Becoming Batman – The Possibility of a Superhero

Johns Hopkins University Press
Battling bad guys. High-tech hideouts. The gratitude of the masses. Who at some point in their life hasn't dreamed of being a superhero? Impossible, right? Or is it? Possessing no supernatural powers, Batman is the most realistic of all the superheroes. His feats are achieved through rigorous training and mental discipline, and with the aid of fantastic gadgets. Drawing on his training as a neuroscientist, kinesiologist, and martial artist, E. Paul Zehr explores the question: Could a mortal ever become Batman? Zehr discusses the physical training necessary to maintain bad-guy-fighting readiness while relating the science underlying this process, from strength conditioning to the cognitive changes a person would endure in undertaking such a regimen. In probing what a real-life Batman could achieve, Zehr considers the level of punishment a consummately fit and trained person could handle, how hard and fast such a person could punch and kick, and the number of adversaries that individual could dispatch. He also tells us what it would be like to fight while wearing a batsuit and the amount of food we'd need to consume each day to maintain vigilance as Gotham City's guardian. A fun foray of escapism grounded in sound science, Becoming Batman provides the background for attaining the realizable-though extreme-level of human performance that would allow you to be a superhero.
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    AuthorEP Zehr
    BindingHardcover
    EAN9780801890635
    ISBN0801890632
    Height850 mm
    Length550 mm
    Width102 mm
    Weight105 g
    LanguageEnglish
    Language TypePublished
    MPN9780801890635
    Number Of Items1
    Number Of Pages304
    Package Quantity1
    Part Number9780801890635
    Product GroupBook
    Publication Date2008-12-16
    PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
    StudioJohns Hopkins University Press
    UPC884314598619
    Sales Rank284294

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