1 Weird Tip To Build Muscle? I Think Not!

Fact Checked On: 12-10-2020 By: Rob Miller


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The various ads littering the Internet that I see almost everyday, as well as the hundreds of men who’ve been scammed, inspired me to write this post. Did you just see an ad for some “Miracle Supplement Stack That Celebritys Use?” The sayings vary but all have the same general appeal…”1 Weird Tip To Build Muscle”, “Lean Muscle In A Bottle?”, “2 Steps To Burning Stomach Fat”. The sayings are all “eye candy” and appeal to most guys who are looking to get in shape. I mean, what guy wouldn’t want to pop a couple of pills everyday and get a body like Brad Pitt or Gerard Butler.

But, there is a darker side to these advertorials, a side that most guys miss. And it can seriously cause some damage to your bank account, and your ego…Read on to see what I’m talking about.

The Allure Of A Better Body

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Look Familiar?

Every guy wants ripped, six packed abs, a solid chest and back, and bulging shoulders. We know from years of experience that a good diet and exercise is key to achieving this, but let’s face the facts…we’re lazy. We don’t want to workout (most of us anyway), we want to eat cheeseburgers and pizza, sit around on the couch or roam the internet all day, and basically do nothing.

You come across an ad on a social media site like Facebook or Twitter about some “shocking secret celebrities are using to build insane muscle”, and it sparks your curiosity…so you click the ad. Generally, it goes to a page that looks like this, which is strikingly similar in layout to Men’s Health and/or Men’s Fitness. It oozes trust and authority, and a staff reporter who goes by the name of “Bryan Stevens” has a pretty cool article on a couple of supplements he recently tested and got massive results from.

The article is packed with before and after photo’s of celebritys like Chris Hemsworth, Mel Gibson, The Rock, Hugh Jackman, and Gerard Butler (amongst others) and the results appear to be nothing short of amazing. We see one pic of a fat assed Gerard Butler in a before photo, followed sharply by a chiseled and ripped after photo. The fact that he is paid to lose weight and probably has a personal trainer and chef, that’s not really mentioned here. The editor of this article (Bryan Stevens) says that Mr. Butler used these two supplements to get the results you’re seeing right here.

The Supplements

So you start reading about these supplements and they intrigue you, but which supplements are we talking about here. Well, that really depends on the day your seeing it. One day it is a combo of Elite Test 360 and Ripped Muscle X, the next day it’s Hyper Fuel and Elevate GF, and so on and so forth. So, which supplement combo did he use?

Well, the truth is, these celebrities did NOT use some miracle supplement stack to get these perfect bodies. Despite that fact that this article looks extremely legit to the untrained eye, the simple fact is that it is an advertisement, not an article. Let me explain…

The Hook, Line, And Sinker

The hook in this case is the allure of a better body by using a couple of supplements, and for demonstration purposes, we will use the supplements Elite Test 360 and Ripped Muscle X. By combining Elite Test 360 and Ripped Muscle X (according to the article), you get a better body without lifting weights or exercising. It “hooks” you in because most guys want an easy solution to packing on lean muscle and getting the body of their dreams. Who Doesn’t!

The line in this case is really the “bait”, because, would you know it?, the companies that make these supplements are actually giving them away FREE! How nice of them!

But wait, there’s a catch….in order for you to get these “free” samples of these supplements, you need to put in your credit card information to pay for the shipping. It’s only $4.95 for each, what do you have to lose?! So you go ahead and gladly get your credit card out of your wallet and put in your shipping info.

After a few days you get your bottles in the mail and start taking them diligently, just like the article said. Then, in a couple of weeks you log onto your online billing statement or get your paper credit card statement and notice a couple of charges that you don’t remember making. They are in the amounts of $89 and $87.63, respectively. You decide to call your credit card company and find out what’s going on here…herein lies the sinker.

The Scam Revealed

muscle in a bottleYou get in touch with a bank representative and ask what the charges were all about, and that’s when you find out the truth behind this supplement scam. This first charge (the $89 one) was from Elite Test 360, and the second (the $87.63 one) was from Ripped Muscle X. Furious, you argue with your banks representative saying that you didn’t authorize these charges, and he/she replies that when you ordered these products you agreed to their terms and conditions.

“What terms and conditions?” you may ask. Well, specifically the Elite Test 360 terms, which you can see here, and the Ripped Muscle X terms, which you can see here. You see, what you probably weren’t aware of is, when you entered your credit card info on their order page, you were agreeing to “try” these products for a duration of 14 days, and at the end of this “trial” period, the companies would charge you some exorbitant amount unless you cancelled before the trial was up.

What’s even worse is there are some guys out there that don’t actually check their credit card statements every month. So what’s the big deal about that? Well, not only are these companies putting you into a auto-rebill program, but they also put you into what’s called an auto-shipment program. If you guessed right, this means that if you haven’t cancelled, they will continue to charge your credit card every month, and continually send you the product, even if you don’t want it!

Who the hell takes the time to REALLY read the fine print when you are ordering something? Well, the makers of supplements like this bank on this fact, and use it to their advantage to “lure” the unsuspecting consumer into a costly “trial” of their product, knowing that you probably won’t read or see the terms and conditions.

They tell you to get in touch with the companies directly, and may even give you the customer support phone numbers for Elite Test 360 and Ripped Muscle X. You call these companies up and tell them that you didn’t agree to these charges and want a refund. Fat Chance of that happening!! Trust me on this one, you will get nowhere with them. They will go on and on about how you agreed to the charges when ordering, and that they were well within their legal rights of charging you.

