Tricks Guys Can’t Do

There’s this trick that *supposedly* only women can do.

  1. Stand three feet away from a wall
  2. Bend over and put your head against the wall
  3. Now try to stand up while lifting a chair.

If you’re a woman, you should be able to do it successfully, but if you’re a man, you won’t be able get back up into a standing position while holding the chair. I believe it really has something to do with height, not gender. Anyone want to try this and report back?


  1. Adrianna says

    It has nothing to do with height. I am 5’11” and the guy who tried was only 5’3″. He wasn’t successful, at all, and did it with ease.

  2. Gail says

    I was told that it has something to do with where your center of balance is. Men’s center of balance is in their shoulders, while women’s is in their hips. This works without the chair too. Stand a few feet from a wall and bend over until your head touches the wall. Your legs should be straight up and down so that you look like a right angle. Now try to stand upright without using your arms. Women can do this but men can’t because of where the center of balance is in each.

  3. says

    Gail almost has it. It’s not necessarily balance but it’s where a person’s center of gravity(or better – their mass) is. The height of a typical womans hips are half of her overall height (and are bigger than a mans, again this is in comparison to her own body ) putting her bodys center of mass much closer to her hips(if not in her hips themselves) and thus the point in her body that she derives her overall balance from. Because a typical mans hips are much lower in comparison to his own height his center is higher in his body.

    When a man or a woman bends over naturally, their body will shift so that their center is vertically aligned with their heels (men will stick their butt out more than a woman might) and if you watch as they are picking something up off the floor you can see their body shift back and forth constantly to keep their center perfectly balanced as they stand back up.

    The reason the chair test works that women can and men can’t is because the wall forces both men and women to keep their hips directly vertically aligned with their heels thus having no effect on the typical womans center but shifting the typical mans center to then be over the chair and not allowing him to shift his body to compensate. The chair adds weight to the persons upper body thus requiring them to rely on their balance to compensate for the extra unnatural weight. Thus when both try to stand up: the unaffected woman has no problems (does not have to bounce, bump, lift her heels, or make any kind of adjustment) because this is how her body already behaves naturally (women with smaller hips may find it to require a slight effort because her center is slightly higher but still don’t have to cheat), the man on the other hand will struggle to even move a little regardless of how strong his core is because it has nothing to do with muscles (and most men who claim they can do it are cheating because they will either try to crawl the wall with their head thus shifting their center, or bounce off it, or raise their heels, but even then it is still a severe struggle).

    I’ve seen marines try to lift the chair and put holes in walls. I will admit I have seen one man who can actually lift the chair with ease and i can attest that he did have unnaturally high and wide hips for a man.

    Here’s an article that might make more sense than I do.

  4. says

    The test can also be done facing away from the wall with butt and heels touching wall and legs straight, but women won’t have as easy a time with this one because it will push their center forward a little.

  5. says

    Also I just noticed something that will help a lot of you who are confused. There is no one exact measurable distance everyone is supposed to stand from the wall when facing it. everyone should put themselves at a distance that will keep their hips over their heels and their back as naturally flat as they can make it. this put legs and torso at a 90 degree angle with one another.

    It’s all about variables and context people. If you mess with contributing factors and shift the rules around (ie breaking them) then you will get all kinds of crazy results.

  6. Kathy says

    I’m a woman and I couldn’t do it.. My husband and brother in law also couldn’t do it, but my sister in law could.. This is really weird.. And I must say, good for a few laughs…

  7. says

    I’m female and I can do this. It’s in relation to average difference in center of gravity between men and women. Since women in general have wider hips (to allow childbirth) their center of gravity rests lower around just underneath their navel. Men however have larger shoulders and more narrow hips because of this when they are leaning over the chair, their center of gravity is below them already whereas women’s center of gravity is more centered in their hips – allowing them to stand.

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