Life as crew onboard a busy superyacht can be frustrating at times. The cramped conditions, unstable environment and long working hours can cause unnecessary stress and tension. How you deal with it can be the difference between a good season and a bad one.
So how best to unwind? Research conducted by yachting health and fitness experts Gym Marine suggests that the vast majority of crew members would prefer to work on a yacht which provides a gym for its crew; and that working out after-hours is an effective way to counter the stresses of a busy season.
Founder of Gym Marine Edward Thomas has some great advice on equipment selection and how to make good use of even the smallest space.
‘’The first ever yacht I worked on had a very. It was a 70-odd meter Turkish build and probably one of the busiest private boats I’ve ever encountered. The gym space was tucked away in a tunnel leading from the crew area to the engine room, which was a clever use of what was otherwise dead space. Though, it was an area also shared by the garbage freezers, which made for quite a smell!
“Equipment selection is really important. Usually space is tight, so items that stow cleverly like the LifeFitness F3 folding treadmill, or the Powerblock series of free-weights are really popular. Powerblock is particularly good because, unlike conventional dumbbell sets, there’s no risk of it rolling about, and the unit’s total weight is a fraction of what a full set of dumbbells could add up to! Suspension trainers like the TRX are really good too, you can secure them to overhead pipes or wherever suits and have a really varied workout taking advantage of bodyweight resistance.’’
Edward Thomas is the Founder of Gym Marine- the yachting industry’s only specialist independent retailer of all the world’s major fitness brands, with a full portfolio of services ranging from gym design to crew training and recruitment to a charter rental service and equipment warranty packages.
Find out more at www.gymmarine.com
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