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Published On: Thu, Nov 29th, 2012

Moustafa Ismail, the ‘Egyptian Popeye,’ says he’s not on steroids

Massachusetts bodybuilder Moustafa Ismail eats seven pounds of protein, nine pounds of carbohydrates and three gallons of water each day to help maintain upper arms that measure 31 inches around, about the size of a small man’s waist.

Nicknamed the “Egyptian Popeye,” the man battles allegations and accusations of steroids or some artificial means, but Ismail says no.

Moustafa Ismail “Egyptian Popeye” screenshot YouTube video

“They call me Popeye, the Egyptian Popeye,” Ismail joked to some supporters. “I like chicken, beef, anything but spinach.”

Guinness World Records may not recognize the man for his giant arms after contacting his last year to be feature with the world’s shortest man and woman.

“It is hurtful.”

He points to no surgury scars, marks or proof that he has done anything illegal or skeptical.

Still, Guinness hastily removed references to Ismail from its website. Spokeswoman Sara Wilcox said in October that Guinness was conducting research with medical specialists and reviewing Ismail’s category.

Some fellow amateur bodybuilders at his gym, however, support Ismail and say they believe his arms are natural.

“When I first saw him I thought ‘Oh my God, he’s a freak’ — the big Popeye arms, he’s incredible, but he works out hard, so good luck to him,” said Janice Vincuilla.

Ismail has lifted as much as 600 pounds but said he doesn’t typically focus on how much weight he is hoisting.

“It’s not about me lifting heavy weights,” he said. “It’s about me making the right techniques, even with the light weights, but getting good results out of that.”

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