Meet Egypt's Popeye

Sep 13, 2012, 08:07 IST | Agencies

Moustafa Ismail's 31-inch biceps land him a spot in the Guinness Book of Records

An Egyptian-born bodybuilder’s 31-inch biceps have been crowned the biggest in the world.

Moustafa Ismail (24) has spent 10 years pumping iron twice a day and his upper arms now have the same circumference as a grown man’s waist.

One man arm-y: Moustafa Ismail’s biceps are as big as a grown man’s waist

‘Big Mo’ eats as much as 3 pounds of chicken, 1 pound of steak or fish and four cups of almonds washed down with two gallons of water and three litres of protein shakes.

He works out twice a day, lifting a staggering 500kg. The bodybuilder was so dedicated to bulking up his arms he moved his whole family to America to gain access to better workout equipment.

The muscle man said: “People always say you remind me of Popeye the sailor man. This makes me laugh as the truth is I don’t have any spinach in my diet — I can’t stand the stuff. Actually I think my arms are now bigger than the cartoon character.”

Ismail, who lives with his wife Carolina, started bodybuilding ten years ago in a bid to keep fit. He moved to the US five years ago.

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