I don’t remember where I first heard about Fitdeck, but apparently it hit the world stage on an episode of Shark Tank (start at 16:25)
While the Sharks passed on the investment, FitDeck is still a very interesting option to mix up your workout and to train for sports and fitness.
A couple of months back, I purchased the Soccer FitDeck. In my experience in looking for training materials for soccer players, most material is geared toward youth soccer training and usually required multiple people to train. What I found with the Fitdeck is that the drills and exercises were easy enough to do solo, and were really geared toward all levels of experience and age when it comes to training. I’ve been using the deck to train with as a warm up before my pick up games, and I’ve found it has helped me a lot with ball skills, shooting, and dribbling with the ball. The compact nature of the set, and the plastic carrying case make it easy to throw in my gym bag and I don’t have to worry about the cards getting damaged or soiled.
After the experience with the deck, I downloaded the iPhone app for FitDeck Pilates prior to going out of town for work. The advantage here is that the app is cheaper, and obviously easier to carry since you have your phone with you all the time. The downside of the app is that there is really nothing to it but just the ability to switch the cards. There is no work out timer or auto-flip feature that moves to next card after a set period of time, which would really be ideal. That said, it is still useful for a quick, randomized workout for Pilates.
There are of course other, cheaper options out there, as the Sharks mentioned on the show. There is the playing card deck workout which many use to randomize their workout; and of course there are numerous free workout videos on YouTube and elsewhere to dive into.
But that said, if you’re looking for an simple, no frills work out plan in a specific sport of activity, then I would recommend you give Fitdeck a try.