Editor’s Note: This article is about a discontinued product. Dust v2 has been replaced with Dust Reloaded
Selecting the right pre workout can be one of the most exhausting and mentally draining tasks. There’s literally thousands of options on the market all touting more or less the same slogans (“Massive Pumps”, “Laser Focus”, “Endless Energy”).
No doubt you’ve come across “the most popular” pre workout in America, C4, when perusing the supplements aisle at your local store. Now, claiming to be the most popular or #1 pre workout is pretty big talk, but, as we know, talk is cheap.
So, let’s take a little deeper look at the ingredients in C4 and see how it stacks up against Blackstone Labs own top-rated pre workout Dust V2. Then you can judge for yourself, which pre workout is actually a contender for best on the market, and which is a waste of money!
Dust V2 vs C4
Without question, the #1 reason people purchase pre workouts is for the surge of energy they provide an individual heading into an intense workout. One scoop of pre workout, and you’re filling with a sense of motivation, aggression, and determination to wreak seven kinds of havoc on the weights and leave no plate or PR standing.
The main driver of a pre workout’s energy engine is caffeine. Dosed the proper way, caffeine can fuel your performance and push you to new levels of excellence. Dosed too little or too much, and you’re performance won’t really improve, or even worse, it might drop off significantly.
C4 contains a paltry 150mg per scoop, which simply isn’t enough to do much of anything in terms of increased energy or performance enhancement. To get a noticeable increase in motivation and drive, you’ll have to use at least 1.5 – 2 scoops of C4, which reduces your total servings and ultimately means you’re spending more money.
Compare that to Dust V2 which packs a robust 275mg caffeine per scoop, from a combination of Infinergy dicaffeine malate and caffeine anhydrous. Not only is this more than enough to get you up and moving in the gym, it’s also the perfect mix of immediate and sustained energy, ensuring you’ll never run out of energy during your workout or feel so overstimulated that you can’t focus on lifting.
To kick things up a notch even further, Dust V2 also includes Hordenine and N-Methyl Tyramine, stimulants that synergize with caffeine to give a little something extra and really push your energy and motivation to a whole new level.
With Dust V2 all you ever need is one scoop to get the job done. No double or triple scooping is ever needed, saving you money and giving you the most BANG for your buck!
Everyone loves chasing the pump while training. The feeling of having a strong, steady pump is like no other; it’s pure awesomeness.
Unfortunately, you’re not going to get much in the way of pumps from the likes of C4, which uses ineffective nitric oxide boosting compounds like arginine alpha-ketoglutarate (AAKG). Ingredients such as AAKG have been shown to be ineffective for nitric oxide production due to their poor bioavailability in the body, meaning you can keep chasing the pump forever and never actually find it. Plus, since there’s no significant increase in nitric oxide production from these pre workouts, your overall performance will be limited.
While you could argue that C4 does include creatine nitrate for pumps, the dose included in one scoop of C4 (1g) isn’t really large enough to significantly boost nitric oxide production. This again means you’ll need to double or triple scoop C4 to get a large enough dose to really bring the pumps.
Each serving of Dust V2 includes proven, highly bioavailable, NO-boosting compounds such as 2:1 Citrulline Malate, Agmatine Sulfate and L-Norvaline, in efficacious doses, to promote superior nitric oxide production, giving you significantly better pumps and performance!
Energy and pumps are the sole reasons you use a pre workout. Truth be told, you take a pre workout to enhance your performance in the gym. By that logic, you should want your pre workout to include research-backed performance-enhancing compounds (i.e. ergogenics).
Scanning the C4 ingredients panel, the only true “performance enhancer” on the list, other than caffeine, is 1.6g of beta alanine, an endurance maximizer. Dust V2 contains beta alanine as well, but it also includes several other proven performance boosters including Taurine, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, Citrulline Malate, Betaine, and Stearoyl vanillylamide.
These ingredients serve to enhance fat burning during your workout, increase time to exhaustion, support hydration, boost strength, and prolong stamina. In other words, Dust V2 includes the essential nutrients your body needs immediately preceding your workout for optimal performance and success in the gym.
With Dust V2, you’ll lift heavier weights for more reps, and experience less fatigue while training…the same can’t be said for C4 and its ilk.
When you begin to compare other pre workouts on the market to Dust V2, it’s pretty easy to see why Dust V2 is one of the premier high energy pre workouts available. Better energy, better performance, and bigger pumps — you get it all with Blackstone Labs Dust V2!
Try just one scoop of Dust V2 and you’ll quickly realize what a true pre workout supplement is all about!