Welcome to the second Deck of Cards workout, part of our group “exercise program for normal people,” The Lifehacker Workout. Whether you’ve been with us since we started last week or are just joining now, let’s get moving.
Here’s a refresher for how to do this workout: Grab a deck of cards. Draw a card, and the suit represents the exercise you do; the number on the card represents how many reps to do. If it’s a face card (jacks, queens, kings), do 5, 10 or whatever number of reps you feel comfortable with. Continue as fast as you can until you’ve completed the deck.
Because this can be intense, you can start with half the deck or a quarter of the deck.
These are the exercises we’ll be doing:
- Hearts (easy to remember that aerobics work your heart) = Jumping Jacks or Jump rope if you have one (aerobics)
- Diamonds = chair dips or bench dips
- Clubs = knee-to-elbow plank
- Spades = lunges
Tip: Take one card for each suit out and put a post-it note on top with the name of the exercise, as a reminder while you’re working out.
Instruction Videos for Deck of Cards Exercises
Lunges: Front lunge:
Modification: Back lunge or rear lunge, which might be easier on your knees
For variation and a whole leg workout, you can also alternate in side lunges: