Deck of Strength Training Cards
Portable Gym in a Box, January 10, 2007
"Strength Training" is like a mini-portable gym in a
box. The 52 cards take you through a series of exercises that
use a fitness ball (small one you can lift over your head),
resistance band (one size/strength will do), yoga mat, exercise
ball (size needed according to height), 3-5 lb hand weights and
ankle weights. If you have been exercising for years, you may
have these items, but you could also use cans instead of the
weights or a pillow cover filled with rice for the fitness ball.
Once you have the items needed to follow along with these cards,
you will find them very useful in most workout videos. If you
have been doing workout videos, a quick glance at the cards is
all you will need to start the exercise. The back of each card
does give detailed instructions for each picture shown on the
front of the cards. I find this pack of cards especially useful
and healing when I'm listening to CDs (books, lectures or music)
and it makes me feel like I'm making progress physically while I
also educate my mind.
Some of the Cards Include the Following Exercises:
Alternating Biceps Curl
Side-Lying Lateral Raise
These cards are perfect for travel since they come in their own
little sturdy box. Keep one of these with you wherever you go
and you will always have an exercise routine. I also loved the
Stretching and Reflexology Card Sets.
If you do the Strength Training, Stretching and then the
Reflexology Cards all in a row, you will feel strengthened, more
flexible and emotionally nurtured. The Reflexology Cards can be
done alone with a little creative adaptation.
I was amazed at how easy it was to follow along with the
exercises and how good I felt after I had tried most of the
cards. If you don't like an exercise, you can skip it and move
along quickly, unlike with a DVD where you have to fast forward,
etc. You can also organize the cards in any order you prefer for
a customized workout.
On the information cards, there are Recommended Sequences so if
you like to alternate Upper Body with Lower Body you can take
out just the cards you need. I like using all the cards for a
full-body workout and even enjoyed discovering a few new twists
on some old favorites. If you enjoy working out, you may
recognize exercises from Weight Lifting, Pilates, Yoga and
~The Rebecca Review
Deck of Stretching Cards
Portable Relaxation in a Box, January 10, 2007
"Stretching" can promote a space of relaxation, but it
also promises improved posture, pain relief and a place to
escape from everyday stress. This pack of cards works perfectly
along with the "Strength Training" deck. You may want
to mix and match to create customized routines that include
stretching at the start and end of each workout. Warm-ups are
also included and will be especially useful if you enjoy working
out immediately in the morning. You can set up your morning
routine the night before and include all the cards you enjoy.
This deck can also be used for an extended stretching routine or
you can use the cards for sports or daily activities.
Arms & Hands Arc Sweep
Golf Arm Pulls
Swimming Side Twist
Skiing Psoas Lunge
Hiking Standing Knee Hug
Standing Leg Stretches
Lifting Back Twist
The "Relaxing Wind-Down" is an especially creative and
healing routine that can be preformed while standing and
sitting. The Energizing Warm-Up can be used before the
"Strength Training Deck" or before any workout.
"Neck & Shoulders Pendulums" were fun to do and
help to dissolve stress in the shoulders. If you want to do all
stretches on your back, you can organize the cards to suit that
type of routine. You could do all standing stretches first and
then do a floor routine. This can be customized in so many ways.
A few face exercises are included and there are specific
exercises for anyone who spends a lot of time on the computer.
The Deck of Cards is in a sturdy long-lasting box that is easy
to carry with you when traveling. Perfect to take to the gym if
you want to incorporate a stretching routine. I like doing all
the stretching exercises at once as an extended healing routine.
The beauty of the card sets is that you can adapt this to your
pleasure. No restrictions, no time limit. Just you and your
favorite music, maybe a candle.
To less stress,
~The Rebecca Review
Hand Healing Techniques, January 10, 2007
"Reflexology" is designed to be used as a healing
session given to someone else to help to reduce pain and
encourage relaxation. Most of the pictures show two people (Ok,
just hands and feet), one giving massage, the other receiving. I
found that you can use the cards even if you are giving yourself
a relaxing massage or reflexology session. Small adaptations to
the general ideas make this accessible and enjoyable to use.
What I love about this deck of cards is the inclusion of
Reflexology Maps for the Sole of the Foot, Top of the Foot, Palm
of the Hand and Top of the Hand. There is also a card of
technique symbols. Each technique is taught and then cards for
Foot and Hand Reflexology follow. The cards all have full-color
pictures with additional information about the techniques
printed on the back.
If you are just discovering Reflexology, this is a perfect place
to start. If you want cards to remind you of a sequence of
healing techniques these can be used alone or with a partner. If
you love this deck of cards, I can also highly recommend
"Stretching" and "Strength Training."
~The Rebecca Review