Having tired No Xplode years ago, we were keen to see what else BSN had to offer, so we decided to take Endorush for a spin to see how it compared. Almost all pre workouts these days contain caffeine and beta alanine and having tried a bunch of them, we wanted something new to put through its paces.
Having more creatine than any other pre-workout we've seen, and a dual-caffeine source to boot, we knew that Endorush was anything but your typical pre-workout powder.
As you'll soon find out…
In our BSN Endorush review, you will find out exactly what it can do for your body and whether or not it's BSN's best pre workout to date.
Ingredients and Supplement Facts
With each scoop containing over 15 elements, understanding what they all do for your body can be a workout in itself, especially with their complicated names that remind you of those annoying high school science classes.
In the case of Endorush, BSN does makes things a little easier for us through. By breaking down the ingredients into 3 sections, we get a general sense of what the part does for our physique.
The first blend, which is also the most vaguely named in our opinion, focus on the different aspects of performance; strength, endurance, and power. On the strength side of things, there is creatine monohydrate (3g), which unlike other supplements in this category, isn't just thrown in for good measure at a gram or two.
As for endurance, we get 1.6g of beta-alanine which is a typical amount for pre workout powders. The last ingredient is black pepper extract (5mg) which doesn't do much besides increasing the absorption of other nutrients.
Kicking off the pump and vascularity ingredients, are l-citrulline (1.5g) and l-arginine (1.5g), which are both precursors for nitric oxide production. Adding to the creatine mix is creatine nitrate (1g) which is a more soluble version of regular creatine, and as a nitrate, can increase blood flow and muscle pumps. There are also calcium (250mg) and magnesium (250mg) which contribute to fluid balance and hydration.
Energy & Focus Complex
Endorush checks in at 300 mg of total caffeine, half of which is derived from green tea leaf and/or green coffee bean. The other half is caffeine anhydrous, the type of caffeine most commonly used in pre-workout powders, and literally means "caffeine without water."
Rounding off the ingredient label is longan extract (150 mg), which is a fruit with the potential to enhance cognition, hence BSN including it in the focus blend.
The final ingredient is Yohimbe extract (26m mg), which oddly enough, is used to enhance sexual performance, and in our opinion, is a strange ingredient to have in a pre-workout powder.
How Does it Work?
The most compelling benefit of Endorush is the combination of ingredients that work together to improve your capabilities in the gym, physically and mentally.
One of the most significant features of this supplement is the 4g of creatine per scoop, which is the most we have seen out of the many pre-workout supplements we’ve tested. While creatine increases raw power quite nicely, the beta alanine tackles training from a different angle, by saturating your muscles with carnosine, fighting fatigue, and increasing the number of reps you can do.
As for muscle pumps, both citrulline, and arginine work to increase N.O production, to improve blood flow, giving you a stronger mind-muscle connection, which can enhance muscle activation.
Like a trusty spotter, the dual-source of caffeine heightens your focus, let's you push yourself harder, and even helps you squeeze out more reps on some exercises.
Who Can Benefit From BSN Endorush?
Being a consistent performer in each category, anyone who wants to tackle their day-to-day workouts with more vigor can benefit from BSN Endorush.
However, being a high-caffeine pre-workout supplement, its effects may be too intense for some people, who are best off using half a scoop to lessen the buzz. While too intense for pre-workout newcomers, those who will enjoy its best effects are experienced caffeine users seeking more intense energy and pumps.
As we grow accustomed to regular training, our progress is not as rapid as it once was, and our motivation begins to dwindle. We may grind it out for routine's sake, but eventually, cracks start to show in our training, the stale strength, sub-par pumps, and we begin to wonder if it will always be this way.
If this sounds familiar, then you may well benefit from taking BSN Endorush before hard workouts to relight your fire. With a dual-caffeine source and more creatine than any other pre-workout we tried, this could be the pre workout for you if you've "tried them all."
How To Properly Use
15-30 minutes before training, mix one scoop of Endorush with between 5-6 oz of cold water, depending on how sweet you like your shakes.
Less sweet = more water, if you're not familiar with mixing pre-workout powders.
If this is your first time using Endorush, it might be a good idea to use just half a scoop on the first go to see how you feel on it.
Sizes, Servings, and Scoop
It comes packaged in a 13.7 oz/390g tub and contains 30 servings when used at the full dose. Each scoop weighs 13g, which by comparison, is 5g less than N.O Xplode.
Endorush is also available as an energy drink, but be careful though, as the formula is a bit different. The canned version has more caffeine (350 mg) as well as teacrine (25mg) at the expense of other ingredients like creatine and citrulline.
That said, if you do want a pre-workout that is creatine-free, then Endorush RTD might be a good choice for you.
The Available Flavors
BSN manufacturer Endorush in 7 different flavors which is quite a lot considering that this is not their only pre workout supplement (More on that later).
As for the flavors, here they are in alphabetical order:
- Black Cherry Vanilla
- Blue Raspberry
- Fruit Punch
- Island Cooler
- Strawberry Kiwi
- Sour Candy
- Watermelon (recommended)
The flavors are sweetened using both natural and artificial flavors which is standard for supplements in this category. Some flavors also have food dyes like red 40 which aren't to the liking of everyone. However, Watermelon, for example, doesn't have any food coloring which is the flavor that we recommend.
How Does it Compare?
If you are not sure whether BSN Endorush is a good substitute for your current pre-workout you can read more or check out the table just below for the scoop.
Long Lasting Energy
High Caffeine Needs
Good for energy but we prefer the others
Endorush vs No Xplode
We wanted to see how Endorush really stacks up against the best, so we decided to compare it to BSN's other pre workout, No Xplode. Here are the results…
No Xplode has helped people get a better workout since 2004 and is a supplement that has stood the test if time, but we expected more from the ingredient list.
All the ingredients are under proprietary bends, which means that although we know what ingredients we're getting, we don't know how much we're getting of each one. For example, the Myogenic Matrix check in at 5.1g, which is a pretty sizeable overall dose.
However, even if No Xplode packs a more intense push than Endorush, we still prefer 100% ingredient transparency, and in this day and age, we don't think that there is a good reason to use proprietary blends. That said, No Xplode is still a legendary pre workout, and if any supplement can get away with it, it's Xplode.
Which Is The Most Intense?
Having tried both supplements, we didn't notice a massive difference in the intensity, But if we had to be picky, No Xplode is better for those seeking the biggest energy hit they can get.
If you're a beginner though, we recommend staying away from No Xplode for the time being, at least until you can handle a product like Endorush.
When we first tried Endorush, we really liked the consistent energy boost and intra-workout muscle pumps, which we found surprising given how long it has been in the shadows of No Xplode. Its ability to increase strength does mean that it comes with 4g of creatine, which you may find annoying if you prefer taking creatine with your protein shake.
It was straightforward to mix, and with the excellent consistency of the powder, we didn't experience any clumping, despite only using 5 oz of water.
It didn't make us feel wired by any means, which makes it a good choice for those who don't enjoy excessive amounts of stimulants.
Overall, we feel that Endorush has strong affordability to quality ratio, especially considering that you know what ingredients you are paying for, unlike Xplode. If you are looking for a pre-workout supplement to increase your power, endurance, or alertness, then give Endorush a whirl and see for yourself how it can help you have more effective workouts than usual.
We hope you found our BSN Endorush review helpful, and hopefully now deciding which pre workout powder to buy is a little easier.