If you are persistent enough, they will agree to lower the charge to half of what you originally paid, which is still a slap in the face but might be your only recourse.

What YOU Can Do To Fight Back!

fight backFirst off, I want to ask you to “like” us on Facebook, +’1 me on Google Plus, and email it to your friends. The more people that know about this the better, and by you helping share this article you will be doing your friend/family member a favor by saving them the time, money, and hassle that you might be going through.

Second, there are a couple of tricks I have learned over the years that will help you “fight back” against these scams once and for all. The first thing you can do if you were scammed is when you call the companies up, threaten to call the Better Business Bureau (BBB) attorney general in your state. 9 times out of 10 the rep will put you on hold and then come back and say they will issue a full refund, which they ALWAYS follow through with. I have personally done this myself and it has worked countless times.

Another trick you can use if you haven’t already bough the product is to visit your local walmart or other retailer and buy a pre paid credit card in the amount of say $10. Then, if you go to the products website you can use that pre paid card, and when they try to charge it they will get nothing! This doesn’t work for all of these supplements though, because some of them use a trigger on their credit card transaction systems that prevent orders coming from pre paids. It’s worth a shot though!

The last thing you can do is contact your credit card company and dispute the charge. Most of the major credit card companies (Visa, Discover, etc.) are so freakin huge that they will reverse the charge without even thinking twice. However, with some of the smaller banks / credit card companies it might not be so easy, so do this at your own discretion.

The Bottom Line

These so called “free trials” will probably not be going away anytime soon, so the best thing you can do to protect yourself is simply don’t order the products. I have personally tried dozens of them, and I can tell you from experience that almost all of them don’t even work anyway. They are often packed with bogus ingredients that are really just fillers and have no impact on lean muscle growth or acting as fat burners.

If you want some quality supplement recommendations that REALLY do work, shoot me an email and let me know what your specific goals are and I will help you out to the best of my ability.

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User Questions and Answers

Hi there I recently was subject of one of these scams. I was charged with the $5 dollar shipping fee yesterday and after some research, realize what a fool I am. Is there any way I can stop them from making any further charges? -nick

As soon as you receive your product, call the company and tell them you want to cancel your subscription. Make sure you contact them within 14 days of the day you placed your order.- Rob

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I am 54, 275 pounds/6'3". I started out at 295 pounds. I have been lifting since last December, 3 days a week (4 sets each exercise: goblet squats with 90pound dumbbell; seated overhead press with 60 dumbbells; flat bench with 90's; bent over row with 90's; cable fly 30 each side (1 high/1 mid/1 low); roman chair body weight only; two sets dips/pullups w/85 pound assist; 3 sets machine crunch). I try to keep time between sets to 45 seconds; less than 2 minutes between exercises. I want to get down to 220-230 again. What supplements would be good a stack for me to accomplish my goals. -Peter

Go with a stack of Instant Knockout (fatburner) and Testofuel (natural testosterone booster).  Your workout looks good, but sign up for my free "getting ripped" ebook for alternatives and a meal plan to help you achieve your goal. I'd also add some cardio to your daily routine.- Rob

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What a product that really works like the ad. -Jordan

Haha, good question. Probably none.  But if you're looking for something to help you get ripped, check out the Crazy Mass Cutting Stack  - Rob

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Last night I purchased a free trial of the HGH XL supplement after reading the article on it in Men's Health magazine.I did read the small print and realised I will get billed for £84.99 if I don't cancel within 14 days of placing the order. How can I make sure I definitely cancel the order and have proof.Do you have an email address or phone number for the company I need to ring. Many thanks for your article and help. -steve

Their website says to cancel though this email address:  support@hghxl.co.uk.  It also lists their phone number as:  0800 206 1695.  Their hours are M-F 9:00am-5:00pm GMT.- Rob

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how can I get a number for a product xength x1 to be exact -nathan

They list their customer service numbers on their website. From the US, their number is 1-888-857-6915. There's also an "easy cancel" button on their website.- Rob

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Author: Rob Miller

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Rob Miller founded SupplementCritique.com over 7 years ago, and has been the chief editor ever since. He has a diploma in Advanced Dietary Supplements Advisor, and worked at GNC for 3 years. He KNOWS supplements, both inside and out. Rob currently resides in Jupiter, FL, with his wife of 4 years.  Learn more about him in his Bio here. Follow him on Twitter , Facebook, LinkedIn, or find him on Google +.

134 comments on “1 Weird Tip To Build Muscle? I Think Not!”

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  1. I am 54, in pretty good shape. I train 5-6 days a week strength and conditioning.

    I eat pretty clean. Have a little excess fat in the waist.

    Would like to have that chiseled look, but don’t want to lose a lot of weight. Currently 210 at 6′ 2″.

    Have high PSA levels and some very early stage prostate cancer. Want to find something that won’t be risky in terms of accelerating cancer growth but, builds muscle and decreases fat.

    1. Hey James,
      Obviously you should clear any supplementation with your doctor first. With that said, I would recommend you stack a fat burner called Instant Knockout along with a T booster called Prime Male. The IKO will help you shed off stubborn fat, and the Prime Male will help with recovery / muscle building.

