My BSN AMINO X Review First Look:

Today has been the ultimate struggle.

I was boozing all day on Saturday which meant yesterday I was hungover and tired because obviously sleeping after a heavy session means you do not actually recover properly.

So yesterday afternoon I was whacked, properly almost falling asleep, I resisted temptation so that I wouldn’t struggle sleeping in the evening.

However, when it came to bed time in the evening it took me ages to nod off!


Then this morning on my way to work my bike got a puncture which meant I had to walk home pushing the darn thing a couple of miles.

Plus, at my age, a hangover just doesn’t last a day. Nope, I felt worse today than I did on Sunday.

So, with barely any cardio being performed today the best I can do to knock my hangover out of this world is a pre workout and a some deadlifts.

Deadlifts are an absolute killer, but I know they will set me straight.

So all I need now is something to give me a bit of extra energy to rip the floor up.

Now, the tub does state that it helps with recovery, endurance and performance so I am hoping for a some good results.

Ingredients: The Science

Vitamin B6

Using it in its most natural form, pyridoxine, B6 is an essential nutrient to raising the body’s metabolism and aiding the fat burning process.

Vitamin D

D3 is a great Testosterone boosting vitamin that must be taken advantage of to trigger further production of Testosterone in your body.

However, there are two types of Vitamin D. There’s calciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) – we are only interested in cholecalciferol which is D3; this is the type our skin synthesizes from the sun and becomes a hormone which results in the increases in our testosterone.

Research by the US Library of Medicine has shown that testosterone productions are increased with Vitamin D3 supplementation.

There’s a plenty of articles I have written covering the benefits of D3 you can read about, herehere and here.


BCAAs (typically a combination of  L-Leucine, L-IsoLeucine and L-Valine) play a critical role in muscle development because they are metabolized in the muscle rather than the liver.

Because BCAAs are metabolized in the muscle, they can be used for building new proteins or for energy.

However, Supplementation is not necessary if you eat eggs and meat regularly.


This is found in many pre workout supplements or products designed to make you more vascular.

L-Arginine opens up the blood vessels and arteries to assist with blood flow, nothing really to do with testosterone but may assist with any impotency issues that are not helping you attain that hot chick in the gym who is 15 years your junior.

However, you will require 5g per day alone!


It has been touted that Taurine can help mental performance.

Early clinical research suggested that taurine, in combination with caffeine, glucuronolactone, and B vitamins, can improve attention and reasoning in adolescents, but does not improve memory.

However, there is insufficient evidence to prove this is always the case.


Alpha-alanine is a non-essential amino acid.

Non-essential amino acids can be made by the body, so they don’t have to be provided by food. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.

L-Alanine is useful for those with diabetes but not for endurance or strength.


One scoop.

This would total just over 14.5g – which is more than I expected considering there aren’t a massive amount of ingredients on offer.

In fact it compare well to many of the best pre workout supplements which will offer over 15,000mg.


It is interesting to see this combination of ingredients.bsn amino x

There’s realistically only B6 that would help with energy and Arginine that would help with blood flow to provide the muscles and organs with nutrients.

However, Arginine is massively under dosed to be effective.

D3 is great for testosterone levels though and the BCAA’s will help with muscle repair.

How Did It Feel?

I didn’t feel anything physically nor mentally.

There’s no caffeine or stimulants, not even any Beta-Alanine that is included in most supplements like this to make you think something is at least working.


As previously mentioned the Arginine is under dosed by 4,100mg! That is a hell of a lot amiss there.

That means it will not be effective in dilating the blood vessels and arteries and thus unable to maximize blood flow.

Taurine is not proven to offer any proven mental improvement benefit.

And, Alanine does not appear to improve physical performance either.

While this is not distinctly marketed as a pre workout supplement, there does appear to be a few issues in regards to improving performance, increasing energy and preventing fatigue.

This is because it lacks any stimulants and many other ingredients found in the best pre workouts that often also contain BCAA’s.


My BSN AMINO X Review Conclusion:

This product is based moreso around providing branch chain amino acids to help with muscle recovery, growth and repair.

It does offer a modicum of energy and performance increases with a couple of additional ingredients, however, one of which is so low dosed it does not seem worthwhile having it included at all as it will not offer any performance benefit.

B6 is also extremely low dosed, too which is a shame as it D3.

In addition, it is also including further ingredients that have no body of proof available to demonstrate their benefits, either.

Plus, there’s many common and effective ingredients that are found in many other pre workout supplements which include BCAA’s that this omits, such as:

  • Coconut water
  • Rhodiola
  • Carnitine
  • Creatine
  • Zinc
  • Beet
  • Magnesium
  • Theanine
  • B12
  • Tyrosine
  • Citrulline

There is a better product than this that will get you fired up and cause hell in your chosen sport.

This seemed to offer no tangible, or rather, no benefit that I could feel when I did my workout.

Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.

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