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On test: Kinetica Pre.Fuel

Written by Fiona October 28 2013

I’ve written about Kinetica sports fuels before. I don’t like many energy gels (the taste nor what they do to my stomach) but I do like the Kinetica brand. They seem to work well for me. The taste is passable and they don’t clog my guts like others gels do. It’s all personal choice though, isn’t it?

imgres-24Interestingly, however, the G-Force has never found an energy gel that doesn’t make him gag or feel nauseous, except the Kinetica sports gels. He even bought a box of them to take with him on his summer Alps climbing trip.

One of the latest lines in Kinetica’s sports fuel armoury is Pre.Fuel. It is claimed that this is a “scientifically engineered combination of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), an amino blend, essential vitamins, minerals and caffeine”.

In addition Kinetica say: “This unique blend has been specially formulated by our leading sports specialists and manufactured from high quality ingredients to create an expert pre.workout supplement.”

So what does all this mean? I think this is how it goes:

  • The branched chain amino acid supplements
contribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass
  • Energy boosting ingredients come from the B vitamins and key minerals
  • Then there’s Vitamin B12 to aid the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Plus the additional energy shot of caffeine.

But you won’t find any carbohydrate or sugar in Pre.Fuel, which are so often the staple ingredients of other energy fuels. And there is not a single dose of gluten or aspartame. Kinetica  wanted to make a fuel that didn’t include anything on the WADA banned list. Which is how they came up with Pre-Fuel.

On test: Kinetica Pre.Fuel

The strange thing is that until writing this blog I had not studied the ingredients in the Pre.Fuel. I knew I got on well with Kinetica gels so I just thought I’d give it a try and see what happened. And I can report that I have found it to give me a nice boost when doing short exercise sessions, such as a cyclocross race or a five to seven mile run.

The powder is mixed with water and it’s not the best tasting thing ever but it’s fine. It doesn’t upset my stomach at all during exercise and it leaves me feeling nicely hydrated. I have found that with each session completed after Pre.Fuel I’ve felt energetic and able to keep up the pace.

Now that I look at the ingredients I can’t explain why. Usually I’d expect some form of carb in the energy solution. So, perhaps it’s the caffeine or maybe all those branched chain amino acids (I don’t really know what these are) or the vitamins. Who knows?

There is nothing in this Pre.Fuel that will harm my health – and I have found it to give me a nice energy boost for shorter training sessions. Perhaps they would like to send me some more (and another box of the energy gels for during exercise)?

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