I read this morning that the Discovery Channel is about to premiere a groundbreaking new series called Human Body: Pushing the Limits. After reading more about it and watching a few trailers, I'm pretty excited to check this show out. I wanted to post up some more information on it in case any of you are interested in catching it on Sunday...
The show will bring together extraordinary computer imagery and amazing real-world stories to reveal how our bodies perform when pushed to the max. From mountain climbing, martial arts and desperate rescues to medical breakthroughs and professional sports, this show will tell the tales of the incredible power and performance of the amazing body we call our own.
The human body is engineered for strength, power and endurance. Bone is sturdy as concrete but flexible enough to resist breaking and light enough to allow us to be quicker off the mark than a racehorse. Our muscles, ligaments and joints have far greater strength and endurance than we know. In the first episode, tales of human strength told with stunning see-through "anatomy in motion" will be featured:
A young man is sucked up into a tornado, only to be spat out a quarter of a mile away, unharmed.
Pinned by a massive boulder, a climber finds the strength to lift it off in a seemingly impossible muscular feat.
A college football player sustains what would normally be unbearable injury and pain, yet has the mental stamina to continue playing at full output.
Plus, how does a swimmer tap the remnants of our distant ancestors' extraordinary stamina to swim across the English Channel in 14 hours? How do marathon runners keep the pace on their grueling 26-mile run?