KAGED MUSCLE makes all their products in a Good Manufacturing Practices-certified facility in Idaho, and they have an unusually extensive line of supplements that includes citrulline, carnitine, and fat burners. We’ve tried their intra-workout BCAAs but we wanted to try PRE-KAGED, which we found to be very well dosed in all the most popular pre workout ingredients, plus it contains branched chain amino acids for muscle retention and powdered vegetables for a hit of antioxidants.
KAGED MUSCLE PRE-KAGED Nutrition & Ingredients
One scoop contains 15 calories and an enormous amount of ingredients, one of the most extensive I’ve seen in a pre-workout. They’re all divided into six categories; I’ll name them all here and discuss their effects in the next section.
- The Neuro-Focus Matrix has the caffeine — 274 milligrams, or a little more than you’ll find in 2.5 cups of coffee — plus taurine (2g), and 1.85 grams of tyrosine from two sources.
- Pro-Pump has citrulline (6.5g) and quercetin (200mg).
- The “Muscle Fuel Matrix” is a 3.5-gram blend of the branched chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine
- The “Anabolic-Activator” section has an extra 3 grams of leucine. (That’s 4.75 grams of leucine all together)
- The “Strength & Power Matrix” has beta alanine (1.6g), betaine (2g), and creatine HCI (1.5g).
- The “Hydrate & Defend” blend has coconut water (500mg) and a 100-milligram blend of greens called SPECTRA™, which contains dozens of concentrated vegetables and herbs including broccoli, spinach, turmeric, and oregano.
The other ingredients include a few B-vitamins and a blend of anti-caking agents and flavorings. It’s worth pointing out that while it does contain the artificial sweetener sucralose, there are no artificial colors or flavorings. Note that it does contain tree nuts.
KAGED MUSCLE PRE-KAGED Benefits & Effectiveness
There are a lot of ingredients to unpack here, so I’ll try to group them by their effect.
- Power: The caffeine, creatine, and betaine are all supplements that may improve power output.
- Blood flow: The citrulline has the strongest link with blood flow and circulation.
- Endurance: The beta alanine and the BCAAs have links with endurance.(1)
- Focus: The taurine, tyrosine, and BCAAs are all associated with improved focus.
- Antioxidants: The quercetin and the green superfood blend are powerful antioxidants, so they may reduce cellular damage and increase cellular oxygen consumption, potentially affecting performance and endurance. (There’s also evidence quercetin may improve time to fatigue when combined with caffeine.(2))
- Nutrition: There are B-vitamins in this product, but it’s worth pointing out that while they’re associated with energy production, they’ll probably only have an effect if you’re already low in these vitamins.(3) That said, the Vitamin B6 may help with muscle retention.
I was particularly impressed by the dosages in this product. A lot of pre-workouts have citrulline, beta alanine, betaine, and taurine, but they tend to underdose them. PRE-KAGED has pretty generous amounts of all of these ingredients, particularly the citrulline.
KAGED MUSCLE PRE-KAGED Price
You can pick up 20 servings for $36, so it’s about $1.80 per serving. That’s pricier than most pre-workouts, which average at 80 cents to $1 per serving. However, PRE-KAGED is a combination pre-workout, BCAA supplement, and (low dose) greens powder, plus it’s better dosed than most of its competitors.
KAGED MUSCLE PRE-KAGED Taste
The Krisp Apple flavor was somewhat tasty, but it’s very strong, very sour, and had a slightly bitter aftertaste. That’s understandable given it contains branched chain amino acids, which are naturally bitter. I think it’ll go down easy if it’s mixed with at least 3 cups of water.
I thought PRE-KAGED is a very effective supplement. It contains just about every ingredient most people look for in pre-workouts — caffeine, beta alanine, citrulline, betaine, tyrosine, taurine, betaine, creatine, B-vitamins — and a lot of ingredients people don’t usually look for, like the greens powder and the BCAAs.
It is pricier than some competition and the caffeine content is high enough that you may prefer a different product or a diluted serving if you’re sensitive to its effects. But in my opinion, the price is completely justifiable for such a versatile, innovative product.
1. Hobson RM, et al. Effects of β-alanine supplementation on exercise performance: a meta-analysis. Amino Acids. 2012 Jul;43(1):25-37.
2. Daneshvar P, et al. Effect of eight weeks of quercetin supplementation on exercise performance, muscle damage and body muscle in male badminton players. Int J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;4(Suppl 1):S53-7.
3. Kennedy DO. B Vitamins and the Brain: Mechanisms, Dose and Efficacy–A Review. Nutrients. 2016 Jan 27;8(2):68.