Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Playing cards

I played cards with my friend Lisa yesterday.

My friend Lisa plays cards a little ... unconventionally.  In an atypical, unusual, and uncommon way. My friends, if Lisa invites you over to play cards, you might want to run the other way.

Or not.  This might be the most fun I've ever had playing cards.

You know my friend, Lisa, right?  Lisa Rambo, from the Biggest Loser season 14?  Yeah, that's her.  She lost over 100 pounds in 7 months, and now she's inspiring countless people in our community.  She's a rock star.

And she plays cards a little strange.

Want to play?  You'll need a standard deck of cards and a smallish clear area.  Here's how it works:

Draw a card.  The suit determines which exercise you do, the number indicates how many.  Face cards are worth 10.  

Hearts = burpees
Spades = squats
Diamonds = jumping jacks
Clubs = push ups

So if you draw an 8 of hearts, you would do 8 burpees.  If you draw the King of spades, you would do 10 squats.  When you draw an ace, you get to rest for 2 minutes.

It takes about 30 minutes to play through the whole deck, and when you've finished, you will have done 84 burpees, 84 squats, 84 jumping jacks, and 84 push ups.

If you have another 30 minutes, try playing again to work your core.  

Hearts = fish tails
Spades = side to sides
Diamonds = plank
Clubs = crunches

When you draw a diamond, plank for double the number of seconds--so the 9 of diamonds would mean an 18 second plank.

Since it takes just half an hour and you only need a small area, this is a terrific workout to take on the road when you're traveling.

So, wanna come along next time I play cards with Lisa?

Your turn: how do you workout away from home?


  1. Well, that is cool. Did you literally play with her ... or was this a virtual thing?

    I'm thinking of making this a requirement for the kids when they want to "use" the computer or play a video game. I figure half an hour on the computer is worth half an hour playing this game.

    When you play with someone, do you take turns? Or do you all do all the exercises?

  2. Yes, I actually played with Lisa.

    Everyone does all of the exercises together.

  3. That sounds like fun. It is kinda like twister in that everyone does it together.
    DDPYoga. It doesn't matter where I'm at. I have worked out in Disney & in Iowa. I have 2 more days and then I have completed my 2nd set of workouts (13 weeks). Then I'll mix it up a bit by adding in some more running and DDPYoga on my non-run days.


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