A lot of people think I’m crazy for working out on vacation, but honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way! What’s better than not setting an alarm, having a casual breakfast, and then getting your sweat sesh on with nowhere else to be? That right there ladies and gents, was my favorite part of the “at sea” days on our Eastern Caribbean Cruise. I mean, look at my face in this photo 😀
The first thing Blake and I did when we got on the boat was explore EVERYTHING. I’m not sure if it’s a Kansas thing, but the man literally had to look at every nook and cranny of the boat. The gym and studio were situated at the very top of the boat, so it was our very last stop. I was jumping up and down like a little girl when I found out they offered classes. A 3 day body shred bootcamp that’s 30-45 minute and will burn a $H!T ton of calories… SIGN ME UP! They also offered yoga, zumba, spin, and TRX. I’ll take one of everything please.
On top of the classes, the gym was top notch. There were around 25 pieces of cardio including treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals. They had a full set of weights, squat racks, machines, and trainers on staff. That’s right- you could sign up for personal training sessions, if you wanted to. B, Monique, and I decided to go with the Body Shred Bootcamp and leave the other 4 days up to us. We wanted to do yoga too, but 8AM was asking a lot :P.
One of the coolest things about the ship was the fact that there was a track on it! Go 7 times around and you’ve got yourself a mile. I was actually impressed with the amount of people who used the track (and gym for that matter). There was even a 5K set up for one of the days at sea <— which I think is the coolest thing ever.
Monique and I thought it would be fun to bring back these Princess Cruise Body Shred Workouts and share them with YOU GUYS. We loved how the class was laid out because it was short and intense. We are both HUGE fans of plyometric workouts and interval-based training. This workout should take you around 30 minutes to complete. Remember one thing while you’re doing this- SPEED. You should be completing each exercise quite rapidly so that you get your heart rate to spike.
Full Body Toner (Body Sculpt Series)
Do each exercise 16 times with no breaks in between. Once the circuit is complete, rest for 30 seconds and then move into the next round (14, 12, 10, 8, 6).
Alternating Lunges + Twist: Begin standing with feet hip-width distance apart, holding one dumbbell at your chest. Step forward with your left leg and lower down into a 90/90 lunge, keeping your knee stacked over your ankle and your chest lifted. As you lower down twist your upper body and dumbbell towards the left. Step back into standing. Alternate sides.
Burpees: Begin standing with feet hip-width distance apart. Lower down and plant your hands on the ground. Spring your legs back into plank pose, keeping your shoulders stacked over wrist. Spring your legs back in and jump up. Repeat. Regression: Instead of jumping at the end, simply stand up.
Bell Ringers: Begin standing with feet hip-width distance apart, holding one dumbbell at your waste. Lower down into a squat, keeping the weight in your heels and chest lifted. As you explode up into a standing position, swing dumbbell to shoulder height. Repeat.
Press Up – 1 Dumbbell: Begin in a plank position with a dumbbell in your right hand. Lift your left leg (opposite) keeping your toe pointed and hips square to the ground. Lower down into a push-up. Make sure to lead with your chest and keep your neck straight. Press back up into plank. Do half on one side and half on the other. Regression: Drop to your knees and perform exercise.