Hurricane Sandy wiped out power left and right. It’s not likely I’ll be able to make it to the gym in the next day or so, so I thought I’d do a Deck of Cards workout and share it with all of you. This workout can be done with a partner or alone and the only equipment you need is a deck of cards. Here’s how it works:

Shuffle the deck of cards well, including Jokers. Each suit represents a different exercise. And the number on each card represents the # of reps you’ll do for that particular exercise and that particular card. You can choose whatever exercises you’d like and switched things up even more if you have any equipment on hand. But if not, the basic workout is as such:

Spades =  Squats
Diamonds = Situps
Clubs = Pushups
Hearts = Mountain Climbers
Jokers = 10 Burpees
Royal cards = 10 reps
Aces = 1 rep for beginners and 11 reps for intermediate/advanced trainees

Partner Workout Directions:  Stack deck of cards face down. Partner turns over one card and performs exercise and reps represented on card. Alternate between partners without resting until deck is finished. When you reach a Joker, both partners perform the exercise; both must complete the exercise before moving on to the next card.

Solo Workout Directions:  Stack deck of cards face down. Turn over a card and perform exercise and reps represented on card. Continue with no rest until deck is finished.

Up the intensity with these variations:
Cards as stated above. Jokers = run 1 mile
Cards as stated above; Hearts = Burpees and Jokers = run 400 meters or row 500 meters
Cards as stated above; Hearts = Burpees and Jokers = 50 Double Unders or 150 jump rope
Cards as stated above; Hearts = Handstand Pushups

Have you ever done the Deck of Cards workout? If so, what are your favorite exercises to use?

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