The Joker Workout: It’s All in the Cards

the joker workoutGrab a deck of cards and get ready for an awesome workout! Whether it’s just you and a workout buddy or a class – playing with a deck of cards is a great way to work up a sweat.

Workout Description: Shuffle the deck and split the deck in half. If you are working out with a group, split the group in 2 teams, Team A & Team B (or just split the cards between workout partners, Partner A & Partner B). A draws first and completes the appropriate exercise based on the card type. While A rests, B draws a card. Continue until you run out of cards.

Turn it into a game. Each Team/Partner gets their equal set of cards and begins drawing cards at the same time. The person to run out of cards first, wins. Loser gets 25 penalty burpees.


  • Number cards represent reps, 1 (Ace) -10 repetitions
  • Face Cards Represent 15 repetitions
  • Joker Card represents REST for the team pulling the card, & 15 Burpees for the OPPOSING Team

Exercises (click on link to view exercise)

Here are a few pics of our class doing this workout…

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FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on July 24, 2013, in Exercise & Training, PFIT TIPS, Workout and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. That Joker scares me… So this work out, scares me too! LOL!

  2. What a fun way to mix it up!!!

  3. Reblogged this on Marpay Fitness and commented:
    What a clever idea. Thanks Bonnie!

  4. toast2fitness

    Reblogged this on Toast2fitness and commented:
    A good way to keep your workout interesting

  5. Reblogged this on Dee & JoJo's FItness Tips and commented:
    So we saw this on one of the blogs we follow and we wanted to share it with you all. It seems like a way to have a little fun with your workout!! Enjoy!!

  6. Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!

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