The sports lover that he is, Tom often looks up the exercise routines of his favorite athletes. We have done the workouts of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and many others. Last week Tom came to me with a new idea, the routine of Bo Jackson. I didn’t think much of it, just assumed it was similar to the other workouts we had done. When he told me it included a deck of cards I was immediately intrigued. I grew up with family game nights, we play cards with friends, and at every family Christmas you can bet there is some sort of trivia tournament. So the thought of bringing a game into our workout was exciting!
Here is what Bo did:
Every red card is that number of squats. So, a 10 of hearts equals 10 squats.
Every black card is that number of pushups. An 8 of clubs means 8 pushups.
Jacks = 11, Queens = 12, Kings = 13, Aces = 15, Jokers can be used as 20 mountain climbers or left out.
I am sure Tom could have done all those pushups, but I know I could not have. We switched it up to include more activities. We made hearts cardio, diamonds abs, clubs bottom of the body, and spades top of the body.
Here is how our version of the card workout looked:
Hearts – Squat Thrusts
Diamonds – Crunches
Clubs – Calf Raises
Spades – Pushups
We did the card game later in the week and it looked like this:
Hearts – Jumping Jacks
Diamonds – Side Crunches
Clubs – Jump Squats
Spades – Tricep Extensions
The absolute best part of the card workout is not knowing what will be next. Normally Tom or I pick a workout and we do as the instructions say. But in this game we don’t know which exercise or how many reps will be next. Once in a while we will have a hot streak of cardio cards, and though we are out of breath and panting, it’s fun to look at each other with shocked faces. Here are some other reasons this is my new favorite workout:
- · It’s like a game! The novelty of using a deck of cards in your workout is great fun.
- · You can use whichever exercises whatever you like.
- · Every workout is a full body workout.
- · Each time you play is different because you never shuffle the deck in the same order.
- · This take less than 45 minutes. It can be done in 30 if you are already in shape.
- · You can do this at home if you can’t make it to the gym.
Give it a try and let us know what you thought! I promise you’ll have fun and get a great workout at the same time.
Helpful Hint: The first time we tried this we accidentally used a Pinochle deck of cards (all 10s and above). Don’t make the same mistake we did!