A bodybuilder who has set the record for the world’s biggest arms has dismissed accusations that he used banned or artificial substances.
Moustafa Ismail’s arms measure 79cm around — or as much as the waist of a lean man — earning him recognition in the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Records.
“They call me Popeye, the Egyptian Popeye,” said the 24-year-old. Unlike the cartoon character, however, he does not like spinach.
Ismail, who lives in Massachusetts, has been dogged by accusations that he uses steroids, implants or other artificial means to augment his muscles.
But he insists his arms are the result of punishing workouts and a diet of about 3kg of protein, 4kg of carbohydrates and 11 liters of water each day.
Still, Guinness appears to be having second thoughts.
It hastily removed references to Ismail from its Web site.