Excelsior by Imperial Nutrition has been picking up a lot of buzz in the pre workout scene lately. Most of it has been centered around its label, and unlike most pre workouts, it’s not what’s on the label that is most interesting, but what isn’t.
Review after review have commented on the relatively short label, the small scoop size (a measly 6 grams vs. Assassin’s 16.8 grams, comparison below), and then the insane stimulant effects.
Intrigued, I picked up a tub from Ruesco. And in a way, it a delivered, but the results were not at all what I was looking for.
- 1 Review Summary
- 2 My Experience
- 3 Excelsior Scoop Size
- 4 Excelsior Ingredient Label
- 5 Second Opinions on Excelsior
Excelsior provides a powerful stimulant effect, significant appetite suppression, laser focus, and massive motivation in the gym. Unfortunately, it also was very detrimental to my mood and negatively impacted the rest of my day. This is not a sensible trade off for me and I don’t plan to take Excelsior again. This is reflected in my personal review score.
I’d only recommend this pre workout to individuals that have used stim heavy pre workouts before and are not susceptible to depression. I also must highlight that you should be aware of and comfortable with the appetite suppression this pre workout triggers.
Even if you like stim heavy pre workouts, I think something like Assassin does a much, much better job of giving a smooth experience. Excelsior was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, but it’s not something I’m interested in repeating.
At the Gym (Great)
I took one and a half scoops of Excelsior after eating breakfast (pankcakes) and drove over to the gym. The fruit cooler flavor was actually really tasty -- not bad at all. Within 15 to 20 minutes I felt it kicking in and it was indeed intense, as advertised. As someone that as dabbled in recreational amphetamines in the past, I have to say that the feeling from Excelsior was pretty similar. To be clear: amphetamines are not on the ingredient label and I am not saying they are in the pre workout -- this is how I felt.
The workout itself went really well. Tons of energy, extreme focus, very motivated. Pretty good mood elevation was experienced as well. At this point, I’d say this is a similar feeling to Assassin, with Excelsior providing more of a “tweaked” feeling. For the first two hours, this is not that bad.
After the Gym (Awful)
Then the crash came.
About 3 hours after taking Excelsior, I felt a massive drop in mood. Again, it reminded me of an amphetamine crash. I’ve taken DMAA many times before and didn’t have this type of crash effect, so I don’t think it’s DMAA (unless the dosage is just very high; I always took “normal” doses of DMAA). I’d say the closest thing I’ve taken before in terms of the “tweaky” effect and the crash would be Ritalin.
On top of that, the appetite suppressants made it difficult to eat. I still managed to get in a protein shake and then some food a few hours later, but this didn’t do much to pick me back up. As I took the pre workout around 11:00 AM, I was able to fall asleep without much issue.
This crash lasted into the next day, where I had no trouble eating but still felt depressed. I have not experienced anything like this from a pre workout before and have no intention of taking Excelsior again.
Excelsior Scoop Size
The only reason I’m including the scoop size is to highlight how unusually small it is. It certainly proves that powerful things can come in small packages.
Here’s the Excelsior pre workout scoop inside of an Assassin pre workout scoop (quarter shown for size reference).
Excelsior Ingredient Label
Below are the ingredients listed on Excelsior’s label. Because it uses a proprietary blend, I am unable to provide amounts for each ingredient.
A classic pre workout ingredient, L Citrulline helps with pumps, blood flow, etc.
Also known as betaine, this has some evidence suggesting it improves power output.
Kigelia Africana Extract
Also known as the “sausage tree,” Kigelia Africana is sometimes included in pre workouts as a central nervous system stimulant, though it is not very well researched.
Caffeine needs no introduction, right? Energy, focus, increased performance, etc. are all delivered by caffeine.
Bauhinia Purpurea Extract
Bauhinia purpurea extract is included here as a metabolic booster. This is an anti-ulcer ingredient traditionally used as an anti-ulcer treatment. However, it has been shown in at least one study to increase concentrations of T3 and T4 hormones, which are produced by the thyroid. Among other things, these hormones help control metabolism.
Bitter Orange Extract (Synephrine)
This is a minor stimulant frequently seen in pre workouts.
This is a stimulant that may also have minor fat burning properties (Examine). It is a metabolite of synephrine.
This is used to treat heart disease and blood pressure issues, including low and high blood pressure. I’m guessing this is included to help take some edge off of the stimulants included here.
Second Opinions on Excelsior
Now I want to come off as trashing Excelsior. It just was very unpleasant for me.
Here are some people that had a better experience.
5 Minute Supplement Reviews
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Excelsior, like most hardcore pre workouts, is available from Ruesco.
Excelsior Pre Workout Review Summary
Excelsior is a stim-heavy pre workout that absolutely delivers on that promise. If you have a high tolerance for stimulants and are looking for a new thrill, this will certainly satisfy that itch.
If you’re at all prone to negative mood impact from stimulants, then this pre workout is not for you.
If you’re not looking for significant appetite suppression, then this pre workout is not for you.
- Insane focus
- Relentless energy
- Horrible crash
- Negative impact on mood
- Too much appetite suppression