Kaged Muscle Pre-Kaged: Kris Gethin’s Monster Pre Workout Gets an Update! (2020)

Note: This article was originally published on July 20, 2015, but updated on March 31, 2020 with the upgraded formula.
Kaged Muscle Pre Kaged Pink Lemonade Updated

Kaged Muscle’s iconic pre workout gets an update. And now it’s better than ever!

Fitness buffs and gym junkies alike know the name Kris Gethin. When he debuted his supplement line, Kaged Muscle, it was met with rave reviews. Initially the brand was just releasing high quality bulk supplements that you could add to your existing selection of pre, intra, and post workouts.

It was doing incredibly well, but after several requests, Kaged Muscle knew it was time to formulate a complete pre workout that would blow away any other formula on the market. After months of research, testing, and revisions, they finally released Pre-Kaged, which became an instant best seller! This pre workout shocked the industry, by featuring a nearly 30g serving size filled with ingredients that would cover all of your workout needs from focus to power to pumps to energy.

Pre-Kaged Gets An Update Based On Your Feedback!

Kaged Muscle Supps Pre-Kaged Customer Review

Customers love Pre-Kaged so they didn’t want to change it too much!

But that was back in 2015, so what’s changed since then? Over the years, Pre-Kaged has really built a strong reputation in the industry, by winning several awards from big companies such as Vitamin Shoppe and Bodybuilding.com, while also receiving thousands of 5 star reviews.

At first, Pre-Kaged was only available in Fruit Punch, but now you can find it in Pink Lemonade, Orange Krush, Berry Blast, and Krisp Apple! And if that’s not all, Kaged Muscle releaseed Stim-Free Pre-Kaged that can be stacked with Pre-Kaged, allowing you to customize your caffeine intake, but still get all the active ingredients!

It’s safe to say that Pre-Kaged was formulated very well from day one, because they never had to make any big changes to keep up with the competition. It’s not like Kaged Muscle is against updating their formulas, but if something isn’t broke, why fix it? And the reviews and awards speak for themselves. However, Kaged Muscle is all about giving their customers the best product possible. And over the past five years since Pre-Kaged launched, they’ve collected you feedback and decided 2020 was the perfect year to make a few minor tweaks to the massive formula we all know and love.

Over the past few years, we have been asked by our customers if we could work on improving the mixability of PRE-KAGED®. Since PRE-KAGED® contains a lot of natural ingredients and a massive 30g serving size this was no easy task. Our team optimized PRE-KAGED® by making 2 ingredient changes. First, we removed 200mg of quercetin. This substantially improved the mixability and flavor profile. Second BetaPower was increased from 2g to 2.5 grams, giving you 25% more per serving. You can now mix PRE-KAGED® with less water if you prefer and will experience a smoother flavor with improved mixability.

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But for all you die hard Pre-Kaged fans, don’t worry, because the formula hasn’t changed too much! In this post, we’re going to run through the new and improved Pre-Kaged to show you all the benefits it has to offer and explain the key changes Kaged Muscle made!

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Note: In 2020, many stores will still have the original Pre-Kaged formula. For the new formula, look for 2.5g betaine anhydrous on the label, ask the retailer, or get the one directly from Kaged Muscle’s website!

Pre-Kaged Ingredients

Pre-Kaged is serious about providing you with any and all raw materials your body will need to dominate whatever your workout maybe. Weighing in with a hefty 29.4g per single scoop, KG left no stone unturned in what you would need to be primed and ready to tackle your weight training session. For the new formula, Kaged Muscle simply removed the quercetin and bumped up the betaine anhydrous dose to 2.5g! These small tweaks allow you to use less water with Pre-Kaged, while giving it improved mixability.

Now, let’s get right to what this award-winning beast has to offer!

  • Pro-Pump™

    • L-Citrulline – 6.5g

      Pre-Kaged Ingredients Updated

      Based on your feedback, Kaged Muscle’s iconic pre workout, Pre-Kaged, has a very updates to the formula!

      Take a look at the dosage one more time. That’s not 6.5g of citrulline malate, that’s 6.5g of pure L-Citrulline! This is a HUGE dose!

      Normally, we like to see 6-8g of the citrulline malate, as this supplies anywhere from 3-4g of citrulline. Here, you get double that amount, which is one of the biggest amounts we’ve ever seen in a pre workout.

      This should lead to some rather intense pumps during your workout and will probably have your veins popping through your skin. Just be wary though, as high doses of Citrulline have been known to cause GI upset in some users.

