Can Humans Become Superhuman?

By Antonia Čirjak on April 15 2020 in Did You Know

Becoming superhuman is a thought that has been on the minds of people for centuries.
Becoming superhuman is a thought that has been on the minds of people for centuries.
  • Elite athletes perfom at a level that is unlikely to be attained by most people on the planet.
  • VO2 max test measures the maximum rate of oxygen consumption during heavy physical training.
  • An average athlete will be able to get a result of 35-40 milliliters of oxygen per one kg of body weight per minute of the workout.

Becoming superhuman is a thought that has been on the minds of people for centuries. We can see it throughout various forms of fiction - people with abilities that go well beyond what regular humans can do.

They often become superheroes, fighting for the greater good and using their powers to help others. Naturally, all of this is exaggerated, but one can’t help but wonder if it is possible to develop superhuman abilities in any way? The answer may surprise you.

Skepticism Regarding Superpowers

Despite our incredibly deep and long-lasting fascination with superpowers, most of us are skeptical of their existence. As we should be, the things depicted in superhero fiction is just that, fiction, and it is highly unlikely that anyone will ever be able to fly like Superman or run as fast as Flash. However, there are people in the world that have developed abilities that go beyond normal, and those are the abilities we will be focusing on in this article. The superpowers regular people managed to develop by various means and became superhuman, at least to an extent.

Despite our incredibly deep and long-lasting fascination with superpowers, most of us are skeptical of their existence.
Despite our incredibly deep and long-lasting fascination with superpowers, most of us are skeptical of their existence.

There are many ways we can approach this subject, but it is best to do it from a scientific perspective. And there is one, believe it or not. However, as mentioned previously, these might not be the superpowers you have in mind when you think of the term. Still, inevitably, some people did actually manage to develop abilities that go well beyond what regular humans can do, be it in athletics and science.

Are Athletes Superhuman?

There are numerous examples of acts performed by athletes that we could consider superhuman. Once we start examining elite athletes, we can witness performance at a level that most people will consider unattainable. There are several reasons why athletes can perform as well as they do, and they are a mixture of good genetics, extremely heavy physical training, and mental conditioning. 

A good example of superhuman abilities is the VO2 max test. This test measures the maximum rate of oxygen consumption during heavy physical training. An average athlete will achieve a result of 35-40 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute of the workout.

However, the highest recorded result belongs to Norwegian skier Bjorn Daehlie, who achieved a result of 96 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram per minute. This can be considered a superhuman feat. Some people are capable of running 50 marathons in 50 days, or those that can carry incredible amounts of weight on their shoulders for a certain amount of time. 

These are all feats achieved through countless years of training, physical and mental, combined with a good genetic structure. Another example worth mentioning is the ability to lift extremely heavy objects when under large amounts of stress. This was exhibited by many people and is known as hysterical strength. We can all agree that it resembles what happens when you make the Hulk angry, but just a little bit.

And there you have it, while the classic understanding of superhuman abilities is mostly tied to superheroes, and it certainly can’t be achieved in real life, you can improve your physical capabilities to go beyond what normal humans can do. It requires hard work, but it can make you the closest thing to a superhero we can get.

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