      Check out my reviews of each below:

      Instant Knockout – https://www.supplementcritique.com/instant-knockout-fat-burner-review/

      Prime Male – https://www.supplementcritique.com/prime-male-testosterone-booster-review/

      Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions.
  2. Hi,

    I’m obese (125 kg for 166 cm) and I’ll have a gastric bypass surgery in about a month. The doctors also told me that I need to exercice in order to keep my muscular mass.

    Can you give me some good advices?
    Thank you very much and best regards,


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    Names of Criminals- Romeo, Helga Verzosa, Dan, Ivan Benedict Alviz

    FACEBOOK scam link http://trial.xtrememusclepro.com/

    7770 Regents Road #113-178, San Diego, CA 92122.

    Please make sure you run run. If you here the phone recording from Romeo NO CONTRACT, CANCEL BEFORE 16DAYS, NO COST, YOU CAN KEEP THE PRODUCT EVEN IF YOU CANCEL, OPEN CLOSE DOESN’T MATTER—- Criminals

    We can only hope one or all of them get fucked up tonight crossing the road by a rather large vehicle. In the mean time i will be shitting in one of these containers and mailing it back to there return depot. ?

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  4. Got scammed by these swindlers. They charged me 89 dollars and I was not able to see the terms and conditions.

    Is there any way to stop these swindlers?
    1. Hey Julian,

      They’ve got themselves pretty covered legally. I think the best we can do is spread the word like we’re doing.

  5. Hey Rob.. I have recently (6 months ) lost about 60 lbs. and have discovered I have loose skin around my belly that doesn’t seem to want to disappear.

    My waist has went from 48 size to 40 size and I look a lot better and feel better .. But no exercise seems to work for the skin on the belly and underneath the arms and inside the thighs..Any tips on how to get rid of that problem

    1. Hey George,

      I don’t really have an answer for that. As far as I know, it’s just surgery.

      1. Its not like the TV show.. I weigh now 235 lbs . and look great . lean everywhere else but just that stomach fat which is nothing like it was..I’ll just try to do some extreme stomach exercises and see how it goes..My goal is 195 lbs. which was my high school weight in 1967..lol

  6. hey im an obese man looking to lose fat and gain muscle,what supplements do u think would help if any?
    1. Hey Brandon,
      First off, I’m sending you my free “How To Get Ripped Quick” ebook as well as some bonuses. It’s loaded with tips on diet and exercise that will help get you going in the right direction.

      Supplements wise, I would recommend you stack a testosterone booster called Testofuel along with a fat burner called Instant Knockout. It’s a great combo that will help you shed fat quickly, AND build lean muscle. Here’s my reviews of each:

      Testofuel – https://www.supplementcritique.com/my-personal-testo-fuel-review-and-results

      Instant Knockout – https://www.supplementcritique.com/instant-knockout-fat-burner-review/
    2. Hey Brandon,

      Just sent you an email.

      For anyone else looking for the free ebook, click here to sign up for your free ebook.

  7. Hey I’m 27 yrs old and had a major head injury in 2007 now im limited on what I can do and take do you have any suggestions on what I can do for a light workout and still get ripped and build muscle and what supplement (s) would you recommend. Thanks

    1. Hey Brett,
      Really sorry about the late response, somehow your comment slipped through the cracks. I’m hesitant to make any recommendations as to the types of exercises you should do, mainly because I’m unsure of the extent of your injuries.

      With that said, check out a fat burner called Phen375. It works great for guys that have limited mobility, and works as a very effective appetite suppressant. Here’s my review: https://www.supplementcritique.com/phen-375-review/
  8. 78 yr old female…chronic Lyme…osteoporosis…20 yrs on OxyContin &oxycodone for pain of fibromyalgia…recently tried to come off these with help of pain dr only to end up in emerugency room and to be told it was to late…my body couldn’t take the shock…had to stay on the Rex’s. Up until abt 2 yrs ago I was still pretty strong and active despite everything.

    Now I am frail and can’t be on my feet long due to severe pain in back due to bad scoliosis. My legs are fine.I have pursued help from many drs.

    All they can offer me are Rx’s. Can you kindly suggest some supplements that might support me in my efforts to LI VE.

    I love life and still want to give it my best.Thanks for your help. Phyllis

    1. Hey Phylis,
      Check out a substance called Kratom. It is an absolute GOD-SEND at helping people get off of opiates, and can help with pain and lead to a better quality of life. I have a full write up on it here: https://www.supplementcritique.com/closest-thing-to-hydrocodone-oxycontin-oxycodone-and-more/

      It CAN be addictive, but from my research it sounds like it lessens the withdrawal from drugs like Oxycontin and Oxycodone SUBSTANTIALLY, and the comedown / withdrawal from Kratom is a joke when compared to opioids.
    1. Hey Hugo,

      Nothing will build muscle if you don’t work out. For the most part, supplements and stacks help improve your workouts, helping you get better results.

      But they don’t build muscle on their own. If you let me know what you’re goals are, I’ll recommend something for you.

  9. thanks for the heads up on scams! im a sucker 4 the free trialss and product give awayss!! my question im 58 yold male in great shape trying to give it one more kick ass to help bulk up and ad muscule to my already 6ft 2inch 235lb solid frame from working out off an on my life! im currently taking testerone booster
    DHEA,quality vitamin n mineral amino acid supplements! never used roids that’s why my gains have stayed with me thru the years. not to be concided but I look great for my age compared to old friends they all ask whatss my secret! I just tell them JESUS exercise diet
    and lots of moisturizer haha! what do u suggest? ive been researching HGH sups to add to my limited funding!! beef me up!! thxs plz note only medicine im on is 20mgs lisenopril 4 blood pressure which a lot better
    since a quit drinking n high mantience bitches!! AMEN!

