JYM Supplement Science, Pre JYM Pre Workout Powder, Strawberry Kiwi
- MORE ENERGY DURING WORKOUTS: The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) found in Pre JYM will provide a direct source of energy during your workout, in addition to providing other critical performance-enhancing benefits. Pre JYM also tastes great - sweet and delicious in all flavors, including one all-natural with no artificial sweeteners
- ENHANCED STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE: Ingredients like creatine HCL and beta-alanine and betaine fuel your muscles for more strength during workouts and better stamina to power through and finish strong
- BETTER FOCUS: Ingredients like caffeine and huperzine A have been scientifically proven to enhance mental focus. You'll feel "in the zone" while taking Pre JYM and ready to cruch your workout
- NO CRASH: Pre JYM is loaded with obscure stimulants that create jitters and a subsequent crash of energy levels. Pre JYM contains only one stimulant - caffeine - to provide "clean energy" that will last through even the longest, most grueling training session
- FULL TRANSPARENCY: With the proprietary blends found in other pre-workout products, you never know exactly what you're putting into your body. Pre JYM contains NO PROPRIETY BLENDS - what it says on the label is what's in the scoop
Kaged Muscle, Pre Kaged Pre Workout Powder with BCAA, Creatine and Nitric Oxide, Natural Fruit Punch, 638 g
- Premium All-In-One Pre-Workout Powder that Supports Energy, Strength, Focus, and Endurance
- 6.5 grams of Pure Citrulline to support Nitric Oxide, NO2, Pump
- Non GMO, Natural Flavor and Color, Gluten Free
- 6.5 grams of Premium Instantized BCAA by fermentation (Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine)
- Patented Creatine HCl for strength and power support
Two of the most popular supplements in recent times are without a doubt Pre Jym and Pre Kaged. Two very solid pre-workout supplements loved and used by many - but which one is the best one? There are lots of similarities between the two, and even the names are down the same path. In this post I will compare the two supplements against each other, in order to make it easy for you to decide which one is the right supplement for you. Let's start by looking at the pricing for Pre JYM vs Pre Kaged. See the table below for the details.
The table above compares the prices for a jar with 20 servings of Pre Jym to a jar with 20 servings of Pre Kaged. There are a couple of things to note here. First of all, the table above is static, and will because of this, not reflect amended prices after this post has gone live. I will do a manual reviews on the price points going forward, but do note that there always will be a chance that the table above does not reflect the most recent prices available at the listed vendors. With that being said, I don't expect that prices will change significantly, so the above listed figures should be a solid ballpark even if they haven't been updated for a week. Takeaway; prices in the table are static, but will be updated manually every now and then.
Secondly, there is a lot of drama surronding Pre Jym these day. Right now, we don't even know who owns the brand; does bodybuilding.com have the exclusive rights to sell the supplement (they seem to think so), why is there a new Pre Jym or Pre Jym 2.0 being sold at GNC while it seemingly is identical to the original Pre Jym? (More on this in an upcoming Pre Jym vs. Pre Jym 2) - There are lots and lots of questions, and right now, we simply don't have the answers. If you want all the details on this, you should pay a visit to priceplow as they cover this story rigorously. The short version of the story in this relation is that at the moment, you can get the original Pre Jym at bodybuilding.com which is the same supplement as it's always been. Alternatively you can purchase the new Pre Jym or Pre Jym 2 at GNC with the only difference being the look of the jar and the price. The content is basically identical to the original Pre Jym.
A final note is that I have seen the original Pre JYM Being sold on amazon.com as well - but for 2X the standard bodybuilding.com price. This is done by some 3rd party seller on amazon, and since I feel fairly certain this is against bodybuilding.com's terms and conditions, I won't be linking to it here (which also would be pointless, considering the price).
