Instagram model Gracyanne Barbosa is under controversey after popular YouTuber ‘Nick’s Strength and Power ‘ accused her of using fake weights to make it look as though she’s lifting a substantial amount (video below).
After noticing something strange about a video posted by the Instagram model he posted a video explaining his theory.
“Gracyanne Barbosa, a Brazilian instagram “model”/ dancer recently posted a video of herself squatting 500lbs for almost 10 reps. I don’t believe she’s really squatting that much, and I think the plates are fake/less than 45lbs each. I believe she is a fan of Brad Castleberry, what do you guys think?” the YouTuber wrote in the video description.
Men’s Health agreed that the plates Barbosa was lifting weren’t real, and pointed to Reddit – where many Redditors expressed their own skepticism.
“You would think that these fake weight users would at least use an amount that is even remotely realistic. Does she seriously expect us to think she’s squatting 495 for reps?” one Redditor commented.
“Anyone who actually weight trains can see through crap like this. It is meant to impress people who don’t work out,” another wrote.
Many other social media platforms agreed that Barbosa was faking the exercise.
“What I don’t understand is she obviously is in good shape she obviously has got an incredible physique, why does she have to take away from the accomplishments that she has by posting this fake squat video, because there’s no way in this world that she is squatty 500 pounds 10 times,” Facbook user added.
“As someone that has worked out for over 35 years, done 2 years of bodybuilding and is a certified fitness instructor by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, I have to say that is fake. Just 400 Lbs. on a bar, and you can see it flex and bounce and this is suppose to be 455 and there is no flexing of the bar in the least. As far as wearing a belt, NASM doesn’t believe in them either. As you progress into heavier weights, your core should also develop to allow you to support the weight,” another wrote.