GOOD GOD: This Arm Wrestling Champion’s 19-Inch Forearms Are So Gigantic, They Call Him The ‘Real Life Popeye’

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Those things are literally bigger than the thickest part of my thigh. Granted, I’ve skipped leg day for 28 years, but still, that’s remarkable.

The dudes name is Jeff Dabe, but he’s more commonly known as the ‘Real Life Popeye,’ citing his 19-inch forearms.

According to LADbible,

Scientists at the University of Minnesota have looked into any possible cause for his oversized limbs (such as gigantism and elephantiasis), but they literally can’t find any reason why. He’s been like this since he was born, so becoming an arm wrestler seems like the obvious choice.

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Jeff, a natural lefty, suffered an injury back in 1986 that required him to stop competing. Then, in 2012, he started building up muscle in his right arm, and started owning competitors with his non-dominant arm.

He’s now been crowned Minnesota State Champion, and was invited to compete on the World Armwrestling League (WAL).

Says Jeff himself,

Thanks to the World Armwrestling League I am now competing with people from all over America. It’s so fun to travel to places we wouldn’t normally go. I was always good at arm wrestling, but the size of my hands did shock people at first – I had the strength to back it up. People freak out when they see my hands in real life.

Jeff can easily palm a basketball in each of his mammoth-sized paws.

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Guy’s a legend.



I’m not mature enough to complete a blog about a dude with huge forearms without childishly speculating how he got them.



Nailed it, Matt. Nailed it.

[h/t LADbible]

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