If you've ever had gluten-free bread, you'll know the score. It looks like bread. It smells (sort of) like bread. It's even sort of called bread. But God. Damn. It. It is not bread.
Well, in a similar, chemically suffused, body popping fashion, a young Russian man has achieved mega muscle growth through the use of synthetic chemicals that might look (sort of) like the real thing, but really - and we can't stress this enough - are not the real thing.
Twenty-one-year-old Kirill Tereshin has been a busy boy lately, posting pics online of his mega-muscles. However, rather than painstaking discipline and a healthy workout routine, Tereshin's huge biceps (they are fucking massive) are the result of him taking more drugs than Jim Morrison.
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Synthetic Popeye. Credit: CEN
Boasting 24-inch biceps, Kirill's huge growth is a result of injecting himself with a chemical called synthol. Also known as Site Enhancement Oil, synthol is injected into muscles to unnaturally enhance their appearance, something known as "fluffing" in the bodybuilding world.
Synthol use can be associated with pulmonary embolisms, nerve damage, infections, sclerosing lipogranuloma, stroke, and the formation of oil-filled granulomas, cysts or ulcers in the muscle and it's not uncommon for users to experience 'muscle drooping', according to some reports.
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Kirill does work out in addition to using synthol, but recently said that he would like to break bodybuilding records after leaving the army not long ago. His arms grew by 10 inches in just 10 days.
After initially injecting 250 ml into his biceps, he found growth limited, saying: "In order to reach such a size, you need to inject litres into your arms... I was doing it and getting a fever of up to 40 degrees, I was lying in bed, feeling like I was dying, but then it all turned out fine."
Having just left the routine and structure of army life, it's understandable Kirill might want to achieve a lofty and notable goal. However, while his new arms might look impressive, it's important to note that unlike achieving similar muscle growth through lifting, synthol use doesn't lead to an increase in strength to complement size.
Words: Ronan O'Shea
Featured Image Credit: CEN