Pricing wise, the two supplements are priced close to one another. Pre Kaged is slightly cheaper, no matter which one of the above listed stores your order from. The cheapest of all options is to get Pre Kaged from Amazon. If you do want to stick to Pre Jym, the original version from bodybuilding.com is slightly cheaper than the new Pre Jym from GNC. However, considering how close the prcies are, this shouldnt really be the determining factor as to which one of the two supplements you decide to get. So with that covered, let's move on to the supplement facts of pre jym and pre kaged. Here goes.
|Ingridients||Pre Jym||Pre Kaged|
|Beta vulgaris L.||500 mg|
|Betaine||1.5 g||2 g|
|Caffeine anhydrous||300 mg||274 mg (PurCaf™)|
|Capsimax™ (Capsicum Extract)||100 mg|
|CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine||2 g||1.6 g|
|Citrulline Malate||6 g|
|Coconut Water Powder||500mg|
|Creatine Hydrochloride||2 g||1.5 g|
|Huperzine A||50 mcg|
|L-Citrulline (fermented)||6.5 g|
|L-Isoleucine||1.5 g||875 mg|
|L-Tyrosine||1.5 g||850 mg|
|L-Valine||1.5 g||875 mg|
|N-Acetyl L-Cysteine||600 mg|
|Niacin (as Niacinamide)||30 mg|
|Quercetin Dihydrate||200 mg|
|Serving size||1 Scoop (26.5g)||Approx. 1 Scoop (32g)|
|Servings Per Container||20||20|
|Sodium (as sodium chloride)||130 mg|
|SPECTRA™ Total ORAC Blend||100mg|
|Taurine||1 g||2 g|
|Total Carbohydrates||4 g||3 g|
|Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin)||500 mcg|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||25 mg|
A serving of pre jym gives us a total of 26.5 grams while we get 32 grams from a seving of Pre Kaged. This is what is listed on the labels at least. But if we sum the numbers up, we actually get around 25.3 grams in pre-kaged so the remaining must be from "other ingredients" listed at the bottom of the label with no details on the amounts. Hence the serving size of the two supplements are actually very close. Do however keep in mind, that the serving size alone, doesn't really tell us much.
No matter which one of the two supplements you use, you will get 15 calories from a single serving. For most people, this won't matter much, but just in case you are on a very strict diet, the actual calorie count might matter on your final purchase decision. Needless to say, it (your decision, that is) shouldn't be influenced here, as the count reads the same - and it's tiny.
Taurine is a very common substance in pre-workout supplements. It is specially known for having blood flow improving benefits without increasing blood pressure. It has also been shown to have mood enhancing effects, aids in lowering cortisol levels and it is also believed to help prevent oxidative stress. It is often used in pre-workout supplements but is also seen in energy drinks you can buy in the supermarket. Taurine tends to be dosed from 500 mg to 2,000 mg. Here we get a total of 1,000 mg in Pre Jym and 2,000 in Pre Kaged.
Betaine is a well-known and well-studied substance, often used in pre-workout supplement. This is an amino acid (which is also known as Trimethylglycine). More specifically, it is composed of the amino acid glycine with three methyl groups (tri-methyl) bonded to it. It has been shown to help enhance strength, power and muscle mass through boosting your muscle protein synthesis, as well as promoting fat loss. Most studies showing benefit from a performance enhancing perspective with individuals using around 2.5 grams daily. Here we are getting 1,500 mg in a serving of Pre Jym and 2,000 mg in a serving of Pre Kaged.
Beta-Alanine is, next to creatine, slowly starting to become one of the most recognized substances you will find in almost every single pre-workout supplement out there. There are lots and lots of studies on beta-alanine showing this does in fact have a positive impact on your bodybuilding efforts. Beta-Alanine is the limiting precursor to the formation of carosine in our muscles. I think its fair to say there now is more than enough scientific evidence to prove that adequate dosages of beta-alanine will be beneficial from a bodybuilding perspective. Beta-Alanine will improve endurance, performance and strength, and help to combat fatigue. Pre Jym will give you a total of 2,000 mg per serving, while we only get 1,600 mg in Pre Kaged. You can also read more on beta-alanine here and here.
