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How to Set Up a Trust Fall

Want to learn what it really means to put your faith in someone else? Try a trust fall, where one person falls backward, depending upon another to catch them.


  • Step 1: Position person who will fall Instruct the person who will fall to stand with their eyes shut and their hands folded across their chest.
  • Step 2: Position spotter Position the person who will catch – the spotter – behind the person who will fall.
  • TIP: The spotter must be close enough to catch the faller, but far enough away that the faller has adequate falling space.
  • Step 3: Fall Instruct the faller to keep their body straight and stiff and to lean back on their heels, allowing themselves to fall into the arms of the spotter.
  • TIP: As faller and spotter get more comfortable, experiment with increasing the distance between the spotter and the faller.
  • Step 4: Trust fall with several spotters If you have more people participating, position several to surround the faller. Spotters stand in a semicircle around the back of the faller to catch them.
  • Step 5: Perform an elevated trust fall Stage a trust fall from an elevated platform, such as a stepstool, tree stump, or riser. Spotters face each other and link hands. The faller falls into the net of arms.
  • TIP: Practice an elevated trust fall only under the supervision of an experienced trust fall leader.
  • Step 6: Think about how you feel Think about how this exercise makes you feel once you and your adrenaline level have fallen. The object is to become more trusting and confident.
  • FACT: Trust falls are often used as corporate exercises to promote team building.

You Will Need

  • Two or more people
  • Trust
  • An elevated platform (optional)

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