Athletic Edge Steel Edge – Sharpening the Pre Workout Game

Athletic Edge Steel Edge

Steel Edge is the brand new pre workout following Athletic Edge’s rebranding. It’s a high stim, focus-heavy pre workout designed to sharpen all aspects of your fitness pursuits!

AEN was one of the first companies to popularize intra workout nutrition with IntraXcell and Intrabolic. Recently, the company has gone through a re-branding now flies under the moniker Athletic Edge.

To go along with their new name and image, the company has released a brand new workout aptly title Steel Edge.

This one’s label caught our eyes, as it has a large serving of well-dosed muscle-building ingredients, and is another product in the resurgence of bringing some carbs back into pre workouts.

The caffeine dose is a relatively high 350mg, but there’s no other stimulants added, so this is great for an aggressive-but-still-conservative kind of consumer who doesn’t want to mess with a ton of odd stim.

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Steel Edge Ingredients

Athletic Edge Steel Edge Ingredients

Steel Edge offers a high dose of caffeine along with a strong hit of pump boosters and endurance maximizers to support even the most intense workouts!

Each serving of Steel Edge packs a whopping 20.2g of active ingredients all designed to deliver an extremely powerful and focus-driven workout experience.

The quick bullet points:

  • 350mg total caffeine with no other stimulants
  • 3g creatine
  • 6g carbs
  • Everything looks very well dosed if the caffeine dose aligns with your goals

The label is 100% open and rather robust including many tried and true ingredients starting with:

  • Strength/Endurance & Anti-Fatigue Matrix

    • Creatine Monohydrate (3g)

      Steel Edge gets things rolling with perhaps the most well known and effective supplement on the market, creatine monohydrate. It’s been the gold standard among the various hybrid forms of creatine because it just plain works.

      Countless studies have proven it’s effective for improving strength, power, lean body composition, and endurance.[1,2,3,4,5] The recommended dose for creatine supplementation is 3-5g and AE ensures that you get your daily dose to maintain saturation.

    • CarnoSyn® Beta Alanine (1.6g)

      AE was one of the first companies to really popularize the use of beta alanine in their supplements with IntraXcell over 10 years ago. Now, nearly all pre workouts hitting the market incorporate it and various other aminos.

      Beta alanine helps fight fatigue in the body by buffering lactic acid accumulation in the muscles. It accomplishes this feat by increasing cellular carnosine concentrations in the muscle. This will help offset the burning sensation you may experience during higher rep training which otherwise would cause you stop a set early. Beta alanine helps offset this soreness and fatigue while also boosting your power and strength.[6,7,8]

  • Extreme Nitric Oxide & Cell Volumizer Matrix

    • Waxy Maize Carbohydrate (6g)

      Athletic Edge Steel Edge

      Feel the Steel

      Waxy maize is a rapidly digestible source of carbohydrates that will help provide your body with the fuel it needs for intense gym workouts or long bouts of endurance exercise. It will help fill your muscles out, replenish glycogen stores and resist fatigue during your intense workouts.

    • Citrulline DL-Malate 2:1 (4g)

      This combination of L-Citrulline and Malic Acid has become one of the best all-around pump agents used in pre workouts today. This is due to Citrulline being much more readily absorbed by the body and increasing nitric oxide (NO) levels in the body better than Arginine.[9]

      But Citrulline is much more than a pump inducer, it’s also a fatigue fighter! Citrulline malate helps remove lactic acid and ammonia from the muscles which boosts endurance and ATP production[10,11] allowing you to grind out those that few muscle-building reps.

      The 4g dose is a solid, above average one. We’ve seen bigger, but we usually see smaller. Combined with the fast-acting carbs and the other surrounding ingredients like taurine and betaine, you are nearly guaranteed to get a great pump with Steel Edge.

    • Taurine (1g)

      Taurine is another pump inducing and fatigue fighting amino acid. It’s not an NO booster like Citrulline Malate, but helps provide “water-based” pumps by pulling water and nutrients into muscle cells.[12] A secondary perk of the additional nutrients being absorbed is that it boosts endurance by reducing the onset of muscle soreness.[13]

  • Sustained Energy/Focus & Neuro Recovery Matrix

    Choline to Acetylcholine

    Acetylcholine is synthesised from the compounds choline and acetyl-CoA. Image courtesy of the University of Bristol

    • Betaine Anhydrous (1.5g)

      Betaine is a metabolite of choline with three methyl groups bonded to it, hence it’s chemical name, trimethylglycine. It’s widely popular in new pre workouts coming recently and for good reason, as it improves strength, endurance, power, and hydration.[14,15,16]

      Additional research has also shown it to work synergistically with creatine supporting its production in the body and increasing ATP production as well, leading to better performance in the weight room.[17,18]

      In our article titled Betaine: A Safe & Natural Muscle-Builder, we explain the research showing that 2.5g/day is the goal, as it’s what has been studied. This is definitely a good start though!

    • Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL (750mg)

      A PricePlow favorite, Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is the acetylated form L-Carnitine. It’s absorbed via a different pathway than other forms of L-Carnitine and easily crosses the blood-brain barrier.

      In addition to being a mild-stimulant, ALCAR is also a strong focus enhancer.[19] As it that’s not enough, it works synergistically with caffeine to boost “fatty acid dumping” where fatty acids are excreted by the body when cells are in “fat burning” mode.[20]

    • Choline Bitartrate (750mg)

      Choline works together with our previous ingredient to create Acetylcholine. The acetyl group is removed from the carnitine salt, transferred to Acetyl-COA, then transferred to choline to produce even more acetylcholine.[21]

      At 750mg per scoop, you’ll definitely have a strong mind-muscle connection in your workout and will absolutely “feel” it working. This is a great dose (we’re also huge choline lovers here on PricePlow).

      On top of that, choline is metabolized in the mitochondria of our into betaine. This increases the concentration of betaine in the body’s cells and has the added effect of improving endurance and weight loss.[22,23]

    • Caffeine Anhydrous (300mg)

      You’re well aware of caffeine and its focus and performance-enhancing benefits, so we won’t waste valuable space elaborating on it. We will take a second to mention that Steel Edge packs a pretty serious dose of it though.

      300mg seems to be the go-to amount for nearly all new pre workouts coming to the market. This may steer some people away from the brand, but if this dose is too much for you, consider going with ½-¾ scoop your first few times to assess tolerance.

      The issue is that if you end up using ¾ of a scoop, you’re going to want a dash more creatine in your day.

      Athletic Edge

      Athletic Edge is changing the branding to focus on “AE” instead of the former “Athletic Edge Nutrition”

    • Ashwagandha Extract (125mg)

      A popular Ayurvedic herb that’s also known as Withania somnifera or “Smell of Horse,” is a potent adaptogen that’s often used to combat anxiety.[24] It’s also been shown to increase VO2 max in cyclists, thereby increasing their aerobic capacity allowing them to exercise harder for longer duration.

    • Sustained Release Caffeine (50mg)

      As if 300mg of caffeine anhydrous wasn’t enough to get your engine churning, AE has included 50mg of “sustained release” caffeine to carry you through long and arduous workouts. While some may experience a rough ride down from pure caffeine anhydrous, the sustained release should help smooth out the ride down from the energy high.

      This brings the total caffeine content of Steel Edge to a whopping 350mg which may be A LOT for some, and just right for others. Again, it’s probably best to start with ½ scoop if you don’t tolerate high doses of this popular stimulant.

Available Flavors

Strawberry Margarita

Strawberry margarita is one of 2 flavors for Steel Edge. We haven’t seen many other pre workouts with this flavor and have high hopes it delivers on its flavor!

Steel edge comes in two flavors: Fruit Punch, and the rather intriguing Strawberry Margarita. Not too many companies make adult beverage flavored supplements, so this should be a rather interesting flavor to try.

Each tub of Steel Edge contains 25 full scoop servings. If 350mg of total caffeine content is too much for you, you could get 35-50 workouts helping make your dollar go a little further – with the loss of having a bit less pump and a bit less than your daily goals in creatine.


Athletic Edge went back to the drawing board when rebranding the company and came out with an extremely well rounded and robust pre workout that contains nothing but tried and true ingredients.

Its caffeine content may make some users weary, but remember that it’s the only stimulant, so no other surprises inside. If you can handle that surge of energy, you’ll likely be rewarded with a pre workout experience few other pre workouts can compare to.

This is one that’s definitely on the must-try list through the end of 2015.

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About the Author: Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto is a research scientist and water sports athlete who founded PricePlow. He is a biohacker with extensive experience in supplementation and dietary modification, whose personal expertise stems from several "n=1" experiments done on himself while sharing lab tests.

Mike's goal is to bridge the gap between nutritional research scientists and non-academics who seek to better their health in a system that has catastrophically failed the public.

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