Tier 1 by Citadel Nutrition Review
Tier 1 is a pre-workout supplement manufactured by Citadel Nutrition. It earned an overall thumbs-up recommendation based on its nutrition label transparency, ingredients, dosing, claims, research rating, and ranking.
This page contains a thumbs-up or down recommendation followed by simple and detailed reports describing the product's effectiveness. The detailed report includes a more in-depth analysis of the product.
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Tier 1 earned a thumbs-up recommendation. This recommendation is based on the criteria listed below. To earn an overall thumbs-up recommendation, a product must earn a thumbs-up in at least four of the seven areas below. Click on a graded area for an in-depth analysis.
|Graded Area||Thumb Up or Down|
|Nutrition Label Transparency|
|Ranking Within Category|
- Price Check
- Image Gallery
- Simple Report
- Detailed Report
- Ranking Within Category
This section contains pricing information from various retailers. Items are organized from lowest to highest price. The price per serving is also displayed and provides a better overall picture of value.
Visit Price Analysis - Tier 1 for an in-depth analysis which includes complete pricing for all product variations, pricing comparisons to similarly rated products, and historical pricing trends.
|Product Title||Price||Price Per Serving||Retailer|
The detailed report provides an in-depth analysis of the product's rating. In addition to showing ratings for each area, this report also provides the required criteria for a thumbs-up in each section.
Tier 1 earned a thumbs-up in this category because its effectiveness rating is 1.83. A product's effectiveness rating must be at least 1.5 to receive a thumbs-up in this area. This effectiveness rating means Tier 1 is made up of a mix of both high and low-quality ingredients and may lead to some positive results.
This category illustrates how well a product works based on what the research says about its ingredients. Researchers conduct studies on supplement ingredients to gauge effectiveness. The database grades products on how effective their ingredients are. The effectiveness rating of supplement products is evaluated on a 3 point scale: 3.0 is the most effective, 1.0 is the least effective.
Tier 1 earned a thumbs-up in this category because it contains 75% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients. A product must contain at least 75% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
This category rates a product's ingredient makeup. A product should contain mostly extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients with little or no ineffective ones. The database categorizes ingredients as extremely, moderately, or ineffective based on conclusions from research articles.
Tier 1 contains:
- moderately effective ingredients: 3
- ineffective ingredients: 1
- total ingredients: 4
The following table lists all ingredients found in this product as well as their effectiveness ratings and amounts (if listed).
|Creatine Monohydrate 5g||2 out of 3|
|Beta Alanine 3.2g||2 out of 3|
|Caffeine 200mg||2 out of 3|
|Tyrosine 3g||1.3 out of 3|
|Product Effectiveness Rating||1.83|
Tier 1 earned a thumbs up in this category because 100% of its ingredients are dosed within the effective range. Seventy-five (75)% of product's ingredients must be dosed within the effective range to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
This category compares a product's ingredient dosing to effective doses found in research articles and doses used in other products. When researchers study the efficacy of supplement ingredients, they use specific doses. Manufacturers should create products with ingredient doses that fall within established effective ranges.
Tier 1 Dosing Compared to Research
This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Tier 1 to amounts used in research articles. The first column contains the name of the ingredient as well as the amount. The second column contains the range of effective doses for that ingredient. Note: not all ingredients in the database contain dosing information; only ingredients with scientific dosing information are included in this analysis.
A green checkmark is shown if the ingredient amount falls within the effective range.
An orange up or down arrow is shown if an ingredient amount is either higher or lower than the effective range.
|Ingredient & Amount||Range|
|Creatine Monohydrate 5g||2g - 30g|
|Beta Alanine 3.2g||2.4g - 6g|
Tier 1 Dosing Compared to Other Products
This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Tier 1 to amounts used in other products. The first column displays the ingredient and amount. The second column displays the average amount of the ingredient found across all products in the database. The final column displays the range found across all products in the database.
A orange up or down arrow is shown if the ingredient amount is higher or lower than the average.
