Last week, we dug into Kris Gethin’s brand new pre workout Pre-Kaged. Today, we’re back with a look at their post workout offering, Re-Kaged. What does KG and Kaged Muscle have in store for us?
The answer is that it’s marketed as a post workout supplement, but we’d probably end up using it in certain situations as a “protein powder on steroids”, since it may get costly if you’re buying the entire Kaged Muscle product line at full retail (in order to get clinical doses of the ingredients).
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Mike and CJ discuss the label and test both the strawberry lemonade and orange kream flavors of Re-Kaged. See which one ends up best:
Having a pre and post workout seems to be the current trend in the supplement industry, as MusclePharm, True Grit, JYM, etc, have all released post workouts to compliment their pre workouts and yield clinical doses of the ergogenic ingredients included in both.
Re-Kaged is a bit different than all those other players though…
Whey Protein Isolate (28g)
Here is the big deviation from all other post workouts that have been released within the past year or so. Most post workouts we’ve seen contain just BCAAs, glutamine, and sometimes maltodextrin. While BCAAs are great for pre and intra workout, nothing fuels anabolism like a full serving of amino acids in the form of 90% pure whey protein isolate (WPI).
This is the highest quality whey protein available (for a reasonable price) and has virtually no lactose remaining after processing. It’s also incredibly fast-digesting, which is great post-workout when you want it immediately.
It’s a great option for people who have issues with whey concentrates as part of the post workout shakes. Another benefit is that WPI is rapidly digested by the body, ensuring all those valuable amino acids make their way to your muscles to kickstart the anabolic pathways in the body ensuring maximum muscle building.
If you workout like KG, you better be ready to bring it each and every set. This is going to leave you tired, sore, and achy. Glutamine is one of those amino acids that supposed to help the body recover faster in the aftermath of a weight room beatdown.
However, there’s a war that rages between our muscle and stomach, and the stomach always wins. Before glutamine can make its way to our muscles and speed up the repair process, it’s broken down in the stomach, never making its way to our intestines. Including L-Alanine may solve this problem, since taking both simultaneously guarantees glutamine gets to the muscles and isn’t prematurely broken down.
While the 3g dose L-Glutamine is commendable, and could provide a hefty dose for our recovery needs, it’s likely inconsequential for the intended muscle-building purposes, especially considering the price of Re-Kaged.
Basically, despite all of the broscience promoting glutamine supplementation, it’s just not that effective in terms of recovery, and is more or often than not a cheap filler for the most part. Overall, we’re more excited about the protein and BetaPower® than this one.
We got half of the recommended dosage of Betaine, aka trimethylglycine, in Pre-Kaged, and now we get the other half of our daily needs. In case you haven’t had the chance to use a product that has included betaine, here’s a few of the benefits you can expect to see when using it:
- Improved Cell Hydration
- Increased Power Output
- Reduced Soreness and Cortisol Levels[6,7]
- Boost Muscle Protein Synthesis
- Increased IGF-1 levels
Creatine HCl (1.5g)
As we just saw with Betaine, we get the other half of our daily dose of creatine in our post workout shake. We have to wonder though, what’s with all of the supplement companies splitting doses of creatine between a pre and post workout?
There hasn’t been any research that’s come to light showing splitting creatine doses improves bioavailability, uptake or effectiveness.
More likely than not, it’s a marketing tactic intended to get people to buy more products from the same company and create a sort of “brand loyalty.” While that may be nice for the companies and their biggest fans, all it results in are more “wars” like we saw with the whole JYM Army vs MP Nation that we saw drag on.
Prohydrolase® is a patented digestive enzyme blend that hydrolyzes (breaks down) the peptide bonds linking long chains of protein together. This takes the larger protein molecules in whey protein and breaks them down into smaller particles ensuring maximum absorption.
How is this different than hydrolyzed whey?
Usually, hydrolyzed whey is treated with various chemical during the manufacturing process that breaks it into smaller peptides and is then dried. With Re-Kaged, the whey protein isolate is hydrolyzed by Prohydrolase® once it is mixed in liquid. This kickstarts the digestion process for your body ensuring rapid digestion which leads to faster recovery and improved muscle building.
Currently, Re-Kaged is only offered in Strawberry Lemonade. It is also only available in 20-serving tubs, no more no less. The flavor choice is rather intriguing as most whey post workout shakes are chocolate, vanilla, cookies & cream, etc. Having something light and refreshing like strawberry lemonade is a welcome change of pace from all the other options on the market.
Re-Kaged offers a different spin on the typical post workout supplement we’ve seen hit the market recently. Having a full 28g of muscle-building whey protein isolate is a breath of fresh air in a market mired by a lot of similar products.
However, when a company “forces” you to buy two or in this case three products to get truly efficacious dose of creatine, betaine, etc. it leads us to believe that there are better ways to go about this.
If you’re on a budget, it’s be better to buy Pre-Kaged and add some bulk creatine monohydrate and betaine to get the full doses of those. Then, afterwards have any kind of shake you want with your own whey protein isolate, or have a solid meal.
BUT, if you’re a KG and Kaged Muscle fan, the line does have a well put together pre, intra, and post combo that can streamline your supplementation regimen.
The honest truth is that we consider this a “protein powder on steroids” more than a “post workout supplement” – another idea is to take 1.5-2 scoops of this every day alongside whatever other pre workout you use, and now you have a bump in protein as well as solid creatine and betaine blast. That is honestly how we’re planning on using it more often than not. This is especially useful if you have an underdosed or creatine-free pre workout or are on a stim-free kick.
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