Ever go to the gym and see a trainer making his client stand on 1 foot on a bosu ball while pulling a cable in 1 hand, pressing a dumbbell overhead and balancing a weight plate on their head? Circus workouts, as I call them, have no place in my book. I’m a big fan of back-to-basic and straightforward workout routines: if it ain’t broke, why fix it? That said, I’m always looking for fun new ways to mix up the basics. Exercises like pushups, squats, lunges, chin-ups and abdominal crunches can be performed countless ways, making them challenging to even the fittest Olympian!
Inspired by Carrie Underwood, this “deck of cards” workout can be done anytime, anywhere (hey! There’s an app for that!). Whether you’re on the road or stuck at home, this no-excuses workout will be a stepping stone to hard-body success!
All you’ll need is a shuffled deck of cards, sneakers and a yoga mat. Each card represents a different exercise and the number coincides with the number of repetitions you’ll do for that exercise. Be sure to warm up for 5-10 minutes beforehand and do a cool-down stretch post-workout!
Diamonds = deep squats
Hearts = abdominal crunches
Clubs = pushups
Spades = pullups or bodyweight rows
Aces = 1 minute elbow plank
Joker = 50 jumping jacks
That’s 78 repetitions of each exercise…be sure to shuffle those cards well!