Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Conditioning Cards

When I was a gymnast our workouts were broken down into warmup/stretching, routine/apparatus work, and then the last half hour of every practice was conditioning.  Looking back it amazes me how strong I was.  I try to do some of the strength exercises now, and I fail miserably.  But, I'm determined to get super strong again, so I'm taking a page out of my gymnastic days and have created conditioning cards.

To start our strength sessions, my gymnastics coach would get out a deck of cards (index cards), shuffle them and then lay out 10-20 along the beam.  On each card was a different exercise.  We were given repetition numbers.  Then we got to it. 

I plan on duplicating this.  I started by writing down some exercises. 

Then, thank goodness for Amazon, I found blank playing cards.  I put the exercises on the playing cards.

Now I can legitimately shuffle them.  I plan on choosing about 10 each time and doing each exercise three rounds at 10 reps, maybe.  A lot of the exercises I can't do yet (squats/lunges), but there are many I can do.  I can't wait to get started.

What are you favorite strength exercises?

How do you come up with strength routines?


Carina said...

You've got all my favorites on your list.

middleagedrunner said...

That's a great idea! You should probably trademark those cards and make a fortune. I'd buy them!