Kettlebell Double-or-Nothing Deck of Cards Workout

Kettlebell Deck of Cards WorkoutI did this on one of those days when you keep putting off your workout (but with full intension of doing it!) until all of a sudden it’s 8PM and anything not involving your couch and/or bed seems like an absolutely terrible idea. I figured a deck of cards workout would be a way to make it seem more like a game and less like a workout? Wrong. This was so hard. In fact, it’s pretty much the complete opposite of anything involving your couch and/or bed.

Kettlebell Deck of Cards WorkoutThanks to my friends over at Cozy Orange, I’m rocking some fun printed leggings in today’s tutorial. They’re super comfy and the material is perfect for these upcoming colder months as it’s warm and a little on the thicker side. They have a small key pocket in the waistband as well, so I can see these being on heavy rotation for my cold-weather morning runs! If you want to check them out online, these are the Juno Fitted Yoga Pants.

Kettlebell Double-or-Nothing Deck of Cards Workout

Equipment I Used (adjust weights to your individual fitness level):

  • 15-lb kettlebell
  • 20-lb kettlebell
  • 25-lb kettlebell
  • A deck of cards (you can also use an app like RipDeck)

Deck-of-cards workouts are fun! Each suit corresponds to a different exercise, and number on the cards indicates how many reps of that exercise you’ll do. Ace is 11 and face cards are 10. Go through the entire deck, flipping one card over at a time.

For this particular “double or nothing” workout, you’ll either double the number of reps indicated on each card, or do it twice, once on each side (left, right). For example:

8 of clubs = 16 kettlebell swings

4 of diamonds = 4 windmills on the left, 4 windmills on the right

Kettlebell Deck of Cards Workout

CLUBS | Kettlebell Swings (x2)

Start with kettlebell on the floor between your legs and lift it up to starting position with both hands, flat back, using your legs to lift. With kettlebell hanging between your legs, use your arms as a pendulum, and swing the bell to chest-to-eye level by thrusting with your hips while keeping your core tight as you stand up straight. Swing back down and repeat. Your knees should remain slightly bent, but the main source of movement is hinging at the hips—not so much squatting. I use a 25-lb bell.

DIAMONDS | Windmills (a set on each side)

Start in a standing position, feet wider than hip-width apart, kettlebell pressed above head in right hand. Your right foot should be pointing forward, your left foot pointing out to the side (perpendicular to the right). Slowly bend down, keeping legs and the arm holding the kettlebell straight. Touch the ground by your left foot with your left hand, keeping the kettlebell perpendicular to the ground the whole time. Slowly rise back up to starting position. A good way to maintain proper alignment during this is to look up at the kettlebell the whole time. I used a 15-lb kettlebell for these.

SPADES | Figure 8 Squats (x2)

Start standing with feet a little more than hip width apart, holding the kettlebell in one hand. Squat down, and as you do, pass the bell through your legs to the other hand, tracing half of a figure 8. Stand up, squeezing that booty and popping your hips forward. Squat back down, finishing the figure 8 shape around your legs as you pass the kettlebell through your legs to the starting hand. Here’s a video of it in action (fast forward to 0:43).

HEARTS | High Pulls (a set on each side)

Stand tall, feet about hip-width apart, with the kettlebell on the ground in front of you to one side. Squat down, weight in your heels, grabbing the kettlebell with one hand. This is your starting position. From here, power up to a standing position using your legs. As you do, pull the kettlebell straight up by your armpit, leading with the elbow. Bring the kettlebell back down to the ground softly, tapping it to the floor and going right into your next rep. I used a 20-lb kettlebell.

Kettlebell Deck of Cards Workout

WEARING | leggings: c/o Cozy Orange // top: H&M // sneakers: Nike

Have you ever done a deck of cards workout?


Necessary Clothing x Pumps & Iron (Part Two)

Necessary Clothing OutfitLast Friday I shared a couple outfits I styled with the pieces I picked out from Necessary Clothing, and up today are the remaining three! I purposely picked a cohesive bunch of items that could be worn together in one or two outfits, but was having way too much fun playing dress-up (i.e. NOT wearing workout gear for once), and ended up using each piece individually with other goodies from my closet.

I shared this last week, but here’s the round-up of what I picked:

Necessary Clothing

one. White High Waist Jeans $39.99 / two. Lug Combat Boots $24.99 / three. Plaid Bomber Jacket $39.99 / four. X Marks The Spot Tank $12 (sale) /five. Mullet Cross Over Top $17.99

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If you haven’t already, definitely check out Necessary Clothing. Trendy clothing at insanely reasonable prices—can’t beat that!


3 Hours of Workout Songs (You’re Welcome)

3 Hours of Workout MusicThe following post is sponsored by Jabra Sport Pulse™ Wireless. Opinions (and killer taste in music) are my own. ;)

I guess putting “You’re Welcome” in the title is a little presumptuous, but fingers crossed you like at least SOME of these songs.

I’ve always been into music, but especially now that I teach group fitness, I am constantly hunting for new songs and cool remixes of old favorites. I don’t like playing popular songs on the radio in my classes because they get old so quick—you can listen to them in your car, no need to hear them for the 400th time during your workout (sorry, Taylor Swift fans…). So for me, remixes are King. And when you’re trying to appeal to a varied demographic of people in a class, finding a new remix to an older song everyone knows = crowd-pleaser. For this reason, I’ve shifted away from using Spotify and have been relying more on SoundCloud and Hype Machine for my workout music.

As part of their Beat Your Impossible campaign, Jabra asked me to share a moment when I conquered a goal that seemed impossible. I’ve been lucky enough to not have had to overcome any major injuries or physical setbacks, so I instead wanted to emphasize the importance of all the little fitness triumphs—because it’s focusing on those day-to-day, smaller accomplishments that help you stay on track towards meeting bigger goals. A huge motivator for me to break through those mini-walls (getting through one additional rep or holding a pose for those few extra seconds) is music. You know those songs that come on during a run and without realizing it, you’re suddenly moving twice as fast as you were? Or when you feel the beat build during a spin class and suddenly the drop comes and without your instructor even telling you to, your body just wants to sprint? Music is my everything during workouts.

I always love seeing what other people are listening to (if it weren’t rude, I’d bring my iPhone into group fitness classes all the time just to Shazam the instructor’s music), so I wanted to share with you all some tunes that are currently powering my workouts. There’s almost three hours worth of music on this playlist, so hopefully you’ll discover at least one new song you love! In addition to scrolling through the below player, you can check them all out (and download most of them) over on SoundCloud.


The #BeatYourImpossible campaign is in conjunction with the release of Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless, which are an in-ear wireless music and heart-rate monitoring earbuds. There’s limited availability because they’re so new, and I haven’t tried them out, but I’m totally intrigued. As you might recall from a previous post, I recently got a traditional heart rate monitor (watch and chest strap/monitor) and love the feedback it can provide about your workouts. How crazy is technology that there are now earbuds that can do that?? Instead of a monitor around your torso sending info to a watch/computer, the earbuds send info to the Jabra Sport Life app, so you can see all your workout data on your smartphone. They retail for $199 and you can check ‘em out HERE.

Jabra Official Launch Post

Your turn—what are you currently jamming out to? What songs keep you motivated to #BeatYourImpossible? Leave a comment or get social with it! You can connect with Jabra on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to share your story or favorite jams.