    1. Hey Lane,
      Yeah you sound like the perfect candidate for an HGH releaser called HyperGH 14X. It’s packed with TONS of high quality ingredients that will help you bulk up / add strength and mass.

      Here’s my review: https://www.supplementcritique.com/hypergh-14x-real-review-and-results

      Also, for your convenience I’m sending you my free “How To Get Larger, Stronger, and More Powerful” eBook. You sound like you already have a decent amount of knowledge on lifting / eating right, but maybe you’ll pick up a few tips from it.

      Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions!
  10. Hello Rob,
    Firstly, thank you for what you are doing here for the public. You seem to be a very nice, selfless individual!

    Personally I understand the importance of “Reading The Fine Print(Terms and Conditions)”, and am smart enough to never fall for these “Free Trial Scams”.

    We both know there are few things ever “Free”.

    Now to my question. Three years ago I was 195 lbs and had a 360 lb max Bench Press.

    I could put up 350 any time I tried.

    I am 6′ tall. I was pretty well defined with about 7-8% Body fat.

    It took me 15 years of Lifting (4 days a week) to add 30 Lbs of Muscle to my previous 165 lb, rather skinny FRAME.

    I NEVER used anything but LEGAL, OTC Supplements. 3 Years ago I took a bad fall while hiking, and SNAPPED (Like a Twig) both the Radius and Ulna in my right Forearm.

    I know you can imagine what I went through recovery wise, and what happened to the Muscles I worked so hard to gain over 15 years. I joined a Gym last week as I am ready to start lifting again.


    I worked out one day last week, and prior, I took NOS Booster L-Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (3 Grams), Colostrum (1.5 Grams containing 40% Immunoglobulins, the newer “Creatine HCL”(1 Gram), and an Amino Acid Based Growth Hormone Releaser which also has Mucuna Pruriens Extract and Alpha-GPC (From Soy).

    I took these supplements after eating a small bowl of Kashi Go-Lean Crunch, and about 45 minutes before I started my workout.

    Can you recommend (Or Not), any other Supplement, HOPEFULLY JUST ONE, that will help out my unique situation?,,,,,and have it NOT take another 15 years?…:-).

    FYI,,,the NOS Booster has ALWAYS given me a HUGELY NOTICEABLE larger muscle size (PUMP) while working out.

    The guys at the Gym used to call me “The Human Tricep”. Thank you so very much for your time, consideration, what you do on this site, and all the people you help..!.

    1. Hey Bill,
      Sorry to hear about your injury, that sounds horrible!


      It’s my understanding that you don’t actually “lose” muscle, it just gets severely weakened. That’s where you get that flabby appearance from.

      Supplements wise, I would recommend you check out the Crazy Mass Bulking Stack. It’s great for guys like yourself that are just getting back into the gym, and will help to restore lost muscle mass and strength.

      Check out my review here: https://www.supplementcritique.com/crazy-mass-bulking-stack-review/

      Also, for your convenience I’m sending you my free “How To Get Larger, Stronger, and More Powerful” eBook. You sound like you already have a lot of “gym knowledge”, but hopefully you can pick up some tips / strategies from it to help you get the most from your workouts.

      Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions.
    2. Hey Bill,

      Just sent you an email.

      For anyone else looking for the free ebook, click here to sign up for your free ebook.

  11. Hey man, I’m trying to get more ripped and cut down on my fat levels. Currently in 205, 5’9″ would like to get ripped and lean quick, what kind of supplements would you suggest?!

    1. Hey Vitaly,
           First off, click here to sign up for my free “How To Get Ripped Quickly” ebook. It’s loaded with tons of tips on diet and exercise to help get you on track for your weight loss goals. Supplements wise, check out the Crazy Mass cutting stack. It’s made up of 4 high quality supplements that will help boost your energy levels, improve libido, and shred belly fat.

      Use it in conjunction with the ebook for the best results, here’s my review: https://www.supplementcritique.com/crazy-mass-cutting-stack-review/

      Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

    1. Hey Buddy,
      Well, there really isn’t a “cure” for erectile dysfunction. In order to cure it, you need to identify what’s causing it. Is it low testosterone? Do you have diabetes? Are you taking any medications?

      All of these are questions you should ask yourself. Once you identify the cause, you can do something about it.

      Supplements wise, if you’re looking for something to help with erectile dysfunction symptoms, check out a supplement called Vigrx Plus. It’s the best supplement I’ve used for this, and I’ve used HUNDREDS of these products.

      Check out my review here: https://www.supplementcritique.com/vigrx-plus-review

      Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

  12. It did nothing but redirect to another pg. saying this isn’t found & doesn’t exist when trying to get the free book info. Is this still available?

  13. I continue trying to get the free ebook and am not receiving any email to confirm and I’ve did what was said to do as to try again and I’ve tried numerous times to no avail. Is this book available still or no?

    1. Hey Jason clark,

      Just sent you an email.

      For anyone else looking for the free ebook, click here to sign up for your free ebook.

  14. Hey Rob, thanks for this article. I ordered Ripped NOX No. 2 along with Ripped TESTO.

    I haven’t received the products yet, but I’m guessing they are like the rest and are B.S. I contacted my CC co. and canceled that card (no problem) and will cancel upon receipt. I’m 58, 195lbs and seem to have lost a lot of energy.

    Back aches and shoulder problems. Was looking for something that would boost my energy and possibly heal the aches so I could workout again.

    Any suggestions for us older guys lol.
    1. Hey Jeff,

      It definitely sounds like you could use a testosterone booster. Try Testofuel. Here’s my full review: https://www.supplementcritique.com/my-personal-testo-fuel-review-and-results And for more energy and help with workouts, stack it with a pre workout called Nitrocut. Here’s my full Nitrocut Review: https://www.supplementcritique.com/nitrocut-review-our-1-pre-workout-supplement The two make a great stack that’ll really help you out.

  15. To whom it may Concern

    I have tried on 2 separate e mails addresses to get the free book and nothing happens or comes to me. So I am wondering what the problem is,

    1. Hey Bob McAloney,

      Just sent you an email.

      For anyone else looking for the free ebook, click here to sign up for your free ebook.

    2. Hey Bob McAloney,

      Just sent you an email.

      For anyone else looking for the free ebook, click here to sign up for your free ebook.

  16. Going to the same situation with a testosterone booster thanks for your information I will make sure to follow up on my cancellations but I still want to get lean muscle
  17. I decided to try prime male and see what it will do for me. I’m a badly injured body, 9 surgeries on the left arm, now my back is giving up on me and I’m loosing my drive and I’m only 56 next month.

    I just don’t know the word stop. I don’t go to the gym, I find it hard enough just exercising at home, I need more drive.

    Thanks for the recommendation and I will let you know if it helps.
    1. Hey Kirk,

      Prime Male should help with motivation, drive, and energy. Looking forward to hearing how it works out for you.

    1. Hey Kirk,

      Mike Chang’s supplements are not steroids, and they’re generally safe, but I don’t find them to be particularly effective for the money. If you let me know which one you’re looking at, I may have a review for it.

  18. I noticed that Ron geramy is indorsing sizegenix as the #1 male supplement, rexavar was last year but in the article its the same article on both supplements
    1. Hey Buddy,
      Yeah personally speaking I don’t think SizeGenix nor’ Rexavar works. I’ve used Rexavar and it didn’t do anything.

      I had reviews of both up in the past, but was threatened with a lawsuit if I didn’t take it down.
      What’s your goal?

      You looking to gain size, or more for help with sexual performance? Let me know and I can recommend some products that really do work.


  19. Hey rob, yes I’ve seen those adds, but did not purchase any products. But one site I did visit is primeasy male and in there terms and condition it has some string attachment that makes me think twice now about ordering from them.

    Have you read there terms and conditions ? The 90 day guarantee is underline by the terms and conditions such as returns.

    Fees will be assessed : administration fee 35.00 and shipping . So it’s like to me if the product doesn’t stand up to its claim , and you decide to return the product they have you in these charge fees to male you think to just not bother in returning them ,because of these terms and conditions they protect themselves.

    Please read if you haven’t and let me know what you think
    And looking back at there ad 90 days no question ask for any reason money back , but then you scold down to terms and condition and find something else in there so call 90 days no question ask .
  20. Thanks for the article and diet. I’m eating a lean meat and/or shake six times a day.

    Included in that is 50 gms fiber, 100 gms carbs, 200 gms protein, and 50 gms fat in 2500 cals and 180 ounces water. I work out at least an hour every day with a combination or cardio and lifting weights.

    I’m 56 years old, 71″ tall and weigh about 215. My bf is about 15%. I can feel my six pack but cannot see it.

    My goal is to be able to see it by my birthday, May 25.
  21. Rob I just want to say thank you for your website and reviews. I have been an avid reader of your reviews and have found success in some of your recommendations.

    Please keep it coming. I have recently downloaded your ebook and looking to incorporate i to my routine and diet.

    1. Hey Bobby,

      Some definitely are. But there are some for less.

      Let me know what you’re interested in, and I’ll try to recommend something more affordable for you.

  22. well with you answering my question and that being said I presume there is no magic pill.
    I don’t have all those etxra funds to throw at them anyhow.
    Height: 5’7
    weight: 210
    goal: to look like an athlete, chiseled abs and more chest and shoulders.
    round is a shape, and im in shape for the shape im in.

  23. So how are they able to legally and falsely able to advertise such bogus claims? Do they pay these people to make false statements about their gains?

    Are those pics photoshopped?
    I want what they have and work my ass off and get hardly anything near to that.

    How about Dr. Oz and his suppliments? Do they work?

    Seriously, I’m not that lazy. I know I have to put in the work at the gym but, seems like everyone but me can get that kind of look.

    1. Hey Steve,
      Yeah im pretty sure they just make this s$%t up. Dr. Oz has come under a lot of scrutiny lately regarding his claims, so it’s anyone’s guess whether the stuff he recommends is legit.

      What’s your goal my man?? You looking to lose weight, build muscle, etc.?

      I have some free ebooks and tools that can help you, but I need to know you’re starting point (Height, weight, age, goal).

  24. I wanted to find out about your research and testing of MaleHardXL the good and the bad. A friend of mine told me that he ordered it but he didn’t check it out.

    I’m afraid he’s going to have trouble with this. As for me I looked over your top 3 and most likely I will try your #1 pick.

    Thank you for your comparisons.
    1. Hey Paul,

      I haven’t reviewed it yet. But I took a quick look and I would say it’s probably safe and he’ll probably get some small benefit. But it’s definitely not worth the $90 they’re charging. Let me know how you do with the VigRx Plus.

