Ace Your Next Workout with a Deck of Cards

By , Elizabeth Lowry, Fitness Writer
Forget the treadmill and that complete set of dumbells—getting in a good, heart-pumping workout can be as easy as 52 cards and a bit of floor space.

The premise for a deck of cards workout is this: For each suit in the deck, assign an exercise. For instance, spades are push-ups, diamonds are squats, hearts are alternating lunges and clubs are crunches. Flip through the deck of cards and for whatever suit turns up, do that exercise the number of times the card indicates (a two of spades would equal two pushups, an eight of hearts would equal eight lunges, etc.) Play with the deck options to find a workout that works best for your body and endurance level. Variations include assigning face cards a number for extra work or removing them from the deck completely. You might also identify joker cards as a one-minute rest period and ace cards as a one-minute cardio interval.

Alternatively, you can assign an exercise to each number and a number of reps for each suit. For example, clubs equals five reps, hearts equals 10, spades equals 15 and diamonds equals 20. Then, the number two could be assigned push-ups, threes are mountain climbers and on up the line.

Using a deck of cards to direct your workout not only allows you to choose your level of difficulty, but it also results in limitless ways to shuffle and diversify your exercise routine so you never become bored. Every day presents a new chance to get creative with the amounts and kinds of exercises you can do. Plus, we’re willing to try anything that works for Carrie Underwood and her strong legs.

Pick your preferred skill level, grab your favorite deck of cards and get started with one of the examples below. 



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Comments

PIPPAMOUSE 4/9/2018
What a great way to mix things up! Report
7STIGGYMT 3/31/2018
Cleaver! Report
ILOVEROSES 3/10/2018
Great idea! Will do it today Report
LIGHT624 1/27/2018
Awesome Idea. I love it! Report
2DAWN4 1/26/2018
Great article! Report
APPLEPIEDREAMS 1/20/2018
Interesting idea! Thanks for sharing. Report
MBPP50 12/12/2017
Great idea. Thanks Report
RD03875 10/20/2017
neat idea! Report
ANHELIC 10/6/2017
What a great idea. Thanks for sharing this with us. I'm going to try this and see how it works for me. God Bless. Report
REDROBIN47 8/19/2017
This looks fun. I'm going to try it. Report
KATHYJO56 8/8/2017
What a great idea for something different Report
KOHINOOR2 7/20/2017
Great idea! Sounds like fun. Report
NELLJONES 7/1/2017
Sounds silly, but whatever works for you. Report
We do this at our church workout group..We add in jokers only 2 and they are 10 burpees...also face cards are 1 min cardio and number cards are reps of pushups, crunches squats etc Report
ROBBIEY
These are great ideas and a great article Report
I do this workout from time to time - it's a great way to change things up and fun to boot because you never know which card is going to face up Report
I did this with my trainer - we tried to finish the deck in 30 minutes! What a workout!
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Cleaver idea! Report
SPAINORBUST
Fun idea! Report
This sounds like fun! Report
APBRECHLIN
sounds fun I hope to try it later. Report
This is really great when traveling - thanks for thinking outside the box! Report
Wow. Great idea!! I will have to try this! Thank you!! Report
I don't have time for roll the dice and deck of cards workouts, not interested! It would be fun for people who enjoy games though~ Report
GAILEN12
A very well written article :-) Report
This sounds like something I would have made up. lol.
Sounds fun, but I would make those exercises easier choices. Report
This is similar to the Quick Fire Challenge team that went defunct, with a bit less variety, but could be tweaked to work more that way. I do like this idea. Report
DROBB210
When I click on one of the skill levels, the link doesn't seem to work. I get page not found. Anybody else having this issue? Report
HOMEBODY67
This looks like a great way to incorporate more exercises into my daily routing. I will definitely incorporate this into my schedule. Report
KWOLDEN13
And there's always a simple game of 52 Pick-Up. Report
Sometimes we all need a little gimmick to keep us motivated! Report
Exercises are still the same, lol ....... Report
Wow.. This is awesome. One way to keep your exercises from being boring! Report
OH, how Cute and FUN !
I thought the Olympic workouts were GREAT, **
but these are even BETTER !
THANKS for the variety.

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What a novel idea! I'm going to give this a try. Report
SHAWNJONES69
This is a really cool idea. I haven't used my deck of cards in a long time, so now I have a new reason to use them. Report
sent this to my husband, he'd like this. Report
What a cool idea. Sure takes away the "I don't know what to do next." Report
How fun is this!?!? Report
SNAZZI_DRAGON
That sounds like so much fun...I have to try that my next rest day.
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My Boot camp instructor use the card as a partner workout. You do your card your partner rest, then we they do their card you rest. I like the idea of assigning the suits a number of reps. Report
JILLSMOVIN
I love this idea. I have yet to find exercise that I look forward to. I think this might be it! Report
I love this idea! I'm going to give it a try. Report
ATEAMSIS06
This is an excellent article! Report
 
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