I heard a line in the movie The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Looks like you picked up a couple of weights, too, huh?

The speaker of this line apparently suggests that the other party has gained weight. But why does he use weight as a count noun? According to the Macmillan Dictionary, weight is a mass noun when referring to a person's heaviness. The character here is not a native speaker of English, but appears to be highly educated (Princeton-educated) and have a very outstanding proficiency. And the actor is an Oxford-trained English actor. Is this usage grammatical?

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    I'm not familiar with the quote, but it seems more likely the "picked up a couple of weights" would refer to exercise weights (countable items), so the comment would refer to someone who looked like they were in good physical condition from have been exercising. If the comment refers to someone who has obviously gained weight, it would be ungrammatical. – fixer1234 Jun 27 '18 at 5:34
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    I tried to check at various places but could not find such a usage! Seems improper to me. The only context is 'weights' where you refer 'weight' to dumbells or weighing plates. – Maulik V Jun 27 '18 at 5:35
So now Lahore is your nest.
--Been here seven years.
Your Urdu is quite good.
--I've picked some up.
Looks like you picked up a couple of weights too, huh?
You look quite solid  for a journalist.

The reference is to exercise weights, dumbbells.

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