Insane Superhuman French People

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The land of frog legs and baguettes has produced, in recent years and unbeknowst to most, some of the worlds most mind-numbing acrobats. I found the above video last night and had to share it. Two questions:

What the hell are kids eating in France?

[Postscript: readers have noted in the comments that this first video was actually in Mexico, though some also claim Brazil.]

If you could have the physical capabilities of any athlete in the world, who would you choose?

I might opt for another French lad named Junior. I used to breakdance (at about 1:40 of this video), but he is superhuman. The clip below is from the Red Bull BC One competition of 2004. Be sure to watch the whole thing or jump to 2:40 — you won’t believe the move in the last five seconds…


For someone who can beat him, the ultimate freak of nature and the best in the world, see another Frenchman named Lilou at 23:30:


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81 comments on “Insane Superhuman French People

  1. The human capacity is unlimited. Those athletes were amazing and so was the dancer. We have in each of us that same capacity to express the extraordinary. What amazingness in you is waiting to be expressed? Is it your ideas, your imagination, your compassion, your ability to understand, your body’s potential, your creativity, you joyous nature, your soul’s ability to soar?

    Joseph

    Joseph Bernard, Ph.D.

  2. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for posting these videos; they’re definitely inspiring.

    Your book’s on the way from BN.com. I’ve ordered five copies.

    This post has lead me to your postings about muscle gain and fat loss. These are two areas I’m highly opinionated on. I’ve got free articles on these and peak performance at: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert_bio=Scott_Abbett

    I really love your interview of AJ Jacobs; friggin’ hillarious. The description of his “stoning” had me LMAO.

    Based on your blog, I’m looking forward to your book.

    Scott

  3. I tried Parkour, with a Crossfit warmup. Both kicked my butt. Despite my stunt background, I can’t do that stuff anymore. [I'm over 35!]

    But I started doing tango after seeing the video of you in Uruguay – it looked so interesting to just walk up to a girl and dance so well.

    It’s harder to do Parkour like that – just doing it, although I have a friend in Seattle who does Parkour in commercials and he’s just amazing. (http://tysoncecka.com/archive/parkour-07-short-sampler).

  4. I grew up doing gymnastics. His routine is packed full of handstand and pommel horse tricks. I love seeing gymnastics incorporated into break dance.

    This guy uses his physical attributes to his advantage. He has short thin legs compared to his upper body. That allows him to swing his legs around and hold positions that look incredible.

    In the last 5 seconds this guy is doing planche pushups. Normally proportioned people can only do that with years of intense strength training. This guy would be awesome on the rings or parallel bars!

  5. Hi Tim,

    thanks for the post on breakdance. It reminded me of my days of moonwalking a la Jacko and made me realise its time to go back to the gym !

    Junior is insane….. a true inspiration – do you know how tall he is? I noticed his legs are quite short…

    By the way how tall are you ?

    Keep up the good work !

    Daniele

    PS: I love your posts, but the more you post, the more you get close to the 4 hours limit…. be careful ! You dont want us all overworked dudes to lose faith in the promised land !

    PPS: will you be coming to the UK for the UK launch ?

  6. Hmmm, Tim, you seriously thought this was real ??

    Anybody who has played soccer a bit instantly knows it’s fake ( the first 5 seconds are enough). If you enjoyed this, you should watch “Shaolin Soccer”…

    Thanks for your great blog Tim, by the way.

    I am not sure if this was mentionned but the song is in Spanish.

    ###

    I plead ignorance. I’ve seen too many seemingly impossible things to write it off, but I’m admit I was duped. Cool though, right? And yes, I dig the Spanish song, from the “Don’t stop” to the “Se va, se fue…” Kinda catchy :)

    Tim

  7. First off, really awesome stuff. Love to watch this with my kids, inspiring! I wondered if the soccer spot was CG, it was a little too perfect. I read Motionographer (video producer) and must have missed that post.

    @ David Walsh:

    I hear what you’re saying about “your mind is what’s holding you back from ultimate abilities”, but I have to disagree with the statement. In short: your body has to be able to back up your mental state, at least in sports like parkour or gymnastics (former gymnast/wrestler/bike racer speaking). If you can’t ‘snap’ or tuck your body with enough force, agility, or speed, you are not going to make the trick, regardless of your mental state. Your mental state is crucial (inseparable) – but equal to your conditioning for achievement in these fields.

    I remember the first time I nailed a giant swing on the high bar – such a rush. Cake after that.

  8. Not sure if this was mentioned yet, but:

    The dudes jumping around and doing flips in the first video are real, but passing the soccer balls around were added in post.

  9. Nice vid…the soccer video is NOT Brazil, i live in Brazil and the police not use this uniform in all country :)
    Supose is Mexico…
    Look at parkour videos from David Belle

  10. The fist video (soccer) is definitely Mexican. Brazilian teenagers don’t dress like that and their police cars don’t look like that either.

  11. I´m positive that the guys in the first video are not french, they are mexican, that scene was shot in Mexico City. The guy who posted the video is so stupid,how can he think they were french, how in the world does that city look like any city in France, and since when do police officers in France speak spanish and are dark skined.. your intelligence really amazes me.

  12. Some of the stuff (juggling, some of the passing) is real but a lot of the other stuff is really good editing. Go ask a real soccer (football, futbol) player if this stuff is real and play close attention to his reaction.

  13. The soccer video was shot Mexico, and I’m pretty sure Mexico City. I’ve hoofed around Distrito Federal (the city’s core) a lot, and that green pedestrian overpass is common over El Periférico (freeway), look at the mural, the Spanish language ads on the walls, the two girls looking out the apartment, la Policía, green VW cab, … todo

  14. 2nd video..absolutely immense! but his name isnt scott willis…that is th video editor who compiles the video. im not sure what his real name is…but who cares he is amazing! duno where i read it but he is actualy a bit of a freak. instead of the heaviest part of his body being his hips and legs his sentre of balance is up around his chest. hence he can do those crazy ass press ups! cos not only are his arms big he doesnt need to worry bout his legs pullin him down. wierd bone structure or summin!

  15. This is not France, this is a developing country. Mexico perhaps. That’s not a French cop and the cityscape looks nothing like France, Looks poor.

  16. I would put my money on those ballers being Brazilian Futsal players. I am reading about them in Daniel Coyles book “The Talent Code” (he is the author of Lance Armstrongs War). He promotes the thesis that talent is not born, it is grown.

    without me its just some,

    AWE

  17. Wow those french guys are insane, everytime I look back at this post I find my jaw dropping! I was part-inspired by this a month back to setup http://www.superhumanpeople.com. Take a look – there’s some extraordinary abiltiies on there, some due to rare genetic conditions others down to extreme cases of lifestyle design. I’m going to profile you too soon, Tim!

    Thanks for the inspiration.