My 4 Gauge Review
My 4 Gauge Pre-Workout First Look:
Wow! What can you say to this?! Is this possible the most original packaging for a supplement? It must be up there with the best.
It was seeing the shot gun cartridge which drew me to the product.
I have not written many reviews of preworkout supplements because, although I really can benefit from them, it can be an additional expense to live with.
I tend to hope that an espresso before driving to work, hitting the gym or playing rugby is suffice.
One of the main reasons is down to the many unnatural additives and coloring’s found in so many of these preworkout formula’s that I look at or even review.
And sometimes, it just feels like you have eaten a whole bag of candy rather than getting any other benefit…
So I was pretty startled to see that 4 Gauge has no artificial additives or flavor.
I was also taken aback by the comprehensive ingredient profile and the large servings.
Plus, there is no proprietary blend which plagues so many supplements, not just preworkout formula’s.
Things look good on first impressions. Plus the carton can be re-used to throw in your gym bag to keep keys, boot studs etc all together in one place that is easy to find. Even if the Testo Van is a mess…
I am even using it in the garage for storing screws and nails. It is the gift that keeps on giving.
*Disclaimer: You can use many tubs for these tasks, but none look quite as cool.
Beta Vulgaris (Beet) – Beet can also increase nitric oxide in the body. This chemical can dialate blood vessels and was popular with athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Sodium – There are mechanisms in place for sodium bicarbonate to be a fat-burning agent (it increases ketone production and lipolysis and causes a minor increase in metabolic rate), but these have not yet been linked to actual weight loss in trials.
Coconut Water Powder – A 2007 study shows coconut water enhanced with sodium was as good as drinking a commercial sports drink for post-exercise rehydration with better fluid tolerance.
Caffeine Anhydrous – The purest form of caffeine available. It stimulates the central nervous system (CNS), heart, muscles, and the centers that control blood pressure to give you an extra boost and hit that PB. This is found in Instant Knockout which is the best fat burner available at present.
L-carnitine – Acetyl-L-carnitine helps the body produce energy. It is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes.
L-Citrulline – This is used as a sports performance and cardiovascular health supplement. L-Citrulline supplementation results in reduced fatigue and improved endurance for both aerobic and anaerobic prolonged exercise. An increase in growth hormone has been noted with exercise, but not at rest.
L-citrulline boosts nitric oxide production in the body. Nitric oxide helps your arteries relax and work better, which improves blood flow throughout your body.
Supplementing can help lower blood pressure in people with prehypertension.
Creatine Monohydrate – It is the simplest form and most popular of Creatine. It is an extremely fine powder that can be mixed in water for a high absorption rate.
There are many alternative forms of creatine, however, none are more effective than the basic creatine monohydrate.
Supplementation increases creatine storage and promotes a faster regeneration of adenosine triphosphate between high intensity exercises. These improved outcomes will increase performance and promote greater training adaptations.
Calcium – Results show that training results in increased testosterone levels in athletes and that the increase is greater if accompanied by calcium supplementation.
Potassium – Potassium levels change with sodium levels to keep muscles working properly throughout your body, especially your heart.
2 scoops with water which weighs in at a colossal 14g!
This is much more than many of the pre workout supplements we test out!
The taste is nice and sour. I love it.
As already mentioned, it is great to find a preworkout supplement that is free from any artificial additives or flavors.
It is also good to find one that is so generous with its overall ingredients and dose.
Every single ingredient has a role to play in helping you with increasing performance; be that in the gym, on the bike, playing sport, gaming or even when you are about to complete a monster drive home from work after doing a late shift.
I personally found 4 GAUGE to be a great supplement to take just before I play rugby.
In fact, the first time I took this took me a little by surprise…
I have taken many different supplements beforehand, a few that maybe described as ‘under the counter’ types over the years as well. So I felt like this would be a walk in the park…
Let me set the scene. We were playing against a team that re top of the league. At their ground, so a good hour or so drive from home.
We are all in the changing rooms feeling a bit grouchy and lackadaisical.
To make matters worse, someone had brought along the children’s rugby kit we needed to wear!
To put it mildly, we were in disarray. Someone had to quickly rush over 15 adult sized shirts from over 60 miles away, very quickly.
We ended up running on to the pitch half pulling our shirts on. Things looked bleak.
However, while in the changing rooms, looking at all of the downbeat faces I took a serving of this preworkout – initially it is quite a sour flavor but agreeable and not at all unpleasant.
After a short while I noticed tingling in my fingers and my legs were just twitching constantly and I was basically foaming at the mouth, eager to get on the pitch.
When we did, I was, to quote the opposition, ‘Like a rabid animal’.
I gave them hell. I was all over the pitch, putting in massive tackles and going on destructive runs.
My opposite number barely came near me and their fly half was too scared to take the ball, knowing full well I was on him ans smashing him to the floor regardless.
I had never experiences anything like it…
80 minutes later, once the game had finished, we had to concede a massive defeat. It was embarrassing. Especially considering there was a large supporting crowd.
My reward? Drink a pint of beer in one on a stool. I managed to pull that off a bit more convincingly as well.
That was the first, and by no means the last time I used 4 Gauge.
Before a rugby game I always take 2 scoops and go out hunting on the pitch. It helps me focus, block out any distractions and provide me with the energy and kick up the ass required to run around making solid hits for 80 minutes.
It is also useful when I am up all night on my Xbox playing CoD or working late helping me focus, stay alert and focus.
Often if I am in the office until 10pm and faced with a 1 hour 30 minute drive home I will have just one scoop so I do not fall asleep hurtling down the freeway at 90.
It’s priced remarkably well too with great multi buy offers so it means you don’t feel you can only dig it out of your gym bag on those special days you are looking to hit a PR.
If you are sensitive to caffeine, this may lead to a scenario that feels like a punch to the face. It is strong and the ‘buzz’ lasts for a long amount of time.
This is an extremely potent supplement!
The tingling in the extremities may also worry and take some people by surprise, but do not be alarmed this is safe and normal.
The movement of arms and legs as you are rushing on energy may also alarm some users, however, I personally loved it.
That said, if you take this and then do not do some form of exercise it may be a bit too much to handle.
The flavor is quite sour and may also be a bit ‘sharp’. Just think of the fizzy and sour gummy candies you can get – it is a bit like that.
Again, for me that adds to the experience. The sourness of 4 GAUGE almost prepares you for what is coming next.
If it was just vanilla flavored the whole experience may seem extremely odd and disjointed.
It can only be bought direct from the manufacturer and online which could be annoying for some, don’t expect to find it in your local GNC or Walmart.
My 4 Gauge Pre Workout Review Conclusion:
Personally, for me, this is the most complete and best preworkout I have used to date.
I remember using BSN’s N.O Xplode many years ago, but nothing has given me the vascularity, energy, focus, endurance and downright explosive power than this has.
I think the rabid dog comment speaks for itself.
It may be too strong for some, but for me it works perfectly, so if you play contact sports, online gaming, driving long distances or just love a hard workout in the gym this is the right prework out supplement for you.
Best of all? You get a great container to store things in when you’ve finished!