Why men can’t beat the TikTok “Center of Gravity” Viral Challenge

Why men can't beat the TikTok "Center of Gravity" Viral Challenge

Why men can’t beat the TikTok “Center of Gravity” Viral Challenge

820 547 Charles Lozano

More and more TikTok trends seem designed to embarrass men. The so-called chair challenge is a great example of men failing hilariously where women succeed (go ahead, try it.). In the latest TikTok trend, dubbed the “center of gravity challenge” women dominate the battle of the sexes. Men, on the other hand, end up stabbing the face.

The challenge is simple – in theory. First of all, get down on all fours (don’t worry. If it’s on TikTok, it can’t be too risky). Next, put your elbows on the floor and rest your chin on your hands. That’s where the tricky part comes in. Quickly remove your elbows from the floor and tie your hands behind your back.

The results are the tricks made for TikTok: women take up the challenge without sweating. When men try the same thing, they can’t hold their bodies. Their torsos collapse and they crash face down. Everyone laughs and a challenge goes viral.

Editor’s note: we know you’re going to try this challenge, especially the men in the audience. If you try, you should probably try it on a nice soft pillow. If you feel the need to do it on video concrete without practicing, the Internet fame is your choice.

But why exactly is this another challenge where women rule and men fall (hard). The reason why women have no problem with the challenge is, according to the most important theory, that they have a lower center of gravity. On average, a woman’s center of gravity is 8-15% lower than a man’s, according to an article in the academic journal Theoretical Biology and Medical Modeling. It is assumed that women’s lower center of gravity did not evolve to make men stupid on the Internet, but to help them stay stable while walking during pregnancy.

This is a logical reasoning, but also a reason why some sexes defy all expectations. Not everyone is built the same way. Some men may have a lower center of gravity than others. Some women won’t be able to win the center of gravity challenge, and some men will glide victoriously without crashing into their faces.

Not many, though. There’s only one way to find out.

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