What Is The Invisible Box Challenge?
The Invisible Box Challenge has taken over social media feeds around the world as people film themselves stepping onto an "invisible box" with one leg while hopping over it with the other.
The trick starts off with participants acting as if they're placing a box on the ground ahead of them and patting the top surface of the imaginary object in order to create the optical illusion that there is an invisible box lying on the ground.
Participants then raise one foot in the air and pretend to step on the imaginary box before jumping over the object to land on the other end of the box with the opposite leg while the first foot remains suspended. Several people have attempted the feat and while some have managed to pull it off, others have failed miserably.
How Did It Start?
An Anderson University American football player named Dontez Hines originally uploaded a video of himself executing the challenge on Twitter in August. However, the video only recently went viral, thanks to a retweet by a Twitter user with the handle @Zyphree.
After Hines, many people attempted the Invisible Box Challenge. Among them was Manvel High School cheerleader Ariel Olivar who nailed the trick perfectly and the internet by storm with her incredible achievement.
Olivar's post has already racked up more than 120,000 retweets and over 250,000 likes on the micro-blogging platform.
challenge accepted pic.twitter.com/QQ1JWbkXx0
— ariel (@arielo1220) December 2, 2017
However, the Invisible Box Challenge is not a recent phenomenon. It was attempted and performed brilliantly by a Mexican dancer named Marcos Grados during a show in 2014.
How To Pull It Off?
Fitness expert Ebenezer Samuel has also explained the viral phenomenon to Men's Health and given tips on how to execute the Invisible Box Challenge successfully. Samuel pointed out that while the feat is not impossible as it looks, one does have to possess a lot of strength and stability to perform the illusion.
"All hip stabilizers on the right side are firing on overtime to hold that hip in position," he told the fitness magazine. "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," he added.
Check out the step-by-step instructions in the video below: