At STACK, we take fitness fails seriously. We’ve exposed fakers in the past, and it is with a heavy heart that we do it again today.
You may have seen the following clip making the rounds on the Internet this week.
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The cartoonish fall combined with the host’s non-reaction makes this a perfect fitness fail. Unfortunately, it’s too perfect.
It fooled Sports Illustrated. It fooled Runner’s World. It fooled Fox Sports (Briefly. They’ve since taken it down.) It almost fooled us.
Then Reddit came to the rescue.
The good people of Reddit know everything (they will tell you so themselves). So when someone posted a link to this video on Reddit, the community immediately jumped in to identify the host as New Zealand comedian Leigh Hart.
Apparently, this is a staged bit Hart did two years ago for a show called Olympico on Comedy Central New Zealand. The fall is real, but it’s performed by an actor who knows exactly what he’s doing. A few weeks ago, someone edited the clip to look like a legitimate fitness fail.
We dug up the original uncut video, which reveals why the host isn’t surprised when some poor guy steps onto a running treadmill. As it turns out, the host is the one who left it running in the first place. (The treadmill segment starts at 13:08)
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Once you know the video’s fake, you quickly pick up a few clues you missed on the first play-through. For example, the runner is perfectly framed in the background, and the camera actually follows him when he falls. The gym owner never shows real concern and the short-shorts girl in the background is giggling before her friend even steps onto the treadmill.
Anyways, if someone shares that Runner’s World link on Facebook this week, feel free to respond with a smug message and the original video. You should also point your misguided friend to STACK for all future fitness fails. We proudly fact check dumb videos on the Internet so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.
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