    1. Hey Gary,

      It’s tough. And staying motivated to stick with it is the toughest. Sign up for my free weight loss ebook. It’s got a great plan for working out and eating right so you can finally lose that weight. As far as supplements go, try fat burner Instant Knockout and stack it with testosterone booster, Testofuel. They’ll definitely help.

  25. I fell for the scam once. All you have to do is go to your local bank branch and tell them that you lost your atm card and to please give you a new one with a different number,same with the cc.

  26. What information can you give me on isogenix products & their system, good bad not worth it. I know it’s costly, I want to know if it’s worth the pay out, and sustainability?

    1. Hey Duart,

      I haven’t ever looked into it, but I just took a quick look and it looks like the products are secondary to the get-rich-quick pyramid scheme.

  27. Hey Rob!
    I asked you a question and you answered but wasnt able to view ur comment. how should I start taking testofuel,nitrocut and instant knockout together ?

    1. Hey Bader,

      Here’s my previous reply:
      Sorry the Cutting Stack didn’t work out for you, but at least you’re getting some use out of it. For your next stack, start by taking Instant Knockout, Testofuel, and Nitrocut both pretty much as directed. For IKO, take one capsule 4 times spread throughout the day, and take 2 Nitrocut with breakfast and 2 with lunch or before a workout. Take 2 Testofuel capsules twice per day, ideally in the morning and night, but you can change that up if you want. Just try to keep it consistent day to day. As you know, you can change things up if you think something else will work better for you. I get plenty of workout energy from Nitrocut, but if you need something with stimulants, an Instant Knockout will work. Of course try not to take it too close to bed time. You may not be able to sleep.

  28. Hi Rob,
    Thanks for the free advice you give ,you are awesome! My question is , is it okay to stack HyperGH 14 with CrazyMass?

    Thank you
  29. hi Rob, I am looking to put in muscle mass and stay lean I go to gym everyday and workout just looking to see what you recommend for supplements…thank you
  30. I am wondering what your idea of proper supplements would be I work out everyday I keep good care of myself I am 44 years old I eat right just looking for a little boost what would you recommend.
    1. Hey Todd,

      Let me know what your goals are and I’ll recommend a supplement or stack to help you out.

    1. Hey Aadil,

      Let me know which product you’re interested in, and I should be able to tell you if it ships to India.

      1. Hey Aadil,

        I wouldn’t recommend them, but if you want to order, you’ll have to visit their websites directly.

  31. A comment from another scammed person! We were charged for both ripp’d at $87.63 and Elite Test at $89 due to not canceling our order.

    My wife called, and they offered her the 1/2 price refund but she didn’t take that for an answer. If you request management and be a total __, and demand at least a 60-75% refund they will give it to you.

    We are getting back a 60% refund on both products. This place is a total scam, and also note some banks charge a cross border fee for a place that is in so called California – guessing their product comes across the border.

  32. Hey Rob,

    I saw you put in the article that I can get a prepaid card and pay for the ‘trial’ with thatm. It’s kind of them getting a dose of their own medicine.

    I never thought of doing that lol get a $20 card and order 4 trials with a different name! Genius!

    But…..do you know the supplements that will let ya use the prepaid card? – Jack
  33. Yea but if you would have looked at the fine print it says if you dont cancel before 14 days you would be charged the $87
    1. Hey David,

      I don’t know what product your ordered, but the way they general work is that you need to call the company within 14 days from the day you placed your order. Tell them that you don’t wish to pay for the product or to continue using it.

      They may require that you return the unused portion in order not to be charged for the original “free trial” purchase. Some do, some don’t.

      In either case, make sure they know you don’t want to subscribe to ongoing payments and deliveries.

        1. Hey Ben,

          I don’t know what product you ordered, but you’d go to their website and look for their contact information. There’s usually a link to a contact page either at the top or bottom of the home page.

  34. I rarely write a review unless I honestly feel that there’s something 2 comment 2.This article is not only informative. But, can actually help those of us that turn a blind eye from staying ignorant & help 2 b more active n learning the importance of reading the terms & conditions so 2 b less likely 2 b scared.

    This article actually opened my eyes. Gona definitely pass this on.

    Great job! Thxs!

  35. Hey Rob, I been following some of your comments on Crazymass products. So, The only question I have is, are they legit?

    Please be honest.
    1. Hey Wayne,

      Yes, Crazy Mass is legit. My expectations were completely blown away by the stuff. They’re not steroids. You won’t get as big as you would if they were actually steroids, but their supplement stacks are really effective.

  36. Hi Rob,
    I fell for the ‘free trial’ gave my credit card details. The products took 22 days to arrive.

    I rang and cancelled but still got charged. Not very happy won’t get burned again.

  37. Hey Rob and everyone else reading,

    I was scammed as well. Got my order of Max Shred and Deer Antler in the mail today and took them during a working.

    I then started to wonder and found this site. It sounds like the safest bet is to just cancel my credit card.

    Avoid the ridiculous phone call I’m sure I would have and just move past it. My only question is for those who did this tactic.

    If I cancel my credit card its done right?

    1. Hey Dean,

      I haven’t done it myself, but I’ve heard from lots of guys that it worked for them.

  38. Do not buy this product. it is a complete scam.Buy at your own risk. The free tr[al will cost you 87 dollars.

  39. Thanks for the info-it’s an old cliche ,but if it looks tobgood to be true,it usually is,I hate thieving Bastards
  40. Rob

    So if these things don’t really work and are a scam. How or why would all the celebrities support these products? and if they don’t isn’t that agains the law, misleading the public for their own gain? just wondering,
    Thanks James

    1. Hey James,

      The celebrities don’t use or support the products. But I don’t really know the answer to your second question.

