Real-Life Popeye Arms: Are Moustafa Ismail’s 31-Inch Biceps Real? Guinness Questions If Giant Arms Are All-Natural [PHOTO]

By Amir Khan on November 29, 2012 9:35 AM EST

Moustafa Ismail
Moustafa Ismail has 31-inch biceps, but many people question whether his real-life Popeye arms are real (Photo: Facebook)

Bodybuilder Moustafa Ismail has real-life Popeye arms that measure 31-inches around. But are his real-life Popeye arms legitimate and natural? The Guinness Book of World Records isn't sure, and the organization is debating whether they should recognize him in its book.

Skeptics of Moustafa Ismail say his real-life Popeye arms have to be caused by steroids, surgery or another artificial means, but Ismail says his real-life Popeye arms are all-natural and real. He said his real-life Popeye arms are a result of exercise and diet, and Ismail said he eats seven pounds of protein, nine pounds of carbohydrates and drinks three gallons of water each day in order to maintain his real-life Popeye arms, according to the Huffington Post.

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"They call me Popeye, the Egyptian Popeye," Ismail said, according to ABC News. "I like chicken, beef, anything but spinach."

Ismail started building up his real-life Popeye arms in his home country of Egypt, and moved to the United States in 2007, where he worked two jobs so he could afford his gym membership to maintain his real-life Popeye arms. Last Fall, Guinness offered him an all-expenses paid trip to London to appear next to other people in the Guinness Book of World Records. However, his critics appeared shortly after he debuted his real-life Popeye arms.

People started to claim his real-life Popeye arms were a result of steroids, or implants. Other suggested that injected his muscles with a synthetic oil substance, synthol, that some bodybuilders use to increase their muscle size.

"It is hurtful," Ismail said, who defends himself by saying that he has no scars and not enough money to buy synthol. Ismail even had his real-life Popeye arms X-rayed, and said doctors found nothing abnormal.

But people are still suspicious of Ismail's real-life Popeye arms.

"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," amateur bodybuilder Janice Vincuilla told the Associated Press.

But regardless of his detractors, Ismail said he isn't letting the suspicions of his real-life Popeye arms stop him.

"[It] is motivation for me," he said. "It's not something that's gonna put me down."

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