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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?
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...
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.
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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
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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.
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