It has changed its formula several times, some for the better, some for the worse, but it is a regular presence at the top of sales in its category.
We are obviously talking about the famous pre-workout NO-Xplode of BSN, in its version 3.0.
Attention, the European version is different from the American version, not only in quantities, but also in ingredients.
Unlike the typical protein analyzes you find here, this analysis will be more practical and less theoretical.
The effects of a pre-workout depend a lot from person to person, even more so when that pre-workout is BSN NO-Xplode, with 20+ different ingredients.
That said, let's get started.
Note. The values in the nutritional table refer to two scoops, not one scoop, which makes the label of this supplement somewhat confusing, and even misleading.
Packaging, flavor and dissolution
The packaging, as you can see from the image, is a small red bag with a lot of style.
There is a bucket version, with more doses and more expensive too.
The flavor I chose was Blue Raz, which means blue raspberry.
It's the typical pre-workout flavor, sweet and chemical, that you love at the beginning and hate at the end of the bottle.
As for dissolving, the label only says to shake, not to shake violently and wildly.
Unfortunately, I only read the label later.
A shaker with half blue liquid and half foam.
In any case, after a while the foam disappears, and dissolution is better with intense shaking than with the gentle shaking recommended by BSN, which leaves small particles at the bottom of the shaker.
So, beautiful packaging, great flavor and ok dissolution.
Nitric oxide and the pump
For those who don't know, the NO in this supplement refers to Nitric Oxide, that is, nitric oxide.
For those who like to lift weights and pose in front of the mirror between sets, nitric oxide is a good friend.
It causes the pump and vascularity to increase, and the ego as well.
In this aspect the BSN NO-Xplode 3.0 is weak.
I didn't notice a big difference with this supplement when it comes to the pump.
It's no wonder, since the only ingredient that theoretically contributes significantly to the pump in this formula is L-Arginine.
The problem is that L-Arginine is not very effective, and the dose per scoop is not impressive either.
In my experience, the Citrulline alone, well dosed, it is much superior to NO-Xplode when it comes to pumps.
In other words, NO-Xplode has little NO.
Energy and motivation
When it comes to energy, concentration and motivation, the story changes.
BSN has included several ingredients, such as L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine, Caffeine and others to address this issue.
A scoop of NO-Xplode is superior to a coffee before training.
You notice more energy, concentration and more desire to train.
Unfortunately, for people with a medium/high tolerance to caffeine, it's nothing extraordinary.
Well, I'm one of those people.
Depending on the day, one coffee may wake me up slightly, but two coffees usually get me ready for a good workout.
If on normal days a scoop helped me get a better workout, on days when I felt more tired a scoop didn't help.
Not even on days when I had to go train when I woke up.
Doses and scoops
The BSN on the label says that the maximum dose is 2 scoops per day, so, without my life at risk, I decided to increase it to 1 and a half scoops.
More energy, more desire to train and want to do one more series or one more exercise.
It seemed like the ideal dose, if it weren't for some slight negative effects, typical of when you drink too much coffee.
Nothing out of this world, but enough not to try 2 scoops.
A supplement that I really like is L-Theanine.
For those who don't know L-Theanine, it is an amino acid present mainly in green tea. Eliminates (or reduces) the side effects of caffeine, while enhancing some of the positive ones.
I tried 1 and a half scoops of NO Xplode again, but this time, with 200 mg of L-Theanine.
I like to invent.
Energetic and motivated, but without that uncomfortable feeling you get when you drink too much coffee.
I got more out of training, and that's what a pre-workout is for.
BSN guys, how about removing the blackcurrant extract from the formula and adding L-Theanine?
Where to buy?
You can find this supplement available here and you can still use the code GVIRTUAL to get a discount.
It is also available here.
Observations and how to take
Some of the ingredients in the BSN NO-Xplode 3.0 formula take some time to take effect.
However, the doses used in this supplement for these two ingredients are low, and if you want to get the most out of Creatine, you need to buy it separately.
Although you can also take it with food, the most effective way to take NO-Xplode is a little apart from your last pre-workout meal.
Start by using just one scoop to see how you react, and only then, if necessary, should you increase the dose.
Oh, and don't take this if you train at night. Unless you don't want to sleep, of course.
O BSN NO-Xplode 3.0 It's interesting in terms of energy and motivation, but weak when it comes to pump.
If you're looking for a pre-workout to give you that extra desire to train, NO-Xplode could be that supplement.
If, on the other hand, you prefer pre-workouts that increase your pump, or help with recovery, NO-Xplode is not the best choice.
People with some tolerance to caffeine will probably see NO-Xplode running out faster than expected, but be careful, Tyrosine in combination with Phenylalanine enhances caffeine.
If you've never tried any pre-workout, NO-Xplode is a good starting point if you're looking for energy.
Have you tried BSN NO-Xplode 3.0?
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