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There’s A Viral Chair Challenge On TikTok That Only Women Can Do

There’s A Viral Chair Challenge On TikTok That Only Women Can Do

Short-form video app TikTok has brought us some absolute gems of late. There was the iconic women doing interpretive dances to their exes abusive voicemails and the emergence of the girl who looked absolutely identical to Ariana Grande.

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But the latest viral video might just be the most fascinating. There's a new 'chair challenge' that women appear to be able to do while men can't - and it's baffling people across the world.

The trick involves standing three feet away from a wall and bending over at a 90 degree angle with your head against it. You then have to stand up again while lifting a chair at the same time.

Sounds pretty easy, right?

But oh, no. While most women are managing to do the challenge, try as they might, men keep failing.

The challenge seems easy but is actually very tough (Credit: Caters)
The challenge seems easy but is actually very tough (Credit: Caters)
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The trend was started on TikTok, and has now been replicated all over social media with the same results.

Krystyna Sorrentino, 32, and her fiancé Devin, 29, (from the video above) were one pair who tried to take a stab at it.

Krystyna found the chair challenge a breeze (Credit: Caters)
Krystyna found the chair challenge a breeze (Credit: Caters)

And while Krystyna was successful on her first attempt, Devin found it a lot harder, wobbling and struggling to stand upright while lifting the chair.

Devin eventually managed to lift the challenge, but only when concentrating extremely hard after several attempts.

Explaining the science behind the confusing challenge, US scientist Jeremy Johnson says: "Interestingly enough, many girls can successfully complete this challenge, while most boys cannot.

Devin struggled with the chair challenge on first attempt (Credit: Caters)
Devin struggled with the chair challenge on first attempt (Credit: Caters)

"Why? Again, it's all about the centre of mass.

"The centre of mass for most girls is lower to the hips, while the centre of mass in boys is much higher.

"Therefore, for most girls, the centre of mass while bent over the chair is above their feet, while the centre of mass for most boys is above the chair."

Meanwhile, Professor Brian Ford at Cambridge University, believes it could actually be more to do with the size of men's feet.


He told The Sun: "It is true that women have a lower centre of gravity than men, by several centimetres, but that has no bearing on this crafty little trick.

"Men have longer feet than women. Two paces back for a man would be some 60cm, for a woman it's more like 50cm.

"So to begin with, the man is forced further away from the wall."

He adds that as the man is further from the wall, he is likely leaning further forward, which makes the lifting harder.

Whatever the science, we're all for a challenge where women reign supreme!

Featured Image Credit: TikTok

Topics: Viral, Life News, Funny, Life

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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