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FHM Chats With (Real-Life) Spiderman, Alain Robert!

New Discovery Channel show features the world's most astonishing individuals
by Gelo Gonzales | Oct 25, 2012
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Alain Robert, also known as the French Spiderman for his daring exploits climbing really tall buildings wearing no safety harnesses whatsoever, has cajones the size of the Empire State building. He has climbed famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Malaysia's Petronas Tower, and put Mission Impossible 4's Tom Cruise to shame when he scaled the Burj Khalifa. Since 1994, he's climbed over 30 buildings, in the process earning the ire of authorities not wanting to be the ones to clean up a gruesome splatter of human remains should he fall.

His insane courage, and his skills make him superhuman. Now he's being featured in Discovery Channel's new show, Superhuman Showdown, which premiered last October 15, with a new episode every Monday, 10 PM.

Superhuman Showdown features people accomplishing things that the guy sitting beside you probably couldn't; people who embody that famous shoe brand's slogan, "Impossible Is Nothing." People who can swim in cold waters that only polar bears might enjoy, people who can bend their bodies in the most extreme ways, people who can chow down a mammoth amount of food, people who can crunch mathematical equations that would take us a lifetime to solve, and such.

The show's five episodes are divided according to the type of feats that these special individuals do: speed, strength, skill, endurance, and brain power. Then they put these astonishing individuals to the test, stretching them to their absolute limit, to figure out how they are able to do what they do. The two best in each episode are then pit against one another in an epic showdown to push themselves even further.

So what do they make the French Spiderman do? They make him climb the Aspire Tower in Doha, Qatar, which is currently the tallest in the country at 300 meters high. How does he do it? We got to chat with Mr. Robert himself, and below he his close calls, and tips who want to be a superhuman climber like him. Read the full interview by clicking on the next page.

NEXT: Alain Robert on climb preparation and near-death experiences

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