Maximum Shred is the not-so-modest name of this supplement, which promises to turn your flabby abs to ripped muscle in just weeks, without any steroids. They tout Maximum Shred is based upon a discovery which won the Nobel Prize in 1998 and will give you more energy and prowess in the bedroom to boot.

The Maximum Shred Pitch

Maximum Shred uses a variety of methods to attempt to convince you to give them your credit card number. First, they have pictures of incredibly buff men on the website, implying that these guys used Maximum Shred to get toned. Remember, these are just stock photos that could have come from any source.

Second, they tout Maximum Shred is based on a Nobel Prize-winning formula to convince you of its scientific legitimacy. It is true in 1998 doctors Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro and Ferid Murad, received the prize for studies concerning nitric oxide (L-arginine) acting as a signaling system in the human body. They extrapolate this to make the claim that the arginine contained in Maximum Shred increases muscle flow and gives you an endurance and energy boost. (Later, Dr. Louis Ignarro was criticized for not disclosing his business ties to Herbalife.)

Third, they have a long, detailed web page, filled with bullet points and fancy medical terms. This is partially because pages with 2,000 words or more tend to perform better on Google so you’re more likely to see it, but the long-form pitch is specially designed to psychologically draw you in.

Finally, they offer what they list as a “Free Trial” and encourage you to fill your name, address, email, and phone number. When you get to the Order page, it appears to show just $4.95 S&H fees.

What Maximum Shred REALLY Costs:

$92.42 every 30 days until you cancel ($87.47 plus $4.95 shipping). The so-called Free Trial lasts only 14 days from date of order, not delivery unless you call to extend it. After that 14 days, if you don’t contact them to receive an RMA and return your bottle, you will be billed $87.47 every month until you cancel it.

Bottom Line: Is Maximum Shred a Scam?

There are so many “red flags” about Maximum Shred that we strongly caution against entering any information on their website. They appear to be breaking every Sin from our series on the Seven Deadly Sins of Infomercials, including Sneaky Pricing, Upselling, Lousy Customer Service, Evil Privacy Policy, Hidden Subscription, Crappy Products, and Fake Affiliates

In addition:

  • The Terms and Conditions page says you give up your right to sue them in court or join any class action lawsuits against them.
  • Even visiting the website, “the Company collects your IP address and/or monitors and/or tracks your viewing habits and retains your user identity and/or viewing habits by causing the Company’s server to send a “cookie” to your computer.” 

If you are interested in learning more about what to look for in supplements, we recommend reading How To Buy a Nutritional Supplement. Also, check out The Science of Infomercials: Why You Buy from us.

We hope this helps. Let us know what you think of Maximum Shred below!