Why Workout with Poker Chips?
It’s difficult to describe exactly why it’s fun to do a “poker chip workout” except that there’s a level of satisfaction from stacking them, plopping them back in the box with a click when a set is completed. Of course it’s also nice to be able to keep track in such a concrete and physical way, without the need to try and write things down in the middle of an intense workout. The chips also provide some interesting options – do you do all of one type of exercise first? Do you do one of each in order every time? Do you grab one at random? Maybe pull one out of a bag without looking? So many possibilities to keep things very interesting if you train the way that we do.
Here’s the challenge workout which happened today –
The House Always Wins IV – Yet ANOTHER Poker Chips Workout Challenge!
Joint Mobility Warmup:
Joint Circling Warmup Sequence*
Continued Mobility Warmup Combo 3x:
- Pump Stretch (downward dog, upward dog)
- Instep Stretch with 3-4 reaches each side
- Low squat with overhead arm stretches (We also experimented with overhead ProBar mobilizations in this position too – very cool!)
Warmup Kettlebell Combo 3x:
Poker Chips Combo
(Use 3-6 chips per color for each exercise):
- Red: 20 kettlebell swings (2 hand or hand 2 hand)
- Black: 5/5 Presses or 10/10 Rows
- Green: 40 Battling Rope Throws (increase or decrease the reps for your fitness level. No rope? Choose a high energy move like Burpees or Mountain Climbers and adjust reps accordingly)
- Yellow: 10 Double Kettlebell Front Squats
- Blue: 5 – 7 Pullups (adjust reps to your level, or choose an alternative move like partner assisted pullups or bodyweight rows)
Abs Finisher 3x:
- 5x Power Breathing Crunches
- 30 Seconds Seated Twists with Battling Rope (use KB or other weight instead if no rope available)
- 30 Seconds Ab Wheel (or Tuck-Ups if no wheel)
- 30 One-Arm, One-Leg Plank Switches
- 30 Bridges – stretch/rest do not rush!
Cool down with Joint Mobility (and putting all this equipment away!)