3 Card Monte

Shuffle Up Your Fitness Routine with the “3 Card Monte” Workout Challenge

Welcome to the “3 Card Monte” workout, an innovative and engaging group fitness challenge that brings the unpredictability of a card game to your training session. Offered at the Academy of Self Defense in Santa Clara, this workout is a standout feature of our GRIT fitness program, known for its creative approach to fostering community, competition, and fun in fitness. Designed for small groups looking to spice up their workout routine, the “3 Card Monte” promises an exciting session where chance determines your next move, keeping you on your toes and ready for anything.

Structured around the pull of three random cards, this workout assigns specific exercises and reps to each suit and card value, creating a varied and dynamic training session each time. Participants engage in as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) of their drawn hand before time runs out, then draw a new hand and dive back into the action. Ready to deal in and discover the hand you’re dealt in the “3 Card Monte” workout? Let’s shuffle through the details of this playful yet challenging session.

The “3 Card Monte” Workout Breakdown

This workout is designed to keep the energy high and the camaraderie strong as you work through a deck of fitness challenges with your teammates. Here’s how the game is played:

Card Suits and Reps:

  • Clubs = 5 Reps
  • Hearts = 10 Reps
  • Spades = 15 Reps
  • Diamonds = 20 Reps

Card Values and Exercises:

  • 2 = Pushups: A classic exercise for upper body strength.
  • 3 = Kettlebell Swings: Power through your hips and glutes.
  • 4 = Wall Ball: Combine squats with overhead throws for full-body engagement.
  • 5 = Sumo Deadlift High Pull: Work your legs, back, and shoulders.
  • 6 = Mountain Climbers: Boost your heart rate and core strength.
  • 7 = Snatch: Master this explosive, full-body kettlebell or barbell movement.
  • 8 = Burpees: Get your blood pumping with this high-intensity exercise.
  • 9 = Overhead Squats: Challenge your balance, flexibility, and strength.
  • 10 = Cleans: Perfect your power and technique with this dynamic lift.
  • Jack (J) = Thrusters: Fuse squats and presses for a potent combo.
  • Queen (Q) = Lunges: Target your legs and glutes with precision.
  • King (K) = Box Jumps: Leap your way to explosive lower body power.
  • Ace = Run Block: Hit the ground running for an all-out cardio burst.

Tips to Ace the “3 Card Monte” Challenge

  • Stay Hydrated: Keep water on hand to stay hydrated through this high-intensity workout.
  • Work as a Team: Communicate and encourage one another to complete each hand as efficiently as possible.
  • Focus on Form: Despite the fast-paced nature of the game, maintaining proper form is key to reaping the benefits of each exercise and avoiding injury.
  • Cool Down Properly: After the game, ensure you and your teammates engage in a cool-down session to stretch and relax the muscles worked during the challenge.

Join Us for a Wild Fitness Ride

Feeling lucky and ready to take on the “3 Card Monte” workout challenge? The Academy of Self Defense in Santa Clara invites you and your friends to join our fitness community for this unique and engaging workout experience. Our group fitness classes welcome participants of all levels in a supportive and motivating environment. Sign up for a free trial class and explore our diverse fitness offerings, including the innovative GRIT program, at academyselfdefense.com.

The “3 Card Monte” workout is more than just a physical challenge; it’s a fun and unpredictable way to engage with your fitness community, test your luck and skill, and push your fitness to new heights. Are you ready to see what the deck has in store for you?