Pre-workouts are great supplements which can help to improve your performance, motivation and energy whilst working out.
Some help to set new personal bests, whereas others are better on the endurance side.
We’re testing and reviewing numerous pre-workout supplements to find the best for 2018.
Our reviewers have tried N.O. Xplode Pre-Workout Igniter by BSN in the blue raspberry flavour.
They have taken the supplement before their gym session and recorded their experiences and opinions to give you a reliable and trustworthy N.O. Xplode pre-workout review.
BSN’s N.O. Xplode claims to deliver intense focus, enhanced endurance, improved concentration and increased alertness. It states it is a preworkout for all athletes and describes itself as a concentrated formula designed to push your performance.
This pre-workout has high expectations. But does it really do all these things?
Let’s find out what was experienced in this Xplode Igniter pre-workout review.
In this review we'll be covering everything about the N.O. Xplode from the packaging and how it will effect your focus, to any side effects caused and much more.
This tub is red plastic which is transparent. It has a red metallic hologram label. It is a simple design but looks professional, especially when lights shine on the tub.The lid is silver with BSN embossed on the top.
The materials used don’t look cheap, the packaging looks like it can deliver.
The tub itself is quite large for the serving size and is only half full. BSN could have definitely produced a smaller tub which would help with storing the supplement.
Amino Acids (L-Arginine, L-Lysine Hydrochloride, L-Glycine, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, Taurine, L-Phenylalanine)
Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tartaric Acid, Potassium Bicarbonate)
Stabilizers (Dicalcium Phosphate, Disodium Phosphate)
Vitamins (L-Ascorbic Acid, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Nicotinamide, Thiamin Hydrochloride)
Stabilizers (Dicalcium Phosphate, Disodium Phosphate)
Anti-Caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide)
Beta-Alanine as Carnosyn®
Grapefruit Bioflavonoid Complex
Sweeteners (Sucralose, Acesulfame K)
Grapeseed Extract (Vitis vinifera, seed)
Capros® Indian Gooseberry Extract (Phyllanthus emblica, fruit),
Black Pepper Extract [Piper nigrum, fruit]
Vitamins (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Glutamic Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Cholecalciferol)
BSN's suggested use of the N.O. Xplode igniter pre-workout is that you mix 1 level scoop (20g) with 250ml of cold water and consume 20-30 minutes before training.
Stir, DO NOT SHAKE. Recommended daily serving up to 2 servings per day.
My Review of N.O. Xplode Pre-Workout
Taste and Mixability
I found that the N.O. Xplode mixed really well, just by stirring for a minute or so. The texture was completely smooth with no residue or lumps. It didn't require thorough or aggressive stirring like some of the other pre-workouts I've tried.
The taste wasn’t too bad, I’ve had worse tasting preworkouts. The blue raspberry wasn't overpowering, but also wasn't particularly enjoyable.
Taste, in my opinion, isn’t a priority when it comes to pre workout supplements. It was drinkable which is all that counts.
So, it doesn’t bother me when they don’t taste nice.
Taste Rating: 6/10
Focus, Concentration and Stamina
During the workout, my focus and motivation levels were notably higher than usual after I'd taken the N.O. Xplode pre-workout.
I pushed to new personal records in some areas and managed to get extra reps out, whereas normally I wouldn’t be able to.
My endurance and stamina were enhanced in all areas, especially when doing my cardio and HIIT sessions.
It felt like there was nothing stopping me. I was so determined to push myself and reach my goals.
Focus Rating: 9/10
This preworkout was probably one of the best I’ve tried, in terms of the energy boost. It was noticeable and consistent throughout my workout.
There was no crash and energy levels were higher for the full duration of the workout and I felt I still had the energy boost after my workout. With this in mind, I probably wouldn't recommend drinking this in the evening because you might not sleep very well.
The energy boost works nicely with motivation and increased focus. I was so ready and motivated for my workout.
Energy Rating: 9/10
The only side effect I experienced from this supplement, was a tingling feeling my hands.
This is completely normal and is a temporary side effect from the beta-alanine.
I actually like this feeling, it helps me to understand when the pre-workout has kicked in.
Effectiveness and Overall Rating
Personally, N.O. Xplode was the best pre-workout that I've tried. It just kept giving.
It ticked all the boxes and I had a great workout with it.
It was easy enough to drink, my energy levels were great, my focus and motivation were the best they've been, but ultimately, it delivered results in the gym.
As I said previously, I'd say that this is the best workout I've used, it worked perfectly for me and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking to try pre-workouts, and also to anyone who is using a different pre-workout.
Overall Rating: 9/10
I'd be more than happy to add the N.O Xplode to my gym diet routing and use this pre-workout before every session in the gym. I highly recommend giving it a try.
Other Users' Experiences
To gain a more solid rating, we have had 2 others test this product and give us their honest thoughts.
This is because, where 1 user may find this supplement to be amazing, another may disagree.
Let’s see what our other reviewers thought of N.O. Xplode pre-workout…
Reviewer Lucas: Male, 25
“I found that it tasted almost alcoholic, wasn’t the nicest I’ve tried but not the worst either”
“I felt a considerable energy boost throughout my entire workout, it didn't let up either”
“I felt very focused on my workout throughout the entire session”
“I completed a longer workout than expected with multiple PB lifts”
“I felt a tingle in my fingertips”
“Later in the evening I was very tired, but I just couldn’t sleep”
“I had a bit of itchiness in my calves, but it wasn't a hinderance or distracting”
“I thought this was a very good product, I don’t think it was my favourite but then again I have scored it pretty high, so who knows!”
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Reviewer Jason – Male, 26
“It tasted alright but it got stronger towards the end of the drink. The taste accumulated like a manageable curry. It was easy to drink though and I didn’t have to force it down me.”
“Possibly the smoothest pre-workout I’ve had. I had one small lump which I will admit was from my stirring effort.”
Energy Boost: 9.5/10
“I’ve recently been working out without a PWO, and the difference was really noticeable. I set personal PB’s on pretty much every exercise I did and push to fail on most.”
“The workout was probably at the highest level of effort of all of them so far. I was willing to push myself more and try harder than normal.”
“As mentioned, the workout was at a higher level than previous workouts have been. This was consistent throughout the work with no dip in effort towards the end. In fact, the last exercise was really good, with maximum effort being used pushing through pain doing drop sets.”
“I felt a little tingle on my hands and face, but I liked it.”
“Quite the opposite… I was awake until 2.30am”
”I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I haven’t used a PWO for a little while, but I really felt the effects of this one. Others I have wondered if it’s the PWO or me just trying harder, but this one was definitely having a positive impact throughout.”
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Is N.O. Xplode a Good Pre-Workout?
All of our reviewers have rated this preworkout highly, so it must meet its expectations.
They all noticed increased energy and alertness, they all pushed themselves during their workouts.
Their endurance levels were enhanced and they were motivated and focused.
If taste doesn’t matter to you, then this preworkout is the one for you.
This supplement seems to be the one that can certainly help you reach your goals and push your performance to the next level.
Overall average score from our reviewers: 9/10
We highly recommend trying N.O. Xplode Pre Workout Igniter for yourself!