Sceptical? So was I!!
The programme seems to have been inspired by the work of Izumi Tabata which has inspired a lot of interest in Tabata training or Low Frequency High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
This video should give you an idea:
There are also some echos of HIIT in the Paleo exercise regimes … the notion being that we think about the likely pattern of exercise for hunter gatherers: short bursts of intense effort while hunting, followed by long periods of rest while eating the kill.
A lot of paleo people are into Crossfit:
What is CrossFit? CrossFit is an effective way to get fit. Anyone can do it.
My reaction right now is, “yeah, right!”
I shall have more to say about super humans later, but my mind has been completely blown away by realising that there are people doing things I never imagined possible: like running 135 miles across Death Valley in 120 degree heat in 24 hours, non stop. It makes you think, doesn’t it? Well, it makes me think!