After being on the market for well over a decade, we thought it was about time that we gave BSN's signature pre-workout a test run, Vital Repz style. Seeing that it was one of the highest rated and most popular supplements of recent times, we had high expectations for No Xplode, but did it meet them?
You'll soon find out…
Just like a good back training routine, our BSN No Xplode review examines the product from every angle to see if it's worth adding to your permanent keeper's stack.
No Xplode Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
No Xplode has what might possibly be the longest ingredient list we've ever seen on a pre workout supplement. And like the furniture at IKEA, many have complicated names that are less important their real-life benefits, which is likely why BSN decided to split the ingredients into 5 main blends:
- Myogenic Matrix
- Endura Shot
- Thermic Energy
- N.O Alpha Fusion
- Shock Composite
We examined each one, in turn, to find out exactly what they can and can't do for your body.
So How Does it Work?
Each of the blends in the formula is really different from one another, with each having their pros and cons, which we have talked more about below.
This is the most significant ingredient cocktail and mainly consists of creatine as well as taurine, to increase resistance to fatigue. There's also AstraGin which can improve nutrient absorption and is a welcome addition considering how many ingredients No Xplode contains.
Also of note is disodium phosphate which is a food additive, and dicalcium phosphate, an ingredient often found in breakfast cereal and even toothpaste.
Heading up the endurance ingredients is beta-alanine (1.8g) which works by buffering lactic acid, enabling the working muscles to resist fatigue and get more reps per set.
The second key player is sodium bicarbonate, which works by increasing power during high-intensity exercise. Fun fact, sodium bicarbonate is what gives Aminox it's trademark fizz.
Rounding off the endurance side of things is potassium bicarbonate which unsurprisingly, is used to prevent potassium deficiency. There's also magnesium oxide, and considering that magnesium is lost through sweat, it can be a sensible idea to have a good supply in your diet.
The final ingredient is cholecalciferol, which is the scientific name for vitamin D3, and a vitamin that many of us are deficient in these days.
This blend focuses on burning fat and increasing energy by using caffeine (275 mg), which increases how many calories you burn, and also tyrosine, to improve focus in stressful situations.
The other ingredient is a grapefruit bioflavonoid complex, which like the fruit itself, is quite a mouthful. But thankfully, its purpose is much more straightforward — it boosts the effects of the vitamin c that we get in our diets.
N.O Alpha Fusion
If you have ever wondered where the "N.O" in No Xplode comes from, you've just found your answer. Kicking off this part of the formula is l-citrulline malate, which aside from reducing DOMS, is a nitric oxide precursor that is reported by bodybuilders to give their muscles a more intense pump, and stronger mind-muscle connection.
Checking in next is danshen extract, which was suggested in early research to lower cholesterol, and is a pretty strange ingredient to have in a pre-workout considering its a herbal supplement.
Next up is grape skin extract and hawthorn extract.
The latter is used to reduce anxiety and lessen digestive issue, but there isn't really that much research on it. Grape skin extract is used as an antioxidant and is why you may have heard so many good things about red wine.
The last blend has ingredients that are mainly thought to improve mood and cognitive performance like DMAE bitartrate. There's also an excellent amount of nutrients in the supplement, with over 100% of RDI for vitamin D, niacin, pantothenic acid, and vitamins B6 & B12.
Finally, there's a host of hydration-boosting electrolytes like sodium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and 31% of the RDI for magnesium.
Who Can Benefit From Taking It?
With so many active ingredients in each scoop — the most we've seen in a pre-workout supplement — the benefits are so wide-ranging that anyone who pushes themselves in the gym can benefit from taking No Xplode.
However, those will enjoy it effects the most, are those who have already tried weaker pre workout supplements, and who feel like they need a step up in intensity.
As we sampled many of the pre-workouts on the market, we begin to notice a predictable pattern. At first, the buzz is great, and our workouts feel vigorous, but when our regular stack gets familiar, we don't feel the same rush that we once felt, and our motivation begins to decline.
If this sounds like a familiar story, then you might well benefit from taking a No Xplode or a stronger pre workout that really hits the spot. Check it out for yourself to see the advantages in action.
How To Properly Use
Using No Xplode is simple, mix one scoop with 1 cup of water and drink 20-30 minutes before training. If this is your first time taking it, you might want to start with half a scoop and build your way up.
Sizes, Servings, and Scoop
It comes in 2 different sizes; 30 servings or 60 servings, and each scoop weighs 18.5g which is well above average for a product in this category. BSN also make a product called No Xplode igniter shot which comes ready-made as an energy drink but doesn't have the same ingredients as the regular version.
The Available Flavors
As such popular product, it is available in quite an extensive range of flavors, which we have listed alphabetically below. It utilizes both natural and artificial flavorings which to our surprise, taste pretty good for such a loaded powder.
- Blue Raz
- Cherry Limeade
- Fruit Punch
- Green Apple
- Raspberry Lemonade
No Xplode Side Effects and Disadvantages
Being a pretty high stimulant pre-workout — containing roughly the same amount of caffeine as 3 cups of coffee — no xplode is not for the faint-hearted. For those with a high caffeine tolerance though, taking No Xplode is a great way to feel a buzz as you walk into the gym. But for others, it can make them feel anxious and jittery which can hinder their focus.
Another side effect which you might experience is a flushing or tingling sensation. This is nothing to worry about though, it's merely the body's natural reaction to beta-alanine, often thought of as ‘the endurance amino acid.'
The most significant disadvantage of No Xplode is the fact that it uses proprietary blends, which means we don't know how much of each ingredient we're getting.
This is especially annoying when it comes to creatine, since most lifters like to get around 5g, we can only guess how much extra we will need in addition to what Xplode gives us. BSN does give us some information through, one scoop contains 275 mg of caffeine and 1.8g of beta-alanine, which is a pretty good dose.
How Does it Compare?
If you are on the fence about adding it to your stack, you can see how BSN N.O Xplode compares to some of the top pre workouts this year by checking out our table below.
Long Lasting Energy
Pumps & Hydration
Strength & Powder
It definitely lived up to the expectation and gave me a great sense of energy in even my most challenging leg day sets. After I felt the beta alanine tingles shortly after drinking it, I knew that it was only a matter of time before the caffeine rush kicked in.
I drank it 30 minutes before hitting the gym and even towards the end of my workout, I could feel the effects in my isolation exercises. It was definitely one of the most robust pre workouts that I've tried, but despite the buzz, my focus remained clear, and I didn't experience any jitteriness myself.
However, if you are new to pre-workout supplements, No Xplode may be too much too soon, but if you have a high caffeine tolerance, it could be worth taking before your training sessions.
Overall, it's an excellent pre-workout powder in many ways. I liked the energy it gave me during training, but the proprietary blend does let it down a bit. Hopefully, you found our BSN No Xplode review helpful, and I hope we helped you to decide which brand to buy in the future.