      Either way, endurance and nitric oxide levels will get a healthy boost from this potent workout ergogenic aid.[1,2]

  • Muscle Fuel Matrix – 3.5g

    Pre-Kaged uses the research-backed ratio of 2:1:1, which means in each serving, you get 1,750mg of leucine, 875mg of isoleucine, and 875mg of valine.

    BCAAs provide a host of benefits to those engaged in tough training, namely:

    • Stimulate Muscle Protein Synthesis[3]
    • Offset Fatigue[4]
    • Improve Fat Loss[3]
    • Prevent catabolism[5]
  • Anabolic-Activator – 3g more leucine

    Kaged Muscle Stim Free Pre-Kaged

    Stim-Free Pre-Kaged is finally here and it features all the same ingredients as the OG Pre-Kaged, but without the caffeine!

    As if 3.5g of total BCAAs wasn’t enough to stoke your anabolic fire, Pre-Kaged includes 3g of L-Leucine to further stimulate muscle protein synthesis. L-Leucine is the “golden boy of the BCAAs” – it’s the anabolic activator that kick starts the mTOR (or Mammalian Target of Rapamycin) signaling process which plays a significant role in muscle-building.[6]

    However, since Pre-Kaged seems to be a supplement for those wanting to build muscle and bulk up, protein intake should already be high, which might not necessitate the inclusion of extra leucine.

    But either way, we’re a fan of Leucine and won’t bash a product for including some lagniappe. We’re just curious if it would have been better to save money and get a full dose of creatine or beta alanine instead?

    And why in the hell not just put 4.75g of leucine on the label? Seems odd, but hey, we’ll take it.

  • Strength & Power Matrix

    • BetaPower® – 2.5g

      BetaPower® is a trademarked form of the increasingly popular pre workout ingredient, betaine anhydrous. It works synergistically with creatine to support its production in the body as well as overall ATP production.[7]

      On its own, betaine has demonstrated the capability to improve hydration, power, strength, and endurance.[8-10] This leads to all around better workouts which ultimately translates into more muscle!

    • CarnoSyn® Beta Alanine – 1.6g

      CarnoSyn Beta Alanine Logo

      The only patented form of beta-alanine on the market!

      This is everyone’s favorite tingle-inducing amino acid. But, it does so much more than make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

      Beta alanine increases the carnosine levels in your muscle[10], which will help buffer the accumulation of lactic acid caused by doing the high volume workouts Kris Gethin is well-regarded for. This will help eliminate that “burning sensation you feel while at the same time increasing your strength, power, and endurance.[11-13]

      Research shows that to get the maximum benefit from BA supplementation, you want to get 3.2g worth, so to get your daily quota, you may want to top this off with some bulk BA.

    • Creatine HCl – 1.5g

      Kaged Muscle Supps CreaClear 300g

      Want even more creatine? Kaged Muscle has you covered with CreaClear!

      Creatine HCl is perhaps the most popular alternative form of creatine. This is due to its enhanced absorption and bioavailability over monohydrate. Due to this, it’s been suggested that you don’t need the same amount as monohydrate to see the same benefits.

      Additionally, many people love this form as it doesn’t lead to bloating or GI distress that so many experience when using monohydrate. However, no research exists to substantiate any of these claims, which most would expect to see by now.

    Now, some preliminary findings suggest that these two ingredients MIGHT overlap, thereby indicating that you don’t need the full 2.5g of Betaine and 3-5g of Creatine to maintain saturation. However, there isn’t much science available as opposed to getting at least 3g of creatine. So to be on the safe side, you may want to add another 2-4g of creatine to maintain saturation levels.

  • Hydrate & Defend

    • Coconut Water Powder – 500mg

      Hydra-Charge Pink Lemonade

      What’s the origin of pink lemonade? Who knows, but this flavor is terrific!

      Coconut water is beginning to show up more and more in pre and intra workout supplement. This is due to its high electrolyte content that will helps ensure proper hydration levels.[14]

      High amounts of electrolytes are lost during intense workout which can can lead to muscle cramping and the muscle failing to fully contract. Ensuring your hydration and electrolyte levels is of the utmost importance if you’re looking to really push the envelope every time you step in the weight room.

    • SPECTRA™ Total ORAC blend – 100mg

      SPECTRA™ is a blend of powdered nutrients aimed to support the body’s immune and antioxidant defense systems. Any time we exercise, we break down muscle fibers and trigger the release of free radicals in the body. Antioxidants counter the effects of oxidative stress on the body induced by exercise.

      Another popular supplement that’s had a nice ORAC blend is Marc Lobliner’s MTS Drop Factor, which ranks well in our Top 10 Fat Burners list.

