Pre-Kaged Vs Pre-Kaged Elite Vs Pre-Kaged Sport Vs Stim-Free: Which Is For You?

Pre-Kaged Vs Pre-Kaged Elite Vs Pre-Kaged Sport Vs Stim-Free: Which Is For You?

The right pre-workout can do everything from  improve your energy and heighten your focus, to support your strength, power, and recovery.

Formulating the ideal pre-workout is both an art and a science. That’s because the “perfect” pre-workout depends on the specific goals and needs of the person. This varies not only from person to person, but from workout to workout.

We don’t have a cookie-cutter approach to training, and this guides the way we formulate our supplements.

That’s why we have 5 different types of pre-workouts.

You might find yourself gravitating towards one or another, or you might have a few of them on your shelf, and grab a scoop of whatever you need depending on the demands of the day.

For example, you may take original Pre-Kaged® for your chest workout Monday, Pre-Kaged Sport® for your cardio or sports practice Tuesday, then Pre-Workout Elite® on Wednesday for your intense leg workout.

Or, you may only train in the evening and exclusively take Pre-Kaged Stim-Free® , so that you can train hard, but still get a good night’s sleep.

All to say, to  maximize your progress and find that 5% edge in reaching your goals, you’ll want to choose the right supplements to support that. 

While our pre-workouts have some different ingredients, and different doses of key ingredients, they all have a few key traits in common.

The Similarities Across All Kaged Pre-Workouts

First, they’re all made with high-quality ingredients.

We use patented versions of proven ingredients, like Carnosyn® beta-alanine and PurCaf® organic caffeine instead of generic, synthetic alternatives. We also use plant-based amino acids, NOT synthetic versions.

Second, they’re all third-party tested, and Informed-Sport Certified. This means whether you’re an athlete competing at the highest levels, or you want to make sure that what’s on the label is in the bottle, then you can rest easy. All Pre-Kaged® products are banned substance-tested.

Third, they’re all free of colors and flavors from artificial sources. Again, we choose natural ingredients over artificial or synthetic alternatives. They’re all  non-GMO, suitable for vegans, and gluten-free.  

Next, let’s take a look at each of the pre-workouts individually. Then we’ll get into the differences on an ingredient by ingredient level so you can see why we make these recommendations. Let’s start with our award-winning, original pre-workout, Pre-Kaged® .

Pre-Kaged: Key Ingredients, Who It’s For, and When to Take It


Key Ingredients and Doses

  • 274mg of organic caffeine
  • 6.5g of plant-based l-citrulline
  • 1.5g of creatine HCl
  • 1.6g of Carnosyn® beta-alanine
  • 3.5g of plant-based BCAAs

Who It’s For

Pre-Kaged is our original pre-workout. For your weight training sessions, it covers all of the boxes. You’ll have more energy, be more focused, feel increased muscle pumps. We include ingredients that support power and strength, as well as BCAAs to help prevent muscle breakdown while you train.*

This 28g scoop is one of the biggest in the industry, and it has everything you need for a great workout.

When You Should Take It

Pre-Kaged is designed for weight training sessions. Mix one scoop with cold water, and sip on it 30 minutes before your training session.

Because of the caffeine content, you shouldn’t take this pre-workout in the evening. With 274g, it has about as much caffeine as two cups of coffee. This means you can take Pre-Kaged® daily, but you might benefit from taking a few days off, and choose to cycle Pre-Kaged®.

Pre-Kaged® Stim-Free: Key Ingredients, Who It’s For, and When to Take It




Key Ingredients and Doses

  • Caffeine-Free
  • 6.5g of plant-based l-citrulline
  • 1.5g of creatine HCl
  • 1.6g of Carnosyn® beta-alanine
  • 3.5g of plant-based BCAAs

Who It’s For

Pre-Kaged® Stim-Free is the same formula as the original Pre-Kaged®, just without the caffeine. This means it’s for  those who train at night, those who are caffeine sensitive, or those who prefer to cycle caffeine.

Many of our customers and ambassadors tell us they like to keep a bottle of Pre-Kaged®  Stim-Free around, just in case they wind up training later than they anticipated. When this happens, they can still get many of the benefits of Pre-Kaged, without it impacting their sleep.

