Brad Castleberry, if you have been around fitness for any amount of time you have likely heard of him, especially if you are on social media where his videos are prevalent and often receive quite a large reaction.
He is a very strong guy, no one can deny that. He lifts some impressive weights and regularly posts it on his Instagram, Facebook Page, and YouTube Channel.
As you are going to find out Brad is not a popular guy, not even close. In fact, we believe he is the most hated man in fitness and it’s not even much of a contest.
Who is Brad Castleberry?
Born in 1985, he grew up with a father and grandfather who both loved the gym so the gym life was instilled in him at a young age. He would train in his friend’s garage to start and had his first gym membership at age 16, by 19 years old he was on the stage in his first bodybuilding competition. According to Castleberry he went pro by the age of 20 and did a few competitions but he soon realized bodybuilding wasn’t for him. He then made his move to playing a couple of years of football at a junior college while never having played it in high school.
In his own bio which has since been deleted from his website he claimed he went to 2 NFL combines but we couldn’t find any proof of that anywhere, plus wouldn’t you just go to one combine. Who goes twice?
He also says he did the NFL combines before even participating in junior college football. Something just doesn’t add up there, I think he might be using the term NFL combine very loosely.
We looked back at his college stats and he played in a total of 4 games in his career at Palomar Community College, all of which was in 2010. He looks to have played fullback and some special teams. He had 4 receptions for a total of 5 yards or 2.5 yards per reception, one reception was for a touchdown. He also had 2 tackles.
You can see the stats for yourself here. Not the kind of numbers that get you an NFL combine invite and Palomar Community College isn’t exactly an NFL football factory either.
Since college, he has been focused mainly on weightlifting and social media. He also started his own supplement called Castleberry Nutrition that sells a few workout supplements and also training programs.
As for family life, he has a son and a daughter but does not appear to be married. He is from San Diego, California.
Why is Brad Castleberry So Hated?
Now it is time to get down to the meat and potatoes of this article. Let’s cover the hate Brad gets and why he gets it.
If you look at his Instagram you will see he has 726K followers, that seems impressive and is way more than most people have. When you actually look at the comments though you will soon realize that more than half (much more) are there to hate on him and call him names.
We took a look at his Instagram and it was brutal. Here is one of Castleberry’s recent videos he posted. Have a look at it and we will discuss.
There are many things to point out about this video. First off let’s take a look at the description, shall we? Saying he “BROKE ANOTHER WORLD RECORD!!” yet he doesn’t tell us what the record is. He just says that it was easy and then he walks around the gym shirtless and uses the hashtag #behumble. This right here encompasses a lot of what people hate about Brad Castleberry. Bragging about how strong he is, lying about world records, feeling the need to be shirtless and then using the #behumble at the end. Posts like this tend to piss people off. The funny part is he has posted videos of himself doing more weight than that on the legs press so I am really not sure why this is supposed be some sort of record. Unless those girls weigh more than 225lbs each that isn’t even a PR for him.
The world record thing really has to rub some people the wrong way, particularly guys that are working their butts off to set real-world records at real lifting competitions not just posting a video on social media and saying it’s the world record with absolutely no proof. This is not the only time he has done it either, it happens frequently.
Now let’s take a look at the comments he gets. Below is a screen cap of a very small portion of the comments. The hate is real. We didn’t have to look hard for this either, this was literally the first video we looked at and some of the first comments we came across. As you can see many are not happy with Brad, now you know why we titled the article the way we did, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Here is one more of his Instagram posts and then we will move on.
Here he is doing some shrugs. The range of motion is subpar as you can see but notice he has 9 plates on each side of the bar. 9 plates is the maximum the bar will hold with clamps at the very end, make a mental note of that, it will be important later in this article.
His other social media is basically the same as this whether, on Facebook or his YouTube channel, there are a lot of people that support him and his impressive lifts, there are a lot of haters also.
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Brad Castleberry Gets Called Out, a Lot
As you can imagine there are a lot of strongmen and powerlifters out there that are not too happy with his claims of how strong he is and breaking world records left and right, not to mention his poor form and strong spots he receives.
