The Deck of Cards workout is very simple. You assign one exercise (e.g. push ups, sit ups, lunges, etc.) to each suit. Then you shuffle a deck and flip over one card at a time, doing the number of reps that are on the card until there are none left.
This is a free tool to use if you don’t have a deck of cards around.
Enter in the exercises that you want to do, then click “Begin Workout”. Use the “Next Card” button to go to the next card after each set.
If you have any issues, just let me know.
Credit goes to the open source Vector Playing Cards project for the card images.
Deck of Cards Exercise Examples List
If you don’t already have a list of exercises in mind, let’s go over some exercises that work well for the deck of cards workout.
Keep in mind that you should try to keep the exercises balanced (i.e. one for chest, back, legs, and core, or something similar).
- Single-leg deadlifts
- Bodyweight squats
- Mountain climbers
- Calve raises
Here’s a list of other easy bodyweight exercises along with pictures.
- Pistol squats
- Back extensions
- Archer pushups
- One arm pushups
- Pull-ups (if bar is available)
This is far from a complete list. There are dozens of variations for exercises like pushups if you need to make them easier or harder.
The beauty of the deck of cards workout is that you can customize it however you want to make it as hard or easy as you’d like.