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I have big plans for the FitDeck here at Mountain Home AFB. I have already started training an individual who wants to become a survival instructor for the Air Force. There are so many fitness programs out there that could work, but for what this individual wants to do, the FitDeck fits.
The FitDeck is also a perfect fit for the Air Forces new Fitness Program. Not only is it my job to manage the whole program for the base, but it is my responsibility to make sure that all the squadron physical training leaders (PTL) are trained to provide a safe fitness program at the squadron level. I have to say that you have made my job so much easier. Now I have something to give out and now that the PTLs are providing a safe and effective program.
I will be getting back with you to purchase a bunch.
I have also started using it myself and love it.
Myhre, HFI, NASM-CPT
Thank you for your time, support and great work out tool.
Get the deck out -- FITDECK fitness cards
I have used this deck with the last two commands I have been the Command Master Chief at and this tool has yielded measurable results in our Physical Fitness Assessments. I can't think of a better way to train large numbers of people. This deck covers an entire body workout. The best part is there is no equipment required to complete the entire deck of cards. I have a Sailor that lost 30lbs and decreased his mile and a half run time by over 3 minutes. About 62% of those unit's members had substantial increase in over all PFA scores. This is a must to keep the doldrums out of your physical training routines.
I have always been in decent shape.Never really drank and smoked with the rest of the Sailors.So for me this has been a blessing.I demand a lot from my Sailors and preach good health to them constantly.It would be kick ass if you attended one of our sessions.I would sponsor you on the base and give you a tour etc..Definitely not expected though.We would be blessed to have you out here as our guest…It is to bad the Navy doesn’t give us money to pay for folks like you to come out and spend time with each command and their trainers…In any event, what an awesome story.If you ever need someone to put in words about the benefits of your product just let me know.I can write a book on it…Can’t speak highly enough about it.I had about 6 Sailors buy your product three weeks after I introduced them to some of the exercises…This is a small command out here so I have plenty of time to spend with the members…Have a great day and week.Stay in touch and let us know when you are in town again…
Master Chief Petty Officer, Jonathan P. Baker
I'm a NYPD COP and went for training and the defensive tactics instructor used your cards for our warm-up and cal. Haven't felt that sore since the academy. Great product!!!
Already done. I've been talking about it as soon as I saw it on TV. Looks like a great deal, something to switch it up and get away from the norm. I run the remedial fitness program onboard and this looks like a great tool.
Michael D. Belding
I will be in touch as soon as I can get the funding/order ready for you!! Take care Minda
Minda Smither, GS-09
What a great idea!!!
I am a former Marine and am now a Detective with the Albuquerque Police Department and a single father of an 11 year old daughter. I really like the way you have basic military exercises on these cards. I workout regularly and include my daughter when I can.
I purchased the Superman Jr. FitDeck for my daughter and she really enjoyed it the first time we used it. It's a great way to be involved with your kids. This is the best way to get a good workout in with your kids. Highly motivating!
This morning, while coming in to workout, I decided that instead of a basic round robin type workout, I through in a ringer, I turned today’s session into a 2.5 mile run. At the beginning of our stretching, I pulled out the cards and all I received was "Not the cards again!" My response was "Oh yes, and it's going to be more difficult then ever, but in the end, you will like it." I use a Garmin Forerunner 305 for our runs to track distance and times to show everybody what kind of improvements they are making.
Today, I programmed it to alarm every 1/10th of a mile. We sprinted each leg then conducted the intermediate level of every card that we pulled at each stop. By the end of the run, everybody was smiling, panting, and sweating like no other PRT session we have had. 3 hours after our workout ended, everybody is talking about how difficult it was, but are telling their peers they need to come out and try it. Again, Thanks again for your work in developing these great fitness cards.
Kenneth Dubrowski LT, NC, USN Division Officer, Orthopedic Service Line Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
I love your product.As a fitness-minded Command Master Chief for a new Expeditionary Combat command (Maritime Civil Affairs Squadron TWO), I use my fit deck on a regular basis with my Sailors to compliment the rest of our physical training routine.It makes for a fun break in our “normal” routine and really challenges everyone from the newest member to those who have been working out with us for a while.
Thanks again and keep up the good work!
Very respectfully, David B. Carter ETCM(SW/AW/PJ), USN Command Master Chief Maritime Civil Affairs Squadron TWO
My wife recently purchased the FitDeck cards to implement into her physical training session with her Soldiers. I used them before she got the opportunity to use them. They were a great tool to make the training more fun, and also to get a good full body workout. It has been three days since I used them, and still feel the workout. Great tool to use for mandatory military physical fitness. I will be utilizing these cards on a once a week basis to help my Soldiers workout the areas that need improvement.
SGT Terry J. Wages
I ordered a FitDeck and DVD last week and love it… love it so much I gave it away to our Chairman today and proceeded to order 3 more from Amazon as soon as I got back to my office (I am giving one to each of the salespeople on my team for when they travel.)
Thanks again for offering such an innovative, simple, challenging and fun product.
It's in the Card(iac Fitness)
Continuing our coverage of work-related card decks, I'd like to broaden the field of focus a little -- away from creativity and problem solving... and onto physical fitness.
With spring but a month away, I'm getting the exercise bug again, and as days lengthen, my marathon desk sessions are becoming harder and harder. So I was intrigued to learn about the FitDeck.
Encompassing 50 cards featuring a SEAL basic training-inspired calisthenics, the deck offers simple exercise routines that can be done anytime, anywhere, by anybody. While I may feel silly doing a rep of flutter kicks on the floor of my workspace, $20 seems well worth getting the blood flowing -- and taking a break during the day even if the warm weather hasn't kicked in yet. Posted by Heath Row at February 21, 2005
Your Fit Deck cards are fantastic. They Rock! I received them today and could not wait to try a quick workout. Amazing how quick I started to sweat. Great product packaging and design.
I like to try all kinds of workouts to keep me motivated. I will most definitely continue implementing your cards in my workouts.
I've already praised them to some co-workers who are attempting to get fit. Hopefully they will get their own set. If I can get my girlfriend to try them I will be ecstatic.
Dear Phil Black / FitDeck,
I’m 43 year old male and I travel for work - beginner.I love the FitDeck work out because I don’t have to wait until the motel gym opens to work out.I can work out right in my room.This is a whole body work out and the feeling of core strength I have gained is perfect.
Thank you for this excellent product.I’m ordering one for my 18 year old son who is in college. Regards,
Dan Proctor, DTM Toastmasters Division A Governor District 32
Customer Review: Excellent total body workout that’s simple and convenient.
The FitDeck System is composed of (50) quality playing cards that come in a handy carrying case. This neoprene holder can be clipped to your clothing while working out. The cards represent different calisthenics exercises that target the upper body, middle body, lower body, and total body. Phil Black is the inventor of the system and he is also a former Navy SEAL instructor. While this is not advertised as a SEAL workout, the exercises are the same as those found on several Navy SEAL fitness tapes. FitDeck also adds many unique ones not found on similar routines, such as the bear crawl, crab, tripod, and star jumpers. This is an excellent total body workout that’s simple and convenient. These body resistance exercises can be performed anywhere and do not require any special equipment. The workout is formatted for beginners, intermediates, and advanced. You simply perform the given number of repetitions for your particular fitness level. An almost limitless combination of workouts is possible by simply shuffling the deck of cards. This is a great routine that provides strength training along with cardio conditioning. I recommend the FitDeck Playing Cards to anyone who wants to get in better shape. This is an outstanding product that will definitely improve your fitness level. The DVD that is included allows you to see first hand the exercises that are performed. This ensures that proper form and technique are followed. The production quality is excellent with plenty of detailed instruction. This is one of the most effective and convenient workouts available.
Customer Review: Outstanding exercise product that actually delivers
These cards are for everyone, from the least fit to the most fit. You can do exercises for just particular parts of the body (as the cards are color-coded - e.g. blue for upper body, red for full body, green for middle body, and so on). Or you can do them all. Or some number in between. You can do the number of reps specified for basic, intermediate or advanced, or a combination of them for different exercises. Since you don’t require any equipment at all to do them, you can take this deck with you anywhere and work out. Or, like me, you can use it at home, in between days at the gym. You can take it with you when traveling and never pay hotel gym fees again. I first read about Fitdeck in BICYCLING magazine. Its review said something to the effect that even if you are very fit, doing all the exercises contained in this deck of cards at the advanced level would ensure that you could not even lift a pencil the next day. I bought this deck and the DVD ten days ago and have since used the cards thrice, in different ways and at different levels. The third time around, I did all the 50-odd cards at an advanced level, and I definitely felt it the next day! I just shuffle the cards at the end of my workout, so that I have a fresh new workout for next time. I agree with another reviewer Stephen Tobey here: these cards are addictive and fun, and because you can mix them up you will never get bored. Your muscles will not get used to the exercises and will therefore continue to grow stronger as you use the cards over long periods of time. A word of advice - buy the instructional DVD (it’s only $6 extra), even if you exercise regularly. It will show you the safe, correct way to do each exercise, as well as all the stretches.
