The Katana Pre-Workout supplement, now in its 3rd iteration, is a complete PWO designed by Komodo Nutraceuticals. It aims to maximize your performance in the gym by facilitating absorption of all the necessary ingredients that make for a stronger body and a more driven mind.
HYDRA-VASK (Glycerol with 75% free molecular glycerol) 2g
A plasma volumizer that aims to increase the presence of fluid in the bloodstream, leading to more pronounced vascularization and that sought-after “pumped-up” look. The patented HYDRA-VASK technology provides four times the Glycerol that other standard brands use.
A vasodilator that has also been shown to reduce muscle fatigue.
Light nootropic that has only been shown to work as a cognitive enhancer under conditions of duress (which, granted, might be an adequate description for most hardcore workouts).
AgmaPure Agmatine Sulfate 1g
Although its claims haven’t been completely substantiated by science as of yet, it’s believed that agmatine improves nutrient partitioning and facilitates water retention in the muscles.
Cognizin (Citicoline) 500mg
Probably the most unconventional substance here. Functions as a source of choline with a high rate of blood barrier permeability that increases the synthesis of Acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating muscle contractions.
AmentoPump (Selaginella Tamarascina extract, standardized to 20% Amentoflavone) 100mg
While caffeine is the only true stim in the mix, it’s worth mentioning that Amentoflavone has been proven to have a positive effect on energy and focus levels by modulating the GABA receptors. It’s effect is further heightened in conjunction with the aforementioned caffeine.
Caffeine Anhydrous 230mg
Peppermint Extract 4:1 25mg
Flavors, jar sizes and Price per Serving
The Katana V3 comes in two different flavors: Cherry Lime and Mango. A container weighs about 345g and includes 30 servings of approximately 11.5g each. Each portion only has 6 calories in it, which makes it a very good deal as far as weight concerns go. It is available for shipping directly from the producer’s website, with a listed price of 49.99$, but you can find it cheaper in places such as http://www.getrippednutrition.com/, where it retails for just 35.99$.
Users on the www.bodybuilding.com forums talk in generally positive terms about the Katana V3 pre-workout supplement. Most seem to appreciate the fact that the formula isn’t stim-heavy, focusing instead on lesser known but effective ingredients such as Amentoflavone and Citicoline. It also doesn’t contain any creatine, so users can add their creatine of choice if they wish to supplement with it. A scattered few report some unwanted drowsiness from the Cognizin, but in most cases users find that it gives them the sharpness and tunnel vision needed for a great workout.
When it comes to using workout supplements with various ingredients in them, it’s important to note that mileage may vary from customer to customer. But, judging by the encouraging responses coming the bodybuilding community members that have so far interacted with it, the Katana V3 is a good PWO that can significantly increase focus and intensity during workouts, while at the same time offering a decent but not overwhelming stimulative effect. Its emphasis is on ergogenics and pump enhancement though, so if more forceful stimulation is your thing, there might be better options available on the market.