He gets called out quite frequently for him to actually go to a powerlifting or strongman competition and prove himself. He has never responded to any of these and blocks the people calling him out so that can’t do it again, at least not on his own page. Below is a video of powerlifter Greek Goliath calling him out. He makes a good case that while Castleberry is strong it is not world record type strength he claims it is.
Below we have a screencap of how he was called out on Instagram from the bodybuilding.com forums.
You can also find other times he has been called out, sources say he was offered $10,000 to prove himself, but he has yet to do so. If he hasn’t yet he probably never will.
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Does Brad Castleberry Use Fake Weights?
This is another thing a lot of people will bring up, they think Castleberry somehow has fake weights that he mixes in with the real weights in order to make it look like he is lifting more weight than he actually is.
Believe it or not there actually are fake plates out there but all the fake plates we could find were the regular rounded plates and Castleberry almost always uses the hex type plates. We were unable to find fake hex plates anywhere. He could cut some fakes plates out of Styrofoam and paint them black but it would be pretty tough to make those look legit.
While we were unable to find where he could be getting fake weights from someone else did. In the video below by Kenny KO you will see that he has found a website that has weights you can custom order and that look exactly like the ones Brad uses. The fake weights portion of the video starts at about the 3:40 mark. We still wonder how he manages to sneak them into the gym and why no one has posted a video of him doing so. He must just use 2-4 fake plates that are really light and the rest are real, I don’t see a gym allowing him to bring in 16 fake plates to use at their gym.
While in our interview with him he pretty much laughed off the idea of fake plates saying “When the whole fake weight claims started popping up, it was pretty humorous”. I bet he doesn’t think it is as humorous now that he has pretty much been exposed. It’s kind of sad really, the guy is strong as hell without the fake weights but he has some need to use fake weights to trick people into thinking he can lift huge amounts and then he brags about how strong he is while knowing full well he didn’t actually lift as much as he is pretending to be lifting. Maybe he gets a kick out of fooling people but now his reputation is basically being known as the guy who uses fake weights.
Our verdict: Looks like there is a pretty good chance he has used fake weights in the past, not sure if he still does.
(If anyone out there gets video of him bringing fake weights into the gym in his gym bag or anything like that please put a link to it in the comments below, that would be golden.)
Brad Castleberry Uses Photoshop?
People have also claimed that he uses Photoshop in some of his pictures. While the fake weights accusation looks to be true the Photoshop claims are true as well. Let’s take a look at this picture he posted on his Instagram of himself doing some shrugs.
If you count the number of plates on each side you will notice there are 10 plates per side. The funny thing is we already discussed earlier that nine plates is the absolute most that the bars will hold with a clamp, and if there is no clamp the weights would have fallen off the ends as soon as he lifted it. Also, if he were really shrugging 10 plates he would post a video rather than a photo.
Check out this video below from his Instagram of him shrugging 9 plates from a side view. At the end of the video, you can clearly see the clip is at the end of the bar and there is no way you could fit another plate on there with a clip.
This leads us to believe he took the pic of himself shrugging 9 plates and added a plate to the end with Photoshop.
Why would he do that? We have no idea. It seems like a lot of bother to go through just to add one plate to the bar and most people probably wouldn’t even notice.
Where You Have to Give Castleberry Credit
I don’t think there is anyone out there that would deny Castleberry is strong, really strong. Even if he were using fake plates he is still lifting a ton of weight. I don’t think anyone would deny that.
He also has to have some of the thickest skin of all time. This guy gets so much hate it’s unreal and he just keeps posting his videos knowing he will get hated on. Maybe he is just trolling and doesn’t mind but that is a heck of a lot of hate to take even for a troll.
He must be doing something right. He does have over 726K Instagram fans and not all of them are haters, plus he has started Castleberry Nutrition and is selling supplements, workouts, and apparel. We aren’t sure how successful the company is but at least he probably isn’t living in his mom’s basement.