As you know, I love Fit Decks workouts. I’m 44 and have been an athlete since I was a kid. Now I run my investment firm and play with my family………and play and workout.
I’ve done pretty much everything over the years and have personally found Fit Deck to be hands down, the most effective training program I’ve tried. It just a great idea and frankly upsets me I didn’t think of it. I hope Phil makes a killing with this!
In the past few years I have trained with another X-SEAL, Don Baker, here in SD. Don thinks he has met Phil before and he was the one who introduced me to FitDeck as we integrated it into some other training.
Anyway. I give them out to anyone who I think has the motivation to do it. Best to Phil.
Craig Kelley KELLEYINVESTMENTS.COM
It was great meeting you guys at the Golden Globes. I hope you enjoyed yourselves. I want to also thank you for the cards. I think they will be fun to use. You gave me one set of each Adult and Kids. I will show to some of my friends. If they want to purchase them are they available online or in retail outlets? If you can send a few more sets I'll spread them around to some of the people at work and in the gym. Perhaps that will spark interest. In the meantime take care and be well.
I am a 56 year old female, frequent business traveler, and easily sidetracked when it comes to my fitness regime. I found Fit Deck at a conference I was attending and thought, WOW…THIS IS A NO BRAINER!!! I love it! I have never been more excited about a fitness product or program before. I purchased 2 adult sets and received a children’s set. I gave the children’s set to our church’s youth coordinator…they LOVE IT!!!! The other set I gave to my husband, who was skeptical at first. I backed off, just letting him find out for himself. Recently, he picked up the booklet that came with it….and now…it’s like he just discovered the coolest thing on earth! Thank you so much for developing this fantastic tool for all of us! It’s great!
Suezy Proctor, DTM Toastmasters International Director
Here's a great little tool for exercising on the road: FitDeck. A deck of 50 cards, each with a different upper, lower, core, or full body exercise and three different intensity levels for that exercise. The exercises require no equipment, and each takes approximately one minute to complete. Shuffle the deck and pull a card for each minute of workout you want to do ... have 10 minutes, pull 10 cards.
Kate and I have each had a set for a few months, and we love them. Because you're shuffling the deck each time, you never have the same workout twice. They're literally the size of a deck of cards (I leave mine in my suitcase), and they're perfect for strength training in a hotel room or outdoors. And here's the kicker: whatever intensity level you choose, the exercises will kick your butt ... likely because the creator is a former Navy SEAL who has drawn on the workouts SEALs do in the field for the portfolio of exercises in the deck. (That said, there's no workout here than anyone of any fitness level couldn't really do.) Great if you work out at home; essential if you work out on the road. As an aside, the founder, Phil Black, is a pretty amazing guy as well.
How's this for a resume?
1988-92 Yale University 1992-94 Goldman, Sachs & Co. (Banker) 1995-99 Navy SEAL Officer 1999-00 Navy SEAL Instructor 2000-02 Harvard Business School 2002-03 Goldman, Sachs & Co. (Money Manager) 2003-04 FitDeck, Inc. (Founder and President), Certified Personal Trainer
Hi Phil, I read about you in Entrepreneur earlier this year and just wanted to say Congratulations on a BRILLIANT idea!Fit Deck is proof there are still great ideas to be manifested...and they need not be expensive, difficult or complicated to be extremely valuable! BRAVO-ZULU, shipmate!;-) Best regards, Thomas D. Barnett Houston, TX (USN, 1985-1989)
I was surfing the net, and I came across your website.I am an aerobics instructor, and currently teach a kid-fit class once a week.I think your Superman and Jr. Fitdeck cards are an awesome idea to keep kids motivated.I am very interested in purchasing some of your products, but I don’t think that you ship to Canada.Could you please let me know how I can get some fitdeck cards over here way up North???
Thanks so much, and I look forward to hearing from you soon, Trisha
Trisha Legroulx CET Product Engineering Team Leader Canlyte
I am 44 years old and in OK shape.Before FitDeck I had exercised somewhat regularly but ended up hurting my arm lifting weights.I can't remember how I found FitDeck but I have been using it for about two months now and loving it.I have not run into any injury problems.I feel better than I ever did lifting weights.I went on a camping trip with my son and was able to do my exercises just the same as in my basement.My wife quietly looked down on it at first, until she was not able to do her exercise DVD one morning and tried the cards.Now she's hooked and is getting her own deck and the Jr version for the kids. Thanks. Joseph A Swope Jr Sherk & Swope LLC
Hi my name is Sarah and I have been enjoying the FitDeck for several months now and would like to tell you that everywhere I go the Deck goes with me. Everybody that I meet and they say they want to be in better health, I tell them all about the FitDeck.
I have even gone as far as to purchase six decks just to give away. I recently lost 72 pounds and have a great deal of help from the Fit Deck. I love the Deck. I would love to help out in any way that I can to promote this terrific exercise program.
Thanks Ever So Much.--Sarah Davis
Thanks for making a great product. I've been using the cards for 2 years now and although I train using a variety of methods throughout the year, I always come back to FitDeck. It never gets old and it never fails to kick my butt. I recently purchased FitDeck Jr. for my daughter, wife and I to use together. My daughter delights in picking cards for Daddy to do.
I remember reading somewhere that there are other products in the pipeline. Is this true? My own interests lie in outdoor sports such as climbing, trail running, kayaking and adventure racing. Any chance there are sport-specific decks coming? I know that the current deck works pretty darn well for most anything, but I think it would be great to introduce some new movements to the FitDeck repertoire.
Thanks again for a great execution of a really good idea. I look forward to hearing from you.
Regards, Brad Gantt
I'm a single dad raising four boys, so FitDeck is a godsend. I love it. I'm always trying to squeeze my workout in between naps and timeouts, so time is crucial. I hear mixed reports on stretching before a workout. You appear to recommend stretching both before and after. Do you think this is crucial? (I know to warm-up before stretching, but like many guys, I hate to stretch, which means I need to stretch.) Also, for middle-aged guys like me who are using FitDeck as their sole fitness activity, what template should we use for working out?I just want to stay active and healthy for the kids, and losing a few pounds while looking better at the beach would be nice too. Finally, do the lats and upper back get exercised enough with FitDeck, or do I need to mix in some pull-ups? Thank you for your time, Phil. And for your great idea. I'm now on my second deck. The fitness booklet addition is a welcome bonus. I'm one of those structured guys who likes to get most of my advice on a subject from the same source so I don't use conflicting protocols. Sincerely, Keith Murphy WHO TV 13 Sports Director www.whotv.com
I am a working mother with a semi lazy husband. I have found it hard to commit to an all or nothing program with my schedule that gives little time for me. I recently picked up the Superman FitDeck from our local Wal-Mart and wanted to express how great this product is.
I use it myself during TV commercials or between household tasks. My 8 year old son and I both enjoy playing a variety of games with the cards and it has really given me the chance to become active again and play like a kid again. Even my 1 year old daughter is trying to mimic our actions, which has us rolling with laughter. Anyway I wanted to express how easy it is to grab 5 or 10 cards and do something and feel the benefits. I've gone down 1 size since I purchased the cards 3 weeks ago, proving that any exercise is effective. Thank you again for this simple and effective tool. Sincerely, Sara
This is one of the best ideas I've seen relating to fitness.I'm buying it for travel. Regards, Chris Greenwell
Senior Vice President
High Yield/Distressed Securities
Mr. Black, My father, Jim Bradford, just purchased FitDeck for me as a birthday gift.I just wanted to say that it is fantastic.I watched your DVD first and then last night I went through and did the whole deck at the beginner level.Believe me, I am sore, but I wanted to see what it would be like to do the whole deck.It was one of the best overall workouts I have had and I think it will be very beneficial to help me get back in shape.I'm 35 and about 35 pound overweight, but I'm working on getting back in shape for myself and my 3 kids. One question, and I realize that this depends on many factors, but do you know approximately how many calories one burns by doing the whole deck?Or, alternatively, in those calorie calculators that you can find on the internet where you enter your weight, do you know what type of activity would be similar to your FitDeck? Finally, do you have any weight training products or other workouts that incorporate running, pull ups, dips, etc. or plan to? Thanks for putting out a really great product. Matt Matthew Bradford Thompson Hine LLP
Hi! I bought a fit deck about a month or so ago and use it almost every day. It’s great! I love it! I'm a busy graduate student, dad, husband and I do a weight workout twice a week and usually just supplement with jumping rope and doing 5 cards a day and advanced + level. I've also added to the deck by creating a few of my own exercises and getting some from other sources. I tape them to regular playing cards and add them to the deck. It’s great!