Creatine Hydrochloride is one of the modern alternatives to creatine monohydrate. We have seen lots and lots of these alternatives in recent years, but Creatine Hydrochloride is definately one of the versions that have received more attention than all the other new "designer" creatines. Creatine HCL, short for creatine hydrochloride is made by attaching a hydrochloride group to creatine. The idea here is that by attaching a hydrochloride group to creatine we enhance its stability and solubility and because of this, we need less creatine than say when supplementing with creatine monohydrate. Unfortunately there isn't a whole lot of studies on this stuff, but its debated heavily on various bodybuilding and supplement sites. In Pre Jym we get a total of 2,000 mg compared to just 1,500 mg in Pre Kaged. Personally, I think that regardless of which of the two supplements you chose, you can easily take some normal creatine monohydrate in combination with either one of these two supplements - just to make sure you get correct dosage of creatine. Read more here on creatine.
The good old, tried and tested caffeine. We all know what this stuff does, but just in case you have been you have been living under a rock, here is the short version: It will give you a physical and mental energy boost. This is done in different ways, for one by boosting the effects of serotonin, acetylcholine and dopamine. It also blocks adenosine receptors and increase the release of catecholamines. All in all this allows your body to send more blood to your muscles, release sugar for energy and make your heart beat faster. You probably already get a daily dosage of this stuff, from your morning coffee, or late night energy drinks.
300 mg might be a bit too much for some people and is likely to make you jittery. The typical dosage tends to be closer to 200 mg and that is my personal sweet spot. 100 mg is on the lower end from a pre-workout perspective. Here we are getting 300 mg in Pre Jym and 274 in Pre Kaged - very close, and both of then definitely in the higher end of the range.
In new pre-workout supplements we tend to see N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine used instead of just L-Tyrosine (hyped as having a better absorption), but L-Tyrosine is still a solid, tested and proven substance that I welcome in my pre-workout supplements. I have posted about L-Tyrosine several times before here on muscles.zone. L-Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid which produces noradrenaline and dopamine. There are several studies documenting the effects from L-Tyrosine, which include stress relief, cognitive enhancement, fat burning properties and mood improvement. It is a typical substance in pre-workout supplements. L-Tyrosine is typically dosed around 500 - 1,000 mg per serving in pre-workout supplements. Here we get a massive 1,500 mg in Pre Jym and 850 mg in Pre Kaged.
L-Isoleucine, L-Valine & L-Leucine (BCAA)
BCAA (branched-chain amino acids) are often used in intra-workout supplements, but also often seen as part of formula in pre-workout supplements. The 2:1:1 BCAA ratio is common among amino acid supplements. L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine support protein synthesis, which increases muscle growth and recovery. Studies have shown that they are most effective when combined. In Pre Jym we get the 2:1:1 ratio while this is bit more skewed in Pre Kaged. While the ratio for the BCAA listed as Muscle Fuel Matrix in Pre-Kaged actually comes with a 2:1:1, it gets skewed because we get an additional 3 grams of L-Leucine in what they list as anabolic activator. If we solely look at the BCAA mix listed as Muscle Fuel Matrix, the ratio is similar to Pre Jym, while the dosage is lower. In Pre Jym the total BCAA mix is 6 grams, while its 3,5 grams in Pre Kaged.
And that is it for similar substances in the two supplements. But there is more to each pre-workout than the above listed substances. Below I have outlined which each supplement contains, that the other one doesn't.