When You Should Use It

As mentioned, take this pre-workout in the evening. It’s ideal for weight training, but it will also boost your athletic performance, so you can take it during evening sport training or cardio.

 Pre-Workout Elite®: Key Ingredients, Who It’s For, and When to Take It



Key Ingredients and Doses

  • 388mg of organic caffeine
  • 10g of plant-based l-citrulline
  • 5g of Creatine
  • 3.2g of Carnosyn® beta-alanine
  • 300mg of AlphaSize® Alpha-GPC
  • 4mg of MAXCatalyst

Who It’s For

Pre-Workout Elite® is the world’s most advanced pre-workouts. It is NOT for beginners, nor is it for those looking for quick 30 minute workouts. It’s also not the caffeine-sensitive.

This is an intense, high-stimulant pre-workout designed for serious athletes, competitors, and those who are interested in pushing the limits of what they think is possible.

It includes more of key ingredients like organic caffeine, l-citrulline, creatine, and beta-alanine, and more ingredients you won’t find in other pre-workouts. A full 10g of l-citrulline for example, will give you even more intense pumps. 3.2 grams of beta-alanine is double the dose of original Pre-Kaged® to further fight muscle fatigue and increase muscular endurance.*

When we reformulated Pre-Kaged Elite and created Pre-Workout Elite, we added one key ingredient: MAXCatalyst. It’s a patented ingredient from black pepper extract.

MAXCatalysthas been shown to increase the absorption of other key ingredients.* When it comes to supplements, it’s not just about what you take, it’s what you absorb. Simply ingesting something is no guarantee that all of it will make it to your bloodstream.

Specifically, it has shown the following increased absorption for key ingredients:

L-Citrulline - 64% improvement in plasma amino acid concentration*

Beta-Alanine - 116.23% improvement in plasma amino acid concentration*

Creatine - 40.15% improvement in plasma concentration*

Think of MAXCatalyst™ as a gatekeeper that helps ensure these other key ingredients make it where they need to go. By shielding key ingredients from key metabolizing enzymes, it gives your body more time to absorb them.*

Pre-Workout Elite also includes a spectrum of ingredients to dial in your focus. We know over long workouts and intense sessions, the mind often stops before the body does. This pre is for those who know the mental side of training is just as important as the physical side. It will help transcend your limits mentally as well as physically.

When You Should Take It

Because it’s a high-stimulant pre-workout, we don’t recommend you take it every day. Take Pre-Kaged Elite® on your long-workouts, like leg days, or days when you’re training for several hours.

You can also take Pre-Kaged Elite® on the days you’re going for personal records or competition days.

Do not take Pre-Kaged Elite® in the evening. Because of the caffeine content, take it in the morning or afternoon.

It’s so powerful, we recommend you start with half a scoop to assess your tolerance. Start with ½ scoop with 6-8 ounces of water 20-30 minutes before your training to assess tolerance. For future workouts, mix up to 1 scoop with 12-16 ounces of water 20-30 minutes before training.

Is Pre-Workout Elite the same as Pre-Kaged Elite?

Pre-Workout Elite is the 2.0 version. While they are similar, the difference is the addition of one key, innovative ingredient: MAXCatalyst™. Another difference is that Pre-Workout Elite is available in both a caffeinated and a caffeine-free version. Third, Pre-Kaged Elite is currently available in more flavors, but over the next year we will be adding more flavors of Pre-Workout Elite.

Pre-Workout Elite Stimulant-Free Key Ingredients, Who It’s For, and When to Take It

Key Ingredients and Doses

  • 10g of plant-based l-citrulline
  • 5g of Creatine
  • 3.2g of Carnosyn® beta-alanine
  • 300mg of AlphaSize® Alpha-GPC
  • 4mg of MAXCatalyst

Who It’s For

Just because you don’t need caffeine, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the power, pump, and endurance you demand out of a pre-workout.* Pre-Workout Elite Stimulant-Free is for those who demand the most, but want to drop the caffeine.

It’s perfect for intense night training sessions or for the caffeine sensitive.

Compared to Pre-Kaged Stimulant-Free, this pre-workout contains more. More pump, more power, more strength, stamina and more.

