Overview of KA-POW! Pre-Workout
KA-POW! Pre-Workout is made by Hero Supplements. Hero Supplements makes several different products, many of which we’ve reviewed here on FitnessInformant.com. They include a pump product, a nighttime testosterone booster and another new pre-workout that will be featured here soon.
Unfortunately KA-POW Pre-Workout (The Original) doesn’t deliver and isn’t a Fitness Informant approved pre-workout. The pre-workout uses two prob blends, both very under dosed. Even at 42-servings with a solid taste and mixability, the price tag is way too high when you’re getting way too little.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed KA-POW! on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at the different ingredients used in the pre-workout, what their intention is and how effectively dosed are each ingredient.
We then look at effectiveness. An effective pre-workout will use high quality, proven ingredients, at clinically backed dosages. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the following flavors: Watermelon Rush.
Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of pre-workout products on the market.
One of the worst things I can see in any supplement is a proprietary blend. The second worst thing I can see comes in a pre-workout supplement, seeing a proprietary blend with very little dosage (4000mg) and the first ingredient being Creatine Monohydrate. There is nothing wrong with the ingredients used in this pre-workout. Where the issue comes is the amount.
Clinical studies have proven that an effective dose of Creatine Monohydrate is 5g. That is more than this whole prop blend. Even at two scoops this would most likely still be under dosed. Creatine, when dosed effectively, helps contribute to strength output.
L-Cittruline is a go-to ingredient used in pre-workout and provides a nice pump…when dosed correctly. Clinical dosing of L-Cittruline is 6g. Between L-Cittruline and Creatine we would be at 11g (almost 3x this prop blend) for clincal dosing.
L-Tyrosine is used for focus. It works well when dosed correctly (between 500-2,000mg), again, this would be under dosed. Beta Alanine, the “tingly” ingredient, is effectively dosed at 3.2g. Taurine helps with endurance and strength. This is effectively dosed at 500-2,000mg as well. Beet Root is supposed to contribute to NO production providing a pump. Because of where this ingredient lies in the prop blend you can be assured you’re not getting enough to get the positive impact.
The last three ingredients of the matrix are Caffeine Anhydrous, Theanine and Di-Caffeine Malate. This is for energy and reducing your crash. These show up last. A typical pre-workout has 250mg of Caffeine in it. Based on all the other ingredients you can be pretty certain that this is very little of these three ingredients.
That was just the “energy, strength and focus” blend. Now we get to the test boosting blend. Much like KO, their test booster, this is extremely under dosed. This prop blend contains 400mg of five ingredients. The first ingredient is Tribulus. An effective dose of Tribulus, according to Examine.com, is 200-450mg per day. This ingredient, at minimum, would take up 50% of the dosage. D-Aspartic Acid, a very popular ingredient used in test boosting agents, is used second. A standard dosage of DAA should be around 2g per day. Another popular ingredient that stands out is Fenugreek. Fenugreek should be dosed between 500-600mg for effectiveness. I think you can understand the point I am getting at here.
Overall this product has a poor, under dosed profile. The ingredients selected are not bad, the amounts used are not great.
I elected to have someone who is not a stim junkie, like myself, test this product. The product tester has used some hardcore pre-workouts in the past, but it has been some time since he has used any pre-workout at all. Just to clear the air, his prior PWOs did not contain DMAA or DMHA.
This is a direct quote from him, “this pre didn’t give me over-the-top energy like others I’ve tried; was a bit weak actually. You don’t get the heart pounding out of your chest with this, which isn’t a bad thing. Maybe my dosage was low, but I usually do one scoop with other PWOs and feel myself ready to go. This was not the case with this pre-workout.”
If this was his feedback, then I can imagine this would have been like Kool-Aid for a guy like me.
Unfortunately it seems like this version of KA-POW! is more playing off of their marketing with the bold logo and the tag line, “train like a superhero.” You won’t be training like a superhero with this.
This is directly from the tester, “the flavor I had, Watermelon Rush, was pleasantly refreshing. Not bad at all. I’d say of the few different kinds of pre-workouts I’ve had, it was the smoothest and had a good taste without any aftertaste. Not too sweet, but flavorful.”
KA-POW! mixed without many issues at all. Minimal residue left over and no chunks. Keep-in-mind this is a 6g serving size, so rather light. It should mix well.
Unfortunately, I cannot find any value in this pre-workout. Even at 42-servings. You would have to take probably 3-scoops of this, to get an 18 gram serving size, to get any effect on this. If you take a hardcore pre-workout now you might even go to 4. If we’re talking 3-scoops for any clinical dosing that would put you at 13 servings for around $32. There are a lot of good, effective pre-workouts on the market that come in at the 20-serving mark for just over $32 with most, if not all, the ingredients clinically dosed.