Matt Hunter Philadelphia, PA
Like you I am a believer in total simplicity when it comes to training. KISS, as we hard core types always say! But the main thing is to train hard and often on a very simple routine and keep the toys to a minimum.
Years ago I competed in a powerlifting competition at San Quentin and was amazed at how "buffed" so many of the inmates were when all they had were a few barbells, dumbbells and squat racks. That and a couple hundred push-ups/pull ups each day is good enough for anyone. To me it seems we have too much bs in the fitness movement and most seem to feel you need to have a million dollar gym to get fit: you do not!
Cheers and best of luck,
As a gym junkie for two years in my advanced level aged 30 years old.
I love the FitDeck because it was the first I was introduced by my personal trainer and he brought one for me as a gift of friendship I trained with him and I adore these FitDeck. I have choose about 30 from them in my 30 minute workout and it is fantastic.
I would recommend anyone from all age to use it and you can feel the huge benefit on the first day. Notice: no machinery or weights to be used and it has transformed my body hugely.
Many thanks goes to my personal trainer for giving me the FitDeck and won't lose sight of them.
Hey I have been doing the FitDeck and crossfit since about November and have lost about 20# and put on a bunch of muscle.
I do the whole deck and sub in 5 pull-ups and 5 body weight dips for the wild cards and the one dip card and can finish the whole thing in like 46 min. When I started it took me 2 hours!
Hi, I’m really glad I bought FitDeck; first I received my order earlier than expected and secondly the exercises are awesome!
This is the ideal fitness program for someone like me who hates going to the gym.
With the FitDeck program I’ll be "the bomb" this summer! Good job Phil!
I apologize for not getting back to you, but I did receive the fit-deck cards last Tuesday and had a chance to use them a few times already.I find them extremely useful, especially for someone in my situation.
As a former athlete and working full time I don't have as much time/resources/$ to be able to work out properly and effectively.Regardless I enjoy using the cards and think it's a very worthwhile investment.
Best, Nick Mayer
Hi. Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you what a great product the FitDeck is. It's a really convenient way to get fit. I think you guys should make "booster packs" of new cards with different exercises on them or maybe a deck with dumbbell and medicine ball exercises.
Just thought I’d drop you a few lines to tell you that my overall fitness level has really gotten very good. I emailed you around the summer of 2005 saying that I am afflicted with muscular dystrophy. The results that I have got from using this program is that my appetite has increased, and also that my blood pressure has gone down. I am trying to do the entire deck of cards over 6 days, every week. At first it seemed a bit difficult to get to the intermediate level with several of the exercises, however after numerous Fit Deck workouts my progress has dramatically improved. I hope that all is good with you.
Will you be inventing anything similar in the near future? If so, I will be looking forward to it. One other item that I forgot to mention is that after my FD routines is that I feel a sense of accomplishment and self satisfaction. Well Phil I had better go for now.
Thanks for reading my email. Your friend -Rudy Soto- El Paso, TX
I'm a sales guy & use your FitDeck while on the road or for a quick home work out. Great product! Very simple to use & I don't have to remember all the exercises.
Are you working on any more advanced body weight exercises?
The bear crawl & crab walk are really good exercises & hard to do at the end of a work out.
Thanks for a great idea & product.
Hi Phil, I'm a registered dietitian working at the Naval Health Clinic in Annapolis, MD. I purchased your FitDeck program & love it. In my practice I see many overweight patients (adults & children). I often recommend your program to adults. We are starting a childhood fitness group here for overweight kids (greater than 85th percentile) ages 8-12. Have you used your program specifically with this age group? Could you please give me some recommendations for this age group using FitDeck? Are there any exercises you would not want a youngster in this age group doing? How about recommended number of reps and sets? I would appreciate any advice you could provide. Keep up the great work. Sincerely, Susan Shelton, MA, RD, LD
I purchased the fit deck a month ago and am very pleased with my results. I am a 52 y.o. man afflicted with muscular dystrophy, and have never stopped trying to do the best that is possible for my physical condition. Thanks for inventing this program, best wishes to you and your family. – Rudy
My good friend was talking about this great new way to workout. He went on to explain that this deck of cards was designed to keep you workouts from becoming routine and preventing your muscles from getting into lazy norms. So four of us we went running in Acadia National Park in Maine and my buddy brought the FitDeck. We decided that after every mile we would activate three cards. By the end of our 5 mile run – most of it mountainous – we had a terrific work out.
I have been a police officer for ten years and have worked in some less than friendly environments. I love personal fitness and it is a major part of my life. FitDeck is a tremendous tool when looking for the unpredictable all body workout. This would be an excellent program for law enforcement academies. I’m sure you have already looked into this – just an idea.
The next day after our fit deck crash course through Acadia we were all sore but impressed on how much fun it was to get a great well rounded work out. I just ordered my fit deck and can’t wait to bring it in on my running courses along the Charles River in Boston. I think you know the area. By the way, the buddy that introduced us to fit deck was Colin Mahony. Keep up the good work and thank you for your service to our great country.
Hello Mr. Black, thank you very much for the FitDeck. This has helped me more than anything else to get into better shape and loose a few pounds. At 49 staying in shape is not as easy as it once was. Thanks again. Hold Fast David Mitchell
Phil, My wife and I are very impressed with your FitDeck exercise cards and have made them a regular part of our fitness routine.It's amazing what such simple exercises, when done regularly, can do.I was wondering what an average SEAL PT session was like (maybe during BUDS).Would you mind sharing that with me?Thanks for your great work regardless. Best Regards,
Phil I did the deck last week at beginner level in 28 minutes. Today's workout was the average reps/time of beginner and intermediate-rounded up. Completion time was 37 minutes. I think that I could do intermediate in under 30 minutes with a lot more training. Is it possible to do the deck at advanced level in under 30 minutes?
At age 56 it's beyond me, but I'm curious to find out if it can be done. Mike Duffy P.S. Thanks for the endorphins.
I did the deck at beg level today time was bad at about 38 mins lack of card recognition slowed me but frankly the blow between sets was good the workout was tougher than I thought it would be the grass drills induced unfond memories of football practice and boot camp my goal is to get beg down to 30 mins and then increase reps the deck will become part of my routine thanks for the invention
Thank-you for writing to let me know this happened. I had a browser error and didn't even realize that I hadn't finished with ordering.
I find the idea of FitDeck to be quite interesting and I think that it's going to be great for when I'm traveling and can't think of (or am too lazy) things to do to keep active when adequate facilities aren't available.
Also, I am sure it will be lots of fun at home as well. I have young children and I'm thinking that it will be neat for us together to make up some crazy routines to play and exercise to. I'm glad that there is a product like this available.
Thanks again for writing to let me know of the problem, I appreciate the note and service.
Phil I bought the FitDeck yesterday and I am looking forward to using it there is a deck workout that has been around for years it was invented by Dan vrable who was an Olympic wrestler in the early 70s take a deck of cards and divide into 2 piles black and red each card has a value ace is 1 two is 2 etc jack is11 queen is 12 and king is 13 alternate between the piles doing sets of pushups and sit-ups you wind up doing 182 of each I use a desert storm deckthe one with the terrorist faces on it so I can keep going cant let them beat you give it a shot I can do it in just under 15 minutes
My name is Thomas Mullins.My fitness is a result of using your product FitDeck.I have found FitDeck to be perfect for my busy lifestyle.With little or no extra time to go to the gym, Fit Deck is a quick and fun fitness program that I can take anywhere.I have turned many others on to your product.Coupled with a fresh food diet, FitDeck is all that I need.I take no vitamins or supplements.I strictly rely on exercise and food for nutrition.Thank you so much and if I can be of any assistance, please fell free to contact me. Thomas Mullins
I've been using the deck for 3-4 months now, great idea! I wanted to share 2 games with you. They are designed to help a person move up a level. (i.e. from Beg. to Int.)
1. Five Card Stud- draw 5 cards, 1-upper body, 2-middle body, 1-lower body, 1-full body. Mix them up and go through "mini-deck" 5 times. 25 min workout.
2. FitDeck Tabata- draw 5 cards, 1-upper body, 2-middle body, 1-lower body, 1-full body. Do one card at a time for 8 rounds of 20 sec. work and 10 sec. rest. Note - works better for cards with reps not timed (i.e. squats not wall squats) Also- works better with multi joint movement (i.e. push ups not arm circles)
I used these to move quickly from Monster Mash at Beg. reps to Monster Mash at Adv. reps.
Also, how about a larger deck with more exercise cards and stretching cards like press-press flings, hi jacks-hi jills..... just an idea.
