09 January 2012

excuses be gone

i hope everyone is having a great new year so far.  i promised last week .  this time of year many people have a list full of resolutions for health...and a list full of excuses why they can't reach those goals a few weeks later.  this workout is for your fitness excuses.  no space, no time, no gym, no equipment...no problems.

it is true that there is nothing new under the sun and many of you have probably heard of this before but for those of you that haven't i hope you find this helpful.  no this is not a game of solitaire but you will need a deck of playing cards for this exercise routine. there are tons of different ways to use this play cards workout.  here is one way: pick a few of your favorite exercises, for example you could pick , burpees, push-ups, planks and .  next grab a deck of cards.  assign each exercise to a suit of cards.  

** if you are unsure of proper form, click on the name of the exercise below. **

for example:

  spades=burpees                    hearts = mountain climbers
diamonds = push-ups            clubs= air squats

face cards= 1 minutes rest (or if you are a real die hard pick another exercise)

the numbers on each card will represent how many reps you will do that exercise (depending on what exercise you pick this could represent minutes).  set a timer  (the timer on your microwave or cell phone will work just fine) for the length of time you want to work out, for example 20 minutes.  for the next 20 minutes you will flip over the cards one by one and complete whatever exercise pops up.  let’s say you turn over  a 10 of spades, you will complete 10 burpees.  you will then turn over another card and it’s a 8 of diamonds, you will complete 8 push-ups.  then you turn over a 3 of hearts, 3 reps of mountain climbers at your own pace.  next you turn over a king of diamonds, now is when you rest for one minute.  next, you turn over a 10 of clubs- 10 squats.

of course remember to consult with your physician before beginning any workout regime.  work at your own pace, rest when needed and use proper form.  if you have any questions please let me know.

so what do you think?  have you done this before?  do you have a different way?  i would love to hear what you have to say. 

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