Pre-Kaged Sport: Key Ingredients, Who It’s For, and When to Take It



Key Ingredients and Doses

  • 188mg of organic caffeine
  • 3.5g of plant-based l-citrulline
  • 1.6g of Carnosyn® beta-alanine
  • Key electrolytes

Who It’s For

Pre-Kaged Sport® is the pre-workout for athletic performance, cardio, and beginners looking to try a pre.

We use ingredients that are beneficial if you’re running, sprinting, practicing martial arts, or doing cardio. That’s why we include ingredients like electrolytes, that you lose in sweat, and taurine, which supports stamina and endurance.

We also take out, or have lower doses of, certain ingredients. For example, Pre-Kaged Sport® has 3.5g of l-citrulline compared to 6g for Pre-Kaged and 10g for Pre-Kaged Elite. That’s because when you’re competing in sports or doing cardio, the pumps Pre-Kaged is famous for aren’t as necessary.

Second, this product doesn’t include BCAAs. Branched-chain amino acids can help prevent muscle protein breakdown, especially during intense weight training. However, sports and cardio often won’t have this level of muscle breakdown. BCAAs are also generally unnecessary for beginners for this same reason: you don’t break down your muscle tissues enough to take full advantage of them.

When it comes to energy, this is a  
moderate-intensity pre-workout. With less caffeine, but still more than a typical cup of coffee, this will give energy and alertness, but not as much as Pre-Kaged® or Pre-Kaged Elite®  

Because it contains less, it also costs less, at just $1.25 per scoop, so it’s a great pre-workout to get you started.

When You Should Take It

If you’re a beginner, take Pre-Kaged Sport® before any training, whether resistance training, sports, or cardio.

More advanced trainees often tell us that they take Pre-Kaged Sport® on their lighter workouts or for cardio sessions.

In either case, take it in the morning or afternoon, as it still contains caffeine.

Take it about 30 minutes before you workout.

The Differences Between Kaged Pre-Workouts:

Energy Levels

All of our pre-workouts have different levels of caffeine. While caffeine is a fantastic tool for increasing energy, sharpening focus, and improving stamina, there are pros and cons to higher and lower levels of caffeine.

Too much caffeine, especially in the evening, can impact your sleep. Consistent levels of high caffeine can also lead to a tolerance that blunts many of its greatest effects.

Choose a pre-workout that suits your caffeine desires and needs. In all of our caffeinated pre-workouts, we use PurCaf® organic caffeine from green coffee beans.

Pre-Kaged Elite: 388mg

Pre-Kaged: 274mg

Pre-Kaged Sport: 188mg

Pre-Kaged Non-Stim: 0mg

Muscle Pumps

Muscle pumps are one benefit of increased blood flow during training, or in scientific terms, increased nitric oxide production. Other benefits of increased blood flow include  improved stamina, reduced muscle fatigue, and enhanced mind-muscle connection.

Lots of ingredients do this. One very powerful ingredient is l-citrulline. In this article, we discuss why we use l-citrulline in our products over citrulline malate.

Each of our pre-workouts have various levels of l-citrulline. When you're having an intense weight training session, you may benefit from higher levels of citrulline. During cardio or athletics, there’s still a benefit, but there’s less benefit and desire for super intense pumps.

Pre-Kaged Elite:  10g
Pre-Kaged:  6.5g
Pre-Kaged Sport:  3.5g

For even more pumps, Pre-Workout Elite® has 2 grams of creatine nitrate (NO3-T® ), which doubles as a quality creatine source and a nitric oxide booster. 

Focus and Nootropic Effects

We’ve already talked about the importance of focusing on your mental performance in the gym alongside your physical performance. The mental side of training because more important the  longer, more intense, and more challenging your training session is.

That’s why Pre-Kaged Elite has a complete energy and focus matrix.

Focus & Energy Ingredients in Pre-Workout Elite

2500mg of L-tyrosine
388mg of PurCaf® organic caffeine
300mg of Alpha GPC (a key ingredient in our nootropic,  Kaged Mindset.)
100mg of AmaTea® guayusa leaf extract 
10mg of 1% Huperzine A

Focus & Energy Ingredients in Pre-Kaged

850mg of L-tyrosine
1000mg of N-acetyl-L-tyrosine
274mg of organic caffeine

Pre-Kaged has two forms of tyrosine, which work synergistically with caffeine to improve focus.

