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Sweden: Man arrested for having big muscles

Tomislav Boduljak’s big interest is weight training and living a sporty wholesome lifestyle. He’s 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 275 lbs. Late one night in Stockholm he got into a conversation with a female assistant police officer. The original article from Metro is referenced in English by The Local:

According to Boduljak, 27, the police officer was pleasant at first, but changed her attitude when he said he worked out. Saying his muscles were ‘abnormal’, she said he must have used drugs.

“I asked if she didn’t think it possible that I work out a lot and eat well. She said that if someone looks like me, she assumes they have taken drugs,” he told Metro.

Despite Boduljak’s assurances that he didn’t use steroids, she forced him to go to the police station and give a urine test. In her report, the officer said he had “unusually large muscles, particularly large arm muscles, which are a sign of steroid use.”

The doping test was (of course) negative. And the translation of the police report above is probably a misquote. The Swedish article says that the muscle group the police officer reacted to was Tomislav’s large trapezius…

Man arrested for having big muscles

What is likely to have happened is that the assistant police officer has gone trough a lesson in “how to identify AAS-doped individuals based upon muscular appearance”. Eager to test the (newly?) gotten knowledge theory met harsh reality. The individual tested negative for doping. With more experience the officer wouldn’t have suspected Mr. Boduljak of doping based upon his appearance…

But the theory behind looking specifically at the trapezius muscle is sound. For more read Anders Erikssons dissertation from Umeå University (PDF): Strength Training and Anabolic Steroids: A comparative study of the vastus lateralis, a thigh muscle and the trapezius, a shoulder muscle, of strength-trained athletes:

Strength training is widely used to increase performance in sports with high physical demands. The use of drugs such as anabolic steroids among athletes is a well known phenomenon, and the effects of these drugs on physical performance documented.

The studies presented in this thesis focused on the mechanisms of muscle fiber hypertrophy in the vastus lateralis and the trapezius muscles of strength trained elite athletes. The main hypothesis was that the muscle adaptations to strength training and anabolic steroids are muscle specific.

The hypothesis was proven by the research, muscle groups reacts differently to anabolic androgenic steroids, and trapezius grows more than most muscle groups. From the conclusion:

The adaptation processes differ between muscles, supporting the concept in the Umeå muscle research group that each muscle is unique.


Technorati Tags: wtf, , Doping, Police, Steroids


August 13, 2007 - Posted by | Body Issues


  1. Sorry, but that is hilarious. hes a big guy, but take account his hight.

    Im glad he was a negative, I would be ashamed to be that size if I was on gear.

    Comment by Fuzzy | December 4, 2007 | Reply

  2. LOL what the fuck 😀 he is not even as muscluar as me, I am twice muscular as him, and I am natural too 😀 such a STUPID police officer

    Comment by Musi | January 2, 2008 | Reply

    • So you’re saying that you are a lean 350lbs (twice as muscular lol).

      Fuck off, internet-hero!!

      Comment by hurrdurr | December 10, 2010 | Reply

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  4. Man arrested for having big muscles? What the fuck? The guy arrested was quite normal OMG what a stupid police officer..

    Comment by Mike | April 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. May be police arrest millioners from mr. olympia who get money for best muscles.

    Comment by Качки | May 8, 2008 | Reply

  6. You’ve got to be kidding….what a completely stupid theory, let alone where is the probable cause? And that dumb police officer thought HE was abnormally large? Jeez, I’m 6′ tall and bigger than he is ….hell, my thigh is probably bigger than he is, so I guess I wouldn’t stand a chance! 🙂

    Comment by Drew | June 17, 2008 | Reply

  7. typical female with man-envy

    Comment by Gus | June 20, 2008 | Reply

  8. I got bigger muscles than that and I work in a restaurant. WTF Work on the traps buddy

    Comment by Fake | October 2, 2008 | Reply

  9. uhhhhh, I am bigger than he is and it is natural…maybe next they can arrest people with big boobies

    Comment by tim | December 9, 2008 | Reply

  10. you are not big bro.. sorry

    Comment by youaresmallkid | December 17, 2008 | Reply


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  13. Look at all the comments on here a bunch of insecure fucks. They all say they are bigger than him YEAH FATTER. The dudes back is in great shape on the pic to knock him is just jealousy. Losers !

    Comment by brandon | March 1, 2009 | Reply

  14. Real discusting case of diskrimination and her underlying problem with the opposite sex shines trough!That guy is just tall and pretty well built thats all!-He should have challenged that stupid female officer more so she s never able to do such stupid actions again!-PS!Good trapezius comes with very hard work and are very much a genetical thing!many juicers dont necessary have very well developed traps!

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    Comment by kran | December 27, 2009 | Reply

  17. Well if you want to build a lot of muscle sweden is not a good country to do it in.Anyone who is a little bigger than the average joe is by most peoble looked upon as an steroid user and alot of gyms dont have dumbells over 30 kg just to keep the big guys out of there.It`s just sad 😦

    Comment by Tomas | April 16, 2010 | Reply

  18. Hello. I am Larbi from Northern Algeria. I am gay. I like so much big muscled-men just like Tomislav Boduljak. I wish I had him as a boyfriend or someone else like him.


    Comment by Larbi | April 27, 2010 | Reply

  19. dude is not that big, but the arresting officer even more an idiot for basing an AAS arrest on a hunch.

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  20. i’m from sweden and i remember when this happened. on this website you can’t read the “whole” truth. the police officer’s boss was interview afterwards and he was pretty pissed off at her, saying that there wasn’t probable cause to arrest the “muscle man”. so this really isn’t what it’s like in sweden.

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  22. Why wasnt woman fucked. Stupid cop. She wanted a big penis in her mouth.

    Comment by haahahah | December 10, 2010 | Reply

  23. Have you guys who keep bragging about being bigger than him read the article carefully? It clearly says he’s 6.5 feet tall (effing tall) and wheigs 275lbs!! I do agree he doesn’t look extremely ripped in the picture, but considering his height and his weight this guy must be quite huge. He’s probably kinda proportioned (which includes having a massive head aswell XD)and therefore you guys are not able to judge his size propperly. If he stood next to you he would tower over you and have at least a 2 times broader back!

    Comment by WHATTHE | February 10, 2011 | Reply

  24. wath he doing for stoping this stupidity, freedom

    Comment by gros | February 13, 2011 | Reply

  25. PEOPLE these days are so fucking stupid , different people have DIFFERENT GENETICS , FUCK SWEDEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I’ve been weight training and playing rugby since I was 13 years old naturally ,

    I used to like SWEDEN but not anymore !!!!!
    From John , weight : 271 lbs
    Height : 5ft 10 ins
    Age : 22 years

    Comment by John | April 6, 2011 | Reply

  26. This story is so “out there” it’s one for the Guinness Book 🙂
    He’s not that muscled out – doesn’t have giant peck cleavage etc. Just a big, tall, weight training guy.
    As for the offending police woman, I guess the cops are bored out of their brains. Perhaps Sweden’s not quite as action-packed as the Stieg Larsson novels seem to suggest. 😉

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  28. So fu….. what??!!!! Its the most pathetice tory i have ever seen!! Steroid useage is not even illegale over there, and in most countries its not illegale to use, but to sell and buy.. You can have your own supply, but they will tilll take it if they find it!
    Why are all so hysterical about it??1 Is it your body???? Do your juices the ones who want to.. If not.. Then dont… Its simple….

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  30. wouldn’t happen to me….

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