In this Trick, 2lbs of Sweat Will Appear

A fantastic workout for days when you’re snowed-in, or don’t feel like going all the way across town for the gym. All you need is a deck of cards, and a few dumbbells. If you’re short on dumbbells, you can improvise with a heavy backpack, or something of that nature.

You play with a full deck of cards, placing the deck face down in front of you. Flip the top card, and whatever suit and number comes up, you respond with this workout. All repetitions are based on number values; meaning, 1=1 unit. However, for the face cards, Jack=11, Queen=12, King=13, and Ace=14.

Diamonds

Diamonds

  • 1-4 are planks; each quantity equals 30 seconds- so, 1=30″ 2=1 minute, and so on
  • 5-9 Burpies with a push-up
  • 10-K Clapping Push-ups; if you can’t clap, at least try your best to get off the ground.
  • Ace is WILD- choose any of these workouts and do 14 reps; burpies are the challenge!

Spades

Spades

  • 1-4 Squat holds- each quantity equals 30 seconds- so, 1=30″ 2=1 minute, and so on
  • 5-9 Squatting Star Jumps (the number of reps is 2x the value of the card- 5=10, 6=12, etc.)
  • 10-K – Deep Squats
  • Ace– 14 lunges each leg

Hearts

Hearts

  • 1-4 Fast-pace Jumprope; each quantity equals 30 seconds- so, 1=30″ 2=1 minute, and so on
  • 5-9 Sumo Squats with an Upright Row –  (the number of reps is 2x the value of the card- 5=10, 6=12, etc.)
  • 10-K – Supercleans (use dumbbells, kettleballs, or something with weight)
  • Ace- 14 curls each arm- use dumbbells, a heavy backpack, or any resistance

Clubs

Clubs

  • 1-4 – High Knees (running in place) each quantity equals 30 seconds- so, 1=30″ 2=1 minute, and so on
  • 5-9 – Standing Side Leg Raises (balance on one leg, and lift the opposite leg up as high as you can) each quantity should be multiplied by 2 for reps
  • 10-K – Plank and hold one leg raised as high as possible for 30 seconds, then switch legs
  • Ace- 14 Split Squats each leg

 

Nick

About Nick

Nick Levato has been involved with the fitness community for over 8 years. Not only is he a Certified Personal Trainer but, has also been trained in martial arts. Nick has overseen the training of many individuals spanning all ages and fitness goals; and experimented most diets; for competitions, cutting, vegetarian, and general diets to coincide with weight training at the time. In addition to training on an individual level, Nick has also taught many group classes. He takes pride in pushing himself to his limits in the gym and in his everyday life.

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