Workout Is Real Hit
Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis find a creative way to stay fit
Beads of sweat hit the deck as energetic music pumps in the background. Sailors throw a jab followed by a swift hook, all in perfect unison.
While attending a Command Fitness Leader Course in Norfolk, Goodchild learned various ways to keep Sailors in shape.
"There was the standard pushup and situp routine everyone has done before; but the exercise that really stuck with me was cardio kickboxing," said Goodchild, from Brooklyn, New York. "I like it because it's different. It's not just going to the gym and doing random lifts. It works everything from your abs to your whole upper body, but not just that. It works your confidence, too."
Goodchild said he starts off slow to get everyone on the same page. From there he slowly moves on to more challenging moves.
"When people hear kickboxing they assume there's contact, and [they] will need some sort of skill to attend the class," said Goodchild. "There is no contact. Whether you're a seasoned fighter or just looking for a workout, chances are you will leave the class having learned something, and drenched in sweat."
Using a specific circuit of training, Goodchild said he is able to help focus on the participants who need it, while the more advanced Sailors go ahead.
"The class is built in stages," said Engineman Fireman Apprentice Isaiah Braden, from Riverside, California. "That just means there's a lot of one-on-one teaching. It's great for anyone who would like to practice self-defense while maintaining a great cardio workout."