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Chris Meloni Learned How to Do That Viral Split in a Shocking Amount of Time

We're not surprised! 

By Christopher Rosa
Chris Meloni in Law And Order Organized Crime

Law & Order icon Chris Meloni is an athletic guy. If you follow him on social media, you know this. But even Meloni super-fans were stunned when the actor posted a video on May 5th of himself doing a gymnast-level split. The move was impressive—and it's even more impressive when you realize just how long it took Meloni to master it. We'll give you a hint: An episode of Friends runs for more time. 

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"I was in a karate class, and I saw this one guy and was like, 'How the F is that guy [doing a split]?' He just splayed out effortlessly," Meloni told NBC Insider about the story behind his now-viral split. "And he says to me, 'I used to be a gymnast.' I go, 'Man, I wish I could do that.' He goes, '20 minutes.' He told me, '20 minutes, I'll get you to do that.' They literally put you in that [split] position. Exhaust the muscle, relax it enough, and that was it." 

Just like that! In case you needed any more proof Chris Meloni is super-human, he accomplished doing a split for the first time in 20 minutes. 

Meloni's split video on Instagram has racked up over 700,000 views and 3,000 comments. Watch it for yourself, below. 

News broke in May that Law & Order: Organized Crime, which Meloni stars in, will be renewed for a third season. Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and all three shows in the One Chicago universe were also renewed. Dick Wolf, the mastermind behind these shows, said in a statement, "The renewals of the entire Wednesday and Thursday night lineups is the ultimate verification of our partnership with NBC and Universal Television. I personally want to thank the talented writers and casts, the producers who keep the trains running on time, and the crews who tirelessly turn out outstanding shows despite a degree of difficulty never before experienced due to the pandemic.” 

Watch Law & Order Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET, and Law & Order: Organized Crime Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET, all on NBC.

Reporting by McKenzie Jean-Philippe