Shred Jym vs. Shred Matrix is like a battle between a samurai and a knight.
One is a skilled yet humble swordsman who laughs at the thought of armor, thinking the added weight will only lead to his defeat. He fears nothing.
Opposite is the proud knight, covered in armor from head to toe. He knows the value of coming into battle prepared and he’s not taking any chances.
Like the samurai, Shred Jym is a simple fat burner, made to do nothing but slice and dice fat quickly & efficiently. Shred Matrix is the knight, made to hack fat with smart strategy that’s reinforced with nootropics, too.
In a duel to the death, two souls enter but only one leaves. No exceptions. Which one will it be? Let’s find out…
Tale of the Tape
|Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCI||1.5 g||Vitamin B3 (as Niacin)||3 mg|
|L-Tyrosine||500 mg||Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||15 mg|
|Green Tea Leaf Extract (98% polyphenols, 75% catechins, & 45% EGCG)||500 mg||Biotin||15 mg|
|Caffeine Anhydrous||200 mg||Chromium (Chelate)||50 mcg|
|Cayenne Pepper Fruit extract (Capsimax®)||50 mg||8 Stage Weight Loss Proprietary Blend||2176 mg|
|Synephrine (as Citrus aurantium unripe fruit extract, Advantra-Z®)||20 mg||Stages 1 & 2: Energy & Fat Metabolism|
|Guarana (Paullinia Cupana) Seed Extract, 22% Caffeine, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, (45% EGCG), 98% Polyphenols, Kola (Cola Nitida) Nut Powder, Caffeine Anhydrous (150mg), Cayenne (Capsicum Annuum) Fruit Powder 40,000 HU/g|
|Stages 3 & 4: Appetite Balancing & Weight Management Control|
|Glucomannan (Amorphophallus Konjac) Root, White Kidney (Phaseolous Vulgaris) Bean Powder, Razberi-K® Raspberry Ketone|
|Stage 5: Anti-Stress Mood Balancing Matrix|
|Panax Ginseng Root Powder, Griffonia Simplicifoloia Seed Extract, Containing 98% 5-HTP|
|Stage 6: Brain Power Matrix|
|Acetyl‐L‐Carnitine HCl, pTerOPure® Pterostilbene, Vinpocetine|
|Stage 7: Diuretic Complex|
|Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos Uva‐Ursi) Leaf 20:1 Extract, Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) Root Extract 10:1, (Contains Taraxol & Taraxerol)|
|Stage 8: Sugar Stop™ & Enzyme Aid Matrix|
|Apple (Malus Domestica) Pectin, DigeSEB® (Acid Stable Protease, Bacterial Protease, Alpha‐Galactosidase, Amylase, Bromelain, Cellulase, Fungal Protease, Hemicellulase, Lactase, Diastase, Papain, Peptizyme SP® (Serratiopeptidase), Glucoamylase, Invertase)|
|*These are not full supplement facts, just a comparison of dosages & ingredients.|
Round 1: Formulas
Shred Jym is just there to hack fat like there’s no tomorrow.
Shred Jym doesn’t hesitate and hits you with a heavy dose of ALCAR, a multi-tasking metabolic booster known to influence both gym performance and recovery. L-Tyrosine’s main function is for alertness and energy. We want it as NALT, though.
What better way to say bye-bye to fat than with a potent combination of Standardized Green Tea Extract, Caffeine, and Cayenne in the form of a premium brand like Capsimax? These three are awesome and reliable fat burners, consistently found in our Best 5 Fat-Burner Supplements overall.
To finish the job, we have Synephrine, an ingredient capable of working in synergy with caffeine and increases the burning temperature even more. Don’t you worry about the little “side effects” as Shred Jym offers Synephrine in the form of a very safe Advantra-Z.
Shred Matrix attacks fat from all sorts of angles.
MusclePharm really emphasized on the “MATRIX” of Shred Matrix judging by the complexity of this formula.
Stage 1 & 2: Energy & Fat Metabolism
Caffeine is a staple ingredient for both energy and fat burning and looks like Shred Matrix wanted to take advantage of that angle, offering Caffeine itself with a mix of Guarana and Kola to provide energy with reduced side effects. They also added standardized Green Tea Extract and Cayenne for maximum fat-burning effect. From this one blend, Shred Matrix gets three of the five fat burners we love seeing.
