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Man Dubbed 'Iranian Hulk' (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani
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A weightlifter from Iran has captured international attention for being so physically large he is dubbed the Iranian Hulk.

Sajad Gharibi, 24, weighs around 345 pounds, and most of that is muscle, the Daily Mail reports.

As big as he is, Gharibi can weight lift up to 386 pounds. He has competed in several bodybuilding competitions and has represented Iran in competition.

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Gharibi is a social media star with more than 60,000 followers on Instagram, with many drawn to his profile because of shirtless photos revealing his immense size.

He also posts pictures of objects smaller than himself every now and then, ranging from soda cans to friends with less impressive physiques, which only serve to further emphasize his size.

In addition to being called the Iranian Hulk, his fans also refer to him as Hercules.

He’s not the only weightlifter to cause a stir, the Express reports.

Hairdresser and mother Katherine Bartlett, 31, is considered Britain’s strongest woman. Unlike Gharibi, she is small -- at only 5 feet 6 inches tall, she weighs about 137 pounds.

Bartlett can carry as much as 378 pounds on her shoulders alone -- more than Gharibi weighs -- and competes internationally.

"I train five times a week for about 12 hours with a personal trainer that I have,” Bartlett said.

“The truck pulls are the hardest,” she added. “They require a lot of determination and it is really difficult to practice them as it is not often you have a spare [semitrailer] lying around in your back garden.”

But she wasn’t always interested in weightlifting.

“I first watched Strongman TV and I knew about the sport but it wasn't until I went to a weightlifting gym until I got really interested,” she recalls. "There I met a woman who looked amazing and she took me along to one of the classes she goes to and I managed to flip the biggest tire.”

"It was then that I realized that I had a natural strength ability and I decided to train to complete in Strong Women competitions,” added Bartlett.

Sources: Daily Mail, Express / Photo credit: CEN/Sajad Gharibi via Daily Mail

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