Dare To Do The CrossFit Deck Of Cards Workout?

Looking for a quick and effective CrossFit workout on-the-go?

Then you should give this CrossFit deck of cards workout a try. You can easily adapt this workout to be done in your living room, in a hotel or in a park. All you need is a deck of cards and a timer to get started!

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Deck of Cards Crossfit Workout Guidelines 

Doing a deck of cards CrossFit WOD couldn't be easier.

Basically, here's what you need to know:

  • You (or your workout group) are going to pull 52 cards from the deck. Each card's face (or suit, depending on how you do it) corresponds to a CrossFit exercise.

  • Complete the deck of cards as quickly as possible with good form.

  • You can modify the rules any way you want before you start. But once the WOD starts, no changes.

Card rules:

  • The suit corresponds to the exercise; the number corresponds to the number of reps you'll perform (i.e. a 9 = 9 reps).

  • Face cards are 11 repetitions each. 

  • If you have jokers or want to throw in a "wildcard," choose the reps. For example, jokers or aces can be 25 repetitions.

  • If you're doing the workout with a partner, alternate card drawings. Either go through the deck twice together (recreational) or compete to see who gets more of the 52 cards.

Below you'll find a deck of cards WOD for any situation. If you're a firebreather, give the challenge WOD a try—you won't be disappointed!

CrossFit Deck of Cards Workouts (8 WODs)

These CrossFit WOD deck of cards workouts can be done at your box, at a regular gym or even at home. There's a "without equipment" substitution for when you're traveling or don't have gym access. Good luck!

Full Body Deck of Cards WOD

With equipment:

  • Diamonds: Burpees

  • Spades: Wall-ball shots (20/14lbs)

  • Hearts: 225/185lb deadlifts

  • Clubs: Sled push/pull (times the number by 5, pull for that many yards/meters; i.e. a 9 of clubs = 45 yards/meters)

Without equipment:

  • Diamonds: Burpees

  • Spades: Mountain climbers

  • Hearts: Alternating jumping lunges

  • Clubs: Single or double unders (sub tuck jumps)

Upper Body Deck of Cards WOD

With equipment:

  • Diamonds: Dumbbell bench press (50/35lbs)

  • Spades: Ski erg (times the number by 3, hold for that many seconds; i.e. a 9 of spades = 27 seconds)

  • Hearts: Chin-ups (sub bicep push-ups if you have no equipment)

  • Clubs: Handstand push-ups

Without equipment:

  • Diamonds: Push-ups

  • Spades: Bear crawls

  • Hearts: Chin-ups (sub bicep push-ups if you have no equipment)

  • Clubs: Side planks (times the number by 3, hold for that many seconds; i.e. a 9 of clubs = 27 seconds—do on both sides)

Lower Body/Core Deck of Cards WOD

With equipment:

  • Diamonds: 95/65lbs front squats

  • Spades: Kettlebell snatches (53/35lbs)

  • Hearts: Box jumps (24/20)

  • Clubs: 10m shuttles (back and forth, each "touch" is a rep)

Without equipment:

  • Diamonds: Air squats

  • Spades: Plank (times the number by 3, hold for that many seconds; i.e. a 9 of spades = 27 seconds)

  • Hearts: Alternating lunges

  • Clubs: V-ups

Challenge Deck of Cards WOD

With equipment:

  • Diamonds: Muscle-ups

  • Spades: 135/95lbs clean and jerks

  • Hearts: Toes to bar

  • Clubs: Calorie row

Without equipment:

  • Diamonds: Burpees (jump 12 inches at the top)

  • Spades: 10m shuttles (back and forth, each "touch" is a rep)

  • Hearts: Strict pull-ups

  • Clubs: Jump squats

And so on and so forth. The beautiful thing about this type of WOD is you can easily make your own custom workouts, too. Simply plug in exercises that fit your goals, grab a deck of cards and get to work.

Design a WOD for a specific body part (like your back) or based on need (specific at home strength WODs, for example). The options are endless!

For more workout ideas and CrossFit WODs, check out our workout section

Ben Kissam

Ben Kissam

I help college athletes maximize their 4-year sports window and succeed after graduation.

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