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Incredible Video Shows Gymnast Jump Through Hoop With Mid-Air Split

Incredible Video Shows Gymnast Jump Through Hoop With Mid-Air Split

This is the incredible moment a gymnast jumped through a hoop with a mid-air split:

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Circus performer and gymnast Andrew Price, 30, from London, performed the spectacular feat on 13 January.

As a hoop was thrown at him horizontally, Andrew jumped and performed a mid-air split - called a 'straddle' to get through it.

Andrew said: "This trick doesn't have a name and it's the first time ever done as far as we know. A lot of professional hoop divers that we showed it to have said the same.

"The one in the video was my third attempt. I asked whether we thought it would be possible to pass through the hoop in a straddle jump, so we tried it out and it turned out pretty cool."

He makes it look so easy. Credit: Storytrender
He makes it look so easy. Credit: Storytrender
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Quarantine might be the perfect opportunity to try and copy Andrew's accomplishment but if that's too tricky for you, or maybe you don't have anyone around to throw the hoop past your horizontal body, you might prefer to have a go at the 'New Flex challenge'.

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The video was created by Jax Kranitz and, since sharing it, the clip has been viewed more than a quarter of a million views.

This is how the challenge begins. Simple, right... Credit: Instagram
This is how the challenge begins. Simple, right... Credit: Instagram

If you want to try it out for yourself then you should lie down flat on the floor with your legs straight and your hands behind your back.

You've got to try to stand up by bringing your legs out far enough to get up onto your feet without taking your hands from behind your back.

Since she shared the video, her 80,000 or so followers have been registering their surprise at the level of flexibility that she has.

Most people would crash and burn right about here. Credit: Instagram
Most people would crash and burn right about here. Credit: Instagram

One person wrote: "Just saw this on TikTok. You're a beast. I can hardly touch my toes," while another said: "You're like an All American Gymnast tho! I ain't blessed like that."

Another of Jax's Instagram followers added: "Anyone that understands anatomy knows this is possible but rare. The human body is amazing."

So if you fancy having a go at either of challenges you're either really bored, really flexible or really optimistic. Delete as appropriate.

If you'd rather stay sat on the sofa, maybe you could join our community Facebook group which aims to bring some positivity, support and fun to anyone who might find themselves in isolation as a result of the coronavirus spread. Need some entertainment? Join Isolation Nation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronasupport/

Featured Image Credit: Storytrender

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Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]