FAKE GYM WEIGHTS
Just recently, IG Famous Brad Castleberry was called out for using fake gym weights in his Instagram posts. Why would somebody use fake weights props you may ask? To increase their views and likes so they can gain a bigger following. They can then promote their shitty supplements and training programs for ridiculous amounts of money. They want you to believe that by following their training program and taking their supplements, you’ll be just as strong as they are. But using fake weights has been a trend recently to getting more followers. There is actually website dedicated to selling fake weights. I’m sure they have their purpose in movies where safety might be a concern. But they shouldn’t be used to deceive people into following you.
Most people just figured that Brad was a roided out ex-football player who became freakishly strong. Closer look shows that not even world class powerlifters can lift as much as he does. Nor can powerlifters who actually use steroids lift as much as he does. Especially for his bodyweight of 250lbs as he states in his videos. Brad was even offered $10k to compete in a liftoff and declined that offer.
Brad Castleberry Fake Weights: How it Started
This whole thing started when Mike O’Hearn challenged Brad Castleberry to go up against his boy in some NFL combine type workouts. Brad Castleberry face says it all below at 6:30 when asked if they planned on actually setting a date for the event to take place.
Now don’t get me wrong. I think that Brad Castleberry is an insane athlete that is freakishly strong and athletic. However, it is hard to believe some of his Instagram videos and pictures are real.
Why Fake Weights Props Are Bad
If in fact Brad was lifting the weights and breaking the records that he says he does, then he would be doing a disservice to his country. He could help the good ole US of A be the dominant country in the sport of powerlifting. It would actually be awesome if the weights he were using turned out to be real. We would finally be able to take over the Russians.
While Brad’s Instagram page has been getting blown up be people telling him to take the challenge and prove he’s as strong as he says he is, he has yet to respond. With 750k+ followers, you know that he has to be seeing what people are saying about him. And if he cares about his fans, he would try to be as transparent as possible. There’s a big difference between people ‘hating’ for no reason and people legit having an issue with the way you portray yourself. Especially if it’s to deceive people into buying your products. By now, I think most people know that there are few supplements that are really worth buying.
If you are interested in hiring a coach to help give you a plan, motivate you, and help you stay on track then by all means go for it. But don’t be deceived by people who portray themselves to be natural and convince you that you can look like they do naturally. Don’t let IG popularity persuade you to think that someone is legit. Don’t believe that their supplement products have some magic formula to help you get stronger and leaner.
The only thing that you should focus on is your training and your diet. Go hard in the gym, eat properly according to your goals, and recover when you need. Are you going to have the best workouts every time you step foot in the gym? Of course not. But lifting weights is a marathon and not a sprint, regardless of whether you are natural or juicing, bodybuilder or powerlifter, etc.
Evidence Brad Castleberry Uses Fake Weights
Below you will see a picture of him with what looks likes 20 plates plus the bar and then underneath you’ll see a video of him actually squatting what looks like 585 lbs for 2 reps. A 585 lb squat for 2 reps is doable for somebody his size and with years of training. But you will see how much he struggles with 12 plates. It’s hard to believe he actually did a rep with the 20 plates that you see in the picture.