An equal sign is shown if the ingredient amount is equal to the average.
|Ingredient & Amount||Average||Range|
|Creatine Monohydrate 5g||2.98g||0.75g - 5g|
|Beta Alanine 3.2g||2.37g||0g - 6.4g|
|Tyrosine 3g||0.67g||0g - 3g|
|Caffeine 200mg||241.9mg||3mg - 700mg|
Tier 1 earned a thumbs-up in this category because 88% of its claims are rated as either extremely or moderately effective. Seventy-five (75)% of a product's claims must be rated as extremely or moderately effective to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
The product’s effectiveness rating is an overall picture of how well a product does or doesn't work. Individual studies research an ingredient's effects on certain claims. For example: does creatine monohydrate increase strength, or does beta alanine improve running performance?
The Supplement Database compiles the conclusions of these studies, and based on a product's ingredient makeup, calculates how well a product does on various claims. The claims below are organized by effectiveness (extremely, moderately, ineffective).
Tier 1 is extremely effective at:
Tier 1 is moderately effective at:
- improve high-intensity interval training (HIIT) performance
- increase muscle mass
- improve running performance
- improve cognitive ability
- improve sports performance
- improve cycling performance
- improve cycling sprint performance
- improve sprint performance
- reduce muscle soreness
- improve cardiovascular endurance
- improve muscular endurance
- reduce muscle damage
- improve recovery
- decrease fatigue
- improve rowing performance
- increase strength
- improve mood
- improve memory
Tier 1 earned a thumbs-up in this category because its research rating is 90.250. A product's research rating must be at least 60 to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
A research rating of 90.250 means there is a sufficient amount of research on the product's ingredients to ensure the effectiveness rating is valid.
The research rating is a measure of how much research has been conducted on a product's ingredient makeup. Manufacturers often rely on ingredients without adequate research backing. They may do this to compete with other products that are already using poorly researched ingredients. They may also only use a very small amount of cherry-picked research as a poor justification to use certain ingredients.
The amount of research contained in the database on a product's ingredients determines its research rating. Products with higher ratings are made up of thoroughly researched ingredients.
Tier 1 earned a thumbs-up in this category because its discloses 100% of its ingredient amounts. A product must disclose all ingredient amounts to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
Nutrition label transparency refers to how many ingredients are listed with amounts on the product label. Many supplement manufacturers hide ingredient amounts under the guise of great-sounding proprietary blends such as "Maximum Muscular Size Enhancer" or "Anabolic Cell Strength Matrix."
When manufacturers use proprietary blends, they can hide ingredient amounts making it difficult for consumers to know whether a product is effective.
Tier 1 contains:
- total ingredients: 4
- ingredients with amounts listed: 4
- ingredients without amounts listed: 0
- percent of ingredient amounts disclosed: 100%
The label below was generated from the information contained in the database about the product's ingredients and amounts. Actual product labels may differ in appearance.
Tier 1 earned a thumbs-up in this category because it ranks 3 out of 558 in the category (top third). A product must be ranked in the top two-thirds of its category to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
Tier 1 ranks 3 out of 558 in the Pre-Workout Supplements category and 5 out of 1324 in the entire database. The table below lists comparisons with similarly ranked . Click on a link for an in-depth comparison between the two.
|Tier 1 vs Tier 1 Plus|
|Tier 1 vs Peri-Rx with Caffeine|
Tier 1 vs Other Citadel Nutrition Pre-Workout Supplements
Manufacturers often create multiple products within the same category. These products are sometimes similar but marketed to different consumers with varying prices. The following table allows you to compare Tier 1 against its sister products; products manufactured by Citadel Nutrition within the pre-workout supplements category.
|Tier 1 vs Tier 1 Plus|
See more comparisons: Is Tier 1 the best pre-workout supplement?
|Effectiveness Rating||rating is greater or equal to the required 1.5|
|Ingredients||more than 75% of ingredients are rated as effective|
|Ingredient Dosing||more than 75% of ingredients are dosed properly|
|Claims||more than 75% of claims are rated as effective|
|Research Rating||research rating is greater or equal to the required 60|
|Nutrition Label Transparency||discloses all ingredient amounts on label|
|Ranking Within Category||ranks in the top two thirds of category|
|Overall Recommendation||received a thumbs up in the majority of areas|