Friday, January 20, 2012

Product Review: FitDeck Cards

I received FitDeck cards in my Xmas stocking and was able to use them recently. FitDeck was created with a simple premise – make exercise simple, convenient, and fun – and people will stay motivated. With this in mind, the most basic way to use FitDeck and FitDeck Booster cards is as follows:

1.Warm up (3-5 minutes)
3.Shuffle cards
4.Draw a card and flip it over
5.Perform exercise
6.Repeat as desired
7.Cool down and stretch

Using 1-minute per card as a guide, draw the number of cards consistent with your fitness level and time available:

For example: 20 minutes = 20 cards

This is the most basic way to use your FitDeck cards. For hundreds of FitDeck games, workouts ideas, partner challenges, group routines, and fun workout combinations, click here.

The deck comes with nice packaging as a hard case is provided so that you can carry your cards with you, especially for those who travel. FitDeck is a unique deck of Exercise Playing Cards that makes exercise more simple, convenient, and fun. FitDecks are available in 56-card and 26-card Booster decks. 56-card FitDecks specialize in bodyweight-only exercises (i.e. Bodyweight, Junior, Senior, Yoga, Pilates, Stretch, Prenatal, and Postnatal). 26-card Boosters may require certain equipment (i.e. Exercise Ball, Pull Up bar, Dumbbell, Office, Travel, Kettlebell, etc.). They even have a deck specific to swimming.

The cards themselves are the size of standard playing cards. The illustrations and the written instructions are clear. So you won't have any issues getting benefit out of FitDeck. I have started to use them after my workouts during my cool-down session. This is a fun way to force yourself to cool down properly.

If you use the cards as you would any deck of cards you can shuffle them to come up with an almost unlimited number of workout combinations. The deck I received was the stretching set. While there wasn't any stretch I have not heard of or performed previously, this helps to keep everything fresh and allows you to change things up without losing track.

Prices vary by the type of deck and they are available at Gear West.

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