London: Real life Popeye! An Egyptian-born bodybuilder's 31-inch biceps have created a world record with his upper arms having the same circumference as a grown man's waist.
Moustafa Ismail, 24, has spent ten years pumping iron twice a day to achieve the feat. But unlike Popeye he hates spinach.
Ismail's biceps have now been confirmed as a record and he will appear in the Guinness Book of World Records 2013, the Daily Mail reported.
Ismail, is visiting London to launch the new Guinness Book of Records.
'Big Mo', eats as much as 3lbs of chicken, 1lbs of steak or fish and four cups of almonds washed down with two gallons of water and three litres of protein shakes.
The bodybuilder was so dedicated to bulking up his arms he moved his whole family to America to gain access to better workout equipment.
"People always say you remind me of Popeye the sailor man. This makes me laugh as the truth is I don't have any spinach in my diet, I can't stand the stuff," the muscle man said.
"Actually I think my arms are now bigger than the cartoon character," he said.
Ismail, who lives with his wife Carolina, started bodybuilding ten years ago in a bid to keep fit.
But after hitting the gym he received hundreds of compliments on his bulging biceps and decided to concentrate all of his efforts on making them even bigger.
Five years ago, when he failed to win a place in the Egyptian bodybuilding team he swapped his home country for the US.
He now trains at least twice a day and can lift an incredible 500lbs.
The gym fanatic admits to taking protein shakes to help with his bodybuilding but puts his bulging body down to genetics, his father was an Egyptian wrestler.
When Ismail is not pumping iron he's pumping gas at the two petrol station he owns near his home in Massachusetts.
"Working out makes my mood better. You're just focusing. And I like that in this type of sport you can see your improvement in your shape," he said.
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First Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 22:06