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Tuesday, July 21, 2015


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Let me guess, every blog you have read this week includes A LOT of complaining about how hot it is.  Well, I'm going to do it too! IT'S FREAKING HOT OUTSIDE!!!!!!

I love summer weather, and I like to be hot and sweaty. If it's super hot, I will go outside if I am mentally up for it. (Sometimes I am not up for it and stay in the a/c!) If I do go out, I make sure I drink a lot of water. If I'm running, I always stick close to home so I can bail if I don't think it's safe to keep going. Or if I simply need to cool down in the a/c before pressing on.

Yesterday (Monday) I got up early and did a 4 mile walk with my friend Bree. It wasn't horribly hot, but as morning turned to afternoon, it was scorching. That was right about the time I decided I was going to do a DECK OF CARDS WORKOUT!

I haven't done a deck of cards workout in months because the exercises I like to incorporate into them are things that I didn't think were good for my knee. Well, ever since I found out my knees are absolutely fine, I have been slowly trying to test things out as I feel ready.

Oh, this is a good time to mention that if you don't know what a deck of cards workout is, I wrote a great post about it here. (I wrote that post back before anyone ever read my blog so you probably missed it!)

Armed with water, sunglasses, and my very special nerdy Big Brother podcasts, I went out front and got started. Here was my plan:

For example, if I draw a 4 of spades, I do 4 squats. Face cards = 10, Aces are 15.

Most of the time I mess around to try to get more reps and that's what I did today. Here is how I mixed it up:

Jump rope was in multiples of ten. So a 3 of hearts was 30 rotations.

Plank with knee tuck I doubled for numbers five and under. Above five I kept it the same. So a 2 of diamonds was 4 knee tucks but a 10 of diamonds was simply 10.

Squats were just the number on the card.

Jumping jacks were multiples of 5. So the 8 of clubs was 40 jumping jacks.

Jokers were 15 stability ball pull ins.

I know that sounds complicated but I had my own system. ;)

  • I felt weak on my squats but all in all they gave me a reprieve from the jump rope.
  • The knee tucks were fine, I do those often.
  • The jumping jacks were killer! They are not that hard in the air conditioning at Planet Fitness!
  • The hardest part was the jump rope. I could blame it on the heat, and that surely was part of it, but I haven't jumped rope in months so I know that had a lot to do with it as well. Sometimes I would have to take breaks when I would pick a face card and had to do 100 rotations. 

Then, at the very end of my workout... look at the last four cards that were left...

250 freaking rotations!!!!????

Guys, I did it and I didn't take a break. I got in a good rhythm and I just made myself do it!!!!! I kept saying to myself, "Pretend it is a race and you are almost at the end. You wouldn't give up in a race so you can't give up now." Shaming myself like that worked!

I did the math (with a calculator) and this is the grand total:

30 stability ball tucks
113 plank w/ knee tucks
495 jumping jacks
99 squats
990 jump rope rotations

It took me 20 minutes and was pretty intense, but that is the whole point! I miss HIIT, even though it sucks and makes me want to vomit!

Oh, and my knee felt a little weak the rest of the day but nothing too bad. I powered through and didn't ice or take meds.
Do you do deck of cards workouts? What exercises do you like to use?

If you have never done one, what exercises would you like to incorporate? Check out this post for ideas!


  1. I've only one the deck of cards workout when I went to bootcamp.

    You are right, it has been so hot here lately but I am not complaining. In a few months we will be freezing!

    1. And we reserve the right to complain then it is cold too, right!? :)

  2. Wow!! Good for you getting that done, and OUTSIDE no less!

    A DoC workout is on my agenda for this training cycle. I'm excited for a new way to shake up my strength training!

    1. Cool! I'm excited to read about how you use it.

  3. I did a Deck of Cards workout this morning! I wasn't as hardcore as you though, mine was done in the AC!

  4. You mean 350 jump rope rotations? (I'm an accountant, I always notice the numbers...) If you miss, do you have to start over? I couldn't do that in a year!

    1. OMG I counted wrong!!!!!!!!!! So I did 100 less rotations than I was supposed to!!!!

      Can my excuse be that I was really freaking tired and hot by the time I had to add up all those numbers??? hahaha

    2. Oh, and if you miss you do NOT have to start over. Otherwise I'd still be out there jumping...

  5. I need to try this! Such a great idea for shaking it up! I also really need to get a jump rope.

  6. Listen, get yourself a stability ball for like $10 at Marshall's or something and work on your moves at home so you feel confident when you try it at the gym!

  7. I have never done a deck of cards workout, but what a great idea!

  8. WOWOWOW you did all of that in just 20 minutes? That must have been really freakin intense! Way to go.... and in the heat! OMG!

    1. Well as Joe pointed out I added wrong and missed 100 jump ropes!