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the poker workout {so fun, I promise!}

by Heather

Happy Halloween!

Did you dress up today?  Truth is, I’m really not a big halloween person – we turn the porch lights off and don’t ever get candy – sorry kiddos.  However, I do find it fun to dress up for classes!  Today was 80s workout gear + 80s workout music.


I brought along some chocolate covered fruit (pineapple stars, grapes, bananas and oranges) + orange slices.  Tricky treats I called them.  The leftovers I’m currently enjoying as I type this.


I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve talked about much fitness related.  Actually, looking back the last post was in July.  This burpee-rific body blast interval workout.  Yikes!  Time to share another workout!

The poker workout for today I’ve done a few times in a couple different classes, with different exercises to mix it up.  It’s a fun change and although there are grunts, most people seems to enjoy it.  The latest poker workout was actually requested, so of course I obliged. 🙂

the poker workout

Here’s the breakdown of any poker workout, then I’ll share an example of one you can, and totally should do.

What you need:

  • 52 card poker deck
  • 8 different exercises
  • time limit to push yourself

I’ve done this in 45 minute classes (so about 35 minutes of active work after the warm up + cool down/stretch), and out of the 3 times, we’ve gotten through the entire deck right at the end.  I think a time limit pushes you to keep going as you tire.

You’ll assign a different exercise to the 2-10 of hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs + the A, J, Q and K.  When you draw a numbered card, you complete that many reps of the exercise (say hearts are pushups and you pick the 8 of hearts, you then do 8 pushups).

The Poker Workout

Now onto a workout!  Try this one on your own, or with a group of friends!  It’s fun, I promise. 🙂

Hearts – wide hand pushups

Diamonds – tricep dips

Spades – renegade row

Clubs – backward stepping lunges with hammer curls

Jack – 1 minute wall sit

Queen – 10 burpess

King – 10 squat jumps

Ace – 1 minute plank


Pick a 6 of clubs: do 6 backward stepping lunges with hammer curls on each leg (so really 12 lunges)

Pick an ace of spades: hold a plank for 1 minute

Pick a 10 of spades: 10 renegade rows each arm (see a video of the exercise here)

Pick 4 aces in a row: you’re doing 4 minutes of planks 🙂

Have you ever done a poker workout?  Do you totally want to now?!  (yes, yes, yes)  Did you dress up, or plan to tonight?

Have a great day!


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Kelli October 31, 2013 - 5:22 pm

What?….You turn your porch light off, I can’t believe that!!!

Fit Mama October 31, 2013 - 6:18 pm

Well, the main reason is our dog barking like crazy when anyone comes to the door and hunter goes to bed early, so him waking a lot wouldn’t be very fun.

Joy October 31, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Disgusting! The chocolate covered fruit is a nice idea, but turning off your porch light is just disgusting. It’s for the KIDS! Be nice!

Fit Mama October 31, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Haha, we aren’t kid haters. Our dog goes crazy and barks a ton when anyone comes to the door and it would wake up our little fella since he goes to bed early.

Erica November 1, 2013 - 2:05 am

Oh no!!! Halloween is huge here! We have people over and sit on the porch and give out candy and for the adults-beer! We keep frank in the back room with the tv on. Love the treats!

Fit Mama November 1, 2013 - 7:06 am

That is awesome, I’ve never see anyone give out beer before! Did Kay love trick or treating?

janetha November 1, 2013 - 11:13 am

I love deck of card workouts! They are always super fun and unpredictable!

Christina November 1, 2016 - 7:36 am

Using poker like this is a creative way to get in a good workout. Both the 80’s gear and the snacks look nice.

Matt @ Pickleball November 21, 2017 - 8:05 am

great idea, really creative way to mix up your workouts.


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