FitDeck is a deck of cards that contains illustrations and instructions describing different exercises, stretches, and movements. FitDeck was created by Phil Black who came up with the idea of combining a card game he used to play in college with the rigors of his Navy SEAL training. FitDeck prides itself on helping others build a foundation for fitness by making workouts simple, fun and convenient. FitDeck offers several titles including bodyweight only titles, equipment titles, sports-specific titles and performance titles. I had the pleasure of trying out the Bodyweight, Dumbbell and PlyometricsFitDeck.
How to Use FitDeck
The premise behind FitDeck is rather simple. Grab a FitDeck, shuffle the cards, draw a card and perform the exercise. The number of cards you draw will be based upon the amount of time you have allotted to exercise. If you prefer more structure to your workout, you can choose to pre-arrange the cards based on the exercises you want to perform. Each card includes the name of the exercise, a picture of the exercise, number of repetitions to perform based on your fitness level and an explanation of how to perform the exercise.
The FitDeck Bodyweight is their original and most popular FitDeck title, and it’s no surprise. As the title suggest, no equipment is required for this set of FitDeck cards making it extremely versatile and portable. This deck offers 46 different exercise cards plus 4 wild cards. The exercise cards are color coded based on the body segment being engaged in the exercise (Blue-Upper Body, Green – Core, Orange – Lower Body and Red – Full Body). The wild cards are included to add a little spice to the workouts (Skip Next Card, Double Next Card, Repeat Last Card and 30 Second Water Break).
The FitDeck Dumbbell is from their equipment based titles. Part of their FitDeck Booster series, this set only includes illustrations for 18 different exercises. The cards are color coded to help identify the body segment that the specific exercise will focus on (Blue-Upper Body, Green – Core and Orange – Lower Body). This set only includes two wild cards, skip next card and double next card, no water break in this series. The FitDeck Dumbbell comes with a custom FitDeck holder which holds up to 60 FitDeck cards. It can be used to collect and combine cards from multiple FitDecks to create unique cross-training workouts. The exercises require one or two dumbbells. Weight selection will be dependent on your strength and fitness level.
The FitDeck Plyometrics is from their performance based titles. Part of their FitDeck Booster series, this set only includes illustrations for 20 different exercises. The cards are color coded according to the type of exercise being performed (Blue-Strength, Green - Agility and Orange – Footwork). There are not any wild cards in this series - but it wouldn’t hurt to borrow the water break card from the Bodyweight series. This set does require a step or bench to perform some of the exercises. A cone is also used but can be easily substituted by any small, readily available household item.
Permutations, combinations, variations; there is no limit to the various ways you can use the FitDeck exercise playing cards. You can create random workouts, custom workouts, short workouts, long workouts, indoor, outdoor, total body, or body part specific. The three FitDecks I had the pleasure of reviewing were ultra-versatile and lend themselves incredibly well to circuit training. I decided to customize a workout instead of shuffling the deck and doing a random workout. I chose an exercise from the FitDeck Plyometrics, followed by a FitDeck Bodyweight and ended with a FitDeck Dumbbell exercise. I created six different circuits that I repeated twice for a well-rounded forty five minute workout with warm-up and cooldown. With the FitDeck exercise playing cards, the workout possibilities are endless. For more information about FitDeck or their products, please visit their website. For more health and fitness articles, visit www.huffandbuff.com.
Disclaimer: FitDeck provided me with a Bodyweight, Dumbbell and Plyometrics FitDeck to review. I received no other compensation and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.Nor was I under obligation to provide a positive review in return for the free workout. Retail value is $10-$15.