My Exercise opens in absurd but relatable style. A chubby boy lies on his back with his knees raised as if about to perform a sit-up. Except he’s not alone; a dog standing on all fours holds him in place and acts as a cushion for the young man’s rising head. I touch my phone screen and the boy does a sit-up. And if I keep my finger held on the screen, the boy tenses his abdominal muscles further, eventually sinking into the dog’s squishier-than-normal stomach with Cronenbergian aplomb. The pup, for its part, looks on expressionless, seemingly nonplussed. I lift my finger from the phone; the boy returns to the floor, ready for another crunch.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wxqypz/virtual-sit-ups-and-butt-sniffing-go-hand-in-hand-in-my-exercise