Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Special Interest Cruising > Fitness, Spa & Sports Cruises
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Fitness, Spa & Sports Cruises Active cruisers unite!

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old October 13th, 2013, 07:10 PM
ireneadler ireneadler is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 109
Default Swaying (not just sweating) at the gym

Please explain to the n00b...

Has the gentle rocking of the ship you were in ever interfered with your workout?

I'm a free weights and machines kind of person, I don't use Bosu balls... but are they used in ships? Will hilarity ensue? Pretty please?

And if the sea is nasty, will they close the gym?

But has anyone ever been affected by the rocking while at the gym? What happened? Are there specific safety measures at the gym? I suspect there isn't a squat rack, at most a smith machine, right? They wouldn't want anyone bending the bar in a ship... I think. Not that I do those... but would they allow Olympic lifting, for example?

So, in comparison to your local gym, how is the gym of a ship any different?
Reply With Quote

Old October 17th, 2013, 03:15 PM
alfaeric's Avatar
alfaeric alfaeric is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: May 2012
Location: A2, MI
Posts: 2,112

The gentle rocking hasn't affected us.

Our "routine" is generally to do the Spinning class and then do some machine weights.

however, we were in rough seas once where the spinnng class didn't agree very well with me. I was "ok" getting up, eating, walking around, etc. and starting the spinning class was ok. But, when we started doing up and down movements, that got to me pretty bad.

with the rest of the day spent sleeping, I can't really tell you if they closed the gym or not.

To calm your nerves a bit- of the +100 days we've been at sea, that was the only time we've had it that bad.

As for stuff there- I don't seem to recall seeing a lot of free weights, outside of the single hand stuff- big range of that, for sure. But not a single bar that you would do olympic movements on. Decent variety of weight machines, usually very clean. Treadmills, ellipticals, bikes are always there- some have rowing. Not being a big attendee of gyms, I could not tell you any specifics of the types or brands- sorry. (we mostly run)

They are pretty small, generally. The open area where classes are will have bosu balls and whatnot.

Figure it will be "ok to good" to maintain, but not really add to a training program.
"quite a few" Cruises so far, all on Royal Caribbean. Yea, we are loyal to Royal...

Our first was on the Monarch, and we were on her last RCCL...

More to come. Being cruise nerds is fun.
Reply With Quote

Old October 26th, 2013, 03:19 AM
Keith1010 Keith1010 is offline
80,000+ Club
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 81,366

I've never had any problems with the gentle rocking of the ship impacting my workout and often when I am working out such as on the Elliptical Machine I do not even notice it.

Reply With Quote

Old October 28th, 2013, 09:34 AM
Croptop Croptop is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Waterloo, ON
Posts: 446

On our first cruise, my wife and I went to the gym on a sea day to get in a run on the treadmills. There was just enough of a swell that the ship would lurch ever so slightly at random intervals. This, in turn, caused everyone on the treadmills to suddenly stagger to one side all in unison. No harm done to anyone but rather hilarious to watch as we all struggled to keep our footing. I haven't laughed so much on a run for quite some time.
Upcoming Cruises:

Prior Cruises:
Star Princess: 2015-01-28 - 2015-02-07 (Mexico Round Trip)
Ruby Princess: 2014-02-01 - 2014-02-10 (Grand Caribbean Adventure)
Caribbean Princess: 2012-01-22 - 2012-01-29 (Cruise to Run '12)
Caribbean Princess: 2011-01-23 - 2011-01-30 (Cruise to Run '11)
Caribbean Princess: 2009-02-01 - 2009-02-08 (Cruise to Run '09)
Reply With Quote

Old November 2nd, 2013, 11:35 AM
ducklite ducklite is offline
10,000+ Club
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Near Orlando but California Dreaming
Posts: 12,868

I don't like a treadmill at home and often feel like I have sea legs when I get off, so there's no way I'd try it at sea. Yoga and weights work well for me, although I don't lift heavy and refrain from some of the more difficult poses which require significant balance--particularly of the handstand variety where a slip will plant you face first into the floor. :-0

Autocorrect responsible for most typos...
Past Cruises...
August 2002--Disney Magic Eastern Caribbean
October 2005--RCCL Mariner Western Caribbean
October 2011--Disney Dream Bahamas
June 2012--Windstar Wind Surf Back-To-Back, Rome to Venice to Athens
April 2014--Paul Gauguin to French Polynesia

Three weeks in Europe (two on a ship) with a 20" roll aboard and a tote bag--packing list here.

