Universal Nutrition Animal Series has long been a fan favourite for hardcore trainers and bodybuilders alike with a massive range of highly regarded and strong products such as Animal Pak, Animal Stak and their original pre-workout Animal Rage. However, over the years, they have failed to change or update their existing formulas and while this is ok for protein powders and perhaps their multivitamin pack, for more specialised supplements, this presents a problem of stagnation. Which is why it’s been so good to see them reinvigorate their pre-workout Animal Rage into Animal Rage XL. Let’s take a look at what’s in the new formulation and how it compares to some of the other popular pre-workout supplements out at the moment.
Universal Animal Rage XL Highlights
- Original Animal Rage with added Creapure, Glycocarn & bacopa Monnieri
- Support physical and mental performance in the gym and on the field.
- 18 well researched ingredients
Universal Animal Rage XL Ingredients & Dosage
Animal Rage XL is a concentrated pre-workout supplement which 4 complexes in their 3,635mg proprietary formula. These complexes include:
- Endurance & Performance Complex – This complex includes Creapure® creatine monohydrate, CarnoSyn® Beta Alanine, citrulline malate, l-taurine and glucuronolactone.
- Focus & Intensity Complex – A four ingredient complex containing l-tyrosine, choline bitartrate, N-acetyl tyrosine, β-phenylethylamine.
- Sustained Energy Complex – 5 ingredients including rhodiola rosea, schizandra berry, cordyceps sinensis, panan ginseng and Glycocarn®.
- Quick Energy Complex – This complex includes caffeine anhydrous, coffee bean extract, green tea extract and bacopa monnieri (brahmi).
Other ingredients include some B vitamins and minerals. Each 5.03g serving provides 3,635mg of active ingredients.
Universal Animal Rage XL Pros & Effectiveness
Animal Rage XL has utilised an excellent range of ingredients. The majority of the ingredients have had some support for their ability to enhance exercise performance, whether it is to enhance endurance, decrease fatigue, improve strength, power, speed and other measurements of physical performance as well as to support mental alertness, focus and concentration. In essence, Universal have created a well researched and well rounded and comprehensive, concentrated pre-workout formulation. Which wasn’t such a hard job considering they really only added in three different ingredients including Creapure, GlycoCarn and Bacopa Monnieri; good replacements for the evodiamine that they’re replaced.
Universal Animal Rage XL Cons
Animal Rage XL has two main glaring issues. One is the reduced serving size and therefore the reduced quantity of the proprietary formula. The addition of the aforementioned ingredients Creatine, GlycoCarn and Bacopa Monnieri would warrant an increase in the serving size more than anything. The second issue is the use of a proprietary formula which makes it hard to analyse just how much of each ingredient there is per serve and therefore if there is enough of each ingredient to cause any real effect. It also makes it hard to discern how many scoops of the product one can take safely without overloading their system with stimulants. However, with that in mind, the general consensus between users are that it is a decent pre-workout offering decent energy and focus.
Universal Animal Rage XL Taste & Mixability
Universal Animal Rage XL will be available in three entirely new flavours from the original including; Grape of Wrath, Mango Unchained and Lemon Slayed. The original Animal Rage flavours were excellent and were sweet enough to mask the ever so slight bitterness of the formulation. The new flavours offer a similar great taste and excellent mixability, however, it would have been good to see the return of the traditional flavours as well.
Universal Animal Rage XL Verdict
Universal Nutrition’s Animal Rage XL is an excellent revision of the original popular pre-workout with a range of well studied performance enhancing ingredients. The dosing of these ingredients however could definitely be improved and avoiding the use of a proprietary formula would improve the products validity further. Overall, the supplement will offer long time user and new users alike a decent buzz, but is no match for the more popular pre-workouts such as Cellucor C4, APS Mesomorph and Pro Supps Mr Hyde.