      My best guess is that they switch the celebrities so often that nobody catches on to them in time. I don’t know for sure, but I agree.

      It seems like they should get in some sort of legal hot water, but apparently they never do.

  41. You’ve probably read the other comments posted by people who have found themselves in a similar situation i find myself in. That of having applied for a free trial on a postage only months trial.. its not you will be billed in full for it despite what it says on the website…
    and keep getting sent and billed unless you cancel.

    You will not get your money back.
    Stay clear of these thieving, devious bastards!
  42. A corporation like Elevate GF who does not assure its customers a fair compensation upon using their product as directed by its agents is not only a sham, it is a disgrace of a business.
  43. hello Rob, i find you site really helpful unfortunately i also got scammed T10 and Prolexin: T10 just arrived and i want to return it to avoid paying 80 dollars or more… can you provide me the numbers for both (customer service) thx
    1. Hy Armin,

      Glad you like the site. Too bad you didn’t find us just a little sooner.

      I found the phone numbers on the website. Formula T10 is 1-866-641-1487 Mon-Fri 9-6 Eastern time.

      Prolexin is 1 (877) 298-6856 with the same hours of service. Best of luck to you.

  44. I was dupped into the scam. Sitting here waiting for their arrival.

    I realize all of, or most of these supplements are BS, and nothing will replace hard work, consistency, and healthy living, but still buy supplements from time to time. I was aware of the 14 days and plan on calling and cancelling shortly after the bottles arrive.

    Why not just post the numbers and inform people. That way the can try the supplement and see if it works with out risk.

    1. Hey Pat,

      I do my best to get the word out about these companies, but there’s no way I can keep up with them all. They come and go much faster than you would imagine!

  45. Hey Rob I’d just like to commend you for your honesty. Nowadays everybody is looking to get over anyway they can.

    I read your book, and can’t wait to put its contents into action. I’m currently 5’10 weighing 205lbs. I can see my abs coming in but I want to get super ripped.

    How much weight will be ideal for me to lose?
    1. Hey Jerome,

      Glad you found us. With all these scam products out there, there really is a need for someone to help cut through the B.S. To answer your question, I can’t really say.

      It depends on so many factors, including your natural build, your body fat %age, how bulky you want to be. I wouldn’t concern yourself so much with the numbers on the scale.

      Just get to the point where you’re happy with the way you look and feel.

    1. Hey Tim,

      Some companies make you send back the bottles. Some don’t.

      It seems like more and more, they do make you send them back.

  46. I just got my “free trial” of 1285 muscle and I read these articles and called. The guy told me that I had 8 days of my trial left and that he would give me a trial extension of 7 days.

    And if I didn’t like it, call and cancel by the 27th of June. Then ship it back and I would only be charged shipping and handling, which is like 6 bucks.

    And I don’t mind that. As long as I don’t get billed the 80 dollars.

    Should I believe this guy or not?
    1. Hey Ty,

      I don’t know if I’d trust the 7 day extension. He may be telling you the truth, but these companies are pretty shady so you just don’t know.

      I’d call just before your original 8 days are up. If you’ve already decided to cancel, do it then. If you’re still not sure, check and see if the 7 day extension went through.

  47. Hey there rob im a 23 year old and just am getting out of shape!!! Im weighing right around 270 and would love to get back down to 225 where I was in football.

    Im 6’1 and just dont have tons of time to work out. Ive been trying to cut out pop and sugars but not much reseults there.

    I wanna lose weight and get toned up so if you got some ideas please let me no thanks !!!
  48. Thanks I was at the credit card screen and thought I should do some research. I won’t purchase now.

    I sent you a message for info that may help me out. But to recap and give more info.

    I am 5’9″ about 170-175 wanna get down to 150 again.i got in to basketball again but I started my own company so I’m pretty tired at the end of the day. Also I smoke cigarettes but am trying to quit and drink a lot of rockstars.

    Just to be upfront about my situation. I love to run hit bags and lift weights when I can but to busy for everyday.

    Is there anything that can help me do more about my problem. I eat bad food too.

    I’m sure by now your like you have no hope. Any info is much appreciated.

    And thanks again for saving me money.
    1. Hey Michael,

      Check your email. I wrote you a full reply there.

      Let me know if you have any more questions.

  49. Thanks Rob! I was able to contact them with the number you provided and luckily was within the 14 day trial, the customer rep told me that she had canceled both my accounts and provided me with 2 RMA (returning I guess) numbers.

    In order to avoid the charges she said I need to send the trial bottles back to the company with the included number attached… Here’s to hoping I don’t see an 85 doller charge on my visa bill!
    Thanks again! Think I’ll stick to the supplements they sell in stores

  50. Hey Rob,

    I gotta say I’m feeling the pain just like all these other guys. I’ve been working out for years, tried the different workouts and supplements and diets and I can’t seem to get down lower than 240lbs and be cut.

    I lose and gain frequently (due to diet of course) getting lazy and almost giving up on working out. My lowest weight in recent years has been 232lbs and I have been as heavy as 270lbs, currently I am 255lbs and saw these adverts for 1285 and XM yesterday and thought these would give me the boost I needed.

