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    Default Deck of Cards Workout

    Simple idea, great exercise.
    Take a deck of cards, your normal 52 card poker deck will do.

    Choose two exercises, ideally one strength, one energy system centric. Say
    a) push-up, front kick (jump kick burpee)
    b) stepping lunges

    Black cards = exercise a, red cards = exercise b.
    Face cards count a 10, aces = 11, number cards = displayed number. So, jack of hearts = 10 stepping lunges.

    Go through the deck of cards as fast as possible.

    Here're some ideas for exercises:
    - burpees | push-ups
    - side breakfall | squat
    - tuck jump | med ball slam
    - med ball woodchopper | med ball slam
    - sand bag shouldering | crunches
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    Default Re: Deck of Cards Workout

    Very popular in prisons here in the US! Usually done for pushups, situps, chair dips, etc.. Some of the young men in my jail ministry have told me about it. You're not "locked up" are you Lenny? LOL!!

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    Default Re: Deck of Cards Workout

    Not that I know of
    I'm just going to to that workout as part of the 50 day "Never gymless" plan, and since I didn't have time this lunch, those brave enough to stay a bit after class will have to endure it as well. I'll go for burpees / lunges and suggest thrusters / squats as replacement when the burpess or lunges get too hard.
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    Default Re: Deck of Cards Workout

    We did it where each color was a type of exercise based on pulls, pushes, legs or abs. And Aces were 15.
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    Default Re: Deck of Cards Workout

    Quote Originally Posted by punkmonkey View Post
    We did it where each color was a type of exercise based on pulls, pushes, legs or abs. And Aces were 15.
    Nice variation, might steal that
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    Default Re: Deck of Cards Workout

    These are some of the variations I've used in years past.

    Deck of Cards: Basic Push-up/Abs Routine


    Aces – assign value (e.g. 15, or 30 reps.)
    Kings – assign value (e.g. 13, or 25 reps.)
    Queens – assign value (e.g. 12, or 20 reps.)
    Jacks – assign value (e.g. 11, or 15 reps.)
    Number Cards – Face Value Repetitions

    Red – Push-ups
    Black – Abs


    Deck of Cards: Total Body Routine



    Aces – assign value (e.g. 15, or 30 reps.)
    Kings – assign value (e.g. 13, or 25 reps.)
    Queens – assign value (e.g. 12, or 20 reps.)
    Jacks – assign value (e.g. 11, or 15 reps.)
    Number Cards – Face Value Repetitions

    Hearts – Jumping Jacks/Side Straddle Hop
    Diamonds – Push-ups
    Spades – Half-squats
    Clubs – Sit-ups/Crunches

    Deck of Cards: The “I Want My Mommy” Version


    Aces – Super Set (1-4)*
    Kings – Super Set (1-3)*
    Queens – Super Set (1-2)*
    Jacks – Super Set (1)*
    Number Cards – Face Value Repetitions

    Red – Push-ups
    Black – Abs

    Hearts – Standard Push-ups
    Diamonds – Wide or Diamond Push-ups
    Clubs – Standard Crunches
    Spades – Reverse Crunches

    *Super Sets


    1) 5 Push-ups – 5 Crunches
    2) 5 Wide Push-ups – 5 Reverse Crunches
    3) 5 Diamond Push-ups – 5 Bicycles
    5 Judo Push-ups – 5 Atomic Crunches
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    Default Re: Deck of Cards Workout

    I play with a "marked deck". LOL!! I'm an old timer that can't keep up with you young whippersnappers anymore. There is much more to kenpo or any martial art than strength and physical endurance.

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    Default Re: Deck of Cards Workout

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson View Post
    I play with a "marked deck". LOL!! I'm an old timer that can't keep up with you young whippersnappers anymore. There is much more to kenpo or any martial art than strength and physical endurance.
    Yep 4 other fitnesses, though they all suffer if 1 or more is out of whack.
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    Default Re: Deck of Cards Workout

    That's why I don't "fight" anymore. Tigers don't run the mile they only need to go as far as they need to.

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