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BSN NO Xplode Pre Workout Igniter Review

BSN also known as Bio-Engineered Supplements and Nutrition are one of the biggest names in the sports supplements world and have recently touted a move that will change the face of the sports supplement industry. It has since been revealed that this game changing move was the release of their latest supplement, the revamped NO Xplode known as the new NO Xplode Pre-Workout Igniter or as many are calling it, the new NO Xplode 3.0


New NO Xplode Pre Workout Igniter Highlights

  • Reformulated and Re-Engineered Pre-Workout
  • 5 matrices of ingredients to support a comprehensive boost to training capacity
  • Push yourself further in terms of focus, attention, endurance, strength and pump
  • Well researched and innovative use of ingredients

New NO Xplode Pre Workout Igniter Pros & Effectiveness

BSN have again created an amazingly comprehensive pre workout formula covering almost every aspect related to training and performance such as energy production, power, strength, endurance and cognitive support. The majority of the ingredients used in the new NO Xplode Pre Workout Igniter are backed by research, with some ingredients more valid than others. Perhaps one of the best things about BSN’s new product is their use of stimulant extenders. The use of PURENERGY; the joint pterostilbene and caffeine compound is ideal in boosting and prolonging the effects of caffeine, meaning they don’t need to use as much. As the industry trends towards the use of stronger and more plentiful stimulants, BSN have taken an alternative and innovative approach by making the most out of their included stimulants.

The other highlight of the new BSN NO Xplode is the removal of arginine in favour of citrulline, which is now considered to be more effective than arginine at raising nitric oxide levels.

New NO Xplode Pre Workout Igniter Cons

One of the most glaring issues with BSN’s new NO Xplode is the sheer number of ingredients used in a matrix that measures 10.4g. While many of the ingredients they use don’t require large amounts, just as many are underdosed if you’re taking only a single serve. While there is the possibility that the ingredients work extremely well together, providing an additive effect, BSN should not be relying on this possibility as a reason to include as many ingredients as they have.

The other obvious negative is the use of a proprietary formula. For a company as big as BSN, they’ve really failed to respond to the fact that trainers are becoming increasingly wary of proprietary formulas. Even Muscletech has grown out of it and that’s saying something.

New NO Xplode Pre Workout Igniter Taste & Mixability

The new NO Xplode 3.0 Pre-Workout Igniter will be available initially in 5 flavours including: Blue Raz, Fruit Punch, Grape, Green Apple (USA Only) and Watermelon. There will also be a caffeine free version of the new NO Xplode, but will only be in a Fruit Punch flavour and only in the US. The new BSN NO Xplode mixes just as easily as the original and is now also slightly effervescent, meaning it’s best to avoid mixing the product via shaking. The new NO Xplode tastes just like the previous version with the Blue Raz and Watermelon being the most pleasing out of the lot.

New NO Xplode Pre Workout Igniter Verdict

BSN’s new NO Xplode Pre-Workout Igniter or BSN NO Xplode 3.0 is an interesting new addition to their expansive range of supplements. While many of the ingredients used are well researched, some of them are slightly under dosed. The new re-engineered NO Xplode should prove an excellent pre-workout for those new to the category, but more frequent users of pre workouts will require a double dose for it to be worthwhile. Overall BSN’s new NO Xplode is a solid supplement and should please the masses, but one hopes their next release actually matches the hype of their marketing.

New NO Xplode Pre Workout Igniter Ingredients List

The new re-engineered NO Xplode will collect together a range of old and new ingredients to be included in their new proprietary blend known as the N.O.-Xplode Master Performance Blend, which measures 10.4g. Within this blend are 5 matrices of ingredients including:



Myogenic Matrix (5.5g)

  • Creatine Blend (Creatine Monohydrate, Creatine Anhydrous, Creatine Peptides [Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate, Creatine Monohydrate] (CREActivate™)[MILK])
  • Taurine
  • Di-Calcium Phosphate
  • Di-Sodium Phosphate
  • AstraGIN® Proprietary Blend [Astragalus membranaceus Extract (root)
  • Panax notoginseng Extract (root)]

Endura Shot (2.8g)

  • BETA Composite (CARN+™ Blend [Beta-Alanine (as CarnoSyn®) & Beta-Alanine HCl]
  • Betaine Anhydrous (BetaPower®))
  • Potassium Bicarbonate
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Cholecalciferol

N.O. Alpha Fusion (850mg)

  • L-Citrulline Malate
  • Danshen Extract (Salvia miltiorrhiza) (root)
  • Grape Skin Extract
  • Phyllanthus emblica Extract (fruit) (CAPROS®)
  • Hawthorn Extract (aerial parts) (1% Flavonoids)
  • Folate

Thermic Energy (745mg)

  • N-Acetyl-Tyrosine
  • Caffeine Anhydrous
  • Grapefruit Bioflavonoids
  • Pterostilbene:Caffeine Cocrystal (PURENERGY™)

Shock Composite (375mg)

  • DMAE Bitartrate (2-Dimethylaminoethanol) (USA only)
  • L-Lysine HCl
  • DL-Phenylalanine
  • Niacin
  • Calcium D-Pantothenate
  • Toothed Clubmoss Extract (aerial parts) (1% Huperzine A)
  • Pyridoxine HCl
  • Thiamin HCl
  • Cyanocobalamin.


Other ingredients within the new N.O.-Explode are to support the products taste, mixability and shelf life. This new pre-workout will be available in an 833g or 1.84lb container which offers 45 serves of roughly 18.5g. This is almost a 4g reduction in serving size from the NO Xplode 2.0.