Thank you for writing back, what a thrill it was to see your reply. My initial reaction upon reading your biography was, "That's impossible." Then I just figured you were superhuman. (Maybe that's a typical response of overestimating the person and underestimating their determination and hard work) I imagine you had to sacrifice a lot to succeed at Goldman, to make it through Hell Week, and to pass finals at Harvard. You asked if there was anything you could do to help me out, and more than anything I want to know if the sacrifices are worth the achievements. Is it better to dabble in multiple pursuits, or to pour one's entirety into a specific goal, in my case to be a magazine writer. I have always tried to contact people that I can learn from and I am grateful for the time you've given me already. I run with an athletic and adventurous crowd and I've been talking up the FitDeck, hoping to create what good word of mouth I can. Take care Phil and thank you.
Had to let you know that I just did my first FitDeck work out yesterday.Great product!Look forward to doing in with my young sons.Hope you are well.
All the best, Allen
HI Phil, Hope things are going well with FitDeck! I've been using it at night after walking home from work and I have to say it's quite addictive. I think I'll only do 5 cards and pretty soon I've done 10. I can't wait to put them to use in my training walks. Loving the FitDeck! When I start using them with my group I'll send you some shots. Bye for now, Diana
Just for an update – two of your FitDecks are getting a lot of use by me and a friend…we both love it.
Just received the FIT DECK--
WOW---What an excellent product----
I am leaving in the morning on a trip---
Then cards are in my bag already---
Thanks again for the quick/efficient service---
Well, you have my vote for the best customer service, ever! Thanks you for the e mail. I figured something was wrong and I was going to wait a couple of days and try again. I am off to try once more. If I have any further troubles with finishing my order I will drop you a line. Thanks so much!
P.S. My friends just purchased your cards and were so excited about how they worked that it made me want to have them. I belong to a marathon training group and trust me when I say, I will have at least have the group buying your cards before the season is through.
Your Fit Deck cards are fantastic. They Rock! I received them today and could not wait to try a quick workout. Amazing how quick I started to sweat. Great product packaging and design.
I like to try all kinds of workouts to keep me motivated. I will most definitely continue implementing your cards in my workouts.
I've already praised them to some co-workers who are attempting to get fit. Hopefully they will get their own set. If I can get my girlfriend to try them I will be ecstatic.
Tracy Swan Male 40 yr old
My 81 year old dad works out every day (great role model). Both he and my triathlete brother in law are enthusiastically using the FitDeck.
Best 20 bucks I've spent in a long time.
What a phenomenal workout regimen. I use the FitDeck in conjunction with a pull-up bar and a gym ball. At 37, I am stronger at the core than I have ever been. (Try doing the bearwalk with a 6 year old on your back--it's a killer.)
I haven't had this much fun working out in years, and am recommending the FitDeck to everyone I know.
I wanted to e-mail you guys and let you know that I think FitDeck is AWESOME. I live in upstate NY and during the winter I don't jog because I don't feel like getting hit by a snowplow.As soon as the snow melts I spend tons of time trying to get back in shape. Now that I have FitDeck I am able to stay in shape during the winter. This is the first winter where I have actually lost weight. It has even made my job as an EMT easier. Now I don't have to stand back and let the guys do all the heavy lifting I am able to get right in there and do it myself. I have had co-workers ask me what I have been doing different because they even notice a change. I look forward to doing the workouts every day. I never do the same set of exercises so I don't get bored with it.Even my brothers like it. The second day that I had FitDeck they came into my room and asked me what I was doing. I showed them the cards and they thought it was the coolest thing in the world. So now the little couch potatoes will track me down and ask "Can we play the card game with all the exercises on them?" Fit Deck was definitely worth the money I spent for it. I wish had found out about it sooner.
Keep up the good work. Thank you so much Stacey Arvidson Age 19 Camden NY (Where it snows from October to April)
Your hard work has come through loud and clear in your product. Funny because I had independently been reading Dick Couch’s book, “Warrior Breed” when I ordered FitDeck and didn’t realize you were a Navy SEAL (I think, pardon me if I am wrong) – the exercises on your cards seemed awfully familiar to the ones described on the book.
P.S. – I not only thank you for your product today but also your former career, it is much appreciated.
Phil, my wife ordered the deck for me and she said you were curious as to where I found out about them. This is the forum where I saw them mentioned. I love the idea of the variety of the workout and think I will vary the intensity by randomly picking the levels.
I ordered a FitDeck and DVD last week and love it…love it so much I gave it away to our Chairman today and proceeded to order 3 more from Amazon as soon as I got back to my office (I am giving one to each of the salespeople on my team for when they travel.)
Thanks again for offering such an innovative, simple, challenging and fun product.
Dear Phil, I received my Fit Deck! It is a great product!
I had joined a gym but got forearm tendonitis and had to avoid certain pulling exercises, so I use the Fit Deck at home now and it is great! I will be spreading the word regarding this fine product. Thank you! Joan Ketterhagen
I ordered, received and am VERY happy with the FitDeck cards and DVD I ordered!! Thank u so much!!
I just wanted to tell you how impressed I am with your company. I ordered my FitDeck on January 20, and received it on January 24 - that's PROMPT service!!!
The cards are everything you advertised, and I can't wait to get started (I'm just getting over a sore back, so will wait until I've recovered). But I'm sure I will enjoy the workouts; your concept is great, and workouts are sure to be fun.
Anyhow, just wanted to say thank you - GREAT JOB!! You can bet I will recommend your company to all my friends!!
Phil, Thanks for taking the time to offer some ideas.The product is a great concept. Although calisthenics has been around for a while, I still think the consumer market for this type of PT is still in its infancy. Many people have not been exposed to this type of exercise routine. I would put your FitDeck routine along with a running program against any physical fitness program out there.
Regards, Tim Dooling
Hi---I received the FitDeck cards and am starting to use them. They are so easy to handle and will go with me everywhere. The exercises are user friendly. Thanks so much Pat:)
I received my FitDeck and DVD about a week ago and I have used FitDeck four times since then. While I still use weight training and cardio machine workouts as the meat and potatoes of my exercise program, FitDeck has added a little spice and dare I say it is a little addictive.
It's a product that somebody can use for a lifetime and never do the same workout twice. Anybody who thinks calisthenics are boring has never given FitDeck a try. You can do as easy or as hard a workout as you like. I like that. If there is a more versatile fitness product on the market, I haven't seen it.
My only regret was that I didn't find out about it until after I joined a gym or bought a workout book, equipment or video. Think of the money I could have saved. The idea is not new. Olympic wrestler Dan Gable used to use a deck of cards for a pushup/situp workout similar to the pushup game you did in college and Matt Furey wrote about the "Gotch Bible," which was an ordinary deck of cards used by wrestler Karl Gotch and wrestlers in Japan.
You've definitely done a nice job of building on the concept, however, add more exercises and rep schemes.
Anyway, thank you and good luck.
Sincerely, Stephen Tobey
I just wanted to say thanks for being a leader.The FitDeck is a great product.I knew it was an awesome idea when we met last November.I am currently implementing that idea for corporate that I told you about. The FitDeck saved me $500 so far.
I now use the Fit Deck when I do my corporate group training instead of buying hundreds of dollars in fitness equipment.It is a great business tool for me and my co-workers.
I am looking forward to your FitDeck for Kids so that I can expand my market and help fight the childhood obesity epidemic.
I will continue to recommend your fantastic product. Thanks,
Mr. Todd Elliott
Hello Mr. Black –
In today's edition of the Rocky Mountain News, Lisa Ryckman (fitness columnist) showcased your FitDeck in an article about push-ups and other body-weight exercises. After reading the article and finding your website, I ordered my own personal FitDeck.
Out of all the books, videos, etc. available in the fitness market, your FitDeck stands out as a truly useful and unique tool. I have read many books and dealt with my own personal love-hate relationship with fitness for the past seven years or so. As I'm sure you're aware, there is a lot of garbage on the market - books that promise magical results, equipment that doesn't work or is harmful, books full of complicated recipes (usually about 50 pages of rehashed information on eating and exercise, then 250 pages of recipes), five minutes to this, nine steps to that. It's really refreshing to find a product that is easy to use, unique, and based on exercises that actually work. Plus - no equipment needed!
Also, as a fellow MBA student, I'm really impressed with your website and product. I'm currently working on my MBA in Human Resource Management (part-time in the evenings while working full-time). I know a good product, marketing plan, and business plan when I see it!
Thanks for choosing to create this product and add it to the crowded fitness market - I'm sure it will be very successful!!! And good luck in your new career - I'm sure it's much more fulfilling than the financial and banking industry.
I look forward to more great FitDeck products! And I will certainly recommend it to others.
Sincerely, Hilarie K. Ryals Denver, Colorado
I think my husband may have written you too…not positive…his name is Dan Proctor.
