BHR's Culture of Fitness Continues in Full Spin

Story Number: NNS090803-11Release Date: 8/3/2009 3:35:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Drew Williams, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs

USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) continues its commitment to a culture of fitness for its Sailors with the recent addition of spin classes to the menu of underway fitness opportunities.

The ship's afloat recreation specialist, along with certified instructors from the crew, lead daily classes in the hangar bay which are increasing in popularity.

In support of the crew's desire for more gym equipment on board, the ship expanded its fitness arsenal and purchased additional exercise bikes.

"The commanding officer has always promoted a culture of fitness, and we tried to expand on what equipment we had to accommodate the desire for more gear," said Ann Bolton, Bonhomme Richard's afloat recreation specialist. "With the help of every department, we were fortunate to find space onboard to hold the spin classes."

With more than 2,000 Sailors and Marines aboard Bonhomme Richard during underway periods, many see the spin class as a great alternative to their normal workout routine, when normal gym hours are readjusted to facilitate the increase of personnel aboard.

"It gets so busy in the gym, especially during deployment, that it's easier for me to work out in the spin class," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Andrew Guerrero. "It's a good workout that really gets my heart rate up. It helps listening to music in the class especially when you're sweating so much."

"I prefer riding the bike versus running," added Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Christopher Cain. "I definitely come away from the class soaking wet."

Bonhomme Richard provides many outlets for its Sailors and Marines to maintain peak physical readiness including a well-equipped gym on board available 24 hours, morning departmental physical training (PT), the command fitness enhancement program and afternoon PT challenge. Bonhomme Richard's newest health resource adds to a command that embodies the Navy's ethos of a culture of fitness.

"We had a certified instructor come to the ship in March to help gain interest in spin classes," continued Bolton. "It was slow at first, but now we have full classes twice a day and are looking to get more Sailors certified so we can hold additional classes."

Along with Bolton, six Sailors attended the Navy spin instructor school and received their certification, enabling them to teach the classes underway.

"I took spin classes, and it helped me lose a lot of weight," explained Aerographer's Mate 3rd Class Tiffany Moore, a Navy certified spin instructor. "When I wake up in the morning, I feel so good, and I want to help others while having fun. This is also a great way to break up my route on the ship."

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