A deck of cards workout is an easy way to squeeze an intense workout into a short amount of time. Other perks? Because you design it yourself, you can tailor it to your own goals, fitness level, workout space, and equipment. You can do a deck of cards workout in your living room with no equipment at all or you could go out in your backyard and get sweaty using jump ropes, weights, and kettle bells. It is totally up to you!
How to do it: Assign an exercise to each suit. Example: Hearts = jumping jacks, Diamonds = sit ups, etc. Pick a card from the deck. Do the number of exercises indicated on the card. Example: 3 of hearts = 3 jumping jacks, 7 of diamonds = 7 sit ups. Face cards = 10 and Aces = 15. If your deck has Jokers, you could assign something extra special!
I love designing my own deck of cards workouts. I love it so much, I designed several that you could try! Each one focuses on something different- like cardio, core, strength etc. Check them out!
2. Full Body Intermediate
3. Full Body Advanced
6. Low Impact
(easy on the knees)
7. Lower Body
9. Upper Body
Some things to note...
1. These workouts are simply to give you ideas! Switch out any of my exercises for ones you like better.
2. When using weights, dumbbells, etc, remember you are going to end up doing about 100 of each exercise. Don't pick a weight that is too heavy!
3. For jumping rope, I do multiples of 10. For instance, a 3 of hearts would be 30 jump rope rotations.
4. For planks, you can also do multiples of 10. For instance, a 4 of diamonds would be a 40 second plank. Or multiples of 5, so a 20 second plank. Decide what works for you!
PS. These workouts are really fun to do with a friend!
Have you ever done a deck of cards workouts?
Do you think you will try one of these?