre workout supplements need to contain too much caffeine, so C4 wins that one.
One thing we’re not to keen on is that both of these products use something called a proprietary blend, which is when the doses of individual ingredients are masked in an overall ‘blend’.
We don’t like this because it makes it tricky to assess the true effectiveness of the product.
In fairness, most of the ingredient doses are listed in both products, but some are hidden in Platinum Pre’s PhytoBlend and C4’s Explosive Energy Blend.
Both products contain 1.6g of Beta-Alanine per serving, which is a popular pre workout ingredient these days. However, we’re not massive fans of it and we don’t recommend it as one of the most important pre workouts.
We do like the fact that C4 contains some Creatine. You’re probably familiar with Creatine for its post-workout and muscle-building benefits, but a small doses pre workout can call help to reduce fatigue and improve hydration.
One slight quirk that Platinum Pre has is that it includes Capsimax, which is basically Cayenne Pepper. This can help to stimulate metabolism but it’s more of an ingredient we’d associate with a fat burner.
Most modern pre workout supplements are generally pretty safe to use, because they contain only natural ingredients.
That being said, there are a few things to look out for on the label of your pre workout supplement.
Firstly, as we mentioned above, we favor pre workouts that don’t use too much caffeine or other stimulants.
Using stimulants is a great way to boost energy levels, but too much of them can cause negative side effects such as the jitters or energy crashes.
With that in mind, we tend to recommend that you pick a pre workout with less than 200mg of caffeine per serving to begin with, and see how that works for you.
C4 uses less caffeine per serving (150mg) than Platinum Pre (200mg).
The only other potential red flag here is the use of Beta Alanine in both supplements. This has been known to cause some side-effects in some people, so we recommend being aware of this.
We do, of course, recommend taking a close look at the ingredients label yourself to make sure that you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients.
And finally, it’s time to take into account the all-important price of both products.
We did some searching around the internet to find the best price of both products.
Platinum Pre Workout currently costs around $34.99 per tub (30 servings).
C4 Original currently costs around $29.99 per tub (30 servings).
As you can see, C4 is the slightly cheaper product here, but both of them are in the pretty standard price range for a good pre workout supplement.
So there we are, our full comparison of Platinum Pre and C4. We hope that you found this post useful.
Overall, we thing that both of these products are pretty good. They contain caffeine and C4 uses some Creatine, which are two of our favorite pre workout ingredients.
C4 is the slightly better product in our opinion, but we don’t rate either of these two pre workouts as the very best supplements out there right now.
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