Star chumps: Hilarious footage shows bewildered Iraqi police recruits trying to perform star jumps during US Marine fitness training
- Iraqi police recruits struggle to grasp the idea of a star jump
- Recruits shown flapping their arms in all kinds of ways during exercise
- American instructors struggle with fun fitness exercise
Hilarious footage has emerged of a unit of Iraqi police recruits struggling to keep up with their American instructors on a star hopping exercise.
Designed to warm up muscles and increase heart rate, the star jump concept seems to surprise and confuse most recruits.
The video was reportedly shot in 2007 and shows ten Iraqi police recruits doing star jumps with several American instructors at an Iraqi training camp.
Arms all over the place, none of the recruits seem to grasp the concept of a basic star jump
Hilarious: The video was reportedly shot in 2007 and shows ten Iraqi police recruits doing star jumps with several American instructors at an Iraqi training camp
With their arms flapping and legs shaking, the recruits seem to struggle with the concept of the drill.
In the foreground, the two well-trained US Marines dressed in white vests enthusiastically continue the exercise, hoping the recruits will eventually take notice.
The footage drew plenty of comment, with many viewers appreciating the humorous nature of the recruits’ attempts during the exercise.
“These guys look absolutely baffled by the notion of a jumping jack, which they see demonstrated in front of them by several American soldiers,” wrote one user.
Coordination battle: American instructor tries to give new hires some direction
Fun: Each rookie seems to have their own take on a star jump
Wrestling: Two enthusiastic American instructors attempt to show rookies how it’s done
Confusing sight: Every recruit seems to have a hard time grasping the concept of the core training exercise
“Is there a cultural barrier I’m missing here?” I have heard general reports that Iraqi army recruits were unmotivated, of course. But unable to put together a single decent jumping jack?
Another forum user pointed out that the term “star jump” or “jumping jack” was incorrect.
“There are no ‘jumping jacks’ in the army. We have used the much more dignified term of “side-sided jumping,” they say.
Other social media users suggested that the Iraqi recruits were struggling with language and cultural differences rather than exercise.