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By Andrea Drever

Content and Editorial Director


You and your kids arrive at your oceanfront hotel, and you’re dying to pop down to the fitness center, only to realize it’s closed. Okay, you’ll drop the little ones off at the kid’s club and go for a nice run on the beach. But the club is closed too. What’s a fitness-minded mom to do?

Well, with a simple deck of playing cards, you can get a full-body workout that will leave you feeling like a queen for the day.

The deck of cards workout might not strike you as a serious challenge but, rest assured, it’s the real deal. You’ll be using the cards to randomly serve up various exercises and rep counts. Each suit corresponds to a specific exercise and the card number indicates the number of reps you want to complete.

Ready to get started?

  • Pick four exercises and assign each one to a suit (clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades). Some example exercises are listed below.
  • Grab your full deck of playing cards.
  • Shuffle the cards, and grab a card from the top of the deck.
  • Perform the exercise assigned to that suit along with the number on the card. If you draw an ace or face card, you get to skip that one—unless you’re a badass and want to assign these cards higher numbers (Jack 11, Queen 12, etc.).
  • Keep going until you’ve gone through the entire deck.

Some exercise suggestions:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Push-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Squats
  • Squat jumps
  • Planks
  • Lunges
  • Knee lifts
  • Leg lifts
  • Burpees (you’ll hate us for including this one!)
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