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Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Games for Large Groups, Games for Small Groups, Single Player Games | 1 comment

Deck of Destiny

Deck of Destiny

This is a great game to play by yourself for a quick half hour workout, but it can also be adapted to team play.


EQUIPMENT: Playing Cards

RULES: Shuffle a standard deck of 52 playing cards (jokers optional, read below).  Flip over the first card.  The suit you pick corresponds to a specific exercise you must perform:

  • Spades- Squats
  • Clubs- Push-ups
  • Diamonds- Sit-ups
  • Hearts- Standard Burpees

The number or symbol on the card is how many reps you need to do, ie: the 6 of Clubs requires you to do 6 push-ups, (face-cards equal 10 and aces are 11 –  like Black Jack).  Keep drawing until you finish the deck.  You can keep the Jokers in the deck and have them be another, tougher exercise, for example a 100m run or 1 minute plank.  This game is a great individual workout, but it also works with small and even large groups.  I’ve had clients play this game in equal teams (2v2, 3v3v3, etc…), with each team trying to finish their deck before the other team.  Great fun!

GOAL: Finish the entire deck in under 30 minutes, or finish before the other team(s).


  • Guts: Use all core exercises for each suit
  • Burpee Bonanza: Each suit is a different type of burpee is a totally free, ad-free web site run by me, a regular ‘ol boot camp instructor.  If you appreciate the content here and want to see more, please consider purchasing Cards Against Obesity, the fun fitness card game I created and use with my own clients, or my new eBook with over 40 premium fitness games.  Thanks for your support!