This Internet challenge recently went viral. It was started by a cardiologist and other Internet users quickly followed suit, flooding the Internet with videos of themselves trying to do it.
The #ChairChallenge is for women only. Indeed, no man has managed to successfully complete it. The challenge is very simple: all you to have to do is stand in front of a wall, hinge forward, and pick up a chair.
Something only women have been able to achieve. To find out why men are unable to do it, read on. The cardiologist himself, who has more than 300 followers on Instagram, has shed light on the mystery.
According to scientist Jeremy Johnson, physics are to blame. He explained, '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.'
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. The man’s larger feet mean he is farther away from the wall than the woman and is thus leaning forward. The woman’s legs are closer to the wall and are thus leaning back.
The cardiologist challenged all his followers to try it and upload the video to their social media accounts. The challenge immediately went viral, revealing that women could complete it while men could not. Although there are always exceptions. That's why we'd like to invite you to watch the video, try it out, and challenge a friend to do it with you!