Real-Life RoboCop

Real-Life RoboCop

"Are you Alex Murphy?"


"Are you human?"


"You are simply a machine."

"I am... a machine."


Growing up, one of my favorite movies was the 1987 edition of RoboCop.

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit (how fitting!), officer Alex Murphy is murdered by a gang of criminals and subsequently revived as a superhuman cyborg law enforcer known as RoboCop.

As a kid mesmerized with the movie, I'd often ponder how cool it would be to have a badass robot put bad guys behind bars in real life?

Turns out we're already there 30 years later.

The world's first operational robot police officer was recently launched in Dubai, with the aim that they will make up a quarter of the city's po-po force by 2030.

I wonder if the Dubai RoboCop also had a minor glitch of ​firing rounds and rounds of ammo ​into some hapless assistant when it was first introduced at a board meeting?

(One of the most memorable scenes in the original movie when the enormous robot police officer ED-209, an early RoboCop prototype, malfunctions and annihilates Mr. Kinney)

Speaking of machines, you'll hear all these "functional trainers" dissing the use of machines in the gym.

Now, if we're talking about pumping away on the leg extension or pec deck machine, then I agree. Zero carryover onto the playing field.

However, some machines do offer benefits that your regular barbells and dumbbells don't.

Like the cable stack. We use it mainly for rows and anti-rotational core movements after our heavier lifts.

For a workout plan combining free weights and machines for fast results, visit:

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Yunus Barisik

Yunus Barisik, CSCS, specializes in making hockey players strong, fast and explosive. He has trained 500+ hockey players at the junior, college and pro levels, including NHL Draft picks and World Champions. An accomplished author, Yunus has had articles published on top fitness and performance sites, including T Nation, STACK and Muscle & Strength. He also wrote Next Level Hockey Training, a comprehensive resource for ice hockey players on building athletic strength, size and power, while staying injury-free.

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