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You’re probably well aware of Moustafa Ismail from Egypt with his freakishly large 31 inch biceps. After all,  it would seem that the public has a desire for the obscene, the obscure and the morbidly ridiculous.

The other day, I watched with bemusement as my local news station did an interview with Moustafa in what can only be regarded as true media ‘beat-up’. It’s as if the guy who invented this ‘freaky’ look (Mr Gregg Valentino) had never existed. I’m pretty sure the whole synthol resurgence was in fact instigated by Gregg, and not by this current ‘trend-setter’ of Egyptian origin.

Mostafa Ismail

Apparently, the Guiness Book of Records is currently investigating his claims…

Wow – I’m f*cking shocked! Imbalaced body parts raising a few eye-brows? No way!

Moustafa has claimed that he doesn’t use steroids or any other banned substances and has achieved his 31 inch cannons by guzzling down a protein-packed daily diet of 3lbs of chicken, 1lb of steak or fish and three litres of protein shakes.

“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. I’ll stick to my chicken I think.”

I call bullsh*t

Has nobody noticed the small size of his forearms in comparison to his biceps and triceps? Does this not look slightly anatomically incorrect? Surely, if your biceps are that large, then a significant portion of any weight-training induced load will be transferred to your forearms, thus initiating ‘growth’ of the said area.

Adding purely isolated muscle to the arms, and the arms ‘only’ can mean one of two things…

1) Moustafa injects synthol directly into his arms
2) Moustafa is a genetic freak and was possibly born on another planet.

I’m gonna go with the first option. We’ve seen this ‘look’ before and it’s always the same. Synthol, synthol, synthol and repeat.

What about Aesthetics?

Moustafa has said, and I quote:

I just do it to look better… and to like… it’s a good feeling…

I’m not sure anyone would agree with you on that one matey. There’s possibly 1% of the world’s population that might find this ‘freaky-arm’ look mildy appealing. Most women I know would run for the hills quicker than Charlie Sheen with a bag of coke.

I of course, could be wrong.

Over to you…

What are your thoughts on Moustafa?
A ‘Sexy’ world record breaker or simply a drug cheat?

Clint Nielsen

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  • Vato says:

    I’m pretty disgusted that the media even entertains someone like this… Giving someone like this a platform is just encouraging other morons to do the same. Everyone in the industry knows this is an oil-based injection, so did not one journalist or The Guiness World of Records actually do ANY research before crowning this idiot.

    There must be SOMEONE at the Guiness World of Records offices that goes to a gym and could ask a personal trainer before tarnishing their brand, and making them all look like bafoons.

    • Clint says:

      Definitely a question for ‘Guiness’ to tighten up their selection processes. Things like this shouldn’t slip through the cracks if indeed, he is injecting.

  • Grant says:


    Agreed, look at his forearms, this look is ridiculous, along with the look on his face.

    His “triceps” look like camels humps, full of oil haha no definition at all.

  • Ryan Thorr says:

    This guys Moustafa is totally ridiculous. Like you mentioned, people have a fascination with the bizarre and grotesque. His 5 minutes of fame is almost up though.

  • Clint,

    I can’t speak for the ladies, of course, but I say not appealing at all. Lean and toned is the way to go, not bulky and unnatural. Try for a 31 inch waist instead of biceps.


  • Bill says:

    In my opinion, Moustafa has a pretty warped look on reality. Its pretty clear that he injects into his biceps and just goes to the gym to use the EZ bar. I’m not completely sure why anyone would have such an infatuation with one muscle, but its the farthest thing from attractive.

  • Seth says:

    Yeah, this is pretty much a cut and dried case of a dude who wanted massive guns, was too much of a wuss even to try gateway anabolics like Deca, or who DID try them and had no clue how to get rid of gyno, who then decided to pump oil.

    I truly feel sorry for the guy, because he’s clearly sold himself and his entourage on the psychotic claim that he eats 3,000 grams of protein every day to achieve this ‘look’.

    The most pathetic part is that he clearly has no other redeeming fitness quality to his body, and is likely speeding towards a medical wall of infection and/or an early grave.

  • jic1 says:

    “Has nobody noticed the small size of his forearms in comparison to his biceps and triceps? Does this not look slightly anatomically incorrect?”

    Yes, which is why it’s funny when the guy says:

    “People always say, you remind me of Popeye the sailor man”

    No, he doesn’t. Popeye was the exact opposite – massive forearms, relatively underdeveloped biceps and triceps.

  • Justin says:

    Yeah, I’m going with Synthol. If he exercises as much as he claims, he’d have much more definition in his muscles. His muscles don’t make sense from an anatomical standpoint. How can his triceps/biceps be so underdeveloped at the tendons and yet have so much size at the muscle fiber? Bullshit, and the “Guinness Book of World Records” should have known better. I seriously doubt the legitimacy of ANY of their records at this point, if the level of research that went into verifying his claims, also went into verifying the claims of others.

  • Stephan Field says:

    The guys a f**king idiot. Obviously they’re not real. Baffled… I’m just baffled by the stupidity of it all

  • Truth says:

    Maybe Popeye put a little Olive Oyl in his forearms.

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