Partner Shuffle

Partner Shuffle


This exercise involves partners shuffling around and switching partners at the sound of a whistle or other signal. It is often used as an icebreaker or team-building activity to encourage communication and collaboration among participants.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Partner Shuffle Instructions

  1. Stand facing your partner with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Take a step to your right with your right foot.
  3. Bring your left foot to meet your right foot.
  4. Take a step to your left with your left foot.
  5. Bring your right foot to meet your left foot.
  6. Take a step forward with your right foot.
  7. Bring your left foot to meet your right foot.
  8. Take a step back with your left foot.
  9. Bring your right foot to meet your left foot.
  10. Repeat steps 2-9, but this time lead with your left foot.

Partner Shuffle Form & Visual

Partner Shuffle

Partner Shuffle Benefits

  • Helps to relieve gas and bloating
  • Stimulates digestion and metabolism
  • Strengthens the lower back and abdominal muscles
  • Improves flexibility in the hips, knees, and ankles
  • Relieves tension in the lower back and hips
  • Calms the mind and reduces stress
  • Improves circulation in the legs and feet
  • Can be done by people of all ages and fitness levels

Partner Shuffle Muscles Worked

  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Glutes
  • Calves
  • Core muscles

Partner Shuffle Variations & Alternatives

  • Partner switch: Instead of shuffling partners, have participants switch partners in a specific order (e.g. clockwise, by height, etc.)
  • Group shuffle: Instead of partnering up, have participants shuffle around the room and form new groups of a specific size or based on a specific criteria (e.g. birth month, favorite color, etc.)
  • Object shuffle: Instead of partners, have participants shuffle around an object (e.g. a ball, a beanbag, etc.) and pass it to each other in a specific order or pattern.
  • Role shuffle: Instead of switching partners, have participants switch roles in a specific activity or game (e.g. switch from being the guesser to the clue-giver in a charades game).