The fitness industry is always looking for the next big challenge. The harder it is, the better. Well this one is going to seem easy, and it should be to most of the women reading this. Men, on the other hand, could fail long before they succeed.
It's called "The Chair Challenge" and it's picked up speed again on the internet. The instructions seem simple: stand directly in front of a wall so your head and feet are touching. Take two connection steps back from the wall. Bend at the waist so that the top of your head is against the wall. You should have a chair in front of you, or you can have someone else put the chair in front of you. Reach down, grab the sides of the chair, pull it up against your torso, and stand up straight.
Seems easy enough right? Well, as many men find out, not so much. In this video you can see that the woman is dominating the task while the man cannot stand at all.
How could that be? Well the problem can be a matter of leverage. In most cases, because men usually have larger feet, a man's two steps are further back than a woman's. That makes a man's point of view a difficult starting point. When a woman or a shorter man is in this position, they can put more strain on their core to return to the standing position.
Conversely, a taller person would have to rely more on their rear chain muscles like the hamstrings, glutes, and lower back. If they can't properly recruit these muscles, the fight can be very real. Taller people are also faced with a larger center of mass, which can also add a level of difficulty to this movement.
If you are someone looking to complete this challenge, focusing on your rear chain muscles is a wise decision. Exercises like good morning, gluteal bridges, and hamstrings that affect these areas can play a positive role in helping you become a chair challenged champion. Give this workout a try and you can get victory.
Example of rear chain training
Bentover Barbell Row – 5 sets of 5 reps
Low Back Extensions – 3 sets of 8 reps
Good morning – 3 sets of 8 reps
Lying Leg Curl – 3 sets of 12 reps