Since most of my workouts happen during the early morning, some kind of pick-me-up is definitely needed to get me going and to help me give my workouts my all. I work really hard during my workouts, so a little extra umph helps me a lot!
I used to just drink some coffee in the mornings, but drinking a mug of coffee with some coconut milk creamer was a little too heavy on my stomach, and I like to sit quietly and enjoy my coffee, not gulp it down for my workout. I started using Beachbody Performance Energize and really liked it, but decided to try a different brand to get some comparison and see which I liked better. I know what you’re thinking–“she probably prefers the Beachbody one, *eyeroll*.” And you’re right! But for good reason so keep reading 😉
I used C4 in their Watermelon flavor, which I really liked the taste of! Right off the bat, I didn’t love some of the ingredients–sucralose and artificial colors. I try to stay away from artificial sweeteners and colors as much as I can, so I didn’t love ingesting them first thing after waking up. It took about 20 minutes for me to start to feel the energy burst, which for me was a super itchy feeling in my ears–I had expected a tingly feeling, but it was super itchy, which was just kind of annoying. The itch went away once I started my workout, but it was a little alarming at first because I was afraid I was allergic to something in the pre-workout. (By the way, itching or tingling is a very normal effect of pre-workouts, so don’t worry if you experience that). I definitely felt an energy burst with this pre-workout, but it wasn’t as much energy as I was hoping for. Overall, the flavor was the best part of this pre-workout for me; the energy burst was fine, but wasn’t as much as I wanted.
With Energize, the only flavor option is Lemon, which is just fine, but not my first choice. Right off the bat with this pre-workout, it has an edge because it does NOT contain artificial sweeteners–it uses stevia leaf extract and beet sugar, which are both plant-based sweeteners and not made in a lab. It also doesn’t contain artificial colors, so it makes me feel better about what I consume right after waking up. With Energize, it takes about 10-15 minutes to start to feel the energy burst, which is a tingly feeling in my fingers and sometimes around my jaw line. It was also a little alarming at first (I had the same fear that I was allergic to something), but again, that is very normal for pre-workouts. The tingle is a much less intense feeling than the itching I have with C4, so I prefer Energize in this category, too. Finally, the burst of energy I feel is much stronger with Energize than it is with C4–I literally have a bounce in my step when I drink Energize, and that was missing when I drank the C4. Energize wins out in every one of my categories except for flavor, which honestly is the least important one for me.
Energize also comes with 40 servings instead of C4’s 30 servings, so I like that I can add in a few runs here and there in addition to my regular at-home workouts, still use my pre-workout, and not run out before the month is over.
Do you use a pre-workout? Which one is your favorite? I’d love to hear some different perspectives and experiences!
If you want to try out Energize for yourself, you can get 10 packets to see how awesome it is here.