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franjava
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I have seen guys who can do it and women who can't, but in general, it's easier for gals. Pretty weird.

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Hmm, my sister and I just tried at and she could do it (she did struggle a bit with it though) and I definetly couldn't
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As pointed out by others, Men are top heavy because of broader shoulders and the rest of the muscles that go into upper body strength. Women usually have wider hips and a bigger butt so more of their weight is lower. A woman's breast may cause her to have more difficulty standing up but overall, a man's ribcage should be bigger than a woman's (including the breast) of the same height. Also the breast being made of fatty tissue, would be less dense than muscle.

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I couldn't do it..... I'm 5'8 1/2" though, so pretty tall for a woman. I dunno about the whole wider hips and bigger butt thing though, b/c I definitely have a big butt and wide hips, and a smaller sized chest.

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Does the weight of the chair matter? Even without the chair, I was just about toppling forward (male, 6'3). Also foot size must affect it.
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Saluki Worship
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Yeah, exactly how big a chair are we talking?

Well, I'm a 5'7 female, and I can't do it.

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I am willing to bet this has more to do with the ratio of torso length to leg length than the presence of breasts. That would explain why some men can do it and some women cannot.
I am a long-torsoed, short-legged woman and I could not do it. In fact, I smacked the chair into the wall and then into my nose. I may have to move this post to "stupid ways you have injured yourself" now.

ETA: I am a 5'4" woman with size 7 feet and no hips or breasts to speak of [lol]

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There is something similar that is easier to try. Stand with your back to a wall with your heels touching it then bend over and touch your toes. Women can do it but men will fail. I think it's all in the hips.
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5'8 Male. Size 8(UK) feet. Attempt made with a stool because there were no chairs around.
I was able to lift it. But my weight was totally on my toes. I could tell that if I'd been doing it with a chair with the back next to the wall (as Artemis' link stated) the extra weight out there would've made me fail miserably.

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I believe it is supposed to be that a mans center of gravity is his shoulders and a womans center of gravity is her hips. So that is why when a man trys to lift it he tips over.

I don't have the info to back it up but I'll try to find it somewhere but that is what I always heard.

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I believe it is supposed to be that a mans center of gravity is his shoulders and a womans center of gravity is her hips. So that is why when a man trys to lift it he tips over.

I don't have the info to back it up but I'll try to find it somewhere but that is what I always heard.

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Okay, I heard a weird version of this that has nothing to do with a chair. I was told that if you take three steps from the wall (heel to toe), turn around so that you're facing the wall and bend at the waist, women's heads will touch the wall but men's won't. They have to lean forward for their head to hit the wall. The theory had something to do with how the pelvis is structured or something. My dad told me this when I was a kid and we actually tried it. Now that I'm an adult, I realize that this was silly. My father was an alcoholic, so that probably explains why he didn't get it right.

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Conflicting information on centre of gravity and gender.

This popular science site, like many on the internet, says that men have a higher centre of gravity because we have broader shoulders and less fat on our hips: http://www.abc.net.au/couch/s209907.htm

But this scientific study says that men's centre of gravity is 57.1% of height for men, 56.4% of height for women. http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/MeetingAbstracts/102194954.html
i.e. there is a difference but it is very slight: less than 1%, way less than the variation within each gender.

Which makes me think that it's not about weight on the hips or shoulders, but just that men (on average) are taller and have bigger feet.

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But then why can't I do it if I'm much smaller than the average man (and average woman, for that matter)?

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I don't think the verticle position of the centre of gravity is really the issue. It's how much it moves horizontally when you bend over that matters. You can't get back up when your centre of mass has moved over the end of your toes and the wall is the only thing keeping you upright.
If you think of a free standing column with a mallet on the top of it and a pivot point where they meet.
If the mallet's head is resting on the column and you pivot the handle of the mallet out, the centre of mass will not move much.
Whereas, if the mallet's handle is on the column and you pivot the head out, the centre of mass will move more (even if the bottom of the column is made heavier to keep the centre of mass in the middle).

Men have more muscle in their shoulders and legs, so the mass is more at the extremes. Women have more of their mass in their hips so the weight is concentrated in the middle. So, even though the centre of mass isn't that much different, when you bend over, more of the men's mass moves horizontally.

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Heh, finally something I can easily do. This is a snap for me, but it probably has to do with my ankylosing spondylitis. My posture is quite hunched over due to it and it has caused me to develop some insanely strong lower back muscles and calf muscles. I can stand up, lean back forward, stand up, with the chair I could do about 10 reps before my back was too tired.

Male, 6foot unhunched, size 11.5 shoe.

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