As you can see in my signature line I am a Toastmaster.From yesterday through Sunday I am in Costa Mesa California for our Mid Year Board of Directors Meeting.I, of course, brought my FitDeck with me.Some members complained that the gym at the hotel was full.I told them I have a cool little solution for them that would pay huge dividends.Today, I demonstrated FitDeck.I will be placing another order when I return home next weekend (March 2nd) and I believe a few of the men in my group will be placing orders, too.
In my work environment, I am around military groups all the time.I found your product at the Agile Combat Support conference in Las Vegas in November.It was co-hosted by the Nevada Air /Army National Guard.When I leave here Sunday morning, I’ll be headed out to a SO/LIC Conference (Special Operations, Low Intensity Conflict) at the Hyatt Crystal City hotel just of Reagan National.I’ll be showing my conference pals your product.It’s truly the best product I have seen in a very long time.
Thanks for writing…Good luck in all that you do…and especially with Fit Deck!!!
Suezy Proctor, DTM Toastmasters International Director
When Gym Time is No Time If you're like me, getting to the gym doesn't fit well into the day. Unless you've made it retirement, this may be the busiest time of your life.
I found a little item that has been very helpful to keeping in shape without having to go to the gym or to buy expensive home equipment. It's called The FitDeck (www.fitdeck.com). It is basically a deck of cards with a calisthenic type exercise on each card. Most of these exercises take from 30-60 seconds.
I use them by shuffling the deck and then do the next card at every commercial if I am watching television or set a timer for every 15 minutes while I am on the computer or reading. This not only gives me some physical activity during times when I am generally sedentary but also helps me to stay in shape. (The tightening of the stomach muscles in a very short time has been surprising.)
The cards provide different sets for beginning, intermediate, and advanced users, so almost anyone can jump in and use these.
If you find yourself spending too much time sitting, these cards may be helpful for you.
Hello, my name is Andre Farnell.I am 28 and a great admirer of what you have created.About 3 months ago I started using FitDeck and, I think that your idea for the FitDeck was genius! I am a heath and fitness professional out here on the east coast, based out of central New Jersey. I have been in this field of fitness for about 9 years. I also just finished an 8 year stint with the US Army (don't hold that against me... lol!) and I instruct a boot camp and spinning classes for a large telcom company.Your cards have been a great ally for me fighting off complacency and boredom.
FitDeck is a new and innovative work out every time! These cards have motivated many employees to better health.I aspire to one day have a successful business such as the one you have built from ground level. I have just started a small personal training business "Body Doctors Fitness".I would love to share in your knowledge.I know it takes a novel idea and then the perseverance and tenacity to move that idea into reality.I wish you much continued success Phil, and thank you for the inspiration!
On Shuffle: CNBC Anchor Uses Playing Cards to Exercise
Dylan Ratigan, 35, is the anchor and co-creator of CNBC's "Fast Money" and also co-anchors the 3 p.m. hour of the "Closing Bell." Until March 2003, Mr. Ratigan served as a global managing editor at Bloomberg News.
Mr. Ratigan works a hectic -- and long -- day. He's up at 7:30 a.m. and out the door of his Manhattan apartment by 8:30 a.m., so that he can arrive at the CNBC studio in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. by 9. He leaves the studio at around 2:15 p.m. to go to the New York Stock Exchange where he co-hosts "Closing Bell" from 3-4. Then he takes the subway up to CNBC's midtown New York office, where he prepares for and tapes "Fast Money," which airs from 8-9. He'll try to squeeze in a workout at the end of his day. Mr. Ratigan is single. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 215 pounds.
About 15 years ago Mr. Ratigan discovered his ultimate workout – something that could be done any time, almost anywhere and perhaps most importantly something that could hold his attention. Mr. Ratigan, a recovered alcoholic, made his discovery at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The man sitting next to him was a car thief who had just been released from jail. "He was in the best shape I'd ever seen a human being in my entire life," said Mr. Ratigan. "I just assumed that he must have spent a lot of time lifting weights in jail." Mr. Ratigan asked the man his secret. The answer surprised him: Every day the man would take a deck of cards and start flipping them. He'd do repetitions of push-ups that coincided with the number on the cards, with face cards being ten and an ace 11. He'd go through an entire deck each day. "He told me that to just do push-ups set after set is incredibly tedious and boring. But when you're flipping cards you have an adversary." Mr. Ratigan has since used the same technique to alleviate workout boredom (see sidebar). At home a few nights a week, Mr. Ratigan does sets of push-ups using a deck of cards. The number of repetitions in each set depends upon the cards he draws. He'll deal himself five cards per set, taking a 60-second break between sets.
"I like not knowing what I have to do next," he says. "You can have a brutal set: a king, a king, a jack, a ten and ace. That's 51 push-ups and you don't take a break in between. You just flip and go."
Mr. Ratigan says that he doesn't go through a complete deck of cards, "I'm not looking to be built like that car thief was. He was huge." Mr. Ratigan does at least four sets, or 20 cards. An average workout consists of about a half a deck and takes about 30 minutes.
The FitDeck is great, my wife and I went through all the cards and had a great workout. The cards are informative though since hitting 49 yrs old I have to use my reading glasses to read the print but most of the exercises were familiar. I also teach yoga fitness for high school students and this will be great, I also coach cross-country and track and can use the cards with them also. Just want to say job well done.
Sincerely, Dave (Monty) Montgomery I just wanted to thank you for your product.My family and I started doing the exercises as a family.Me (40), my two daughters (6 & 10) and my wife (39) will do the exercises together in the evenings.My kids love working out with mom & dad, they actually remind me that it is time to workout!
To workout we shuffle the deck and select 10 cards (more if we have time) and then I let the kids take turns picking one card from the ten for us to do.The kids really get a kick out of the “wild” cards.What is so great about FitDeck is that I can do the advanced counts, while the wife does the intermediate and the kids do the beginners.So we all get a workout at our fitness level.The kids just love to count out my reps when they are done with theirs and sometimes they do the higher amount of reps.What is so funny is that the kids will look at the card and tell me if I am not doing the exercise right.“Dad your hands are supposed to be wider apart.” Etc….
So thank you for a great product that is helping my family not only have fun but giving us some much needed exercise too.
Joe Madden Denison, Texas
PS While I am very excited about NOT needing equipment to workout, I would love it if you offered some “booster packs” that you could add to your FitDeck that might use some basic equipment that you can but from a local Wal-Mart.Like 5lb dumbbells or such.
I am really enjoying the use of FitDeck. I have been regular in the gym for a long time but using the FitDeck has had immediate and noticeable results. I have been suing some of the variations of the website also.
You did not over promise.
Perhaps you might consider decks with other exercises to prevent any possibility of body adaptation.
I have one question:
I am able to equal or exceed the advanced level on all exercises except the sit-up exercise. I cannot get my upper torso past the inflection point. Will this come in time?
Russ Bankson Emeryville, CA 94608
I just ordered my FitDeck and one for my daughter who is a musician who is starting a tour this coming month. I saw an article in "Health and Fitness Times" here in Chicago and thought it would be great for her. Then when I looked at it, I thought it would also be good for me. I have such trouble fitting exercise into my day. I am a 60 year old nurse and I work 3pm-11pm. I thought I could do the cards when I get home from work. Hope there are some easy ones for me!
I will let you know how I like them. Thanks for inventing them and good luck and blessings to you and your family!
PS: I hope I get the bonus FitDeck Jr. for ordering two adult FitDecks. My granddaughter is very over weight. She is only 9. I think she will like the cards. Thanks again!
I stumbled across a mention of FitDeck while surfing the web a couple of months ago. Intrigued, I went to your site and read all there was. Then, I bought the two-deck-plus-FitDeck Jr. deal, one for me, one for my brother-in-law, and the Jr. deck for my 9-year-old nephew. I've been using my deck for a little over a month and am very pleased with it. I may give a few decks for Christmas gifts this year. Thanks for a great idea and a great product. I hope you profit handsomely (if you haven't already) and retire early to a sun-drenched beach somewhere in the Caribbean (if you haven't already). Shell Esse Quam Videri
FitDeck. This is one of the smartest, most creative, convenient stocking stuffers you can give. Available online at www.fitdeck.com, this unique deck of cards contains illustrations and instructions for more than 50 different exercises that can be shuffled and selected to create hundreds of different workouts. Great for fitness on the go, the exercises require no equipment or machines and you can select beginner, intermediate or advanced routines. There's also a FitDeck "Superman" version for children. (Available online, $16 to $25).
