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Sparta Nutrition - Kraken Pre Workout Review

blog-icon By TJ Posted on January 17, 2017
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Sparta Nutrition - Kraken Pre Workout

THE PROMISE

Kraken from Sparta Nutrition, is the company’s first take on the Pre Workout world. The company has been around for some time, but as it was focusing mostly on the niche Pro-Hormone category, there’s a good chance you never heard about them.

Living to its hardcore heritage, the spanking new Kraken is targeted right at the heart of the fully dosed pre workout category. Joining the likes of PRE JYM, PRE KAGED, Total War, DVST8, Sidewalk Kraka & more.

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THE LABEL FOR DUMMIES

Kraken Pre Workout Label

Each tub contains 20 servings of 15g each. 20 servings is the average of this category when you are looking at 15g servings, actually very much in line with Pre Jym, Pre Kaged and the C4 Ultimate. Also from an ingredient profile perspective, you are going to see a lot of the same ingredients.

 Key Ingredients & DosageOur Take
Energy & ThermogenicsCaffeine Anhydrous - 200mg
Eria Jarensis Extract - 250mg
DMHA - 200mg
I am sure that the first thing that is going through your head right now, is 200mg caffeine? That’s it? Well, chill….You are getting 650mg of stimulants here that go way beyond caffeine.
Eria Jarenesis is a powerful CNS Stimulant which has become really popular in this category. Same goes for DMHA which at 200mg is at the higher end of the dosages we’ve seen.
Endurance & StrengthCarnosyn Beta Alanine - 3.2g
Taurine - 1g
An overdose of 3.2g of Beta Alanine seems to be the number for the designer Pre Workout players. And Kraken joins the party. Worth mentioning is that this is patented Carnosyn form which is considered more effective than ‘plain’ Beta Alanine.

Taurine at 1g is right at the clinical dosage to aid with recovery.
PumpL-Citrulline - 4g
Agmatine Sulfate - 1g
HydroMax - 2g
Novarline - 100mg
Brace yourself, pumps are coming, The Kraken brings in more pump inducing ingredients at clinical dosages than other of its competitors in the category.
Focus & MoodNALT - 500mgNow to the brain boosting part, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) is the more stable and bioavailable form of the non-essential amino acid L-Tyrosine. aka NALT has been proven to increase dopamine and noradrenaline which help increase focus and mood.

The Label’s Bottom Line-  Kraken definitely brings in a solid mix of ingredients that will get your workout going. There’s no real ‘innovation’ here as far as the actual label, as all of these ingredients have been applied by the competition. We will say this though, as far as pump this is one of the most powerful labels we’ve seen for a pre workout. On the energy & stimulant blend, we’ve seen stronger mixes but the kraken has nothing to be ashamed of.

 

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE

Taste & Mixability – Sparta Nutrition Kraken Pre Workout is currently available in 2 flavors. We tried the Sour Gummy Bear and thought it was a cool 🙂

Effectiveness –  Sparta Nutrition’s Kraken delivers on its promise. The Pumps were insane, the energy & endurance kept us going through the workout &  the focus improvement noticeable.

 

VALUE FOR MONEY & DEAL HISTORY

The retail price for 20 servings is $34.99, on par with the rest of the designer pre workouts out there. Blowout deals are rare for this pre-workout, which makes it hard for us to argue its value for money vs more aggressively promoted PWOs. BUT you obviously came to the right place! We did hunt down several BOGO deals on the KRAKEN which brought the price per tub to the $24 mark.

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FINAL VERDICT

Sparta Nutrition Kraken Pre Workout is joining a very respectable group that is becoming increasingly competitive. It wins the pump category in the ‘fully dosed’ niche, and offers a very solid & competitive profile on the endurance, energy & focus side but, honestly, we’ve seen better (check out Sidewalk Kraka by CT Fletcher).  Our bottom line is this: Kraken is a good choice and we are going to add it to our list of ‘go to’ Pre Workouts — when we hunt it on a deal! So, what you should do, is sign up to the deal alerts, so you know you want miss the deal when we hunt it down.

 

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