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Work It at Home: Just You and a Deck of Cards

Mixing up your fitness routine keeps boredom at bay, and I have a total body workout that is all about variety. This at-home workout will have you sweating in no time and it's always challenging. All you need to get started is a deck of cards, so dig yours out of the junk drawer and get your move on.

The workout involves circuits of push-ups, sit-ups, and squat jumps, and the deck of cards keeps you guessing at the number of repetitions. Here's the gist: Flip over the first card. Let's say it's a 10. Your first circuit will be 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, and 10 squat jumps. Flip over the next card, and repeat the circuit but change the reps according to the number on the card.

To find out ways to make this workout more interesting and challenging,


There's not much you can do to change the squat jumps, but there are endless possibilities when it comes to sit-ups and push-ups. Consider doing some push-ups more slowly, try the one elbow in, one elbow out variation, and maybe include the triple clap push-ups you've been working on. As for the sit-ups segment, any challenging abdominal exercise would be a great substitution for the traditional sit-up.

Don't feel like you need to tear through an entire deck of cards on your first try; in fact, half the deck is pretty intense. You may initially get through a fraction of the cards, but challenge yourself by adding another card or two each time you take on this workout.


therword therword 8 years
Why the heck is there a one of clubs in that photo?
lattegoodness lattegoodness 8 years
Spectra, I think a Jack would be 11, Queen would be 12, King 13 and you could make an Ace 14 or 1... Don't know what the joker would be though.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
What do you do if you draw a face card? Or do you just use cards A-10 and skip the face cards? I'm going to have to try this circuit idea...sounds like quite the workout!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
That sounds like an interesting idea. I might do that.
indieglam indieglam 8 years
This is a really fun idea! Love it!
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
Great idea!
twinkle911 twinkle911 8 years
We use a card deck at home, but we assign a different exercise to each suit.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i never thought about it like this but it's definitely a way to mix things up a bit. i don't usually do circuit training, especially at home, but i might start since i want to tone up even more before my wedding.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
What a neat idea!
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