Although Silento’s “Watch Me” has undeniably been the song of summer 2015, it’s still gaining popularity across the globe, with everyone from Hillary Clinton to an entire senior living center sharing their own Whips and Nae Nae’s. And now gym teacher Jared Pascall and the kids of Harvest Elementary in Alabama are using the jam as their P.E. warm-up — and want the whole country to follow suit.
Complete with push-ups, lunges, jumping jacks and high knees, the circuit-style, three-minute routine is designed to sneak in key exercises — while still having, well, the best time ever. “My students ask me daily to play the Whip/Nae Nae song while we are doing our lesson,” Paschall told AL.com. “Since they loved the song so much and many of them already knew some moves, I decided to incorporate exercise into music and get them excited about doing a cardio workout.”
The 2014-2015 Harvest Elementary Teacher of the Year (I mean, are you actually surprised?) uses his new choreography as the warm-up for kids from kindergarten to fifth grade. And while it debuted for what he dubs ‘Cardio Thursday,’ the routine has already reached far beyond the confines of his class. “I had over 650 students taking a simple workout home to teach to their families and friends,” Pascall said.
As for Pascall’s next step? He’s got his eyes on the White House. The teacher already reached out to Michelle Obama regarding her #LetsMove initiative, dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity. After watching the video below, we’re pretty sure that the First Lady is gonna want to Whip and Nae Nae with the kids of Harvest Elementary. And honestly? We totally do, too.