These days, it doesn’t take much for a video or tweet to go viral on social media. As a society, our attention span is short, and there’s an endless supply of content creators out there who deliver laughter and cringe-inducing material in equal doses.
That’s why when you hear the words “viral TikTok challenge,” your first thought is probably “Oh no, how are young people embarrassing themselves this time!?” Tap or click here to see how another viral challenge almost burned people’s houses down.
Despite how dangerous some of these challenges are, this popular new one is anything but. “The Hand Challenge” shows a British woman doing a trick that looks easy but it’s not. It’s difficult unless you know the secret of doing it correctly. We had to try it a few times before we figured it out, so here’s a guide on how you can perform the trick and get it right.
What is ‘The Hand Challenge’
Why some TikTok challenges go viral while others flounder is one of life’s great mysteries. And sure enough, a new, inexplicable challenge has risen through the ranks to dominate the feeds of users everywhere.
It’s called “The Hand Challenge,” and at first glance, it looks like something impossible. People in these videos will essentially make a pretzel out of her own hands and arms. Then, in a flash, they untangle their arms with ease. How is that possible? Can you follow along?
As it turns out, this isn’t a particularly tough trick to pull off. All it requires is knowing how to perform it, and enough practice to pull it off smoothly.
How can I do ‘The Hand Challenge?’
Performing the trick takes a few tries, but you’ll get it with enough practice. Here’s a step-by-step of everything you need to do The Hand Challenge:
- Put your hands out in front of you and cross your arm.
- Turn your hands to face one another.
- Link your fingers.
- Bring your arms into the center.
- Put your index fingers on the sides of your nose.
- Unravel your hands.
And that’s it! Can you follow along with that?
We don’t blame you if you have a hard time at first. Admittedly, it took us a few times as well. Once you get it though, you realize a few things to keep in mind to make it work.
For starters, make sure you begin with your left arm under your right. When you bring your arms to the center, your left arm should then be on top of your right. You also need your fingers to cross when touching your nose, with the nail-side contacting your skin.
Beyond that, pulling your arms apart becomes effortless. But how about you? Do you think you can pull this trick off without tying yourself in a knot? We recommend trying to record it since even if you fail, it’ll be hilarious to add your challenge to the numerous other failed attempts floating around on TikTok.
In the end, you don’t need to “win” to beat the challenge. You just need to try. Failing is half the fun! Best of luck, and try not to get your arms stuck.