October 02, 2012
Bill Greene/Globe Staff
Moustafa Ismail, 24, of Franklin displayed his world-record 31-inch biceps in a recent workout.
Ismail is 5 feet 11 inches tall, 270 pounds, and says he has curled 400 pounds and bench-pressed 500.
The bodybuilding community is accusing Ismail of injecting an oil directly into his biceps to make them appear bigger.
Ismail adamantly denies the accusations, and says he had never heard of the substance he's accused of using until the attacks came his way.
Ismail says he could not afford steroids even if he wanted them. “I’m a guy who works in a gas station,” he said. “I’m not Bill Gates.”
James Ellerker/Guinness World Records/Getty Images
In the 12 months since Guinness measured him for the world record of 26 inches, he has added 5 more inches.