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National Geo Special:Super Strength

From Ironmind
http://www.ironmind.com/ironcms/morenewsv6.php?id=2213#2213

�??We call them Super Human. And they can do the impossible . . . .�?? That�??s how BASE Productions and the National Geographic Channel introduce SUPER STRENGTH, which is set to air next Monday, October 22.

We call him �??The Face of Strength,�?? and it�??s Mark Philippi, pulling out another huge deadlift at the Arnold Strongman contest. Mark, who runs the Philippi Sports Institute in Las Vegas, is among the people featured in this upcoming National Georgraphic Special. Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. photo.

�??SUPER STRENGTH takes seemingly impossible feats of human strength and breaks them down into their vital components; revealing the extraordinary ability of some of the strongest men on the planet.

Leading physiologists, bio-mechanists, and engineers join SUPER STRENGTH to determine the secrets of their ability and answer the most basic question about super strength: How is it possible for a man to do this, and what does this mean for the rest of us?�??

Please check the National Geographic Channel website http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/ET/daily/20071022.html
for exact times in your area.

�??Dennis Rogers, Mark Philippi are on the this show . . . and footage from Arnold’s and WSM Super Series . . . I think it will be very interesting,�?? Odd Haugen told IronMind. Odd will also be on the show

AWESOME! Can’t wait to see it.

Thanks for the heads-up. I’m going to set my Tivo.

Should be interesting, thanks.

Joint is looking to be sweet!

Here is a clip I found last night:

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/video/index.html?refId=3049&nav=NGC-Main_DL3

whooo tivo! got it recording tommorow

had to buy another 150 channels to get the show… but I got it!

I want my money back…

That was one hell of a let down, to me at least.

[quote]Uber N3wb wrote:
That was one hell of a let down, to me at least. [/quote]

Agree. That sucked. The previews got me excited with the tire flips…but there were no god dang tire flips! had to sit through busting water bottles, breaking bricks with your stupid head and rolling frying pans.

Not even any PLing.

sigh.

c.

I thought it was interesting! Sure their wasn’t a lot of pl/oly/strongman yet the superhuman bones and grip strength stuff was interesting. I found the superhuman bones to be the coolest, who wouldn’t want wolverine bones?

Also the break specialist with superhuman bones was pretty strong himself, dl 500lbs and looked easy.

Hey, I couldn’t get it down here in third world land. What did Odd Haugen have to say?
Doc

They are replaying it right now, and it comes on again on Monday, October 29, 6PM (EST).

It was OK (8/10), with some decent and basic explanations. I was kinda pissed they didn’t explain much of muscle fiber recruitment and how that works, plus they didn’t spend much time on PL. But they did do a good job at showing that the biggest guy is not always the strongest guy, and that looking like Arni doesn’t really mean ur strong.

The guys bending pans and breaking stuff were pretty cool.

Funny how they were trying to get “regular viewers” to at least do something physical.

[quote]c. wrote:
Uber N3wb wrote:
That was one hell of a let down, to me at least.

Agree. That sucked. The previews got me excited with the tire flips…but there were no god dang tire flips! had to sit through busting water bottles, breaking bricks with your stupid head and rolling frying pans.

Not even any PLing.

sigh.

c.
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C.? Did you see the beginning? there was some of Mark Phillipi and Odd Haugen doing stones, tire flips, and a truck pull, but I agree I could care less about the parlor tricks. Funny thing is Odd Haugen has a stronger grip than any of those guys.

[quote]Kalle wrote:

C.? Did you see the beginning? there was some of Mark Phillipi and Odd Haugen doing stones, tire flips, and a truck pull, [/quote]

yea, 3 minutes worth.

think I’ll go try and roll my frying pan now.

c.

[quote]c. wrote:
Kalle wrote:

C.? Did you see the beginning? there was some of Mark Phillipi and Odd Haugen doing stones, tire flips, and a truck pull,

yea, 3 minutes worth.

think I’ll go try and roll my frying pan now.

c.

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I hear yea, sad thing is the average viewer was way more impressed by some guy bending a wrench with his thighs.

My roommates who are “normal people” Kept telling me how “you can’t do that” Nope I like to cook with my frying pans.

Oh well, still good coverage.

It angered me that those garden paver brick-breaking parlor trick idiots were put on the same level as the strongmen and PL’s.

The grip guys were cool though. Rolling a frying pan and bending a wrench are not easy tasks.

The show was pretty inaccurate IMO… maybe my physics sucks, but AFAIK F = m * a and the show was claiming the brick breaking guys were generating 2200# and 1800# of force with arms and head respectively. That’s… a little high considering an arm or head with a mass of maybe 3-5 kg?

I think it was National Geographic that did a different documentary entirely on martial arts and they were getting similar figures for the strikes.

I thought it was sensationalist shite though.

[quote]Plim wrote:
I think it was National Geographic that did a different documentary entirely on martial arts and they were getting similar figures for the strikes.

I thought it was sensationalist shite though.[/quote]

I saw that special at least part of it. I’m still trying to figure out how they said the martial arts guys could react to the light before mere mortals can even see the light. Do they have different nerve endings?

[quote]NeoSpartan wrote:
Joint is looking to be sweet!

Here is a clip I found last night:

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/video/index.html?refId=3049&nav=NGC-Main_DL3

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Didn’t seem to be on over here monday night, the preview wasn’t the best but i’d say rolling up the frying pans will be by the sounds of things.