Universal Nutrition is one of the most storied, trusted brands in the supplement industry, and over its several decades in the business, it has faced much less controversy than many newer brands. So when this company releases a product, people take notice. Animal Rage XL is a reformulation/update of the original Animal Rage, which was a powerful pre-workout released during a period in which insanely highly caffeinated products (such as Muscle Marinade) and those containing 1,3-dimethylamylamine were all the rage. It is noteworthy that Universal elected not to include the fad-inspiring ingredient 1,3-D, suggesting the company takes research and safety seriously. Animal Rage XL continues in that tradition, with a relatively long list of ingredients, but most with significant research to back up their effectiveness.
Animal Rage XL, like nearly every pre-workout, is built upon an energy complex that prominently features caffeine. Due to the proprietary blend, the label does not disclose the actual amount, but it is likely significant, given then warning not to take more than two scoops per day. The energy complex also includes coffee bean and green tea extract; the former may help enhance weight loss1, while the latter has been cited for beneficial effects ranging from improvement of muscle recovery2 to fat burning. In addition to those "quick energy" ingredients, Animal Rage XL also contains a "sustained energy" complex, which features adaptogens such as rhodiola rosea, cordyceps, and ginseng to promote endurance. In this way, Animal Rage XL doesn't just offer an intense, initial burst of jittery energy, but helps offer a more balanced, consistent increase in energy levels for the entire duration of your workout. Additionally, the product contains a relatively new ingredient in GlycoCarn, or glycine propionyl L-carnitine HCl, which is intended to promote improved blood flow and fat metabolism.
Of course, pre-workouts aren't simply about energy; focus is also an important factor, particularly for those who use these products for sports. Animal XL Rage features several ingredients intended to promote improved focus, such as Tyrosine, choline, and beta-Phenylethylamine. While Animal Rage XL doesn't provide tunnel vision, it does have the potential to help you lose sight of distractions and stay totally engaged in your workout.
No pre-workout product is going to single-handedly provide you with the strength needed to progress in the gym, but some can add a boost. In order to do so, Universal Nutrition opted for time-tested, trusted ingredients such as creatine monohydrate - indicating a preference for simple CreaPure rather than complex "designer" creatines. Additionally, ingredients such as citrulline malate, beta alanine, and taurine provide an extra boost, helping users crank out more reps and giving them the edge to hit an elusive PR.
Performance-wise, Animal Rage XL is worth the price. The product mixes well and comes in three cleverly named and enjoyable flavors, Grape of Wrath, Lemon Slayed, and Mango Unchained. The fan favorite at this point appears to be Mango Unchained, but all flavors have received positive feedback and are at least palatable, if not delicious. The product delivers energy quickly, but doesn't taper much during the course of workouts, and pumps are solid throughout. Even those who are stimulant resistant should find two scoops to be sufficient for a noticeable rush of energy. While pre-workouts are quickly becoming a dime-a-dozen, and many are being over-hyped by being introduced to mainstream customers who have never used such products before (see, for example, C4), some products, such as Animal Rage XL, still manage to stick out among the pack. This is a product worthy of carrying the Universal Nutrition torch into the future.