INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Social media is going crazy for the #ChairChallenge!
It all started when @MrsPhysique uploaded a video on TikTok — a social media video app for creating and sharing videos — and said, "we saw a video that said women can do this because they have a lower center of gravity and that men can't. We're gonna test it out."
In the video, Hannah has no problem lifting the stool off the ground and standing up. Gavin, who clearly works out, can't stand up no matter how hard he tries.
The video has more than 863,000 likes and inspired people from all over the world to join in the fun!
What makes this challenge so special? While women make it look simple, the task is seemingly impossible for men.
Here’s how it works:
- Put both feet together with your toes touching a wall.
- Take one step back, placing your toes against the heel of your other foot. Do it again, then put both feet together (watch the video below for reference).
- Bend over until the top of your head rests on the wall (be sure to keep your legs straight).
- Finally, have somebody slide a chair under your chest. Lift the chair off the ground while keeping your head on the wall — without moving your feet — and try to stand up.
Women can do it with ease, but most men can’t even budge.
Cleveland's NBC-affiliate WKYC spoke with a physical therapist to understand why women made it look so simple.
“Some people think it has something to do with core strength or the ability to bend in that position,” MetroHealth Medical Center's Eric Shadrach told WKYC. “We think it is a lot more to do with center of mass and essentially how big the size of someone’s foot is. People with larger feet will put them farther away from the wall and extend their center of mass away from a position that their muscles can't act as a lever and move them across the anchor of their center of mass.”
Give it a try for yourself, and check out some of the funniest attempts below:
Don't worry: there are some men who have defied the odds and conquered the #ChairChallenge!