By now you’ve either vaguely heard of the invisible box challenge, or you’re thinking, WTF?
You’ll probably remember the ice bucket challenge that swept the nation a few years ago in a bid to raise money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS – or motor neurone disease to the rest of us) – and it did, more than £7m to be exact – though sadly its creator passed away recently.
And of course we’ve had planking and the mannequin challenge – all equally fun and created a lot of buzz, with everyone and his granddad trying to get their attempts to go viral.
Now we come to the latest, 2017 Invisible Box Challenge, and it kind of does exactly what it says on the tin.
The trick, or “optical illusion” if you will, involves participants pretending to put a box on the floor in front of them and patting the top just to show everyone it’s there.
Then, they pretend to step on to the box before “hopping” their other leg over it to land on the other side of said invisible box.
So basically think of yourself as a mime and you should be fine.
Recently this craze got a lot of attention thanks to the successful attempts by US football player Dontez Hines and Texan cheerleader, Ariel Olivar:
challenge accepted pic.twitter.com/QQ1JWbkXx0
— ariel (@arielo1220) December 2, 2017
Seems easy enough, right? Think again.
Look what happened to these poor peeps when they tried:
Challenge accepted pic.twitter.com/JdOKKdzhXB
— Holly (@HollyStier) December 3, 2017
Challenge accepted 😭💀 pic.twitter.com/5017VxV6jY
— mic💲 (@lilkaykay__) December 6, 2017
Sadly, we can’t help but lol a bit, but well done for giving it a shot!
OR maybe just do what this guy did, and have the camera up so high, he might even have a real box underneath after all:
Challenge accepted 😤 pic.twitter.com/AB8R5lKPc5
— ELlioTt (@elliottlandry__) December 4, 2017
Speaking to The Telegraph, Ebenezer Samual, Men’s Health Fitness Editor explained that when done successfully, “You’ll notice [the] body rotates toward the leg on the step as well; there’s a ton of oblique and ab stability maintaining that position.
“Very explosive hip flexor, abdominal and glute strength is what is driving the leg up and over the box.”
So you might want to practice a few burpees, squats and sit-ups before attempting this one.