I ordered the FitDeck bodyweight cards one year as a gift for my stepdad. I always wanted to get a deck for myself but never got around to it. I finally ordered the bodyweight cards and can kick myself for waiting so long. I’ve always liked doing bodyweight exercises because they are easy to do anywhere and don’t require any equipment. They are also great for when you’re short on time. However, if you’re like me, trying to think of which exercises to do can be hard to remember.
This is where the FitDeck cards become handy. They were created by Phil Black, a fitness entrepreneur and former Navy SEAL. Using them is like turning fitness into a game. I came across a quote that relates to this nicely:
“Fitness needs to be perceived as fun and games or we subconsciously avoid it.” – Alan Thicke
If you notice the picture I’ve added, there are cards within the deck such as “skip next card” and “repeat last card.” These help to keep your circuit routine interesting. The cards themselves display an exercise and have three options for repetitions: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. When you pull a card, you can decide which amount of reps to do.
Each FitDeck exercise card displays a nice graphic demonstration as well as basic instructions. They are also broken down into groups of upper body, lower body, middle body, and full body exercises. You can shuffle the deck and do random exercises or you can put the cards in order of what body parts you wish to workout.
Each card is equivalent to one minute so 20 cards = 20 minutes. If you perform each exercise back-to-back without any breaks, you will indeed build up a sweat. I used the deck for the first time yesterday and already feel muscle soreness in my upper body (I ended up pulling a lot of push-up cards :)) What I find to be the benefits of these cards so far include:
- Compact and easy to take anywhere
- Bodyweight exercises can be done almost anywhere
- No equipment necessary
- You can have a different workout every time
- Fun to use
I feel these cards are a great addition to any type of workout you may be doing. They are especially good for people who are short on time and want to keep exercise simple but effective.