10 Best Fitness Classes at Sea

by John Roberts

10 Best Fitness Classes at Sea

by John Roberts

Cruises are a wonderful way to explore new things — food, drink, music, destinations — so why not a different kind of fitness class? If you're stuck in a rut at your gym back home, or are looking to jump-start a get-fit regimen, check out the best classes at sea. Most do cost extra, at least $12 per class, but you may be able to save by buying a package.

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Yoga on National Geographic Explorer / Lindblad Expeditions / Michael Luppino
Aqua Cycling on MSC Divina
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Aqua Cycle

In this unique fitness option on MSC Divina, spin bikes are submerged in the ship's infinity pool, and in water up to your waist, you cycle a low-impact workout that’s easier on your joints than traditional spin classes.

In this unique fitness option on MSC Divina, spin bikes are submerged in the ship's infinity pool, and in water up to your waist, you cycle a low-impact workout that’s easier on your joints than traditional spin classes.

Kickboxing on the Norwegian Getaway
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Kickboxing

Get out your aggression in a fun way in one of Royal Caribbean International’s kickboxing classes (the line even hosted a theme cruise based on the fight style and its training methods). Norwegian Cruise Line also offers a Fight Klub class on its Breakaway-class ships.

Get out your aggression in a fun way in one of Royal Caribbean International’s kickboxing classes (the line even hosted a theme cruise based on the fight style and its training methods). Norwegian Cruise Line also offers a Fight Klub class on its Breakaway-class ships.

Pilates
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Pilates

This low-impact method focuses on flexibility, strength, and coordination, especially in core muscles such as abs and obliques. You’ll find Pilates classes on most cruise ships.

This low-impact method focuses on flexibility, strength, and coordination, especially in core muscles such as abs and obliques. You’ll find Pilates classes on most cruise ships.

Yoga on Disney's Castaway Cay
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Yoga

Yoga instruction is pretty standard on most ships and covers a range of styles. Lines with small vessels sailing itineraries in French Polynesia, the Caribbean, or Central America — such as Paul Gauguin CruisesWindstar Cruises, and Disney Cruise Line — often host yoga instructors who hold outdoor classes on deck or on private beaches. Namaste, indeed!

Yoga instruction is pretty standard on most ships and covers a range of styles. Lines with small vessels sailing itineraries in French Polynesia, the Caribbean, or Central America — such as Paul Gauguin CruisesWindstar Cruises, and Disney Cruise Line — often host yoga instructors who hold outdoor classes on deck or on private beaches. Namaste, indeed!

Spin studio on Anthem of the Seas
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Spinning

You’ll find a range of cycling classes on par with what’s offered back home, from basic spin sessions in the common fitness area to slick Flywheel studios, such as on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas and Norwegian's Norwegian BreakawayNorwegian Getaway, and Norwegian Escape.

You’ll find a range of cycling classes on par with what’s offered back home, from basic spin sessions in the common fitness area to slick Flywheel studios, such as on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas and Norwegian's Norwegian BreakawayNorwegian Getaway, and Norwegian Escape.

Zumba
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Zumba

It feels like a dance party, so you won't even mind how much you sweat as you try this popular Latin American dance-inspired fitness class available on most cruise ships. Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas is even hosting the first official Zumba Cruise in late January 2016.

It feels like a dance party, so you won't even mind how much you sweat as you try this popular Latin American dance-inspired fitness class available on most cruise ships. Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas is even hosting the first official Zumba Cruise in late January 2016.

Gym boot camp
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Boot Camp

Instructors lead you on a grueling body-sculpting regimen that challenges strength and cardio fitness with pushups, burpees, planks, and other moves done in an unrelenting circuit. Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Princess all offer variations.

Instructors lead you on a grueling body-sculpting regimen that challenges strength and cardio fitness with pushups, burpees, planks, and other moves done in an unrelenting circuit. Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Princess all offer variations.

TRX Suspension Training
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TRX Suspension Training

This Navy SEAL-inspired training program uses a suspended TRX cable strap system to allow for hundreds of body weight-resistance exercises that enhance functional movement. Princess offers classes on Regal Princess and Royal Princess, and Royal Caribbean has a scenic TRX area on Anthem of the Seas.

This Navy SEAL-inspired training program uses a suspended TRX cable strap system to allow for hundreds of body weight-resistance exercises that enhance functional movement. Princess offers classes on Regal Princess and Royal Princess, and Royal Caribbean has a scenic TRX area on Anthem of the Seas.

Work out with Rockettes on the Norwegian Breakaway
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Rockettes Fitness

Not only are the legendary dance group’s members godmothers of Norwegian Breakaway, but you can join instructors — who, on select sailings, are former Rockettes — to learn secrets of stretching and strengthening for dancers. You'll even get a chance to try the famous kick line.

Not only are the legendary dance group’s members godmothers of Norwegian Breakaway, but you can join instructors — who, on select sailings, are former Rockettes — to learn secrets of stretching and strengthening for dancers. You'll even get a chance to try the famous kick line.

Fitness center on Royal Princess
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Tour de Cycle

Cyclists and fans of the Tour de France will love this option on Princess Cruises. The three-class program takes you on courses that simulate famous hills featured in the annual bike race.

Cyclists and fans of the Tour de France will love this option on Princess Cruises. The three-class program takes you on courses that simulate famous hills featured in the annual bike race.

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