Stage 3 & 4: Appetite Balancing & Weight Management Control
Glucomannan is capable of making you feel full for long periods, White Kidney Bean helps block carbohydrate absorption, and Razberi-K is a premium brand of Raspberry Ketones known to boost metabolism.
Stage 5: Anti-Stress Mood Balancing Matrix
Both Ginseng and 5-HTP are decent adaptogen herbs but we know there are better choices. Still, Ginseng is a good choice and 5-HTP doubles as an appetite suppressant.
Stage 6: Brain Power Matrix
ALCAR is not exactly a brain power nootropic but it’s still good for brain health. pTerOPure is a premium brand of pterostilbene, an antioxidant that promotes long term brain health. Vinpocetine is great for brain circulation and just happens to be our #4 Best Nootropic.
Stage 7: Diuretic Complex
When we talk about diuretic blends we want to piss lots of water and not piss lots of times. Shred Matrix made great choices with Uva Ursi and Dandelion at 20:1 and 10:1 respectively.
Stage 8: Sugar Stop & Enzyme Aid Matrix
Apple Pectin is old fashioned soluble fiber and DigeSEB is a premium brand of super-enzymes which acts as a digestive aid for better overall gut health. Good intent but we don’t really see why they would add this blend in a fat-burner.
In conclusion of the first round, we see both formulas are exact opposites of each other. Shred Jym went with a straightforward fat-burning attack while Shred Matrix formed a plan to eliminate fat from multiple angles.
However, if we have to pick a winner: Shred Jym wins for actually focusing on the bigger picture and it’s to burn fat and lots of it. Shred Matrix tried too hard on this tried and tested concept which cost them this round.
Round 1… Shred Jym Wins.
Round 2: Dosages
This is where the battle gets ugly. Shred Jym showed us everything while Shred Matrix is just too shy to show numbers for some reason and that’s a bad thing in their case. With eight blends hiding under one big prop blend, it makes you question the dosages and rightly so.
Shred Jym showed the dosages for each of its ingredients and everyone who knows their shit can tell why. Just look at how beautiful those dosages are. Granted, they could’ve added more but Shred Jym meets the minimum dosages at the very least and that’s important.
Shred Matrix on the other hand, well you can’t really fit much inside a prop blend just over 2 g. It’s also bad since it has a grand total of 21 ingredients. They also mention 150 mg of Caffeine but what about the other sources in their first blend?
For not only showing the dosages but also giving the right amounts, Shred Jym wins again.
Round 2… Shred Jym Wins.
Round 3: Ingredient Quality
Both supplements made use of great ingredients with most of them in premium forms. To distinguish which chose the better ingredients, we’ll have to highlight both supplement’s best and worst picks and see which tips their scales more.
Shred Jym’s best pick is Standardized Green Tea Extract and its worst pick is plain old L-Tyrosine. Shred Matrix’s best pick is Standardized Green Tea Extract and its worst pick is, to keep things even, ALCAR.
Both chose well with GTE so they each get a point. Shred Jym made use of a rather plain and boring L-Tyrosine. Shred Matrix made use of a great brain energy booster.
No questions here. Shred Matrix wins. Even if the dosage of ALCAR seems too low to work, it remains to be in a better form than Shred Jym’s L-Tyrosine.
Round 3… Shred Matrix Wins.
Round 4: Price
|Shred Jym||VS.||Shred Matrix|
|1 Bottle (60-servings)||$35.46||1 Bottle (40 servings)||$24.86|
|Price Per Capsule||$0.15||Price Per Capsule||$0.21|
|Price Per Serving||$0.59||Price Per Serving||$0.62|
Round 4… Shred Jym Wins.
Round 5: JUDGEMENT
Both supplements are capable of burning fat but looks like one was hotter than the other and that’s Shred Jym. Even our previous reviews reflect our decision:
- We’re talking 4.5 (Shred Jym) vs. 3 (Shred Matrix) out of 5 stars.
If that’s not a big difference, we don’t know what is.
Shred Jym won because it was simple, focused, and dosed well. We don’t doubt Shred Matrix’s formula design. It’s smart and offers a different take on burning fat but they forgot to complement their smart formula with smart dosages and that’s a taboo in the supplement world.
The humble samurai made mincemeat out of the proud knight in what used to be shining but now shattered armor.
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