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BSN NO Xplode is one of the oldest pre workouts around. Around the time of its first release, pre workout supplements were slim pickings, but now, it faces ferocious competition from successful manufacturers such as MusclePharm. NO Xplode 2.0 and MusclePharm Assault are two of the most popular non-concentrated pre workouts around. But which is best?

Muscle Pharm Assault vs NO Xplode Ingredients

Both products are jammed packed full of ingredients deigned to boost and support your workout experience. For the most part, both products are remarkably similar containing carbs, beta-alanine, creatine, betaine, caffeine, MCTs, arginine, citrulline, electrolytes, herbals for mental performance, and B vitamins. It must be said that NO Xplode has more ingredients, though it does lack the BCAAs and glutamine found in Assault.

Winner: Muscle Pharm Assault – Although the formulation is similar in many ways, the added BCAAs and glutamine in Assault tips it in its favour, but only just.

Muscle Pharm Assault vs NO Xplode Dosage

Dosing for these two products are difficult to evaluate, as both use proprietary blends. Each scoop of Assault is 23 g vs the 22.5 g for NO Xplode. Both contain 10 g carbohydrates in the form of maltodextrin, which leaves an almost identical weight for the remaining active ingredients. However, despite not advertising on the product label itself, MusclePharm do state that each scoop of Assault contains 6 g BCAAs, 5 g creatine, 4 g beta alanine, and 1.5 g citruline malate. Since out of the two products, this is the only information we have to go on, Assault again, has to win out for dosage.

Winner: Muscle Pharm Assault

Muscle Pharm Assault vs NO Xplode Effectiveness

When it comes to effectiveness, it must be said that most individuals like both Assault and NO Xplode. Opinions are often divided between the two, when considering energy, performance, and pump. When polling our staff here, we have 3 votes for Assault to the 2 for NO Xplode in regards to effectiveness. So again, Assault wins for this category, but only just.

Winner: Muscle Pharm Assault

Muscle Pharm Assault vs NO Xplode Taste, Flavour & Mixability

Despite the large serving size, NO Xplode mixes remarkably well, even in a small amount of water. The same can be said about Assault, though it does tend to leave a small amount of residue. Both products come in a large variety of flavours – 5 for NO Xplode to 7 for Assault. Whether or not we enjoyed the taste of the products did depend highly on the particular flavour. However, in general, we found that Assault had the more pleasant taste.

Winner: Muscle Pharm Assault

Muscle Pharm Assault vs NO Xplode Price & Value

Comparing price and value between the two products is easy, as both have almost identical serving sizes. Assault has the advantage as it is the only product that comes in both a small and large serve tub, and as such, stands a better chance of being better value in the large size. However, when it comes down to it, even at its cheapest, Assault is $0.42 more expensive per serve compared to NO Xplode.

Winner: BSN NO Xplode

Muscle Pharm Assault vs NO Xplode Overall Winner

Despite being very close to call for many categories, Assault wins out for ingredients, dosage, effectiveness, and taste, while NO Xplode provides better value for money.

Overall winner: Muscle Pharm Assault, 4 to 1.

One thing we should point out though, is that soon, updates of both products will be released in Australia. With the arrival of a new Assault and NO Xplode 3.0, the Assault superiority may not reign for long.

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