Why Do People Hate Him So Much? Let’s Summarize
When it comes to Brad Castleberry there isn’t just one reason why people can’t stand this guy. It is a lot of little things that add up to him being a person that people like to hate on.
These things are:
- He isn’t humble at all, using the hashtag #behumble does not make you humble. Arrogance is not cool and it will get you haters quickly.
- The flexing after each lift. This also goes toward not being humble. It’s another thing that turns people off, adding the “light weight” comment with the flex doesn’t work for Castleberry the way it did for Ronnie Coleman either.
- Lifting with fake weights and then acting like you have done something special afterward.
- The need he has to go shirtless all the time. I am not sure what gym allows that but I would not want to use the equipment after him even if he wiped it down. Plus, the fact that any shirtless guy in the gym is lame, I don’t care how big or ripped you are.
- He has bad form and a poor range of motion. One major pet peeve of weightlifters is someone with bad form or ROM, particularly when the person with bad form thinks they are great and claims to be “breaking records” that’s just not a good look.
- They question if he is natural. I don’t think it takes a rocket surgeon to figure out if he is or isn’t though.
- Jealousy. It has to be stated some people are likely jealous of his strength, he is a beast as much as people hate to admit it.
- They consider him not legitimate. While he does lift a lot of weight most of it is with poor form and range of motion and many question his use of fake plates. To these people, he will never be legit until he proves himself in a real competition. Until then he is just a social media personality performing invalid lifts and bragging about it.
Brad Castleberry is the most hated man in fitness and now you know why. One thing no one can deny is that he is strong, stronger than most. What many people question though is how legitimate is he. That is something many people would like an answer to, but something Castleberry seems content to leave it unanswered.
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I have been weight training for over 15 years and have trained for bodybuilding, power lifting, as well as for football. It all started with the weights, I used to lift with my friends in my garage after school. All I had was a small bench, a couple of dumbbells and a curl bar so I had to be creative with my workouts. At 15 my Mom got me my first gym membership and I have never looked back. I competed in my first bodybuilding show at 19 and fell in love with the rush I got when I was on stage, By competing and ultimately succeeding I received my pro card from the natural show series Muscle Mania. After endless competitions I decided to take a break, because competing is hard on your body and mind. But, being the competitor that I am I still needed that feeling of competition in my life. So, I started training for football and participated in two NFL combines where I undoubtedly turned heads with my strength, vertical leap, and overall athleticism. Shortly after, I signed up at a local junior college and walked onto their football team where I played for two years. Playing football taught me a whole new skill set and broadened my training methods. Most importantly, it taught me how to be a functional athlete. After years of endless training as well as much trial and error I have figured out what works best for strengthening and shaping my body. I’ve come a long way and now I want to use my knowledge and experience to motivate others. Whether they are an athlete, a power lifter, or just trying to maintain a fit life, I want to inspire people to stay active and live healthy.
Bradly Castleberry is a Pro bodybuilder, powerlifter, and ex football player. Brad was always an athletic child growing up. His first encounter with weight training was at the age of 15 years old, and since then, he never stopped excelling at bodybuilding, sports, and weightlifting.
After many years of discipline in the gym, and on the football field, Bradly became famous for his incredible feats of strength. He’s also caused a lot of controversy in the fitness industry with his impressive weightlifting records – claiming he squatted over 750lbs.
“See what you want and go get it.”
Full Name: Bradly Castleberry Weight Height Year of Birth Nationality 245 - 255lbs (111.1 - 115.7kg) 5'10" (177.5cm) 1985 American Profession Era Bodybuilder, Powerlifter, Entrepreneur 2000, 2010 Weight 245 - 255lbs (111.1 - 115.7kg) Height 5'10" (177.5cm) Year of Birth 1985 Nationality American Profession Bodybuilder, Powerlifter, Entrepreneur Era 2000, 2010
“If you have discipline, drive and determination, nothing is impossible.”
Bradly has managed to grow his brand and his social media fan base over the years. He’s also started a supplement and clothing line business.
“I competed in my first bodybuilding show at 19 and fell in love with the rush I got when I was on stage.”
