Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Trainer Tuesday: The card deck workout

It's that time of year where fire crews can't wander too far from their transport method, whether it's a helicopter, engine, or crew buggy.  We all try to have a quick getaway time, so the days where we could do long runs or go for pack hikes are pretty much over.  But just like circuit workouts, the card deck is always an option, and even if you aren't a firefighter, you can do it too.

Here's how it works:

Take a standard deck of cards.  Discard the jokers.  Give each suit an exercise.  For example, spades = squats, diamonds = crunches, clubs = lunges, hearts = pushups.  Shuffle the deck and perform the exercise on each card according to its number, such as 5 of spades = 5 squats.  Kings, Queens, Jacks, and Aces count for 20 reps each (or 10 if you prefer).  Try to rest as little as possible between exercises.

This is a fun, easy way to get a workout in when you have little space or equipment (i.e. a hotel room) but still want to get some exercise.

It's also harder than it sounds! There's a reason it's also called The Deck of Pain.  Give it a try!


  1. I may have to try this some day!!!

  2. Good idea! How many cards do you draw? Surely not the whole deck LOL


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