Citadel Nutrition “Tier 1” Review: An Honest Overview
Hey guys, Sean Nalewanyj here, BodyTransformationTruth.com.
And in this video, I’m going to be doing a review of “The Citadel Nutrition Tier 1 Pre-workout”.
Now, if you watch other popular YouTube channels or blogs within the fitness space, then you’ve
probably seen Citadel’s name come up. There are relatively new company and have a really
strong science-based no BS approach which I obviously appreciate. And since this pre-workout
has become reasonably popular, at least within the YouTube fitness community, I thought that
I would share my personal thoughts on it. Now, I’m not affiliated with Citadel Nutrition
in anyway, and it really makes no difference to me whether you do or don’t use this product.
So, these are really just my honest thoughts and nothing else. So, I’m going to quickly
go over the ingredient profile, the effectiveness, the taste and mixability, and then give you
just my personal recommendation on whether I think it’s worth purchasing or not. So,
first off is the ingredient profile. Now, Citadel is pretty clear in saying that they
formulate their products based primarily on concrete research studies. And tier 1 definitely
meets that description. There are four ingredients included. All of which I’ve separately recommended
in other videos, and that do you have positive effects on muscular performance. You get 5
grams of creatine monohydrate sourced as Creapure, which is the highest quality form of creatine
available. As I’ve covered many times before, creatine is the single most effective compound
available for directly increasing muscle growth and training performance. So, this is obviously
a good addition. After that, you get 3.2 grams of beta-alanine sourced as CarnoSyn, which
is also the highest quality form. Beta-alanine increases the levels of a substance called,
“Carnosine” inside your muscle tissue, which buffers what are called, “The hydrogen ions,”
which increased muscle acidity and fatigue. So, by supplementing with beta-alanine you
end up prolonging the point of muscular failure, and just increasing your overall strength
and endurance as a result. The third ingredient is basic caffeine anhydrous at 200 milligrams.
Most people are already aware of the effects of caffeine. It increases your physical energy,
your mental focus and your alertness. And it also decreases the perception of muscle
discomfort during workouts. 200 milligrams is a good middle ground that will work well
for most people. So, that’s also a good addition. And last up, you have 3 grams of l-tyrosine.
Tyrosine works together with caffeine to boost its effects further. And the standard dose
there is 1 to 3 grams. So, this is also a good amount. So, all in all I really have
nothing but good things to say about the individual ingredients that are included here. They’re
all backed by good solid research, and they all work well. After that, we have the issue
of effectiveness. Now, I’m really not a fan of basing pre-workout supplement reviews on
first-hand reports, just because the effects that you experience when using pre-workout
is very, very subjective and it can also be very heavily affected by the placebo effect,
as well as your own personal bias toward the product. But based on the ingredient profile
and the dosages alone, we already know that this is a well-formulated and effective supplement.
And the blend itself is also very basic as well. So there aren’t going to be any real
surprise there. For the record though, I personally have found through my own personal use that
this particular pre-workout combination does work well for increasing overall energy levels
and performance. And I actually knew that well before even trying tier 1 because this
is the exact same pre-workout combination that I personally been using for a few years
now. After that is the issue of “Taste and Mixability.” Now, I really don’t consider
this to be a big issue because most companies have basically figured out how to formulate
pre-workout supplements with reasonable flavor anyway in most cases. Tier 1 is no exception,
and the lemonade flavor tastes fine and mix as well. So, there’s not much else to say
on that point. And now, finally the most important question which is do I actually recommend
purchasing tier 1? Now, this is where things get a bit complicated. You might think that
based on all the positive things that I’ve had to say so far that I would automatically
recommend this pre-workout. But it’s not quite that simple. And there are two main reasons
for this. First off, even though this is marketed as a pre-workout supplement, the truth is
that only two of the four ingredients, caffeine and l-tyrosine, actually have immediate and
direct effects on performance when you take them before your workout. Creatine monohydrate
and beta-alanine actually don’t have any immediate effects. And the benefits that you get from
those two ingredients are going to be a result of consistent daily supplementation over the
long-term. So, even if you’re using tier 1 as a pre-workout supplement, you’re still
going to have to purchase creatine monohydrate and beta-alanine as separate stand-alone products
anyway, because you’ll have to take them on your off days. And given that fact, it kind
of makes more sense in my personal view to just buy all four supplements separately in
bulk right from the Get-Go since it really just involves purchasing four different bottles
as opposed to three, caffeine, l-tyrosine, creatine and beta-alanine as opposed to buying
tier 1 along with creatine and beta-alanine. And going that route actually provides two
potential benefits. First off, it will be a bit more cost effective. Tier 1 is reasonably
priced for what you’re getting here. But it’s still going to be less expensive to purchase
each individual ingredient separately and in higher quantities. Now, the difference
here is not going to be anything too significant. But it is still worth mentioning. And secondly
and more importantly, having each ingredient separately is going to allow you to adjust
the dosage up or down to your exact individual needs. So, if you prefer a bit less caffeine
combined with a bit less tyrosine or a bit more caffeine and a bit more tyrosine, you
can very easily adjust those up and down when you have a bottle of caffeine tabs and a bottle
of l-tyrosine capsules. And I especially find that approach useful, because I don’t always
like taking the exact same amounts for every single workout. And instead, what I’ll usually
do is adjust things up or down depending on the difficulty of the workout, and depending
on how I’m feeling on any given day. Now, you could just take an extra half scope more
or half scope less of tier 1, but you’re still going to be stuck using the same caffeine
and l-tyrosine ratio no matter what. And you’ll also end up taking more or less creatine and
beta-alanine than you actually need if you do use that approach. So, overall in my view
whether or not you should purchase tier 1 really just comes down to your individual
preference. If you like the idea of having a pre-made and pre-flavored blend that you
can take with you on the go and you’re happy with the set dosages as they are and you’re
willing to pay a little bit extra for it, then by all means go for it. It’s a very high
quality product. The ingredients and the dosages are solid. And it does what it says it does
when it comes to improving workout performance. However, in my personal opinion, given the
fact that creatine monohydrate and beta-alanine are not actually pre-workout ingredients,
and that you’re going to have to purchase them separately anyway, I just think it makes
more sense to purchase the caffeine and the l-tyrosine on their own as well, because that’s
going to save you a little bit of money on costs. And it also allows for more flexibility,
because you can adjust the dosage up or down to find out exactly what’s right for you.
And to modify it based on the situation if necessary. That’s just my opinion though.
And I would encourage you to definitely check out what Citadel Nutrition has to offer. And
see what you think for yourself. And I’ll provide a link in the description box below
for that. I will say in closing that I absolutely support Citadel Nutrition for what they do.
The supplement industry is just totally overrun with gimmicks and BS products these days.
And Citadel really is a standout company in my eyes and it’s very rare or practically
impossible to find a supplement company that is as transparent and real with their products
and their marketing as they are. And on top of that, tier 1 is not their only product.
They also currently offer an athlete multivitamin and a fish oil product that I personally do
think are well worth purchasing and that I would recommend. And I’ll make sure to do
a review on those two products in the near future as well. So, thanks for watching this
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