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A bodybuilder who injects oil into his muscles isn't planning on stopping any time soon. Watch here:
Brazilian Valdir Segato has amassed a huge following on social media, where videos of him flaunting his unusual physique have racked up millions of views.
As you can probably tell, to get in this shape required some artificial intervention – which you absolutely should not try at home.
He has been using synthol injections for several years to pump up his muscles, despite the warnings that it increases the risk of stroke, infections, abscesses and even amputation.
Valdir, who has 1.7 million followers on TikTok, said he was influenced by Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Incredible Hulk, and he is nicknamed locally as 'The Monster' while out and about in Sao Paulo – something which he's pretty pleased about.
And while he hasn't injected oil for a while, he certainly hasn't ruled out doing it again.
"Who knows, I would think about making my breasts bigger," he told NeedToKnow.online.
Back in 2016, he was warned by medics that if he continued to use the oil he could end up with disfigurement, nerve and muscle damage and a plethora of other nasty outcomes, but that hasn't put him off.
Speaking after he was given the news, he insisted that although he had 'doubled his biceps' he 'still wants to be bigger'.
He added: "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."
Meanwhile, pal Fernando Carvalho da Silva took a different outlook, saying: "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 be famous."
Valdir says in his youth he was a drug addict, which resulted in massive weight loss and the unflattering nickname 'Skinny Dog'.
After packing in the drugs, Valdir started hitting the gym, but he quickly realised that the cartoonish results he was aiming for couldn't be brought from just healthy eating and smashing the weights.
So, when he was offered synthol by someone at his gym, he took it. Valdir says that he has an addictive personality, meaning it wasn't long until he was hooked on the stuff and how it made him look.
But despite repeated warnings, Valdir is 'happy' with his physique and how he got it.
He said: "I get a lot of criticism on social media networks, but I also have millions of fans around the world.
"People who love me and some who hate me, but I can't please everyone so I take everything on board and try not to worry about other people’s opinions."
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