Recently I have been away on holiday and with that comes the guilt or pleasure of missing my regular exercise. No gym, no exercise, seems a fair exchange? This year I decided my holiday would actually be an opportunity to get fitter not fatter. Usually I train most week days, running, swimming, and gym so I would say I reasonably fit but have never tried fit deck previously.
Before leaving I worked out a body weight routine with my trainer and also downloaded Fitdeck from the app store. This is the electronic version of the card system which comprises of about 50 playing cards each with an exercise on. You then “play” or perform as many cards as you feel fit (excuse the pun). No equipment is required for any of the exercises so you only need yourself…no excuses now.
I never had the original card set but the app has additional pre exercise warm up and stretches, then your select amount of exercise cards then warm down cards. You can also select your level so as a beginner you may get 10 repetitions, 20 as an intermediate, 30 as an advanced. The cards are dealt equally between upper, mid, lower and complete body exercises so you get a balanced workout. If an exercise requires a time i.e. hold this position for 30 seconds, you can tap the counter and it will bleep once the time expires. Each exercise has a diagram and brief explanation which I managed to follow easily enough. A few exercises were not clear to me and seemed very easy so I guess I wasn’t doing it right. I suppose in todays video enhanced world short video clips with an audio explanation would make it even better but the current 2D system is still great. The app also records your sessions in it’s log with all the exercises you completed so you can see what you have done.
I can see Fitdeck being ideal for those away from home with the majority I would say being able to be performed in a hotel room. If like me you struggle to memorise routines this could be a great addition to you exercise regime.
You can download Fit Deck today from iTunes.