How to keep fit in a coup

Arthur Greene

A Myanmar exercise instructor accidentally recorded her workout in front of a military coup, in an extraordinary video which has gone viral on social media.

In the background of the video, black SUVs are seen driving up to a military checkpoint while the instructor, Khing Hnin Wai, enthusiastically leads a workout. 

The convoy of cars even grows as the song builds in tempo, and the dancer begins to make small punching motions.

Then, as she moves energetically from side to side, small figures can be seen rushing to open the barricade and let the cars through.

Khing Hnin Wai later wrote on social media, “How harmonic with the background music and background scenery!

“Before I heard the news [of the coup] in the morning, the video I made for the aerobic dance competition has become an unforgettable memory.”

She also confirmed in a post that the video was real and that she had no idea what was taking place behind her.

In the raids, which took place on Monday morning, Myanmar’s military detained the country’s State Councillor, Aung San Suu Kyi, and took power.

Photo and video: @clarkchambers