During an episode of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” Season 14, trainer Bob Harper used a deck of cards as a tool in contestants’ “last-chance workout.”
I’m a new diehard fan of “The Biggest Loser.” I always thought the show was inspiring and would watch it occasionally, but I never watched a season start to finish. But this season was different. I had to watch it because my idol Jillian Michaels came back after a year hiatus from the show and because the show incorporated kids in an effort to stop childhood obesity. My heart goes out to those kids who are working so hard to get healthy.
I like to use body-weight training while working out in my home. Sometimes I get gym memberships, but I prefer to exercise outdoors when I can or do DVDs in my living room. Right now, I don’t have a membership and I just finished a nine-week workout, so I’m working on designing my own workout schedules, and I’m having a lot of fun.
Directions: Put on an upbeat playlist. Shuffle the cards. Pull a card and complete that number of said exercise (i.e. 9 of diamonds equals nine burpees). Try to keep moving through the exercises. See how long it takes you to complete an entire deck, and try to beat that next time.
Check out Jillian Michaels’ variation of the deck of cards workout.
It took us about 30 to 35 minutes to go through the deck. I liked this routine because it felt exciting not knowing what exercise and how many reps we’d have to do next. And it was a lot of fun to be our own instructor.
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