Thursday, July 20, 2006

House of Cards

This weekend, we're stealing a page out of Michael Latch's playbook. Latch runs Valley Crossfit in Los Angeles, and he's making a name for himself as a top-notch workout innovator.

Others have used this workout scheme before, but none made it quite as Crossfit as Latch.

We're going to use a deck of cards to randomly generate one gigantic set of sets.

Here's how it works:

Each suit has an associated exercise.

Hearts: Burpees
Diamonds: Squats
Spades: Pullups
Clubs: Pushups

Each card has a number on it. Face cards are 10, Ace is 11.

Shuffle and pull a card. If we pull the Ace of Clubs, everyone does 11 pushups. Two of hearts, everyone does two burpees.

Beginners will do half the required reps, unless they're feeling brave. Veteran Crossfitters--sorry, guys. You're in for the whole deck.

See you Sunday at 8:00 a.m. at Jamaica Pond. We'll meet at the pullup bars on the west side of the Pond. As always, newbies are welcome! Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and as much intestinal fortitude as you can muster.

Go faster!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Jon, you're making me nostalgic. I'm sure Latch's ex-Army buddy Rory Baggao had his hand in this one. Deck-based workouts is what bored soldiers do in dusty desert tents during off hours (well, and that too, obviously).


7/20/2006 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be there.


7/20/2006 06:56:00 PM  
Blogger Josh Roman said...

So if my math is correct and I understand the mechanics of a deck of cards, we will crawl away from this workout having done 95 burpees, 95 pushups, 95 squats and 95 pullups? My god man, have you no sense of mercy?

Time to press another pair of khakis!

7/20/2006 07:38:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Gilson said...

96, actually. Aces are 11. I was hoping no one would do the math.

Just so you know, I do not recommend khakis as activewear. In a nod to our Armed Forces currently stuck in the desert (and Toby), BDUs can be worn in their place.

7/20/2006 07:49:00 PM  

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