With half of the nation blanketed in feet of snow and coping with sub-zero temperatures, the trainer has become my worst enemy and unfortunate fitness saver. Despite this testy relationship, I have found a way to salvage my training and numbing mind: House of Cards. More specifically, a House of Cards drinking-game-turned-turbo-session. With the third season on its way Feb. 27, there is no better time to Netflix-binge, via bicycle of course.

The House of Cards binge-watching drinking game turned cycling workout:

Patent pending.

(Warning: there may be subtle spoilers.)

This workout may only be completed while binge-watching House of Cards. Preferably for at least 2 hours. Follow these rules:

5 minutes big gear, low cadence – every time Frank uses the rowing machine or Clare goes for a run

30 seconds sprint – every time Frank raps his knuckles

2 minutes out of seat, big gear – every time Frank talks to the camera AND every time Stamper saves the day

1 minute high cadence (120+) – every action related to an extramarital affair AND every time Gillian talks about pregnancy (season 2 only)

2 minutes 100% effort: Freddy’s BBQ

Single leg drills – Every time you’re grossed out by Zoe’s apartment (season 1 only)

10 minutes tempo – Every time someone is murdered/”dies”

10 second supersprint/death – Every time someone drinks alcohol AND every time Frank and/or Clare smokes

2 thoughts on “House of Cards Trainer workout

  1. The is GREAT! I’m a novice rider, living in the Netherlands – its less about hills here, but all about the wind and rain – and was recently given a Tacx Flow. I now have the perfect solution to winter training for London to Paris in July … I have a long way to go – still on Season 1 AND 300 miles L2P! sasathazblog.wordpress.com/

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