Fitness is Coming: At-Home Workouts to Stay Fit while Staying Warm

Quick and simple workouts that you can do at home, so you can stay fit while staying warm. After all, there are no snow days on the journey to US Quidditch Cup.

"Oh, my sweet quidkids," Old Nan said quietly, "what do you know of fear?
Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet
deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the southwest. Fear is for the long
night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and Tufflepuffs
are born and live and die all in darkness while the Baylor Bears  grow gaunt and
hungry, and the Lone Stars move through the woods”

Different Roads Sometimes Lead to the Same Castle

Jon Snow knows what’s up: some roads to victory are tougher to travel. Last year, Northern quidditch players faced a notoriously bitter winter that made training a tough affair, while teams in warmer regions benefited from temperate weather all the way to World Cup. Many argue the disparity between conditions made a big impact in South Carolina.

Unfortunately, according to Farmers’ Almanac, this winter may be just as harsh. But that’s no excuse. This article offers quick and simple workouts that you can do at home, so you can stay fit while staying warm. After all, there are no snow days on the journey to US Quidditch Cup.

Note: Below are established fitness routines that I think are fun and effective, plus one of my own quidditch specific routines.

Deck of Cards

This routine is great because you need nothing but a deck of playing cards. Start by shuffling and cutting the deck. Flip a card. Each suit represents an exercise. The reps are determined by the number or face on the card. 

Deck of Cards workout

Here is a quick breakdown:


Hearts = Push-ups
Diamonds = Burpees
Spades = Squats
Clubs = Crunches or Sit-ups


Cards 2-10 do the number of reps on the card. 
Jacks do 11 reps
Queens do 12 reps
Kings do 13 reps
Aces do 14 reps
First joker 90 second mountain climbers
Second joker 90 second planks

The goal is to do every card in the deck.  

Bonus: Poker Face? Poker Body!

Raise the Stakes to the Deck of Cards workout; in a small group, play poker with whichever rules you choose. When a round is over, everyone does all the exercises in the winning hand using the same exercise and rep values as before.

Oh! One more thing: everyone holds a plank during each hand! Don’t forget to take a break though, and rest 2 minutes after the hand exercises to shuffle the deck and deal the next hand.

Cards Against Obesity

Do you like Cards Against Humanity?  I do, even when working out!

Next time you play, have the Chooser of each round pick an exercise before reading his or her black card. Then, after everyone has played their card, have the Chooser rank the card choices.

The person in last place has to do X number of reps of the chosen exercise, the person in second to last has to do X-1, then X-2, and so-on until a winner is chosen.  That person gets the black card and only has to do 5 reps.  

If done right, your sides will hurt from laughter as well as sit-ups and crunches!

Fitness Games

Are you a couch potato? The internet has some great indoor workouts inspired by your favorite shows and movies. These fitness games are like drinking games, but give you a different reason to have trouble walking.

Just pop on your favorite TV show or movie, then assign common occurrences to an exercise and rep count. When one of those cues happens, pause the show to do the exercise.

The best example of this is the Harry Potter Workout, but there are so many more online. If you can’t find your favorite show, create it! We’d love to see one based on Mudbloods!

Chudley Cannons Work-Out

This bodyweight work-out was designed after Neila Ray’s Darebee.com model.

The format is simple. Each routine is a circuit, and you gain levels based on how many times you can complete the circuit.

Chudley Cannons Workout

Chudley Cannons

Exercise 1: 10 Up and Down Planks
Exercise 2: 5 plank walkouts
Exercise 3: 5 burpees with pushups
Exercise 4: 5 burpees with rotations
Exercise 5: 20 Climbers
Exercise 6: 20 Fly Steps
Exercise 7: 10 Twist jacks
Exercise 8: 10 tuck jumps
Exercise 9: 20 Jumping Lunges

Level 1: 3 Circuits
Level 2: 5 Circuits
Level 3: 7+ Circuits

I hope these workouts make you “Calm as still water.  Strong as a bear. Fierce as a wolverine.” Remember Fitness is a team sport so even if you are snowed in, find a way to have your teammates keep you accountable. If you have any suggestions, tips, or musings, please post them in the comments section. Tag photos on Instagram or Twitter of you performing any USQ workout with #QuidFit! Together, we can take this sport to the next level!

Jared Rohrer is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, and quidditch player since 2010.