After some research, hesitation, and some help from some of the guys here on Bodybuilding.com, I decided to purchase my first tub of Betancourt Nutrition's BULLNOX Androrush "Pre-workout Neuroendocrine and NOX Intensifier". I've always been a huge supporter of USPLab's Jack3d Pre-workout supplement, however I began to almost rely on it during the course of of the past month or two. I didn't want to become dependent on a simple pre-workout supplement. I wanted a pre-workout supplement that ASSISTED me during my workout, not a supp that DROVE me through my workout. Don't get me wrong, I love Jack3d, but I wanted to wean myself off of my semi-dependence on it.
So after 2 - 3 weeks of cycling off of pre-workout supplements (Jack3d), I went and purchased BULLNOX Androrush! I'd heard a lot of hype about it, so after some thorough research, I thought I'd try it myself.
I don't want to bore you with the the microdetails about BULLNOX, so here's BB.com's page about it. The whole deal about it's "Super-set formula" is intriguing to say the least.
In a nutshell, BULLNOX is a pre-workout supplement, simple as that. But what some people may like is that it is also a sort of testosterone booster. According to the packaging, it is the "World's First Neuroendocrine and NOX Mix". Anyways, on to the review (Forgive me for my lack of photographs, I didn't really have the time)
VALUE - First off, I purchased this at my local Vitamin Shoppe. It was $34.99. The tub has 35 servings (1 scoop is a serving). So it's about a dollar per serving, not the best, but not the worst. A scoop is 18.1 grams and the tub has 633 grams. The dosage ranges from 1 - 2 scoops, so it may be a bit misleading, but it all depends on preference for how much you want to use. Overall, the value is better than a lot of pre-workout supps out there, but not the best.
SCORE - 7/10
SMELL - I purchased the Fruit Punch flavor because it was the only one they had. I was looking for Blue Raspberry, but what can you do? Nevertheless, the smell is eerily similar to those Pixie Stix you used to have as kids, remember those? It has a slightly chemical smell, but not really noticeable. Sort of a subtle note of berries and an overall fruity scent. Not horrible, it actually smells pretty decent.
SCORE - 8/10
TASTE/MIXABILITY - I used 1.5 scoops (according to the label if you've been weight-training for over a year) in about 8 ounces of water. I put it in my shaker and gave it about 20 - 30 seconds of vigorous shaking. After another 30 seconds or so, there wasn't really any residue or floaties left. I checked the bottom and there wasn't really any noticeable "debris". Also, the powder is sort of a pink and white mixture, really free-flowing so that's a plus. Finished it in about 3 - 5 minutes. And I took it about 30 minutes before I left for the gym.I took a mouthful and was surprised that it was actually pretty good. Really similar to Fruit Punch Gatorade, but with a little hint of sharpness. It sort of tastes like Red Bull and fruit punch put together, which is sort of weird. But it's not bad at all. I actually enjoyed it, but taste is VERY subjective. So, this is sort of a wild card.
SCORE - 8.5/10
PROFILE - It has a lot of ingredients - some of which I'm not sure really do anything. I can't be sure of that, but compared to a lot of "ultra-concentrated" supps, this has a lot more ingredients. A few standouts include beta-alanine, creatine, arginine, caffeine, sort of the standard ingredients in a lot of pre-workout supps. I'm not an expert on ingredients, so check the nutrition info on that link if you want to know more. But overall, it has a lot of good stuff in it.
SCORE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - This will be divided into a few parts - Energy, pump, and focus.
ENERGY - I workout at 5 in the morning because I'm in college and I prefer morning workouts. So energy is a pretty big factor in deciding what pre-workout supplement to get. So how does BULLNOX meet my energy needs? Well, it surpasses them! The energy I got from BULLNOX was great! It wasn't a really up-front pissed off energy that Jack3d seems to give me, but more of a driving, constant, and rolling energy. VERY desirable for me, seeing as I hate getting the jitters as I am pretty tolerant to stimulants. It lasted throughout my whole workout (about a 75 minute workout) which was great. I did an intense 5 x 5 workout that consisted of squats, shoulder press, rows, incline bench, and deadlift. I also did some pull-ups/dips/calf raises and crunches. The fact that my energy lasted throughout my whole workout was great. Loved it.
SCORE - 9/10
PUMP - Pump isn't as big a deal to me as it is for a lot of people, but I got a pretty good pump from it. My muscles were thick, full, dense, whatever you want to call it. And I was pretty vascular as well. I'm about 7% BF, so it really made me pretty veiny. Good pump. It'll probably please a lot of those who want a pump, but that's not really what its main purpose is.
SCORE - 8/10
FOCUS - Similar to the energy I got from BULLNOX, the focus was also excellent. Once again, its not the tunnel-vision "I NEED TO LIFT OR ELSE I'M GONNA SNAP SOME NECKS" focus. It's a really smooth, determined focus. Yes, you want to lift. And you'll lift hard. But you won't want to kill someone when you're finished. Very good focus. I loved it. It also lasted throughout my entire workout. So awesome!
SCORE - 9.5/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE SCORE - 9/10
PACKAGING/CONSUMER APPEAL - I know it's a bit trivial, but whoever designed the packaging for BULLNOX did a great job. It really stands out. Very appealing. You pretty much know you're getting a great product. A lot of thought and care went into the packaging. Aesthetically pleasing? Very much so. Being interested in graphic design, this really caught my eye. Great job, whoever you are!
SCORE - 9.5/10
OVERALL - In conclusion, I am a really big fan of BULLNOX. I know I've only had one experience with it, so I might do a log if any of you are interested in reading it. The product exceed my expectations by a mile! I'll be using BULLNOX for many workouts to come! GREAT JOB BETANCOURT NUTRITION!
SCORE - 9/10
SIDE NOTE - Regarding the testosterone boosting aspects of it, I can't really comment on it as I've never used a test booster, and I've only had one dose of it. It sort of gave me this underlying feeling of unbridled rage, subtle but still present. If that makes any sense. I guess sort of a superiority complex, I have no idea. As I go on using it, I'll post some more experiences with it. Also, BULLNOX is available as a "chewie", I haven't used this but I may later.
Anyways, I know this is a very LONG review, but it's mostly gear for those curious or interested in using Betancourt BULLNOX Androrush. I hope I satisfied your inquiries and fully discusssed all that you wanted to know.
If you have any questions at all, just ask!
Once again, I hope you enjoyed my review, this is my first one and I'd love to hear what you thought of it! Thank you for taking the time to read it!