    While I expected to workout and diet properly because I know there’s no way to get ripped and lean by popping pills alone.
    I would like to get down to 225lbs ripped, but not sure how realistic that weight is for my body type and at 6’3″ what would my ideal weight be.
    Any advice you can give is greatly appreciated.

    As for 1285 and XM, I will be calling to cancel today and notifying my bank as well.


    1. Hey Theon,

      Depending on your body type and composition, 225 may be too low for you. I would pay more attention to how you look and feel more than what the scale says. Sign up for my free “getting ripped” ebook for tons of tips and advice for working out and eating right. I’ve recently added some bonuses to it as well, including sample meal plans, a workout log, and my “Big List of Foods You Can Eat”. As for supplements, stack Nitrocut as your pre workout with HyperGH 14X. It’s an HGH releaser that helps your energy and body composition. It’s also great for getting a good night’s sleep. Stick to the plan, and don’t be so hard on yourself. You’ll do great.

  51. Gotta say I feel pretty stupid and my heart sank when I read this article. I succumbed to ordering the 1285 and xtreme muscle recovery 30 day trial bottles, please tell me there’s something I can proactively do before I get these charges.

    1. Hey Will,
      Yeah there are lots of scammers out there, and we do our best to help you avoid them. When did you order them?

      If you’re within the free trial window you should be able to cancel, here is their contact info:

      1285 Muscle – 800-969-3081

      Xtreme Muscle Recovery – 800-592-7840

      Hope this helps and let me know if you need anything!

  52. Hey Rob thanks a ton for this article! I was SO CLOSE to buying 1285 Muscle until I read this (which I hardly check my bank account so I would have been broke).

    So thanks a lot, but if you could help me find something that will put on some muscle mass that would be awesome! I’m 5’9 165 lbs and have always had great muscle tone but it’s extremely hard for me to put on any weight.

    1. Hey Will

      Glad you found us in time! I have a few suggestions for you. First of all, download my free “getting ripped” ebook for tips and plans for eating and working out. (Use our calorie calculator to adjust your food intake up for gaining weight). As for supplements, use Nitrocut for pre workout and Gold Standard Whey as your protein. Also, add Muscle Advance Creatine to really put on the bulk. That should get you going. Let me know if you need anything else.

  53. very informative thanx for the intel I have never believed in the “take this supplement and grow huge quick” scams but they can be appealing… best thing to do is try to get a list of the ingredients and google them for your self you can probably by them individually for alot less… they do these things with t-boosters also.. to reduce your chances of getting scamed you can just buy the product… many of the companies offer a return policy… try it for a few weeks if no results send it back…
    1. Hey Rambo,
      Yeah that doesn’t always work though, you could end up taking too much of one ingredient and not enough of the other.

      But glad I caught you when I did! Let me know what your goals are, I might be able to recommend some supplements for you.


  54. Thanks Rob for the article on scammers. I’ve received your material – e-book,etc. very limited time to read , research and get my proper workouts in.

    I will get to your material as soon as I can. I am 56 and have worked out all my life .

    Some years more aggressively than others. i know there are some great products out there that will “help” you thru workouts and promote your results. I will be reviewing all if your reviews in the future and probably asking questions of some products I have tried.

    I have enjoyed reading the material of yours that I have read . Keep writing!

  55. I just read your article about the stackers going around the Internet about an hour after I paid the 5.95 each for the trial but know I put a calender reminder for the day after there going to arrive and cancel immediately so thanks for all the leg work u do on these items I never fall for these things but somehow I got suckered in
  56. Hey man I read your review good stuff, was thinking about buying that stuff but I always research that stuff first. In your email you said email you what we where looking for and you would point is in the right direction.

    Well I’m 25 I use to play college football, weighed 205 with the same size waist I have now a couple years later at 185. I was a gym rat in there 2-3 times a day. I’m not looking to get big again but I feel the fat is starting to creep up on me, I’m getting a little pudgy.

    I’m not even as close to active as I was. I still work out when I’m not completely gassed from work.

    Which is starting to happen more and more frequently. So basically I’m looking for an energy boost, fat burner and something to help lean muscle.

    1. Hey Austin,

      Start using a pre workout called Nitrocut. It gives you energy and stamina for your workout, and they don’t play the free trial game. Stack it with a fat burner called Phen375. It’s pretty expensive, but it’s the best and you shouldn’t need to take it for more than a couple months in your case.

  57. Rob, the best thing to do is not give these scammers your credit card info, ever, without consultng with you first!
  58. So how do you cancel? I feel like I’ve read all over and can’t seem to find how to cancel the trial… I’m afraid I also fell for this attempting to boost my gains in the gym

  59. All I can say about this is that the auto-bill implications *should not* be an element to scour through terms and conditions for. I am glad Optimal Stack and Elevate GF have updated their pages and have now created an option for people who do not necessarily desire to opt for the trial to begin testing either one of the products.

    The phone number should always be used, nevertheless, because most likely, the time invested on the phone could signify a considerable discount.
  60. I agree with the pills are B.S. They advertise about four different combos with the same ad. I did try a combo and just cut my losses, my fault.

    I wasn’t looking for an easy way just maybe better than I was getting. Good review on the BS and wish I would have seen this first.

    Keep up the reviews. I am older and really was looking for a product that would produce and sustain a good pump.

    1. Hey A,
      Yep, I hear you. It’s unbelievable what these companies can do and get away with. Try a pre workout supplement called Nitrocut. I think it’s got just what you’re looking for. It’s all pump, with no CNS stimulants.


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