Vinson Fitness Specialist Kicks off Fun Workout Classes

Story Number: NNS070228-13Release Date: 2/28/2007 4:48:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joel Carlson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Afloat Fitness Specialist Melissa Burns kicked off the first series of year-round fitness classes Jan. 22, at Huntington Hall Fitness Center in Newport News, Va.

The program is designed to offer a fun and interactive way to exercise, while providing a break from conventional physical training.

"These fitness courses are very motivating," Burns said. "The Navy tests Sailors in different physical aspects during the biannual physical fitness assessment. Training in these aspects is included in Huntington Hall's fitness curriculum."

The classes are available to both active-duty servicemembers and civilians. Sessions will vary in workout style based on purpose and focus, and will be taught by both Burns and other certified group fitness trainers.

Burns said keeping the Navy's people in shape is the primary goal, but she also hopes to help Vinson Sailors develop lasting workout habits.

"Fitness should be a lifetime thing, not a weekly thing," Burns said.

Featured sessions include: cardio kickboxing, PowerPump, a 45-minute cardio boogie class, and a power step and circuit workout.

The kickboxing and boogie modules focus on cardio health, while the power pump and circuit workout concentrate on overall physical strength.

According to Burns, every Sailor's workout plan should have three primary areas of concentration: cardiovascular fitness, body composition, and muscular fitness.

"Maintaining these three objectives will help decrease chances of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, muscular injuries, and obesity," Burns said.

"Time slots for sessions will remain the same each week, with a different lesson each time around, so that people can attend the class that suits their needs based on that person's often busy schedule," added Burns.

The Carl Vinson is currently undergoing her scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

During RCOH Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and to prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

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