Thanks to lots of exercise (and possibly the bodybuilding oil, synthol), Moustafa Ismail, a 24-year-old Egyptian bodybuilder, is now known as the real-life Popeye, and “has recently claimed the Guinness record for world’s largest biceps.” Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.


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.’ Mr Ismail, who lives with his wife Carolina, started bodybuilding ten years ago in a bid to keep fit.

He has a daily exercise regime of 5am until 8am during which he concentrates on cardio, strength-training and body sculpting, using heavy and light isolated weights. When Mr Ismail is not pumping iron he’s pumping gas at the two petrol station he owns near his home in Massachusetts.


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