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Added On October 23, 2011
The StrongLifts Inner Circle Is a SCAM

by Rusi
Recently StrongLifts.com have launched a new part of the web-site called - StrongLifts Inner Circle. StrongLifts inner circle will be a private community and all users will have to pay in order to participate in the discussion and to access "valuable training secrets."

Currently the members of the older and free StrongLifts community cannot access their accounts unless they are willing to pay a certain membership fee. There are also a lot of complains posted on the StartingStrength.com forum.

Posted by artwebb on October 9th 2011

Went to sign in to SL today, after cancelling recuring payment via Paypal (did not inform Medhi) and got this message:

Art:
Because you never posted anything in the forum, or neverposted more than 100x...or didn't log into the forum for a while, your account has now been disabled

Free accounts are no longer possible. However, if you want tojoin us again, you can check out our Gold Membership (run on wording thiers)

BULLSHIT! absolute unequivocle steaming piles of bullshit.

I responded by contacting Admin with this:

Administrator:
re the recent deactivation of my account, contrary to what the message I received claimed, I have indeed posted many more than 100posts, in several forums, including recent posts, and I have a current, paid up Gold Membership, good until the 16th of October.
What is the real reson for my deactivation, if it was not done in error?

Source: http://startingstrength.com/resources/forum/showthread.php?t=25924&page=27
Posted by Portillo on October 8th, 2011
I was a long time member of Stronglifts and was upset when I tried to login and was rudely told that I was banned. I would have thought that he would have at least given a sub-forum for free members. Stronglifts had a great community but what Mehdi did has turned me off his site completely. I was never going to become a gold member anyway.

Source: http://startingstrength.com/resources/forum/showthread.php?t=25924&page=24
As you can see many people who used to love StrongLifts.com now hate it. The fact that Mehdi, the creator of StrongLifts.com, has first made the whole forum private and now paid is ridiculous. We are talking about weightlifting trianing here. Not some vodoo stuff.

On top of that Mehdi has an arrogant behavior and insults people in his e-mails and his advertisements are similar to all other sites selling supplements that are completely useless. Here's his advertisement of the Inner Circle page.

"Look, 743 people have already joined the StrongLifts Inner Circle during the past 72
hours. Another 257 will be joining during the next 24 hours. Soon, a THOUSAND of new Members will achieve the kind of body and strength they want, without drugs or supplements and training only three times a week. And they'll be thinking one thing:

"Man that StrongLifts Inner Circle Gold Membership
was the best investment I ever made"

Are you going to be one of them?

Only if you grab your Gold Membership before
someone else does. So go here right now..."

I don't know about you but to me this sounds like an ad made for ignorant people who will actually believe it and buy a Gold Membership.

Wake up people !!! This a scam to join his site and pay money for information you already know or can access for free online.

The reason why Mehdi wants to make the Inner Circle is to have control over everything. That's why he made the forum private in the first place. And this is the reason why he bans people who disagree with him. He just wants to be in charge of his online empire. He does not care about you or giving you valuable information. He cares about making money from the monthly fees.

Let me tell you something and please remember it.

There is "no secret training information" that will turn you into Arnold.

You are the one who has to find what works for you.

You are the one who has to put the effort in.

You are the one who can make the right decisions about your training.


Of course there is lot of useful information which will help you out but there are so many free sources that it will be a shame to fall for the scam of StrongLifts.com Inner Circle. I don't know about you but I would rather save my money and buy some real food instead of some crappy membership. At least I know the food will work.


Bottom line:
StrongLifts Inner Circle is for ignorant people with lack of experience that can be brainwashed rather easily. There is nothing exciting about being a part of community where all opinion that differs is not accepted. Such close-minded communities suck HARD.

P.S.  Send your hate to rookiejournal@gmail.com
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