There really is no excuse for not being in shape, unless you have a valid medical condition. Sure, if fitness and being in shape is not your thing, fair enough, I can accept that. We’re all different.

What pisses me off though, is out of shape people who complain about it all the time, making excuses as to why they can’t get in shape. Excuses like, I can’t afford a gym membership, I have no equipment to work out with, the streets are too dangerous so I can’t go running etc etc.

There are countless guys in prisons around the world in fantastic shape, often locked in their cells for 23 hours a day, with absolutely no equipment, no space to run, nothing. They don’t make the same excuses.

One technique these guys use is the ‘Deck of Cards’ technique. It’s really simple, requires zero equipment and delivers a killer workout.

You can structure it pretty much anyway you wish, the basic premise being that you assign certain exercises to certain suites or colours. The number on the card is the number of repetitions you will perform of the given exercise. Aces and picture cards are 11 reps.

You begin by shuffling the deck, flipping the first card over and performing the appropriate exercise for the given number of repetitions displayed on the card. Keep flipping cards over and doing the appropriate exercise for the specified number of reps, until you have worked your way through the whole deck. Try to get through the deck as fast as possible. It’s as simple as that.

In the video below, I’ve assigned burpees to the Red suites (hearts and diamonds) and mountain climbers to the black suites (spades and clubs).

Getting through the whole deck equates to 196 Burpees and 196 Mountain climbers.

You can get pretty creative with this method, modifying it as you wish, assigning different exercises, or combinations of exercises to different suites or colours.

For example you could say,

Diamonds = Push ups
Hearts = Pull ups
Spades = Prisoner squats
Clubs = V-ups

That works out to 98 repetitions of each – quite a killer workout.

Once you get the hang of if, start timing how long it takes you to get through the whole deck. Try to do it faster and faster each time.

Give it a try! You no longer have any valid excuses!


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