Sunday, 16 September 2012

Moustafa Ismail and his biceps

BFTF has noted numerous articles in the press (for example, see here, here, here and here) about one "Moustafa Ismail" who has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as having the worlds largest biceps in the world. You can see just how large in the YouTube video below :


And indeed, they are of prodigious proportions.

But they look really weird, and are out of proportion to the rest of his arms and body.

Invariably, the comments sections of each articles if full of people commenting that far from being due exclusively to hard work, Mr Ismail's biceps are the result of injecting his upper arms with an oil such as "Synthol" which inflates their appearance, partly due to the inflammation that it causes. According to Wikipedia, these oils "can cause pulmonary embolisms, nerve damage, infections, stroke,and the formation of oil-filled granulomas, cysts or ulcers in the muscle."

BFTF wonders whether the REAL story here relates to the use of oil injections as a bodybuilding aid, and whether the Guinness Book of Records has checked to see whether Mr Ismail has achieved his impressive upper arm girth through natural means.

So BFTF has asked the Guinness Book of Records exactly that.

Update(17Sep)
With astonishing swiftness, BFTF received a response from Guinness World Records pointing out that the record was for ‘largest upper arm circumference’ rather than the size of biceps or triceps, or how this size is achieved. And added that:
"Based on the feedback we have received from members of the public we are considering looking at this record category in different ways and to this extent we have commissioned specialist research on the subject."

So there you go.

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