I’ve never really understood why anyone would take steroids. Sure they can help you achieve great things in sports like home run records but what are the real consequences? Obviously there are side effects like millions of dollars, Nike contracts, and the admiration of everyone in the world, but who would want any of that?
I’m just kidding. Yes, sometimes people who take steroids become famous athletes, actors or even governors of California. But there are also tons of people who take the stuff who just end up playing softball in a co-ed league.
This brings me to a wonderful story I found about a man who is known as the “Egyptian Popeye.” His real name is Moustafa Ismail and his arms are humongous!
This gentlemen is from Massachusetts and is a bodybuilder, even though from the looks of it, he’s a bicep and tricep builder. He says that he has achieved this “wonderful” physique because he,
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 – as big as a small man’s waist.
That’s right 31 inches.
There are skeptics (myself included) who think that steroids or other drugs have helped him reach this goal. I’m not a betting man, but I would probably guess horse testosterone.
However, the guy is sticking to his guns and claiming that his arms are all natural. He just eats a ton of protein and has a grueling 2 hour workout that he does everyday. However, the rest of of his body is average. So apparently, he only works his arms.
The Guinness Book of World Records was going to recognize him as the “man with the largest arms,” until controversy started about how is muscles might have grown with the help of illegal substances. You think they would have checked this out before sending him on an all-expenses-paid trip to London to do a special appearance.
I just want to point out that there is only one other man that I have seen whose arms look strangely similar. His name is Greg Valentino. Or as others like to call him, “the man whose arms exploded.”
If you can’t really tell, this man is in handcuffs. He was arrested for possession of illegal sports enhancing drugs such as steroids. So am I saying that the Egyptian Popeye is a cheater cheater pumpkin eater? Yes. That’s exactly what I’m saying.
Then again, it’s not my place to judge people. If he says he didn’t cheat, then I’ll take his word for it. It’s just really weird that I don’t see anyone else who works out for a few years and gets gigantic arms like that. But maybe it’s just in his genetics.
If you’re interested to learn more about the world of bodybuilding or the effects of taking steroids, I highly recommend you check out the documentaries, Pumping Iron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, and Bigger Stronger Faster.
Check out the full story and tell me what you think in the comments section.