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See if You Have Enough Balance to Pass This 60-Second ‘Old Man Test’

·1-min read
Photo credit: Mark Bell - YouTube
Photo credit: Mark Bell - YouTube

There are a number of ways you can tell you're getting older, especially when it comes to your personal fitness, aches and pains notwithstanding. In a new video on powerlifter Mark Bell's YouTube channel, legendary fitness coach Chris Hinshaw shows off what he believes to be the definitive gage of longevity.

"This is the decider of whether or not you're still in the game," he says.

Begin the challenge barefoot. Then, while standing on one foot, put your sock and shoe back onto your elevated foot. You're not allowed to bring that foot back down to the ground until the shoe is on, with the shoelaces fully tied. "You have to do it in one move," says Hinshaw. Then, switch feet and repeat on the other side.

Not only does this require the individual to have good balance, but they must also have good mobility, in order to engage a full range of motion while putting on and tying the shoes. Hinshaw demonstrates the test first, and then powerlifter Chris "Boar" Bell must complete it himself.

"My balance is really bad," says Bell, who repeatedly struggles to even pick up his sock from the floor of the gym while standing on one leg. "I could practice this all day for the next 10 years, then maybe I'll get it."

"This is an amazing test," he continues. "I want to get better at doing just bodyweight and simple things... It's going to be hard for me to get my socks on because I'm just not that flexible, but I feel like I want to work on it."

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