energizers

Shake Down

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.