Everyone’s trying the chair challenge – which women can do but men can’t
Everyone’s trying the chair challenge – which women can do but men can’t – The ‘chair challenge’ which appeared on social media sees people attempting to stand up holding a chair or stool to their body – and a scientist says centre of mass means most women can do it and men can’t
A new viral challenge is driving men bonkers – because women can do it and they can’t.
The ‘chair challenge’ involves leaning against a wall, pulling a chair to your chest and simply standing up.
Women are making it all look very effortless after social media users posted their attempts at completing it, but men appear to get stuck in the position before losing their balance through the strain of attempting to stand upright.
Here’s what you need to do: stand with your feet against a wall and take two steps backwards, putting your feet directing behind the other.
Lean forward, putting you head on the wall in front of you to support your weight, and slide a chair or stall between the wall and your legs.
Pull it up flat against your body with your arms and stand up without moving your feet. Easy, right?
Seemingly not so for men.
The odd phenomenon was proved by Krystyna Sorrentino and her fiancé Devin, who both gave it their best shot this week.
Krystyna is shown to follow the steps to perfection, using the audio from an original upload of the ‘chair challenge’, standing up on her first attempt as if to wonder what all the fuss is about.
But then up steps Devin, who succeeds with the set up but can be seen straining to stand up before stumbling backwards across the room in an epic failure.
Krystyna explained Devin did get there in the end, saying: “We saw this challenge on TikTok randomly when we were just hanging out late one night trying to figure out how to use the app so we decided to try it.
“We woke up the next morning with one million views!
“When you follow the instructions and just do it without thinking too hard about it, he couldn’t do it.
“However when he sat and concentrated about it, he could do it.”
According to scientist Jeremy Johnson, it’s all to do with centre of mass.
He explains in a bog : “Interestingly enough, many girls can successfully complete this challenge, while most boys cannot. Why? It’s all about the center of mass.
“The center of mass for most girls is lower to the hips, while the center of mass in boys is much higher.
“Therefore, for most girls, the center of mass while bent over the chair is above their feet, while the center of mass for most boys is above the chair.”
So give it a go.