Surviving the “Pec Deck” Exercise

A deck of cards has a whole new meaning when they are used to do the “pec deck” challenge (for the pectoral muscles/chest).  My trainer, Rosemarie “Bud” Seaman, drew the first five cards from the top of the deck, one at a time, and whatever number appeared was how many pushups I had to do!  All face cards are valued at 10!

After doing the first five cards, I then had to do 10 reps of another exercise, and last night I had to do 10 bicep curls with 10 pound weights.

Then, it’s the next five cards, one at a time, followed by 10 reps of bicep curls.  It’s a challenge to see how many pushups you can do! I did them with my knees on a pad, which is a modified position for pushups.

It took me only 30 minutes, but I got through the whole deck!  That was a total of 341 pushups and 100 bicep curls!  Take the challenge!  If I can do it, so can you.

Make sure your head stays in alignment with your body and doesn't drop down. Squeeze your stomach muscles on your way up.

Make sure your head stays in alignment with your body and doesn’t drop down. Squeeze your stomach muscles on your way up.

If you want, you can use the handles that are sitting next to me to do the pushups.

If you want, you can use the handles that are sitting next to me to do the pushups.