Brazilian brothers inject 'deadly' chemicals to have 28-inch biceps
A lot of men want to be bigger. Not just slim with a six pack, but to put on mass and cultivate that into a significant, muscular presence. This urge can be even stronger for those who are naturally skinnier, who seem to remain thin no matter what they eat. Brothers Tony Geraldo and Alvaro Pereiro felt this way when they were teenagers, but it ended up taking them down a path that not many follow.
Now 49 and 50 respectively, Tony is better known by his nickname 'Hulk' and Alvaro by 'Conan'. They are both ludicriously muscular, and as you can suspect from looking at the images, it's not all natural. The muscle obsessives use the supplement Potenay B12, which is supposed to be used for veterinary purposes, treating cows and horses, injecting themselves with it twice a week since they were teenagers.
Pereiro used it first at the age of 15, and by the time his younger brother was 18 he had seen the results and joined in on the craze. They bodybuilding siblings, from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, both idolise Arnold Schwarzenegger - which isn't surprising.
They work out together for hours each day, consuming huge meals to get their huge biceps: Geraldo's measure 28 inches in circumference, while his brother's come in at 25 inches. Geraldo explained that he eats every three hours, usually egg, sweet potatoes and meat. Both try to eat around 4,000 to 6,000 calories a day. Sometimes they can consume 12 bananas and six egg whites just for their pre-workout meal.
Speaking to the Mail Online, Geraldo, a father of three, described how this has affected his relationship with his wife of 27 years:
"My wife doesn't like it. However, I am happy with myself. She has to accept me like I am, or we will have to go on separate ways.
I usually tell my wife that she's the only one who doesn't like me. Other women love my size, they love it.
Once we were walking in front of my gym and I told her, 'Look, if you don't want me there are several other girls who does'. Then, pointed to all the girls coming to talk to me."
Pereira's wife (who he met at the gym) and his seven children support his decision to get big like this, unlike his brother. But they have all shown concern, partly due to Geraldo's high blood pressure, and the recent warnings from doctors that they must stop injecting, as their skin cannot stretch any further.
"Back then we were [addicted]. Today, no. I have it under control. People around me didn't let me go on the wrong path and I did the same with my brother. He always wants to be bigger, but I always tell him that we need to be careful."
Hopefully, they both heed the warnings of their doctors and dial back on the supplements.