Thousands of people are continuing to ignore the Vengaboys’ recent warning across social media. As published in People magazine, the Vengaboys have issued a warning for people to no longer attempt the fitness trend inspired on TikTok. The Up and Down Challenge also known as #vengachallenge now has over 65 million views.
Megastar Jason Derulo posted his video on TikTok last Saturday: https://venga.link/JasonDerulo, whilst Jena Frumes also shared the video of the successfully executed Up and Down Challenge with her 4 million followers on Instagram.
In case you missed it, the Up & Down Challenge is a zany and acrobatic exercise that challenges couples to move ‘up and down’ together and in-sync to the beat of the Vengaboys classic: Up & Down. It looks easy and harmless, however, that’s not always the case.
Although the exercise has been performed flawlessly by many, there are also people who end up crashing down. Some escape with minor injuries, such as bumps and bruises, however, some are inflicted with serious injuries, including: broken bones and fractures. It’s now gotten to the point where the Vengaboys have pleaded with viewers/users to stop attempting these over-the-top exercises at this time.
Vengaboys Captain Kim explains: “We are of course delighted with the huge success, but we still want to ask the TikTok community to stop this challenge. If you break a finger or sprain your wrist, you still have to go to the hospital, where they have more important things on their mind right now.”
The Up & Down Venga Challenge began 3 weeks ago with the posting of this video: https://venga.link/firstworkout
In the meantime, tens of thousands of Up & Down home videos have been posted on TikTok with a couple thousand new posts coming in every day. This risky workout craze is spreading beyond the TikTok platform. Olly Murs and coach for The Voice UK, recently posted his own video to share with his millions of Twitter and Instagram followers. Olly Murs added: “In spite of years of body balance training, this exercise wasn’t easy to do, but we laughed a lot!”
The trending challenge is also popping up on other social media platforms as thousands more Up and Down home videos are being shared. Vengaboys member D-Nice said: “At least TikTok has added a warning to the ‘Up and Down’ challenge videos. And even though we can see that a lot of people are having fun, we are pleading with them to please stop.”
This isn’t the first time that one of the Vengaboys’ hits has gone viral. Two years ago, their banger: Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!! returned to the UK charts, after a man from Gloucester, inspired a spontaneous street party in his neighbourhood by blasting the song out of his car speakers. The street party video was viewed tens of millions of times.