New NO Xplode Pre Workout Igniter Ingredients Analysis

As with the original and NO Xplode 2.0, the new re-engineered NO Xplode Pre Workout Igniter contains a massive range of 35 active ingredients, some with greater function than others. Let’s examine each matrix in detail and how the ingredients stack up:

Myogenic Matrix (5.5g)

Creatine Blend

  • An interesting blend of typical creatines as well as the novel creatine peptides to assist with strength and power performance.
  • It is unknown whether or not the creatine is bonded to the peptides, but regardless whey protein peptides can boost insulin levels1 driving creatine absorption.


  • Amino acid commonly used to boost cognitive function and works synergistically in conjunction with caffeine and BCAAs.
  • 1-2g is helpful as a pre-workout to assist with aerobic performance and increased fat metabolism during exercise2,3.

Phosphate Salts (Sodium and Calcium)

  • Phosphate levels in the body are crucial for the regulation of energy metabolism and endurance performance including rate of ATP production and acid-base balance.
  • Ideally, loading with phosphate is the best way to reap its benefits4.
  • Sodium and calcium are also important as electrolytes and for muscle contraction.


  • Combination of the two herbs astragalus membranaceus and panax notoginseng – it is purported to support increased absorption of various nutrients.


Endura Shot Matrix (2.8g)

Beta-Alanine Compounds

  • Common endurance support ingredient commonly used as a pre-workout but works best when loaded over time.
  • Assists in buffering capacity to delay fatigue and works best for more explosive training sessions5.
  • Works synergistically with creatine supplementation.

Betaine Anhydrous

  • Also known as trimethylglycine (TMG), betaine is also another anti-fatigue compound, which can also affect power output. General dosing of betaine lies at the 1.25g level6.

Bicarbonates (Sodium and Potassium)

  • Another excellent endurance ingredient which can assist with performing extra reps during resistance exercise, but tends to require a large dose7.

Magnesium Oxide

  • Magnesium is thought to be reduced in those training at high intensities, which may affect recovery ability8. As such, its supplementation can help support exercise performance thanks to its ability to reduce glycogen loss.


  • Better known as Vitamin D3, this ingredients helps to support vitamin D levels in the body, which is beneficial for those who are vitamin D deficient9 (a figure which seems to be rising)


N.O. Alpha Fusion Matrix (850mg)


  • Seen as the better nitric oxide ingredient to arginine, citrulline turns into arginine once ingested10.
  • Can also boost ATP synthesis efficiency and muscle protein synthesis11.

Danshen Extract

  • Also known as Salvia miltiorrhiza, it is one of the most popular supplements for heart health and is often used to treat angina, a condition relieved via vasodilation12.

Grape Skin Extract

  • This ingredient has been shown to support vasodilation via increases in nitric oxide levels13.

Phyllanthus emblica

  • Also known as Amla, this traditional Ayurvedic herb has been used to help with heart disease and regulating glucose metabolism.
  • There’s some research suggesting increase nitric oxide formation, but only in certain cells14.

Hawthorn Extract

  • While it is said that Hawthorn Extract can decrease blood pressure via NO mechanisms, there is no conclusive research to support this case15.


  • Folate is added as an ingredient to prevent any negative effects of high nitric oxide synthesis16.


Thermic Energy Matrix (745mg)

N-Acetyl Tyrosine

  • More soluble than regular tyrosine, N-Acetyl Tyrosine offers all the cognitive support benefits of regular tyrosine including improved attention and wakefulness with decreased mental stress17,18,19.

Caffeine Anhydrous

  • Perhaps the most common pre-workout ingredient, caffeine is a wonder ingredient that can support multiple facets of exercise performance including endurance, cognitive function and energy metabolism.
  • The new NO Xplode is said to contain 200mg worth of caffeine per serve.

Grapefruit Bioflavonoids

  • This ingredient has been included as it is commonly believed that naringin; a bioactive compound in grapefruit can prolong the time that caffeine stays in our system.
  • Current studies on naringin and grapefruit juice however have not shown this to be the case. Naringin however, can prolong the time that it takes some drugs to metabolise in our body20,21.

Pterostilbene PURENERGY

  • Another ingredient that combines pterostilbene (a compound found in blueberries and grapes) and caffeine, which is said to deliver more caffeine into the system and prolong caffeine’s half life.
  • In essence, more pronounced and longer effects of caffeine with this compound22.



Shock Composite Matrix (375mg)

DMAE Bitartrate


  • Known as dimethylaminoethanol, this ingredient is actually banned for use in Australian supplements & has been removed from the Australian version of the new NO Xplode.

L-Lysine HCl


  • An amino acid that decreases protein breakdown or catabolism during exercise, but does not appear to have any acute ergogenic effects.



  • As a precursor to tyrosine, phenylalanine is an amino acid that contributes to the production of the hormones adrenalin and noradrenaline, which affects multiple facets of exercise performance.

B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine, Pyridoxine, Cyanocobalamin, Calcium D Pantothenate)


  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) and Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12) are all essential vitamins for energy production and metabolism. Athletes and frequent trainers tend to have increased requirements for all these vitamins23.
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) is another essential vitamin that can support focus, concentration and reduced fatigue from exercise24.
  • Similarly Pantothenate (Vitamin B5) can support improved endurance through an increase in time to fatigue25.

Toothed Clubmoss Extract

  • A plant which provides the compound Huperzine A, which has been shown to support cognitive performance26.

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