Lifting With Friends
Born in 1985, Bradly Castleberrry started his fitness journey early on in his life. When he was growing up, Brad would often play sports and go running for hours with friends and family.
From an early age, he showed signs of a great sportsman with athletic abilities. By the time he entered high school, Bradly got his first pair of weights, and started training.
At first, Castleberry exercised in a friends garage, where he spent a lot of time trying out different exercises and routines. According to Bradly, all they had was a small bench, curl bar, and a pair of dumbbells – so they had to improvise.
By the time he was 15, Brad got his first gym membership and started training more seriously, becoming addicted to the fitness lifestyle. He said, “At 15 my Mom got me my first gym membership and I have never looked back.”
Bradly continued working out for several years, dramatically improving his physique as time went by. Eventually, it came to a point where he contemplated about competing in a bodybuilding show.
He thought it over, and at the age of 19, Brad stepped on the stage for the first time. After the competition, Castleberry said that he “fell in love with the rush“ of competing.
It wasn’t long before Brad started to pile up great results in different local and regional shows, so he decided to take it a step further by focusing his attention on becoming a Pro Competitor.
The youngster started his preparations and trained hard for several months, eventually taking part in a natural show series, the Muscle Mania.
Bradly’s hard work, dieting, and conditioning his body paid off. He took home 1st place and won his Pro card.
Bodybuilding To Football
Over the course of several months after winning his Pro card, Brad continued to compete in different shows, but he eventually started to lose the desire to participate. According to Brad, after endless hours of preparations and competing, the stress started to build up and took its toll. Brad then decided to take a break from the stage to re-think his next steps.
However, Castleberry was extremely competitive by nature, so he had to find something else to do while he was taking a break from professional bodybuilding.
He decided to start football training, and not long after he started, he participated in two major league football games where he excelled with his power and performance. Bradly’s strength, vertical leap, and overall athleticism were impressive during his football career – due to the years he spent in the gym beforehand.
Brad later joined a local junior college football team where he played for 2 years. He said that during this time, he learned a lot of new skills and training methods. Castleberry continued, “Most importantly, it taught me how to be a functional athlete. After years of endless training as well as trial and error, I have figured out what works best for strengthening and shaping my body.“– Bradly Castleberry
After 2 years spent on the football field, Bradly’s desire for strength training came back. He stopped playing football and started focusing solely on weightlifting, more specifically, powerlifting.
When Brad stepped back into the gym, he had a wide variety of new insights and skills he gained during his football career.
Castleberry quickly found that lifting heavy weights enriched him. Brad started to pile-up impressive record-breaking lifts.
Success And Controversy
With his focus shifted back on bodybuilding and powerlifting, Brad started posting pictures and videos of his strength records, and his awesome physique that he developed over the years, attracting fans from all over the world.
During that time, Brad caused a lot of controversy in the online community, as some of the critics believed he used fake weights while recording some of his claimed “record” lifts.
Castleberry denied the accusations, and said his only desire was to motivate others. Despite the accusations and controversy he provoked, Brad has become an inspiration for people everywhere with his awesome physique and positive attitude towards life.
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Never give up and always go hard.”
According to Brad, stretching is something most people forget about, but he says it’s very important for optimal muscle growth and body mobility.
He stretches every day, and points out the importance of stretching after a workout. Castleberry believes it improves blood flow to the muscle, and helps with recovery.
Bradly trains 6 times a week, with 1 day-off to fully recover. He says this is the most optimal way for him to stimulate muscle growth.
His favorite exercises are compound movements such as bench press, squats, and deadlifts. He believes these are the best mass builders, and are great for overall strength and size development.
“Without struggle, there is no progress.”
Brad’s diet if full of healthy fats, complex carbs, and lean proteins such as chicken, and during the time of his competitions, Bradly had to be precise and strict with his diet by not allowing himself to indulge in cheat meals.
However, since stepping off the bodybuilding stage, and deciding to focuse his attentions more on powerlifting, he now allows himself a cheat meal in order to replenish his body of vital nutrients lost during his heavy training sessions.
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