What is the Cupid Shuffle? TikTok's new fitness challenge is super catchy—but tough

'To the right, to the right, to the right, to the right.' Inside the Cupid Shuffle TikTok challenge

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No one likes planks. However, when it comes to the Cupid Shuffle, TikTok's new fitness phenomenon, everyone seems to be making an exception. 

We've been gifted many a unique challenge in 2021 thanks to the video-sharing platform. Considering plenty such trends have been ill-advised, we welcome one that's fun and beneficial...even if it requires breaking a sweat. (Word has it that happens when working out.)

If you're looking for a viral trick to post on your feed, or if you're in need of a few home workout tips, you're in luck. This how-to is catchy and has its perks, but don't expect to nail it perfectly on your first try. 



The Cupid Shuffle TikTok challenge, explained

So, what exactly is this new exercise dump on your FYP? #CupidShuffleChallenge has garnered over 76 million views and counting, and everyone's anxious to put on their Lulu leggings and give it a whirl. 

Essentially, the exercise is attempting a plank while listening to the 2007 Cupid hit "Cupid Shuffle." You'll recognize the tune from your sweet sixteen and best friend's wedding. 

"To the right, to the right, to the right, to the right
To the left, to the left, to the left, to the left
Now kick, now kick, now kick, now kick
Now walk it by yourself, now walk it by yourself"

If you need a reminder, the music video is below! 

Not only is it catchy on the dance floor, but it has its benefits on yoga mats

To do the Cupid Shuffle fitness challenge, get in the plank position, dip your hips to the right, to the right, to the right, to the right, then—you guessed it—to the left. When the lyrics switch "now kick," follow suit and end it all by lowering yourself into a forearm plank. 

Curious how it all looks? Have a gander below. Do note that different TikTok users put a unique spin on the right and left leg workouts—there are some bends, some kicks, and so on. 

@sydtheyogi (opens in new tab)

Abs on fire!! 🔥 ##cupidshufflechallenge ##sixpackabs ##abworkout ##plankchallenge

♬ Original Sound - Unknown (opens in new tab)
@alexscott (opens in new tab)

Exercise and TikToks, not much else to do .. Duet anyone?🤣 ##cupidshufflechallenge ##cupidshuffle ##foryoupage ##fyp ##exercise ##duet

♬ original sound - Alex Scott (opens in new tab)

The rhythm and pace not only make this workout fun and catchy, but vigorous. Attempt it a couple of times and you'll surely make an impact on your core. We don't remember it being this difficult on the dance floor at our cousin's wedding reception!

What are the benefits of planks?

There's a reason everyone loves the idea of planks (though not necessarily the act). They can firm up your tummy area and also reduce injury and maintain mobility, according to Healthline (opens in new tab). Some other benefits of the equipment-less workout include but are not limited to:

  • Activate muscles
  • Improve posture
  • Increase flexibility 

If you're set on incorporating this challenge into your fitness regimen, have a look at the best workout routines for your age, all backed by experts, and go from there!

If you're anxious to try another viral TikTok trend, the coregasm is exactly like it sounds: abdominal workouts that help you reach your pleasure points. Maybe it's best not to put those workouts on video...

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)