- AlphaSize 300 mg
- BioPerine 5 mg
- Huperzine A 50 mcg
- Beta vulgaris L. 500 mg
- Citrulline Malate 6 g
- N-Acetyl L-Cysteine 600 mg
- Coconut Water Powder 500mg
- SPECTRA™ Total ORAC Blend 100mg
- N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine 1 g
- Niacin (as Niacinamide) 30 mg
- Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) 25 mg
- Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 500 mcg
- L-Citrulline (fermented) 6.5 g
- Quercetin Dihydrate 200 mg
- Capsimax™ (Capsicum Extract) 100 mg
So of all the substances the two supplements have in common. Pre Kaged contains more than pre Jym on two of them, while Pre Jym contains more than Pre Kaged in five of the substances. Now there are quite a bunch individual substanes in each pre-workout supplement, and pros and cons to all of them.
My personal take on this is that I like the substances used in Pre Jym more than the ones in Pre Kaged - from a pre-workout perspective, that is.
I love that Pre Jym got AlphaSize which has been shown to be an awesome pre-workout substance - it's choline with a very high bioavailability and it has been shown to deliver a range of different benefits including increased focus and power output just to name the most interesting ones. Pre Jym also comes with some BioPerine which has been shown to help absorption and it always a good addition in pre-workout supplements. With a serving of PreJym we also get 50 mcg of Huperzine A which is almost starting to become a standard substance in PWOs. Its been a often-used substance in nootropic stacks, but its starting to show in more and more pre-workout supplements - including pre jym. It is often used for it's memory-enhancing benefits. It is also being investigated as a treatment for Alzheimer’s and age-related memory loss. It is believed to promote better learning, focus and neuroplasticity. Beet extract (Beta Vulgaris in this case) is often highlighted as one of the best sources for nitrates which will boost your Nitric Oxide levels, giving you the pump - another awesome addition to Pre Jym. Cysteine is a non-essential amino acid (in rare cases semi-essential). Cysteine helps to produce the antioxidants glutathione and taurine. The N-Acetyl form of L-Cysteine is believed to be more bioavailable than just the L-form.N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC) has been shown to increases glutathione levels and helps to preserve lean muscle mass. It has also been shown to improve exercise performance and increasetime to fatigue. Finally, in Pre Jym we got Citrulline Malate - a proven energy booster and a substance I welcome in my pre-workout supplements. It’s a precursor to the amino acid Arginine that has been shown to work effectively as a performance enhancer. By increasing ATP production during workouts, subjects who have tried this substance were able to perform significantly more reps, and with less muscle soreness as well
In Pre Kaged, we get a bunch of vitamins, which is fine, but nothing that really sets Pre Kaged apart. The same is, in my opinion true for coconut water, the spectra orac blend, Quercetin and capsicum extract - The are solid and proven ingredients, just not something I see as necessities in a pre-workout supplement.N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine is basically, more tyrosine and we already get quite a bit of this, in both supplements. Finally, we get some L-Citrulline in Pre-Kaged which is a brilliant addition to any pre-workout supplement, but I personally prefer Citrulline Malate vs. L-Citrulline. There is a good read over at bodybuilding.com (here) where they compare the two substances.
There is seemingly two slightly different focuses in play here. Based on the supplement facts, they are both very solid pre-workout supplements, but I personally think Pre Jym is a more focused pre-workout supplement whereas Pre-Kaged combines other substances making it more of a pre-workout combined with overall health benefits, so to say. This of course, comes down to any individuals own definition of a pre-workout supplement but this is how it looks in my book, at least.
table of contents
- 1 JYM Supplement Science, Pre JYM Pre Workout Powder, Strawberry Kiwi
- 2 Kaged Muscle, Pre Kaged Pre Workout Powder with BCAA, Creatine and Nitric Oxide, Natural Fruit Punch, 638 g
- 3 Serving Size
- 4 Calories
- 5 Taurine
- 6 Betaine
- 7 Beta-Alanine
- 8 Creatine Hydrochloride
- 9 Caffeine
- 10 Tyrosine
- 11 L-Isoleucine, L-Valine & L-Leucine (BCAA)
- 12 Pre Jym
- 13 Pre Kaged