So bodybuilder Valdir Segato injects oil into his muscles to help him bulk up and achieve his ambition of becoming famous for his physique.
Valdir Segato's huge biceps measure a staggering 23 inches as a result
of painful synthol injections. The 48-year-old's arms have doubled in
size from 12 inches after he began injecting the potentially lethal oil
substance five years ago and now he wants to get even bigger.
Everybody looks different to what they did 30 years ago but the teenage
Valdir Segato, with his mother, is absolutely unrecognisable from today.
Segato, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is inspired by the physiques of Arnold
Schwarzenegger and fictional characters like The Hulk and is proud to be
known locally as 'the monster' in the street.
He has gained 25kg as a result of his painful synthol injections, but
unsurprisingly, the unnatural way of bulking up doesn’t actually make
his muscles stronger, and could even prove fatal.
Even so, Valdir says he is delighted that people stare at him in the street.
‘This is a dream come true that I searched for and conquered,’ he
said. ‘You look at your body and see that it’s growing and you’re going
to want more.’
Segato, a construction worker, said: 'They call me Hulk, Schwarzenegger
and He-Man all the time and I like that. As a youth he was an emaciated
skinny drug addict and lost so much weight he was known as 'Skinny Dog'.
Valdir Segato has been warned he could potentially face amputation of a
limb if he continues to inject himself with synthol.
Segato injects himself with synthol, which is made up of 85 per cent
oil, 7.5 per cent lidocaine and 7.5 per cent alcohol. Segato said: 'The
doctors tell me to stop it, the advice they give me is to stop using.
'But it's my decision to use it because I want to, because I like to.'
Ironically, far from his inflated muscles making him a magnet for women,
he has actually had great difficulty attracting ladies.
Segato used to take anabolic steroids but switched to synthol after
being told about it by a friend in the gym. He said: 'I do get
attention, but people seem to be scared to approach me, I think that's
the problem.' Obviously he gets odd looks in the street and he also gets
mocked by children. 'The worst thing is when people stop you and call
you an ugly thing. But I don't care what people say, if I like myself,
that's enough,' he said.
His friend Fernando Carvalho da Silva, said: 'The oil thing is
stupidity. He thinks it's good and I'm a friend so I stay quiet, but
deep down I want to tell him to stop but he doesn't want to. He's happy
like that. 'It's the risk he takes - he wants to look good and wants to
Valdir, aged 48, started injecting the potentially lethal oil five
years ago. Since then his arms have doubled in size from 12 inches, and
he wants to get even bigger.
The construction worker, from Sao Paulo in Brazil, he says he is
proud to be known locally as ‘He-Man’ and ‘the monster’ in the street.