Full Body Deck of Cards Workout

Turn your workout into a game with this full body deck of cards workout that combines strength training moves with bursts of cardio. Minimal space and no equipment needed! 

Turn your workout into a game with this full body Deck of Cards Workout

I’m always looking for ways to switch up my workout routine and/or make exercise fun so when I first learned about the deck of cards workout, way back when I was working with a local personal trainer before our wedding, I was so intrigued.

I love this type of workout because you never know what exercise is coming next and you’re never doing one thing for very long! I honestly can’t remember what specific exercises my trainer used for her deck of cards workout, but that’s the beauty of it — you can make it your own by changing the exercises based on what areas you want to work.

The workout I’ve come up with combines four strength training moves that work your legs and arms along with four cardio moves to keep your heart rate up! Most of the moves are basic exercises, but if you need of a refresher on any of them I’ve linked to quick video demos that you can check out.

Full Body Deck of Cards Workout

What you need:

One deck of playing cards and enough space to do move around a bit.

How it works:

Shuffle playing cards and place the stack somewhere convenient. Once you’ve warmed up, flip the first card and do the exercise that corresponds with it (see below). You can continue this process of flipping one card and completing the exercise until you go through the whole deck or until you’ve reached the amount of time you planned for your workout. Move through the exercises as quickly as possible without sacrificing form and try to rest as little as possible between each card/move. This will keep your heart rate up and help you burn more calories!

The exercises:

Every suit in the deck of cards represents a different exercise and the card value equals the number of reps.

Example: You flip over a 10 of hearts… you do 10 push-ups.

All face cards represent a cardio move and you do 20 reps of each.

Example: You flip over a king of any suit… you do 20 jump squats.

That’s all there is to it! And like I said, you can switch up the exercises based on your needs or fitness level. I hope you like this workout! If you try it, be sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think.

Turn your workout into a game with this full body Deck of Cards Workout

Photos by Kaytee Lauren.

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    1. Pulkit
      October 2, 2020 AT 1:15 pm

      This is such a wonderful article, learnt a lot from it, will make my deck of cards today itself!

    2. Crazy Bulk
      July 1, 2019 AT 3:58 am

      Really i Liked your post. This is exactly what I searched about!
      Thank you for sharing this post.

    3. Lauren
      June 18, 2019 AT 6:59 pm

      Doing this tonight with my workout class I teach for a change up! Awesome

    4. Lynn
      January 16, 2018 AT 3:22 pm

      This was so fun! The time flew by; it became quite challenging for me for the last half of the deck but getting through the deck was very motivating!

    5. Paola
      April 8, 2017 AT 8:32 pm

      What a fun way to switch it up for a full body workout! Thanks for sharing!

    6. Martha degarmo
      January 17, 2017 AT 10:46 pm

      I want to start doing this, because it sounds fun! But what is a plank jack and a mountain climbers? I’m old now! And out of the loop so please enlighten me!! Thank you.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 18, 2017 AT 8:00 am

        Hi Martha. No worries at all! I have links to short videos for each move. If you click on word plank jacks or mountain climbers you’ll be taken to the video demo. Hope this helps!! 🙂

    7. Cynthia | What A Girl Eats
      January 12, 2017 AT 7:39 pm

      WHat a great way to switch up a workout!

    8. Jenn
      January 12, 2017 AT 12:26 pm

      Love these types of workouts! There are a few free apps in the app store for deck of card workouts as well, which will draw your cards for you. That way you don’t have to carry a deck to the gym and risk mysteriously losing all the high cards 😉

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 16, 2017 AT 3:27 pm

        Ohh!!! That’s so cool. There’s an app for everything now! And yes, losing all the high cards would be such a shame, huh? 😉

    9. dana
      January 11, 2017 AT 5:42 pm

      BRILLIANT! Trying this soon! Right after I get some cards … ;D

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 16, 2017 AT 2:55 pm

        haha. I feel ya. I had to search the house for these because we rarely play card games!

    10. Kori
      January 11, 2017 AT 1:16 pm

      What a fun idea!

    11. Natalie R
      January 11, 2017 AT 10:53 am

      I already love this workout – simple, to the point and full body. Any workout that allows me to stay indoors is my favorite kind! I’ll definitely be trying it out tomorrow – thanks so much for sharing 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 16, 2017 AT 2:54 pm

        Yay!! I hope you were able to try the workout, Natalie. Would love to know how it went. 🙂

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