NO-Xplode Push 3.0 Versus 2.0: A Review

NO-Xplode Push 3.0 ups the ante from its predecessor in a major way. BSN has pulled out all the stops to make sure the latest iteration in their revolutionary line of pre-workout supplements will make you push your next workout to the absolute limit.

But what makes NO-Xplode Push 3.0 so much better than the old version, and how can it help you achieve the amazing results you want?

Read on for an in-depth analysis highlighting what’s new, what works, what doesn’t work, and why you should consider adding Push to your supplement regimen.

Supplement Overview

BSN has increased the amount of some essential ingredients with NO-Xplode Push 3.0. The newest Push contains bigger doses of arginine and beta-alanine compared to Push 2.0, and also features some new ingredients, like betaine, to make it a one-stop shop for pre-workout supplements.

BSN claims that NO-Xplode Push is formulated to deliver performance and focus, and support energy, when you need it most.

With that being said, lets take a closer look at the supplement facts. Core ingredients in each serving include:

150mg of caffeine for increased alertness and improved concentration
1.7mg of creatine monohydrate for increased physical performance in successive bouts of short-term, high-intensity exercise
1.3g of Beta alanine
3.0g of L-arginine
750mg of betaine
Vitamins C, B1, B6, B12 and magnesium to contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism

New NO Xplode

You’ve got the numbers, but they’re meaningless on their own. Tons of supplements push useless, unsubstantiated junk under the guise of “cutting-edge fitness technology,” so you’d be right to be skeptical of NO-Xplode Push 3.0. However, like its predecessor, 3.0 carries the same elite pedigree of BSN’s company name. Let’s take a look at how it actually performs in the weight room.

Taste and Nutrition

To be perfectly honest, it’s pretty good. Compared to other supplements, which can range from sickly-sweet candy to chalk to medicine, Push 3.0 has a pleasant taste. It comes in a variety of flavors, including Blue Raz, Fruit Punch, Grape, Green Apple, and Watermelon – the same flavors as 2.0, minus Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Lemon Lime, and Raspberry Lemonade. If you loved the citrus flavors of Push 2.0, you might be disappointed with the scaled-back variety this time around.

As far as mixability, NO-Xplode Push 3.0 combines nearly instantaneously with water with just a couple shakes or stirs. The powder easily dissolves in even small amounts of liquid, meaning you won’t feel bloated from chugging a gallon of water before you lift.

As for nutritional content, 3.0 contains 30 calories per serving to 2.0’s 40 calories, and went from 10 grams of carbs to 7 grams. It’s a slight change, but a welcome one for lifters on a strict diet looking to minimize empty calories. The container weighs in at a hefty 2.5 pounds, same as Push 2.0. BSN is known for not taking a concentrated approach to their Push line of supplements, unlike many other lines, which offer products weighing less than a third of Push’s mass.


NO-Xplode Push 3.0 has been tested with hour-long workouts, beginning roughly 2 hours after a pre-workout meal. After just 5 minutes, subjects reported feeling increased focus and a stronger desire to begin working out. Pilot tests showed users able to get multiple extra reps and sets than usual, and reported feeling increased vigor after lifting. Despite decreasing energy levels normally associated with intense lifting, subjects were able to maintain a high level of focus until the end of the workout. This allows lifters to concentrate on moving the weights instead of getting “psyched up” before each set.

Post-workout, users still maintained a heightened sense of mental readiness for roughly 30 minutes. Instead of a crash normally associated with cheap workout supplements (that are loaded with way too much caffeine), NO-Xplode Push 3.0 brings lifters backdown much more gradually, like its predecessor 2.0.

Delving deeper into the stimulant formula, we find it hasn’t changed all that much from NO-Xplode 2.0. The newest version of NO-Xplode swaps the old tyrosine out of N-acetyl tyrosine, which is supposed to absorb better than regular tyrosine. In practice, this hasn’t been the case. In fact, both forms of tyrosine can absorb equally well. Caffeine and tyrosine are typical stimulants in pre-workout supplements. They aren’t revolutionary, but they are relatively safe and proven to be effective.

In addition, BSN has removed the glycerol complex from 2.0. and replaced it with a “shock composite” in NO-Xplode Push 3.0. This suite of supplements aids in mental function, allowing the lifter to focus without feeling like they’re on drugs. The composite is shown to be more effective than the glycerol complex in its precursor. Grapefruit bioflavononoids round out the mix, aiding greatly with absorption of the main components.


Push 3.0 is marketed as delivering “explosive energy and increased performance” to actually improve strength, and not just your mindset. A lot of supplements are heavy on both sugar and caffeine, making lifters feel like they can do more than reality. NO-Xplode Push 3.0 sticks to science instead of hype, and uses high- quality ingredients to deliver what it promises.

BSN has added 500 IUs of Vitamin D3 to their new formulation, citing recent research indicating that Vitamin D3 may be extremely beneficial to weightlifters. It also has a new blend of beta-alanine called Endura Shot, which absorbs faster than their old formula,. 2.0’s nitric oxide formula has been removed following evidence that its lab results don’t translate directly into the weight room. It has been replaced with a citrulline malate formulation containing hawthorn extract, which is said to aid in reducing blood pressure. Additionally, grape skin extract and folate were added based on research showing they can increase overall lifting capacity.

The most radical change from NO-Xplode Push 2.0 is the addition of betaine anhydrous. As a cutting-edge supplement, betaine is supposed to increase both muscular endurance and strength during workouts. Studies have shown that betaine could even contribute directly towards lowering fat and increasing overall lean body mass.

The Verdict

NO-Xplode Push 3.0 is more of a perfected version of Push 2.0 than it is a revolutionary new product like the original NO-Xplode was. That being said; there’s a lot to love here, as BSN shows they are dedicated to tweaking the original formula, removing compounds that don’t work, and adding ones that are more effective. Give Push 3.0 a shot, and see what it can do for you. If it works just a little better than 2.0, you’re getting your money’s worth.

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