My all in a 20" wheeled bag for a warm weather cruise packing list here

20" rolling bag packing list for two weeks in a cool/cold climate here.
Reply With Quote

Old November 3rd, 2013, 07:52 PM
ireneadler ireneadler is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 109

Loving your answers, folks. I feel much more confident now. Thanks!

Sent from my GT-I8190L using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote

Old January 20th, 2015, 04:17 PM
Queen of Oakville's Avatar
Queen of Oakville Queen of Oakville is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,683

Depends on how "stable" you are.

I never used to get bothered by movement of the ship. On our Eurodam Cruise, we encountered stormy seas on one of the smallest ships. Since that cruise, I find I am more sensitive to movement.

When we sailed Reflection in November, I had just lost 25 pounds and was committed to keeping it off. Each cruise, I pack workout wear and never make it to the gym. Vowed this cruise was going to be different. Day 1 - made it to the gym, 45 on the elliptical. I also had a smoothie from reflection spa - before my work out. On the walk back to the cabin, I felt a bit woozie. Figured I was hungry, walked back to the buffet and grabbed a light breakfast. Still felt woozie. Took a gravol and a short nap, felt much better. Day 2 was a repeat of day 1, only much worse. I took the gravol and nap before getting some food.

it hit me on day 2 that it was the movement of the ship. All the elipticals were facing out at sea. I was going up and down and watching the water move.

Day 3 - no workout - I was completely fine.

Next cruise, I will ask if an elliptical can be turned around. I think it was truly watching the movement of the water while going up and down that bothered me.

Day 4,5,6 and I just did a fast walk on deck, and I was fine.
Royal Oasis of the Seas - November 13 2016
Celebrity Silhouette- November 15 2015
Celebrity Reflection - November 14 2014
Royal Oasis of the Seas - October 12, 2013
Disney Fantasy - March 2, 2013
Disney Dream - March 13, 2012
Royal Freedom of the Seas - August 28, 2011
HAL Eurodam - March 19, 2011
Royal Grandeur of the Seas - September 16, 2010
Carnival Dream - March 6, 2010
Grand Princess - 2002
Royal Voyageur of the Seas - 2000
Royal Sovereign of the Seas - 1999
Carnival Ecstasy - 1991
Reply With Quote

Old May 21st, 2016, 09:58 PM
leslieart's Avatar
leslieart leslieart is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 711

I've found that I need to reduce my free weights when I'm on the ship. I don't feel the movement but Gravity is gravity and a little shift can throw off my balance and put me in a precarious position. So I lower my weights and up my reps onboard.
Past/Future Cruises-
RCCL Serenade of the Seas 11-day Southern Caribbean 1/17
RCCL Freedom of the Seas 14-day B2B Easterm/Western Caribbean 9/16

RCCL Oasis of the Seas 7-day Western Caribbean 1/16
RCCL Enchantment of the Seas 4-day Bahamas 11/15
RCCL Freedom of the Seas 7-day Eastern Caribbean 11/15
RCCL Vision of the Seas 7-day Western Caribbean 2/15
RCCL Legend of the Seas 15-day Panama Canal 11/14
RCCL Freedom of the Seas 14-day B2B Eastern/Western Caribbean 10/14
RCCL Legend of the Seas 10-day Southern Caribbean 1/14
RCCL Freedom of the Seas 7-day Eastern Caribbean 12/13
RCCL Monarch of the Seas 4-day Bahamas 2/13
RCCL Navigator of the Seas 7-day Western Caribbean 1/13
RCCL Monarch of the Seas B2B Bahamas DD's Wedding 10/12
RCCL Freedom of the Seas 7-day Western Caribbean 11/11
RCCL Liberty of the Seas 7-day Eastern Caribbean 10/10
RCCL Monarch of the Seas 4-day Bahamas 5/10
RCCL Grandeur of the Seas 5-day Western Caribbean 1/10
CCL Legend 7-day Western Caribbean 9/09
CCL Holiday 4-day Key West 5/09
RCCL Monarch of the Seas 4-day Bahamas 1/09
Disney Wonder 3-day Bahamas 8/08
RCCL Sovereign of the Seas 4-day Bahamas 7/03
Reply With Quote



Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:22 AM.

© 1995 - 2016, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.