A group of 2,500 students created mesmerizing large-scale formations and went viral on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.
A video from Haimen No. 1 Middle School in Nantong City, Jiangsu Province in China showed the young students complete the choreographed drill to perfection. Teachers designed the exercise and its unique patterns based on a classic game called Snake.
Aerial footage of the students showed the middle-schoolers race around a track in groups to mimic the way a snake slinks around. Finally, all 2,500 formed a giant “snake” and shuffled out of the field in a long line.
The school’s physical education teacher Chen Jianming created the 90-minute routine which starts every day at 9 a.m. He designed the workout so that every student at the school could participate at the same time in the relatively small schoolyard.
“We hope to bring more interesting elements to the exercises to attract more students,” Jianming said according to China News. “With the new routine, the students get to train their bodies while building a strong team spirit.”
The students also seemed to like the unconventional way of taking gym class.
“The exercises were a lot of fun,” Shen Yifan, a senior student at the school, said according to China News. “They help relieve pressure from my studies and bring all students together.”
It is certainly one beautiful way to combine exercise and art.
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