They say that big is beautiful, and São Paulo native Valdir Segato certainly seems to agree. After all, the 48-year-old hulk has transformed his formerly skinny self by injecting dangerous oils, which has resulted in incredible 23-inch biceps. Shockingly, though, he plans on letting nothing – not even potential death – stand in the way of his dream of growing both his muscles and his celebrity.
Segato’s fascination with bodybuilding started as a boy in Brazil. Growing up in a low-income family, times were indeed tough. The tragic circumstances that were to come, however, would end up quite literally shaping his life forever.
In quick succession, the young Segato lost his entire family. First, his father passed away; then, when he was 16, his brother committed suicide. Finally, he lost his mom due to an illness. Not knowing how to cope, a distraught Segato turned to drugs to find some sort of escape.
Becoming an emaciated addict, however, led to cruel taunts from other kids: Segato became so thin that he was nicknamed “Skinny Dog” and “Little Skull”. He said in a 2016 interview with Barcroft TV, “There was a time in my life that I got involved with wrong things. I got involved with drugs and I started losing weight because you don’t eat; you lead a wrong life.”
Sick of the nasty name-calling, Segato eventually decided to quit the drugs. And, after being inspired by his childhood hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, he knew it was time to turn his life around and create something of which he could be proud.
And so Segato joined a gym. At first, he was pleased with the results of his hard work – but then a gym buddy introduced him to something else. He promised Segato that taking it would make him even bigger – and far bigger than he could get by lifting weights alone.
That something was synthol, a muscle-enhancing substance. And Segato soon became hooked; one addiction, it seemed, had replaced another. But this addiction didn’t make him skinnier – quite the reverse, in fact. Soon Segato was injecting synthol in his chest, shoulders and biceps.
What’s more, soon the results were clear to see. In the five years since he started injecting synthol – which is potentially very dangerous indeed – Segato’s arms grew from 12 inches to a colossal 23 inches, almost doubling in size.
And the muscle-enhancing substance has dramatically changed Segato’s weight and look, with the formerly emaciated youth having beefed up from 120 pounds to 176 pounds. Despite his muscleman appearance, though, Segato has insisted that the oil doesn’t actually make him stronger. “The oil is mostly aesthetic,” he explained to Barcroft TV. “It models the body and makes the muscle swollen – it doesn’t affect strength.”
Shockingly, the 48-year-old construction worker has even injected the substance in his neck, which left him with two humps on the top of his back. They wouldn’t look out of place on a character from X-Men.
Indeed, his unique form of body manipulation has earned Segato the sort of attention that movie stars expect to receive. In São Paulo people stop and gawp at him on the street as he walks around with his shirt off.
Likewise, his story has spread widely on social media, while Segato has also appeared on TV shows. It’s clear that he’s enjoying being in the spotlight – and it seems that he’s getting the attention he appears to have been craving his whole life.
Talking of the people in his home town to Barcroft TV, Segato said, “They call me Hulk, Schwarzenegger and He-Man all the time, and I like that. This is a dream come true that I searched for and conquered.”
Perhaps expectedly, though, not all the attention Segato receives is positive. “There are times I hear, in my head, people mocking me,” he added. “They say you made a pact with the devil. I don’t care what people say: if I like myself, that’s enough.”
Likewise, his friends are worried about how the injections will affect Segato’s health. Fernando Carvalho Da Silva told Barcroft TV, “The oil thing is stupidity. The guy wants to kill himself too quickly. 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.”
Indeed, his friend’s concern is not without reason. Doctors have advised Segato that if he continues to use synthol, he could encounter serious health problems. Synthol abuse, after all, essentially turns the muscle into rock, which can lead to amputations. “The doctors tell me to stop it,” the bodybuilder said. “But it’s my decision to use it because I want to, because I like to.”
In fact, Segato once ended up hospitalized due to his quest for mega muscle. He explained, “There was a time that I injected a larger dosage of anabolic steroids and ended up in the hospital. I was admitted for several days. It was a difficult time.”
And despite his new-found confidence, notoriety and appearance, Segato hasn’t managed to find love. In fact, he worries that women may be too intimidated to speak to him. “At the moment I am alone, I don’t have anyone,” he said. “I do get attention but people seem to be scared to approach me, I think that’s the problem.”
Despite his failure in the romance department, though, Segato clearly has no misgivings nor intentions to stop using synthol any time soon. “I don’t have any regrets,” he explained. “I look at myself in the mirror and I like the way I look.” In fact, he plans to bulk up even more.
Segato believes he can boost his career by increasing his biceps further – his goal, in fact, is 27 inches. He added, “My dream is that with my musculature I can achieve something – make a career from my body.” Let’s just hope that Segato doesn’t endanger his life – bigger isn’t always better, after all.