Deck of Cards Workout

A boredom-busting, do-anywhere program

Deck of Cards Workout - A boredom-busting, do-anywhere program
Travel can kill your normal training routine. It’s oftentimes hard to find and get to a gym, and most hotels don’t have what you need to get the work done. I say leave the gym behind! If you are traveling, all you need is a deck of cards to put together a killer program.

Deck of Cards Workout - A boredom-busting, do-anywhere programThis workout is really simple and can be done anywhere—in the gym, outdoors or in your hotel room.

Deck of Cards Workout - A boredom-busting, do-anywhere programSTEP 1: Begin by selecting FOUR body weight exercises. Some examples:

Push-ups
Sit-ups
Burpees
Lunges
Squats
Dips
Back Extensions
Pull-ups

STEP 2: After picking your exercises, assign each movement a suit in the deck (i.e., push-ups are hearts, lunges are spades, etc.)

STEP 3: Then, clear a space to workout and shuffle the deck of cards. Decide on a number of cards you decide to work through 10, 20, 30, full deck, etc. (I recommend the full deck!)

STEP 4:
Flip one card. Complete the exercise accompanying the card. For example, if you pick a 5 of hearts, you complete 5 push-ups. Face cards and aces are 15 reps (or, assign your own number).

STEP 5: After you having completed the first exercise, flip the second card and perform the corresponding movement. Continue flipping cards one-by-one until you have completed the deck (or however many cards you choose to use.) By the end, you will be feeling it!

This is a great workout to bring with you anywhere! It’s even been seen happening in an airport over a long layover. Who says you need a gym to train? That’s the dirt for now…more next week from the world of obstacle course racing!

Margaret Schlachter

Margaret Schlachter, the first professional female obstacle course racer, is a top ranked athlete in the Reebok Spartan Race series. She is also an endurance athlete specializing in ultra trail running races, a Spartan SGX Coach, and a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. She founded DirtinYourSkirt.com, a leading source for all things obstacle course racing and endurance sports. For more information on Margaret, her upcoming book and online coaching services.

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