      While this may sound like a good thing, recent research has shown that consuming high potency antioxidants like Vitamins E and C can actually have a negative effect on hypertrophy and strength increases[15,16] – so be careful! With that said, 100mg doesn’t come close to the doses discussed in those studies.

  • Neuro-Focus Matrix

    Fan of L-Tyrosine for focus? We hope so, because you’re about to get a near mega-dose of it!!

    • Taurine – 2g

      Taurine Molecule

      Taurine is one of the most abundant amino acids that helps draw water and nutrients into muscles that helps with endurance but also doubles as a focus booster

      Taurine is one of the most abundant amino acids in the body with large stores found in the muscles, brain, and heart. It draws water into the muscles, providing “water-based” pumps and helps with hydration.[17]

      On top of that, since such a large amount reside in the brain, it should come as no surprise that taurine improves mental focus.[18] For it’s final trick, taurine also works with BCAAs to reduce muscle soreness![19] We also now know that tuarine is a very underrated endurance booster! Because of it’s role in calcium handling, taurine is able to increase ATP production through improving the cell’s mitochondrial efficiency.[20]

      PricePlow always likes to see a great dose of taurine in a pre workout because it offers both performance and health benefits!

    • N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine – 1g

      N-Acetyl-Tyrosine (NALT) is a more bioavailable, and expensive, form of our next ingredient, L-Tyrosine. It boosts the synthesis of two highly important neurotransmitters, noradrenaline and dopamine. Aside from decreasing your stress and anxiety, NALT also improves focus and cognition.[21,22]

      This is a GREAT dose compared to the competition – even without the standard L-Tyrosine in the next ingredient! Wow! Talk about solid focus!!!

    • L-Tyrosine – 850mg

      Pre-Kaged Apple Crisp

      Ever since Pre-Kaged hit the shelves it was an instant hit.

      As we just touched on, Tyrosine is a potent focus boosting ingredient, with NALT being the more readily absorbed variant. One thing we wonder is why include both forms of Tyrosine instead of just going with 1.5-2g of NALT? Likely a cost-cutting measure, but who cares — this is a massive overall dose!!

    • Natural Caffeine – 274mg

      Pre-Kaged, much like In-Kaged, uses PurCaf as it’s form of caffeine. This is a 90% organic pure caffeine extract derived from water-extracted green coffee beans.[23]Natural caffeine will offer all the same energy-boosting and performance-enhancing qualities that other synthetic forms of the popular stim offer, but you can sleep better at night knowing your stim kick comes from non-GMO organically raised beans. If that sort of thing matters to you…

Available Flavors

Kaged Muscle is known for releasing delicious flavors without using any artificial flavors or colors. When Pre-Kaged first launched, it was only available in Fruit Punch, but over the years, they’ve been able to expand the line with three more flavors, including the fan favorite, Pink Lemonade. With this updated formula, we expect Kaged to continue releasing more flavors, so stay tuned and the list below will be updated accordingly!

Pre-Kaged Kris Gethin

Kris Gethin stands behind every single supplement they produce, including the new Pink Lemonade flavor of Pre-Kaged.

Here’s a list of all Pre-Kaged available flavors:

    Pre-Kaged Stands The Test Of Time

    Back when Kris Gethin and Kaged Muscle released Pre-Kaged in 2015, it really showed the industry what a complete pre workout formula should look like. Just by looking at the ingredient list and how massive the serving size is, you can tell Pre-Kaged has everything you need.

    So if you look at the updated formula and say “it hasn’t really changed that much”, it was for a reason, a great formula doesn’t need to be drastically altered. Kaged Muscle just wanted to make a couple tweaks based on your feedback, because they are all about putting the consumer first.

    Kris Gethin Interview

    In our latest interview with Kris Gethin, the Kaged Muscle founder talks about earning his residency on earth and leaving a legacy with Kaged Muscle!

    They already knew Pre-Kaged was top notch, because despite all the pre workouts that have been released over the years, Pre-Kaged still domniates. It’s won several awards and continues to be recognized by several big names in the industry. And with all the possitive feedback, Pre-Kaged has received, it doesn’t make sense to completely overhaul the tried and true formula it’s built on. When you use clinical dosages of ingredients backed by research, your product is guaranteed to outshine it’s competitiors from day one. So for all those fans out there that can’t go a workout without Pre-Kaged, don’t worry, the formula just got better!

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    Note: In 2020, many stores will still have the original Pre-Kaged formula. For the new formula, look for 2.5g betaine anhydrous on the label, ask the retailer, or get the one directly from Kaged Muscle’s website!

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