#WiggleMeOff Is the Next Big Thing in Silly Gym Games

We’re not sure EXACTLY where it started or WHO came up with such an idea, but get ready, because #wigglemeoff is about to be the stupid new gym game your friends are constantly playing. Basically, two people sit on opposite ends of a loaded barbell (they need to be able to sit, so larger rubber plates work best) and attempt to “wiggle” the other person off like some sort of CrossFitting lumberjack competing in the log run.

Yep, it’s as weird as it sounds:

We want to emphasize this is still a new trend, one that popped up first on photographer Shaun Cleary‘s Instagram when Brooke Wells and Jared Stevens were visiting Active Life Athletics in Long Island. The two human stacks of abs attempt to roll each other off a loaded barbell — after a lifting session? between sets? it’s unclear — though no clear winner is crowned.

Caution: #wigglemeoff currently only has six hashtagged post on Instagram, most of which are reposts, but it’s about to have a lot more because your gym friends are weird and they’ll ask you to play this with them. A reminder: You really don’t HAVE to.

2014 CrossFit Games athlete Will Moorad appeared in another (fast forwarded, thankfully) version and emerges victorious. It looks like a solid strategy is to get your opponent shifted sideways, perpendicular to the bar? We honestly don’t really know.

4/4 King of the barbell with @willmoorad #liftinglibrary #wigglemeoff #bearingbar @brookewellss

A video posted by The Lifting Library (@liftinglibrary) on

Again, you don’t HAVE to play #wigglemeoff when your annoying friend with seventeen pairs of knee sleeves and the “hottest” Nanos/Metcons/NoBulls/whatever inevitably challenges you after or during a lifting session. But you will be challenged, and you will have to make a decision: Is your loaded barbell for lifting, or wiggling?

Make the right call.

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of Greatist.com. In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and Fortune.com, as well as a contributor to Forbes.com, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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