Focus & Energy Ingredients in Pre-Kaged Sport®

500mg of L-tyrosine
188mg of organic caffeine

Pre-Kaged Sport® has l-tyrosine and caffeine, which as mentioned, synergistically support focus. They’re both at lower doses than Pre-Kaged

Focus Ingredients in Pre-Kaged
® Stim-Free

850mg of L-tyrosine
1000mg of N-acetyl-L-tyrosine

Pre-Kaged® Stim-Free has both forms of tyrosine like Pre-Kaged, minus the caffeine.

Creatine Amount

Creatine is one of the most well-researched supplements in existence. It can help you lift more weight, build more muscle, and improve your recovery between sets.* Our pre-workouts contain different doses and forms of creatine.

Creatine in Pre-Workout Elite

Pre-Kaged Elite® contains 5 grams total of creatine. It has 3 grams of CreaClear® creatine monohydrate, a soluble version of the classic form of creatine. It also contains 2 grams of creatine nitrate. 

Creatine nitrate (NO3-T® ) works as a 2-in-1 supplement, providing the performance benefits of creatine while helping amplify your muscle pumps. It’s a creatine and a nitric oxide booster wrapped into one, which is why we use this form in Pre-Kaged Elite®.

Creatine in Pre-Kaged

Pre-Kaged contains 1.5 grams of creatine, all from Creatine HCl. We use this form because of its high-solubility. It mixes easily and absorbs well.

Creatine in Pre-Kaged Sport

Pre-Kaged Sport® doesn’t have any creatine. However, if you love the profile of Pre-Kaged Sport, and want to add some creatine to it, pick up our  unflavored creatine HCl powder and add it to your Pre-Kaged Sport®.

Branched-Chain Amino Acid Amount

Branched-chain amino acids, or BCAAs, include three amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These three, but in particular leucine, play key roles in regulating muscle protein synthesis.

In other words, they help determine whether we’re in an anabolic state, or a catabolic state, whether we’re building protein or breaking down protein.

More specifically, they can reduce muscle protein breakdown and promote recovery.* That’s why BCAAs may be useful during hard training.

However, if the workout isn’t prolonged and intense, BCAAs before or during your workout seem to have diminishing benefits.


Pre-Kaged®: 6.5g of BCAAs

Pre-Kaged® contains 6.5 grams of BCAAs, of which over 4.5 grams are leucine. We use a leucine-biased BCAA blend because leucine has to be the key amino acid responsible for reducing muscle protein breakdown.

Pre-Kaged Sport®: 0g of BCAAs

As mentioned, BCAAs have more of a benefit for intense, muscle-damaging workouts. That said, if you want to add BCAAs to your Pre-Kaged Sport®, then stack it with our BCAA powder.

® Stim-Free: 6.5g of BCAAs

Our stim-free version contains the same amounts and ratios as the original Pre-Kaged®.

Pre-Kaged Elite
®: 0g of BCAAs

Pre-Kaged Elite® is packed with so much, we left the BCAAs out. If you want BCAAs in your Pre-Kaged Elite®, just add some of our  unflavored plant-based BCAA powder.



Finally, they come in different flavors. We have tweaked and perfected all of the flavors of all of our pre-workouts. To be honest, we think they all taste awesome. If you’re a classic fruit punch person, we’ve got you covered. If you like to experiment and try new flavors, then we have plenty of choice as well.

Pre-Kaged Flavors

Fruit Punch
Crisp Apple
Pink Lemonade

Pre-Kaged Elite Flavors

Fruit Punch
Orange Mango
Strawberry Lemonade
Caribbean Sunrise

Pre-Workout Elite Flavors

Cherry Limeade
Strawberry Lemonade
Fruit Punch

Pre-Workout Elite Stimulant-Free  Flavors

Cherry Limeade
Orange Mango

Pre-Kaged Sport Flavors

Fruit Punch
Blue Raspberry
Mango Lime

Pre-Kaged Stim-Free Flavors

Fruit Punch
Cherry Bomb

Choose Your Own Adventure

With all of this in mind, now you can choose which pre-workout is best for you. Whichever you choose, we know it will help you  improve your workouts and move you closer to your goals.

If you’re looking for a great program to go along with your new pre-workout, check out our selection of  Free Training Programs suited to any goal.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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