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31-inch biceps land Moustafa Ismail, Egypt's "Big Mo," place in Guinness Book of World Records

Moustafa Ismail's arms are the size of many a grown man's waist.
There's a good chance Big Mo's muscles are larger than the Afghan bodybuilder's shown here. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Wow, the Egyptian bodybuilding team really missed an opportunity by rejecting Moustafa Ismail, whose 31-inch arms have now won him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, according to Yahoo! News.

Rebuffed in his homeland, Ismail took his biceps elsewhere and relocated to the United States in 2007, said the Huffington Post

He continued training in the US and now, 10 years after he first set foot in a gym, the 24-year-old is to be listed in the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records set for release on London on Wednesday, reported Yahoo

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OK, so how much can he lift? A whopping 500 pounds. 

And how much spinach does he eat? Uh, none. 

"People always [say] you remind me of Popeye the sailor man, this makes me laugh, the truth is I don't have any spinach in my diet, I can't stand the stuff," the young Egyptian said, reported the Huffington Post.

OK, that's kind of crazy. So what does he eat? A staggering three pounds of chicken, one pound of steak or fish, four cups of almonds, three liters worth of protein drinks, and a full two gallons of water per day, said Yahoo

That's a lot of trips to, say, Costco. But Ismail's got the gas situation covered, owning two petrol stations near his Massachusetts home, said Yahoo

It's also a lot of eating. When does he find time to work out? Apparently from five a.m. until eight a.m., sometimes twice a day, according to Yahoo

"Actually I think my arms are now bigger than the [Popeye] cartoon character," said Ismail, whose father was a wrestler.

Check the photos here and see if you agree.

James Fiddler More than 1 year ago
Synthol injections do not count. This is mot muscular development, but Synthol injections to fluff the muscles. There is no muscular development at all here. The 3 heads of the triceps are indistinguishable and his deltoids have almost no definition. There is no vascularity. If this were muscle development, you would see clear definition and vascularity. I am ashamed at Guinness for giving a record to a cheater. Take away his Synthol, but keep everything else the same, and you will see his biceps go down to around 14", including the layer of fat on top. Egypt was right to rebuff him.
juddpaynter More than 1 year ago
James, there are also no straitions in his muscles. They look like the typical mishapened,edematous, bloated pillows of all synthol users. People can find pictures of synthol injection users on the internet. This guy looks identical to those people.It is amazing that Guiness Book would leap at this guys story, before looking and really researching it. Check out Carrot Top's pictures lately. He uses synthol.
ScallywagNYC More than 1 year ago
3 pounds of chicken, a pound of steak or fish, 4 cups of almonds, two gallons of water and three liters of protein shakes…a day. On top of lifting twice a day. Is this the dream that a young boy created in his head at a mere ten years of age ? The American mentality of becoming the best by whatever means necessary has struck like a plague, and has become worse in the most recent years. It saddens me is that our absurd illusions as a culture are reaching across seas. What is our obsession with being the best and when did it become ok to put our personal safety and integrity at risk just to make a few dollars? I suppose its ok to be absurdly unhealthy as long as your famous with your picture on a few covers right ? Sound familiar ?
Jacob Jones More than 1 year ago
Scallywag, this man is a fake. He injected his arms with an oil based product and bloated them up. There is no way someone could have 31" arms with the rest of their body so small. Look up someone like Matt Kroc if you want to see a person who can (easily) lift a real 500lbs, in several different ways. They don't even specify what lift Ismail is doing when they say that.
Jake More than 1 year ago
Don't bother trying to reason with Scallywag. It seems to believe that before America there was no such thing as an "over-achiever." Or bodybuilding. Or men wanting large muscles. I guess you could say Scally is just a jingoist at heart since it believes the world lived in ignorance until America came along. Amazing...19 years of this freaks life was spent in Egypt but somehow America is to blame...yeah, you know how those Egyptians look to American for their behavioral cues. Papa, how do people in America behave? Well son, they inject synthol into their arms in an attempt to get into the (British) Guinness Book of World Records. Yes papa! I shall lift a goat immediately! Regardless, this guy isn't anything but a cheater. He didn't work for those best he worked (a job) to pay for the synthol he shot into them.