Hello Mr. Black,
I just wanted to send you a note and thank you for the great service I received from your company. I ordered the set of FitDeck cards and received them in the mail promptly. I appreciate the fast and reliable service from your company. I find your cards to be a great informative tool and very useful- what a great idea! I am sure my boyfriend will love them, seeing that the gym is one of his favorite places :). Thanks again, and may God give you a blessed and prosperous business. Have a very Merry Christmas!
Sincerely, Overjoyed customer,
Just wanted to say that I think the concept and the cards are great.Suffering from a medium-severe case of lard ass at the moment, I needed something I could do at lunch, but I generally suck at running.So, I have an old Thermarest foam pad (as I'm on asphalt), I drag it out with a jumprope and the FitDeck, and it seems to be doing very well as a combination.Today, for example, I did five min of jumprope bookending 20 cards, according to the polar HRM, managed to burn about 450cals in a 30-35min timeframe.I've been doing this for about a week so far, I can feel a definite difference in the upper body tone especially (under the too thick layer of lardass previously mentioned).We'll see what the first month brings, but I did order three extra packs to give to people. Thanks,
James M. "Matt" Holcomb, PE
First of all, thanks for developing FitDeck. I introduced FD into my regular workouts nearly a year ago and love the added intensity and quality FD brings. I also travel extensively in Eastern Europe (I live in Munich) and FD was a very welcome addition to my arsenal of on-the-road exercises.
Though FD has not grown stale in the least, I’m curious if you have considered bringing out a second edition with different exercises? Or perhaps a version with more advanced exercises like the single leg squat? When time permits, I like to find new bodyweight exercises online from sites like www.bodyweightculture.com; www.menshealth.com; and even www.youtube.com. I keep a list and think…this would be a great addition to Fit Deck! My list isn’t extensive, but you are welcome to it if it would help.
So, thanks again for Fit Deck. And if you are ever in Munich, look me up. I’d love to buy you a beer!
Just checked out the FitDeck website. I got my FitDeck set from www.navyseals.com yesterday and am super excited to start using it in my workouts. I got the book Lone Survivor for Christmas and recently finished reading it. I was really inspired by it and started researching Navy Seals again, their physical training, etc. I was excited when I saw that someone had put together a fun way to perform exercises and workouts similar to what Navy Seal candidates use.
I've always been interested in the Navy Seals and being physically fit at a level of fitness similar to what they achieve. But I've not been too good about it. I'm 36 now and sit at a computer all day. I work in visual effects. Was at Industrial Light + Magic for some years, and am now at The Orphanage, Inc. in San Francisco. I work a standard 10 hour day and sometimes more, so I think the FitDeck is going to work with my schedule and help me improve my fitness level.
I thank you for developing this product and helping others with fitness. I also thank you for your service to our country. I have the utmost respect for anyone who obtains the trident. Thank you. God bless you and your family.
FitDeck, For far too long now, I've been a total couch potato. I know I need to get in better shape. Both strength-wise and cardio-wise. But I hate the gym. I had a membership at Total Fitness for years, and had basically stopped going sometime between when Freeman and Verity were born. Hard to get in the habit. Even though 24 Hour Fitness is one block away, I haven't ever been able to convince myself to work out there. Swim very occasionally, but never work out.
The last time I spent quality time in the gym, I did the Outside Magazine Shape Of Your Life workout. At least the strength training part. I think I learned a lot about my relationship with the gym during that. I had been migrating since then away from any weight machines, favoring free weights and instability exercises (the exercise ball was incorporated into pretty much everything). When I had finished about 4 of the 5 months of the workout, I was probably in the best shape I've ever been in. The author of the Shape Of Your Life workout put out a book called Outside Fitness, but the workout in that was just too complicated. It had a lot of good things going for it, but I just couldn't get going with it.
That was a while ago. My only ongoing workout recently has been kid-wrangling. Which is better than nothing, but still not much.
So I've been looking for a new workout. Preferably one that was gym-free, easy to do, didn't require buying loads of equipment. A couple weeks ago, I found out about FitDeck. It's a deck of cards. Each card has a bodyweight-based exercise on it. To use, shuffle the cards, and deal out N cards for an N-minute workout, or so the theory goes. Each card has a target set of reps, for beginner/intermediate/expert. The whole thing is so simple, and the lack of necessary equipment is really attractive.
Yesterday I did my first workout. Only 15 cards. Mostly targeting the beginner level. It was spread out over a few hours, due to important things like F needing me to bowl on the Wii with him or something. I think doing them consecutively will be a pretty aerobic workout. No major aches for the rest of the day. Today, though, I can feel it. A good post-workout ache. Nothing too bad.
What I can tell is that, if I keep at it, this workout will kick my ass. In a good way.
So I guess I'm giving it a go. Wish me luck to keep motivated.
FitDeck, Got my FitDeck cards the other day and gave them a try today. Dealt five cards and did them at intermediate. I found it too easy. I'll try seven cards tomorrow and maybe try them at advanced. Couple more reps won't kill me. Didn't think I'd be doing advanced though. Still, I like it. It varies my routine. It forces me to do exercises that I may otherwise avoid and workout body parts I might otherwise neglect. I dislike crunches for example. It's much more fun to go bench press some weights and feel good about what I'm lifting. I'm left with a sense of accomplishment. Crunches just hurt my butt on the carpet. A strong core is important though but if left to my own devices I'd probably neglect that part of my training. FitDeck cards are basically just a bunch of bodyweight exercises on a pack of playing cards put together by a former navy SEAL instructor. The idea is that you never have to worry about equipment, planning a routine or varying your workout. You just shuffle the deck, deal as many cards as you are comfortable with and follow the instructions. Mine should be arriving some time this week. Anyone used these before? Thoughts?
Last year I got plantar fasciitis from overzealous fitness walking with the wrong type of foot wear. To make up for it I did about 20-30 minutes of light calisthenics on my cardio days. I have a pretty good collection of these exercises from my Mcfadden’s Encyclopedia of Physical Culture, the 1943 Bluejackets Manual, and the FitDeck. Recently I’ve been looking over the Bluejackets Manual. The exercises are in a section called Exercises for Posture and Endurance. There are 12 exercises devoted to posture that include jumping jacks and windmills, and then there are about 30 exercises for over all development. It’s tough to find cal routines in present day manuals. The closest thing out there is the Fitdeck which has 50 some exercises you can deal out into a workout. I still do about 16 light cals as a warm up, and I do them 6 days a week. I don’t go to muscle failure with them, but I do find them good for getting my heart rate up and limbering me up for either my resistance workouts or walking. If I wanted to put together a good endurance building workout I could do a high rep session of cals. I find the exercises to be pretty exhilarating, and they definitely help get me ready for the heavier work.
I am a 24 y/o Navy Corpsman and mixed martial artist. I started to incorporate FitDeck into my training regimen to add familiar exercises, and increase total body strength and endurance. FitDeck has been an excellent tool to my already intense training regimen. Its fun, easy to use, and handy because it details each exercise and I don't have to ponder on what exercise is next. I find it best to do at the beach or after a boxing/grappling session. I use it at the advance level, and I can sincerely say that you guys have an excellent product. HM3(FMF) Jarrod Levine
Great way to work body-weight routines into your workout
This is exactly what I was looking for, a compilation of great body-weight exercises that I can use in my workout routine. I am always looking for ways to try and shock or confuse my body every few weeks in attempt to avoid massive plateaus. I think this is it.
The FitDeck has 50 body-weight exercises included each with Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of performance. Not to mention the wild cards thrown into the mix to further help change things up.
If you can do all 50 at the Advanced level, then you are doing really well. I wanted a way to learn more body-weight exercises and a way to work them into my routine, FitDeck helps me do this. I work with weights for 4-5 weeks at a time and now I can use FitDeck for a week following to mix things up a bit.
If you are looking for a way to mix it up in your gym routine or just a way to get into better shape at home, I would highly recommend FitDeck. I may get my friends and family a set for Christmas even. It's just that good...
Two of my coworkers are big fans of FitDeck, and recommended it to me. It is great. It makes me sweat without making it boring. I am just getting into it, and I also highly recommend it to people who travel.
My suggestion, if you are like me, and a newbie to a rigorous workout, take it one-step at a time. Start with 15 cards in one sitting--and don’t push yourself. You will see results quickly.
Can enough really be said?
I'm a Physical Training Leader, leading groups of six up to 50 and I am hooked on this thing. Gives you a great workout for any fitness level. Easy to understand and use. Great variety of exercises. You will feel the burn.
The FitDeck it great. I was using a regular deck of cards and each suit represented an exercise but I love these cards....
In the Immortal Tradition of Thoreau: SIMPLIFY!
Want to do some basic exercises? Want to be able to customize your workout? Simplify! Invest in FitDeck, a deck of 50 exercise cards separated into the following categories: full body, upper body, middle body, and lower body. Each card has a simple picture of the exercise along with a written description. You can do repetitions in any of the three numbers provided -- beginners, intermediate, or advanced.
You can customize your workout by selecting any number of cards you wish. After warming up and stretching for a few minutes, you perform the exercise on each FitDeck card, which takes around a minute each. Want a 10 minute workout? Select (or randomly draw) ten cards. Want to focus on your upper body only because, say, you're a runner? Select blue (upper body) cards only. You get the idea.
I like how FitDeck is straightforward and basic good exercise. I like how the person using FitDeck can have control not only over how many exercises to do, but which ones and for how long. Most of all, I like how convenient it is compared to a book of exercises. I've purchased books and they're a pain in the neck to keep open when you're first learning the exercises and trying to maintain good form by following directions and pictures to the letter. With FitDeck, you simply have a card on the floor in front of you (if you're on the floor) or on a table or chair next to you (if you're standing).
To make it fun, you can shuffle the deck (once you have chosen the number of exercises you want to do) and workout according to the luck (challenging or easy) of the draw. Beyond that, Phil Black (the guy whose patent is pending here) has come up with a few gentle gimmicks that I ignore but you might like -- cards that say "Skip a card" (yeah!), "Repeat Last Card" (groan), or "Double Next Card" (shrieks from the crowd). He also has one that says (get this) "The Card Drop." You drop it and if it lands on the front side you skip the next card and if it lands on the back side, you double the next card. Kind of cheesy, but cute.
This version of FitDeck costs more than the cards only because it includes the DVD showing Black demonstrating both stretching techniques and each exercise in the pack. Again, it sure beats trying to keep a book propped open. FitDeck also comes with a pouch carrier and belt clip (oh, please) that I wouldn't use in a million years, but you might (to each his own).
Still, this product is a simple, valuable, and convenient way to stay fit and toned without a big investment in equipment or health clubs. If you're committed to getting toned and especially to complementing an aerobic activity you do regularly, FitDeck is a great choice as it requires nothing beyond your own self-discipline.
Finally, as this product was shipped by a company other than amazon, I might add that the delivery was prompt and in good condition. So, despite the few gimmicks that I ignore, there's no reason not to give this 5 stars. If you've read this far, go for it!
Hi Phil and Cyndi,
I have been using FitDeck during my Middle School PE classes as warms ups.We do 4-7 cards.The kids race up to choose from the deck. They love it. I typically do the exercises with the kids.What a great work out for me (6 classes/day) as well as the kids.Those darn "8 count body builders" just about killed me in the beginning but I have gotten much better. I am planning on doing a little assessing of the students knowledge about being able to build their own strength training routine using FitDeck.My plan is to have the kids be able to develop an overall body work out using the FitDeck cards as their model.It is a homework assignment they have to write it down.They will have to develop a program that works for them by choosing 2-3 exercises in each of the categories upper body, lower body, full body, and middle body.This will hopefully be a little plan they can do as a homework assignment when we can't do the FitDeck as a class.I might even have them sign a little contract stating they will do the exercises at home if we can't do them at school.
The FitDeck has also been a great opportunity/ teaching tool for sharing muscles of the body.I share with the students the specific muscles they are using during each exercise and of course emphasize correct technique.The students are starting to understand that one slight angle difference can target a whole different muscle group.
Just thought I would give you an update on how much I have enjoyed the cards.They are an awesome teaching tool! That brings me to the next scenario of exploring the idea of becoming a dealer for you.I will check out your website as I see saw a little info on this issue.Let me knowif a dealer might be possible and what it entails.I just love those darn little cards so much!
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I have been using your FitDeck Jr. game for my cardio and flexibility days, (T - TR) and my students are really enjoying all of the various games I have been playing. The FitDeck Jr. has given my students some new and refreshing activities of exercise.
Steve Dunlap Rancho Solano Private School Gilbert, Arizona
I attended a mini conference today for PE teachers in CT what showcased your FitDeck junior cards.The young lady that presented had many ideas that were incredible ways to motivate and encourage fitness.
I am interested in seeking more information on ways to purchase your cards and to ask which you would recommend for my elementary school.We have 28 native languages spoken by our students and I think the diagrams of the skills will help the children learn/remember as we use your cards. Is there a discount for a school district?May I show them a sample of the cards to strike up interest?Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer my questions!
Sincerely, Janice Mayeran McKinley Elementary School Thompson Street Fairfield, CT
Phil, I am a Physical Education teacher and I think this is a great product for general physical preparation.I use it in my classroom and for myself.I would really enjoy you and your company producing another deck of FitDeck cards to add more variation to our workouts. I love the bodyweight exercises and it would be great to have a new deck of different bodyweight exercise. Thanks The product’s great
Dear Mr. Black,
As a home school mom I just want to say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.After trying MANY, MANY programs with my three children (10, 9, 5) I have to say yours is the best.The children and I just LOVE the variety, the challenge and the fun we can have together while getting much needed exercise.Thanks for making P.E. for a homeschooler really easy. Thanks again,
Just wanted to share with you how much I love the FitDeck Jr.
I am a homeschooling mom with 3 young children. In the middle of our homeschooling time we needed some way to get some exercise. I looked through fitness videos available for children, but couldn’t find anything that fit into our schooling schedule.
I saw FitDeck Jr. in a Family Fun magazine, ordered the deck online, and love it. Right now we can do about 5 cards in 15 minutes (I need to help the younger ones with the coordination of many of the exercises). I make myself do the cards right along with the children – at the advanced level. It really has provided exactly what we were looking for to help our kids in the areas of strength, endurance, and coordination.
I would like to suggest that you market your cards to homeschooling groups around the USA. There are homeschooling conferences where venders put up displays in almost every state. Also, there are catalogs that sell products for homeschoolers who may be interested in selling your product.
Sincerely, Kim Roth
I have been meaning to write to you since I first used FitDeck a year ago after my son was born.I liked it so much that I brought it to work with me.I teach Kindergarten at the local YMCA and am always looking for new fun things to do with my students.The children loved it!We implemented FitDeck at camp over the summer and the campers were so enthusiastic they would yell, "pick a hard one!".
I was so pleased when FitDeck Jr. came out I ordered it right away.The children in my class love it, especially the animal cards.We all lie on the ground and stick our tongues in and out as we do "The Lizard", it is a sight to be seen.FitDeck Jr. is a great way to get my students moving in today's world where recess time and gym time is being cut back and replaced with more academic pursuits.It is also a great alternative that can be used indoors as well as outdoors when weather here in the Northeast doesn't cooperative with the energy level in my class.Part of our mission at the YMCA is to built strong children, strong families and strong communities as well helping people live up to their God given potential and FitDeck is helping to fulfill our mission by given children the stepping stones of healthy habits. I have recommended that your product be used throughout the Greater Hartford YMCA as we try to promote healthy habits in today's youth and the adults of the future.
Betsey Pitt Glastonbury Family YMCA Glastonbury, CT
My 2 young boys are crazy about Kids FitDeck -- as clearly noted when they chase each other around the house using the "bear crawl" described on one of the cards!They also like to lean against the wall and perform squats, as well as circle their arms energetically!To them, such challenges are not exercise, but rather part of a high energy game.I just have to remember not to let them take the cards out too close to bedtime!!Thank you for making children's exercises so riotously funny for parents!
Dear Mr. Black,
I am an elementary school nurse from Braxton County.Since being in this job I have coordinated annual health fairs.This year our focus will be on nutrition and physical activity and our theme is Bootcamp.I feel that with childhood obesity on the rise that this is of vital importance.Our children range from ages 4 to 11 and we reach over 800 children with this health fair.I came across the FitDeck in the Family Fun magazine and thought that this would be a great addition to our health fair.We set up 20 minute stations and have the children rotate through each station.Our health fair will begin in March and run through April. Thanks for taking the time to read this email.
Sincerely, Charity Woods, RN/BSN School Nurse
I picked up your cards this weekend at Walmart, both the regular and Jr. We LOVE THEM! I love the little booklet with the kids set of game ideas...really makes it fun for us. My girls (ages 5 & 7) have thus far played War, guess the gender, see into the future (not sure I have the exact names lol) but they are having a ball! As a certified hater of exercise I even am having fun. I have been REALLY stressed between nursing school and my husband having 2 car accidents in 3 weeks...so I got my deck out and decided to do a few cards. What an energy boost...thank you! It is such a wonderful idea because I think about exercising but never really know what exercise to do. This gives me a great variety of simple things to do to keep it interesting. As I said I am a student nurse and we are covering pediatrics right now, and next week we are covering obesity and diabetes. I'm going to take my deck and show the rest of the class. I just got to your site and am anxious to see more about your product. I'd love to have a deck showing for instance exercises with simple accessories like an exercise ball, dumbbells, and resistance bands. These are MUCH better than a huge wall chart and you could just easily create a custom workout picking out your cards and put them away when you are done. Anyway, keep up the innovative fun ideas!! Stefanie Honeycutt Student Nurse
My 5 year old daughter, 8 year old son and I are having so much fun with the fit deck. The cards are easy enough for my daughter to follow - she even likes to do the stretching card. It's a great idea. I've ordered a deck for the children's gym teacher to use in her class.
