They inspire us, wow us and motivate us, but are they telling us the truth?

According to many fitness experts and gym veterans, there is evidence of fake weights being used by fitness influencers.

 

Why Would They Do This?

Appearing to be like Captain America or Wonder Woman has huge financial benefits. If a woman is out squatting most men, then her followers see her as empowering and strong.

If a male fitness influencer is shifting around huge weights, then his followers begin to use words like “monster”. “beast” and “tank”. Word spreads and men everywhere begin to look up to this individual as a superhero type of figure.

If you take a look at any fitiness influencers media channels you will see that the most viewed/liked content is where impressive feats are occuring or where their bodies look fantastic.

This is why it’s crucial to appear as superior as possible. A video where you’re benching or squatting a ridiculous amount can give you over 1 million views and of course extra followers which leads to sponsors and profits.

 

How Do You Get Fake Weights?

Now that we know why they may be doing this, lets look at how.

In perhaps the most simple and unimaginative way possible. there’s in fact a website called fakeweights.com. You couldn’t make this up!

Fake weights are easy to create. You make plates that are normal sized, yet you make them far lighter than normal.

If a plate that weighs 10kg has 50kg written on the side, yet is the 50kg size, then who would know unless you lifted it yourself?

From behind the camera it looks perfectly normal, at least to some.

 

How To Spot Fake Weights

According to experts, there are multiple red flags.

  • Being able to move the weight side to side which shouldn’t be possible if incredibly heavy
  • The amount of strain being exerted for such great weights. Many fitness influencers are lifting world record weights effortlessly, yet only have one spotter instead of 3 and seem to breeze through the movements. What’s even more strange is that these same people don’t enter competitive competitions.
  • The shape of the plates don’t match those in the surrounding gym. In many videos you can see plates that are different to the ones seen in the background of the gym or on other machines. This suggests that they brought these plates with them.
  • Horrible form. If technique is terrible, then it’s unlikely that you’d be able to shift such large amounts. This is frequently evident when many female influencers squat ridiculous amounts, yet display the form of a beginner.
  • The same plates being used in different gyms. Most influencers move around reguarly due to work. However the same plates can be seen in every gym they attend. This could be coincidence, but as any gym regular will tell you, most gyms have different equipment due to the number of suppliers.

 

Hopefully this can help you spot fake weights next time you’re crushing over your favourite fitness influencers.

It’s morally wrong, since their fans are training hard in order to match them, yet so many are being tricked. The best way to avoid any issues is to admire from far, but to focus on your own goals.

Of course none of this may be true and these whistle blowers may be haters. But with websites like fakeweights.com it’s hard to think that no one’s had the idea already with such financial rewards to be had.

They inspire us, wow us and motivate us, but are they telling us the truth?

According to many fitness experts and gym veterans, there is evidence of fake weights being used by fitness influencers.

 

Why Would They Do This?

Appearing to be like Captain America or Wonder Woman has huge financial benefits. If a woman is out squatting most men, then her followers see her as empowering and strong.

If a male fitness influencer is shifting around huge weights, then his followers begin to use words like "monster". "beast" and "tank". Word spreads and men everywhere begin to look up to this individual as a superhero type of figure.

If you take a look at any fitiness influencers media channels you will see that the most viewed/liked content is where impressive feats are occuring or where their bodies look fantastic.

This is why it's crucial to appear as superior as possible. A video where you're benching or squatting a ridiculous amount can give you over 1 million views and of course extra followers which leads to sponsors and profits.

 

How Do You Get Fake Weights?

Now that we know why they may be doing this, lets look at how.

In perhaps the most simple and unimaginative way possible. there's in fact a website called fakeweights.com. You couldn't make this up!

Fake weights are easy to create. You make plates that are normal sized, yet you make them far lighter than normal.

If a plate that weighs 10kg has 50kg written on the side, yet is the 50kg size, then who would know unless you lifted it yourself?

From behind the camera it looks perfectly normal, at least to some.

 

How To Spot Fake Weights

According to experts, there are multiple red flags.

  • Being able to move the weight side to side which shouldn't be possible if incredibly heavy
  • The amount of strain being exerted for such great weights. Many fitness influencers are lifting world record weights effortlessly, yet only have one spotter instead of 3 and seem to breeze through the movements. What's even more strange is that these same people don't enter competitive competitions.
  • The shape of the plates don't match those in the surrounding gym. In many videos you can see plates that are different to the ones seen in the background of the gym or on other machines. This suggests that they brought these plates with them.
  • Horrible form. If technique is terrible, then it's unlikely that you'd be able to shift such large amounts. This is frequently evident when many female influencers squat ridiculous amounts, yet display the form of a beginner.
  • The same plates being used in different gyms. Most influencers move around reguarly due to work. However the same plates can be seen in every gym they attend. This could be coincidence, but as any gym regular will tell you, most gyms have different equipment due to the number of suppliers.

 

Hopefully this can help you spot fake weights next time you're crushing over your favourite fitness influencers.

It's morally wrong, since their fans are training hard in order to match them, yet so many are being tricked. The best way to avoid any issues is to admire from far, but to focus on your own goals.

Of course none of this may be true and these whistle blowers may be haters. But with websites like fakeweights.com it's hard to think that no one's had the idea already with such financial rewards to be had.