TikTok balance challenge goes viral as ‘women can do it but men can’t’

A TikTok challenge that claims “women can do it but men can’t” is going viral – and it’s leading to some pretty painful results.

The test is a simple one; simply go down onto the floor on your knees and place both your elbows on the ground in front of you, putting your hands under you chin to support your head .

Then all you need to do is place one hand behind your back followed by the other, and attempt to hold yourself in the same position without falling.

Many clips from those who fail can be seen crashing their head into the floor, so please use the videos as an example and don’t try it yourself at home.

Two TikTok stars Jason and Rachel demonstrated the ‘gravity’ challenge as they tried it out on their channel with very different results.

Rachel goes first, smiling as she easily completes the move, but as Jason attempts to copy her, he quickly falls to the ground as his head bounces off the carpet with a loud thud.

The clip was captioned: “Apparently men have different centres of gravity”, racking up more than 1.7 million views – but others were still determined to prove it wrong despite Jason’s painful lesson.

User Remus Bujor gave it a go himself only to find he also came down to earth with a bump, and the social media platform is full women completing it with ease and men slamming their heads into the floor.

People tried to find an explanation in the comments, as one said: “Higher centres of gravity. It’s from body shape.”

Another argued it was more to do with height, but some said they spotted a difference in technique in the clips, as one wrote: “The girls don’t point their back at 90 degrees like the guys.”

And a second echoed: “I’m a girl and can’t do it because the other girls are leaning back and it gets easier. That’s why! If girls did the same as boys they would also fall.”

But the theory about a difference in centre of mass between the sexes may hold some truth, after a scientist spoke out when a similar chair challenge went viral on the platform previously.

Jeremy Johnson explained in his blog : “Interestingly enough, many girls can successfully complete this challenge, while most boys cannot. Why? 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.”