"Gold Eagle" Steps it Up With Fitness Program

Story Number: NNS071213-01Release Date: 12/13/2007 8:43:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maja A. Dyson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the "Gold Eagle," leadership is stepping up to the holiday season with a variety of fitness programs to assist Sailors with maintaining their fitness goals during the months of December and January.

The classes, which are being offered at a variety of times throughout the day and week for the Sailors' convenience, include both beginner and intermediate classes for step and floor aerobics, cardio boogie and power pump classes.

"We also offer the Navy's Ship Shape class, which offers Sailors nutritional tips," said Melissa Burns, Carl Vinson's afloat fitness director. "It is important for people to see that, even with the holidays coming up, you still have to eat proper portions in order to maintain a healthy and balanced diet."

Burns is currently organizing a yoga class named "Yogalitas" and a circuit class that will be facilitated during lunch hours on the ship's floating accommodation facility.

While each fitness leader has their own teaching style, all three instructors share similar qualities in their teaching methods while keeping the same goal: helping Sailors stay healthy and in shape.

"I enjoy fitness, and I like the interaction with the Sailors," said Senior Chief Quarter Master (SW) Maria Dumka. "I want everyone to take control of their fitness, find an exercise routine that is do-able for them, and stick to it! It's all about moving, maintaining cardio, and strength. And, it is a great stress reliever."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its 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 prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

For more news USS Carl Vinson visit, www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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