Boredom Buster: Card Plyometrics

Switch up your boring workout routine with a deck of cards! This is a really fun way to get an awesome workout in when your pinched for time or just need a different routine to get your heart rate pumping. I enjoy this because I can do this pretty much anywhere and it does not require any equipment…just your body weight!
First, start with a list of plyometric exercises. These exercises use explosive movements to develop muscular power. Here is an article explaining this type of training.
My list included:
Jump Squats
Mountain Climbers
One Leg Hops
High Knees
Butt Kicks
Jumping Jacks
Push Ups
Now, use a deck of cards. Turn over three cards. Add up the numbers. For the face cards, customize these numbers to your level of intensity. For example, a queen can be a ten, while an ace can be a one. Scenario:
1. Flip 3 cards and add them. 9, 8, jack (10). Total is 27.
2.Start at the top of your list, or have a partner choose the exercise.
3. Perform 27 Jumping Jacks…or 27 Jump Squats.
4. Go through the deck once, flipping cards and performing each plyo.
This is NOT EASY and will kick your butt. After a short time, my heart rate was up and I was sweating it out! Tough, but really fun. I enjoy doing this with a partner. One person chooses exercise and one performs it. Here is another helpful video on this routine.

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