Hyper Island

Shake Down

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5 - 3010 - 40 Low

In this short and very physical energizer, the group shakes out their bodies one limb at a time. Starting with eight shakes of the right arm, then eight shakes of the left, eight shakes of the right leg, then eight shakes of the left. It continues with a round of four shakes of each limb, then two, then one, ending in a big cheer. A good energizer when time is limited and the main aim is to get people moving.



To get people moving in a limited time.



Step 1:

The group stands in a circle. Everyone should have an arm’s length of space on either side of them.

Facilitator notes

This energizer is short and efficient. For it to be effective, the person leading it needs to role model a high level of energy.

Step 2:

The group performs the “shake down” all together, counting loudly together as they go.

First, 8 shakes of the right arm, 8 shakes of the left arm, 8 shakes of the right leg, and 8 shakes of the left leg. Each time, counting “1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8!”

Next, 4 shakes of each limb. Then 2 shakes of each. Then 1 shake of each.

The shake down ends with a loud cheer and a big ninja kick in the air.

Tips for running this activity online

  • A simple activity to run online - so long as you have everyone on webcam and present in your video conferencing tool, this one is run in very much the same way as a live workshop!
  • Ensure everyone has room to do this exercise beforehand and communicate this to your participants.
  • Participants may stand or sit depending on their location and whether they’re comfortable!
  • If planning this activity, we recommend having a plan B, just in case some of your participants aren’t comfortable with this exercise.


Source: Hyper Island toolbox

Hyper Island designs learning experiences that challenge companies and individuals to grow and stay competitive in an increasingly digitized world. With clients such as Google, adidas and IKEA, Hyper Island has been listed by CNN as one of the most innovative schools in the world

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  • This is one of my absolute favorites! AAAALLWAYS delivers the fun and really energizes. Fantastic exercise. In addition to a nice loud cheer or yelling of names at the end of it, I sometimes ask them to add 'crazy' or 'funny' faces.

    over 1 year ago