Dear Mr. Black,
Exercise activities that have endless possibilities and require no equipment or prior preparation can be of great use in a classroom. I am a middle school teacher. It is completely necessary for students to get up and get the blood flowing every 20 -30 minutes if they are going to learn and remember effectively. The trick is to make the moving fun. I am always on the lookout for ideas that might work for me in my class. I like the fact that FitDeck can be used individually, by partners or as group games. Are discounts available for educators? Thank you.
Sincerely, Ken Candela Central Middle School Midland, Michigan
Phil, I wanted to let you know I ordered your FitDeck and am very pleased with it.I have used it everyday w/ my students since I got it.They love the new exercises.I love them too because the varietykeeps my classes interesting.
I was also pleased w/the timely manner in which I received my cards.I opted to order and send a check and it didn't take very long at all.
Please let me know when your next deck comes out. Is the superhero deck the same exercises as the original FitDeck?
I work for the largest board of education in Kentucky (Jefferson County) and we have professional development classes several times a year.I will definitely tell all the other PE teachers about FitDeck when I go to the next class in June.
Kids FitDeck Cards: A Super Gift Tanya Ryno in ELITE PERSONAL TRAINERS, HEALTHY KIDS Kids are more obese than ever and Superman is super cool. So I can't help but absolutely love the idea of these FitDeck exercise flash cards for kids... more importantly for my kids!
They are a colorfully packaged card deck (which my boys more than approved of) that includes 50 exercise cards, four instructional and two stretching flashcards, accompanied by a game and activities workbook. Each flashcard features illustrations and instructions describing a different exercise. It’s a novel product, targeted toward children ages 4 to 16. After all, what kid wouldn’t want to work out with the big guy sporting the “S” on his chest?
“Superman’s greatest enemy is no longer Lex Luthor. It’s childhood obesity,” says the former Navy SEAL officer and certified personal trainer.
As the founder of FitDeck, Inc., a company that produces exercise products for all ages, Black is committed to inspiring children to “get off the couch, away from the computer, and start exercising again,” he says. And who better than the world’s most famous superhero to help him achieve his objective?
My first time playing (with my husband) I drew the Kryptonite card, which means you have to double the amount of reps you do on the next card you pick. And after two forty-second bouts of "crab crawling" it was enough to make me realize I'm no Supergal.
It’s a great way to jump-start an active lifestyle for your kids and there is no equipment needed, which means NO EXCUSES.
So pick a card, any card. Who knows you might just create the worlds next Superkid.
Alice Hay Just a FYI...My son has Perthes...LCPD, and your deck has made it so much fun to exercise and keep his ROM.He has PT twice a week and cries but when doing the fun cards he doesn't think much of it.I have forwarded our PT's to your website.Thank you.
Hi Phil, I found your website on the back of the Superman FitDeck and decided to check it out. I just wanted to let you know how much my PE classes enjoy the Superman fitness cards. I am a new elementary PE teacher at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School in Tupelo, MS.I happened upon the Superman cards while shopping in Walmart one day and thought they would be a nice alternative to calisthenics. Instead of my planning certain exercises for the class, I now let each child draw a card from the deck. No one can complain about doing the same exercises all the time AND they have input into the class by having the freedom to choose. I think the kids are more willing to do the exercises when they know that they are the ones drawing the cards and not myself. I really like the three different levels. Because I teach K-6, I am able to use the beginning and intermediate levels. I have even used the advanced level once when I had a class of jr .high athletes for conditioning. I was afraid they might find the cards juvenile for their age, but they were a big hit. And most of the exercises were still challenging without being too easy. Again, I think having the freedom to choose really makes a difference on their attitude toward exercise. Thank you for coming up with these cards and for making them available at WalMart. I probably never would have bought them had I not seen them there. Having an icon like Superman also makes them very appealing for the kids. Good marketing move. If you ever decide to make a different version, may I suggest adding some more cardio exercise? Maybe some kicks, punches, and just plain running. These kids love to move. They’re happy just running around the gym. Thanks again from myself and the students here at TCPS!! Cristy Underwood
Hi Phil -
I wanted to send over a quick note to let you know that I used the FitDeck Cards in my group workouts and the players LOVED it.They, along with the parents expressed interest in buying a deck themselves.I sent them your website and I also have your logo/site on my "partnerships" page.I plan to frequently refer people to your site for a simple, yet effective workout routine.
Take care!GO NAVY!!
As a certified group fitness instructor I find FitDeck to be an amazing time-saving device. I no longer have to spend 15-30-minutes thinking all of the different types of exercises that are already in my mind - FitDeck provides it for me! Levi Villarreal
I just wanted to say thanks for being a leader.The Fit Deck is a great product.I knew it was an awesome idea when we met last November.I am currently implementing that idea for corporate that I told you about. The Fit Deck saved me $500 so far.I now use the Fit Deck when I do my corporate group training instead of buy hundreds of dollars in fitness equipment.It is a great business tool for me and my co-workers. I am looking forward to your Fit Deck for Kids so that I can expand my market and help fight the childhood obesity epidemic. I will continue to recommend your fantastic product. Thanks,
Mr. Todd Elliott
I read about your routine in an ad for Nissan a while ago and just want to say that your philosophy of consistency and simplicity is absolutely bang on. I have been a personal trainer now for some 27 years and all my thousands of hours of my own workouts (not quite at the Navy SEAL level, but close) as well as working with hundreds of clients all boil down to getting out there and doing it. And yet so few really understand that fitness is a life-long process; I have seen so many quit in discouragement after just a few months time!
Like my grandaddy used to tell me when I was a young pup, "ain't no substitute for hard, dedicated work, son and don't ever forget it!" In fact push-ups and chin ups are easily the best upper body exercises one can do that require virtually nothing in the way of equipment and yet yield tremendous results. Add in some cycling, running, hiking or vigorous walking and you have a complete routine that hits all the major muscle groups of the body.
By the by, given that you must have a fairly busy schedule yourself these days, what do you do daily to keep fitness levels high? Do you personally emphasize high intensity/low volume or lower intensity/ higher volume?
Phil, Just wanted to let you know that my client's are really enjoying the FitDeck. It has put a new spin on some basic fun exercises. They enjoy the variety that they got to pick out.I have already had a couple clients purchase their own deck. Thanks for the fun and the great workouts. Julie
Hi Phil! Just read a quick review of your FitDeck and wish you the best with a great concept.After active duty, I worked as a Personal Trainer and was one of those Frogs who pushed every conceivable workout for clients outside the gym. We know how good the 'basics' can be for fitness; it’s just the pledge and a start that’s a challenge. Its great that you are working the kids early.. Take care and kick ass, Dave Bruce Class 142
The cards are great. We've been using them for the past two shifts and everyone is very excited. This is the most participation in a fitness program that we've ever had. As you may know, the number one killer of Firefighters on the job is cardiac disease, and it can sometimes be hard to keep the "traditionalists" (read: old guys) interested.
Mike Carroll, our Deputy Chief for EMS bought one for each of the three companies in my district, and today a guy from the next district over dropped in, saw us doing the exercises and loved it, so expect more orders. Once again, this is a great resource and is perfect for the firehouse. He'll be a great addition to the brotherhood.
- Jason Perry
Just wanted to share our story I’m a wildland firefighter and we are required to PT and hour a day. our boss brought the FitDeck cards to pt one morning at first my made fun of the whole ideal until after our first work out I got up the next morning filling the effects of the work out. They are awesome!!!!!! During fire season we have to hike for miles with 45 pound packs in the mountains this cards give us a great work out keeping us in shape for the up coming fire season we know use them every day. Thanks from all of Smokey’s crew!!!!!!!!
First of all I want to thank you for going back to the basics. This is something anyone can do to keep in shape with very little investment. I’m a lieutenant on a fire department in Kansas. Our medical officer purchased 8 decks, one for each one of our stations. Since purchasing these it has spread like wildfire, no pun intended, in our organization. Five out of my six crew members do the fit deck every third day.
My self and two other firemen are doing the entire deck at advanced level; the other two are mastering intermediate. We leave the grey cards in, shuffle and go to town. The skip card is a double card. This has gotten crews working out together and is making our department more ready to respond if an emergency dictates the use of our strengths. Before FitDeck some of the firemen were going through physical fitness time lackadaisically, now everyone gets a quality workout. Again, I would like to give thanks for your workout creativity.