It has already changed its formula several times, some for the better, others for the worse, but it is a constant presence in the top sales of its category.
We are obviously talking about the famous pre-workout NO-Xplode BSN version 3.0.
Attention, the European version is different from the American version, not only in quantities, but also in the 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 a 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 as well.
The flavor I chose was Blue Raz, which means blue raspberry.
It is the typical pre-workout flavor, sweet and chemical, which you love at the beginning and hate at the end of the package.
As for the dissolution, the label says only to shake, and not to shake in a violent and wild way.
Unfortunately, I didn't read the label until later.
A shaker with half blue liquid and half foam.
Anyway, after a little while the foam disappears, and the dissolution is better with the intense shaking, than with the gentle shaking recommended by BSN, which leaves small particles at the bottom of the shaker.
So, beautiful packaging, cool flavor and ok dissolution.
Nitric oxide and the pump
For those who do not 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 the vascularity to increase, and so does the ego.
In this respect, BSN NO-Xplode 3.0 is weak.
I didn't notice a big difference with this supplement when it comes to the pump.
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 there, and the dose per scoop is also not impressive.
In my experience, the Citrulline alone well-dosed, it is much superior to NO-Xplode when it comes to pump.
In other words, NO-Xplode has little NO.
Energy and motivation
When it comes to energy, concentration and motivation, the story changes.
BSN has put several ingredients, such as L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine, Caffeine and others to address this issue.
A scoop of NO-Xplode it is superior to a coffee before training.
There is more energy, concentration and more willingness to train.
Unfortunately, for people with a medium / high tolerance to caffeine, it is nothing extraordinary.
Well, I am one of those people.
Depending on the day, a coffee may wake me up slightly, but two coffees, as a rule, leave me ready for a good workout.
If on a normal day a scoop helped me to be able to have a better workout, on days when I felt more tired a scoop didn't solve it.
Not even on days when I had to go to training when I woke up.
Doses and scoops
The BSN on the label says that the maximum dose is 2 scoops a day, so without my life at risk, I decided to increase it to 1 scoop and a half.
More energy, more willingness to train and want to do another set or 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 to not test 2 scoops.
A supplement that I really like is the L-Theanine.
For those who do not know L-Theanine, it is an amino acid present mainly in green tea. Eliminates (or reduces) the side effects of caffeine, while potentiating some of the positives.
I tried again 1 scoop and a half of NO Xplode, but this time, with 200 mg of L-Theanine.
I like to invent.
Energetic and motivated, but without that uncomfortable feeling of drinking too much coffee.
I got more out of training, and that's what a pre-workout is for.
BSN folks, how about taking the gooseberry extract out of the formula and adding L-Theanine?
Where to buy?
You 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 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 together with food, the most effective way to take NO-Xplode is a little bit away from your last pre-workout meal.
Start by using only a 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 is interesting in terms of energy and motivation, but weak when it comes to pump.
If you are looking for a pre-workout to give you that extra urge to train, NO-Xplode can be that supplement.
If, on the other hand, you like pre-workouts that increase the pump, or help with recovery, NO-Xplode is not the best choice.
People with some caffeine tolerance are likely to see NO-Xplode run out faster than expected, but beware, Tyrosine in combination with Phenylalanine potentiates caffeine.
If you've never tried a pre-workout before, NO-Xplode is a good place to start if you're looking for energy.
Have you tried BSN NO-Xplode 3.0?
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