Growing up, I never enjoyed playing board games. I
am was a sore loser, and I realized at a young age that it was easier to step away from the Clue board rather than be in a fight with my family for the next three days.
Wasn’t it always?
So I generalized my aversion to board games to all games, really. Flash light tag? No thanks, I’d rather not. Rummy Cube? Not today, Grandma. Solitaire? Psh.
So when Cory told me that he found a new card game from his beloved blog Lifehacker, I met him with skepticism.
A card game? Sorry. I’m busy tonight. Or tomorrow. Or whenever you planned on playing.
When he told me that it was a card game that involved squats, mountain climbers, chair dips and jumping jacks – I had to raise an eyebrow (Okay, I raised both eye brows.)
Enter the new-to-me Deck of Cards workout. The idea is that each suit represents a different move and the card number represents the number of reps that you do for that move.
Face cards equal 10
Aces equal 20
And if you’re daring, Jokers equal 50
Daring or not, you don’t take a rest in between each card.
Today our workout looked like this:
Hearts = Jumping Jacks
Spades = Jump squats
Diamonds = Tricep dips
Clubs = Mountain Climbers
In about 18 minutes, you can do a little over 100 reps of each move. I enjoyed this workout because it was fast paced so I wasn’t able to be bored out of mind. By the middle of the workout, my heart was pumping and I was sweatin’ like a bandit.
I also really enjoy it because it’s so versatile. Each time you do it, you can use different exercise moves. I think I want to do bicep curls, seated rows, lat pull down and jumping jacks next time.
A little tip: Always designate a cardio move to the suit of Hearts.
And don’t worry if you don’t have a deck of cards. We don’t either! We downloaded the Deck of Cards Workout app and it generates the cards for you, tells you how many cards you done/have left and it times you. For .99, I highly recommend it!
Let’s chat –
What’s your favorite board game? If I had to pick – I’d have to say Candyland. How can not love Candyland?