Staying Fit Aboard USS Bonhomme Richard
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson, Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs

EAST CHINA SEA (NNS) – The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard offers Sailors and Marines a variety of ways to stay fit while underway.

The ship offers command aerobics and low-impact workout classes for crewmembers that include strength training, cardiovascular training and spinning class.

As part of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine rollout, the United States Navy has put together a set of goals to provide Sailors and Marines with the support to continue to meet both physical and mental challenges of a military career.

“A lot of people plan their workouts through magazines or what they believe might make them stronger,” said David Glazier, Fit Boss for Bonhomme Richard. “But we’re are here to offer them some other alternatives that will be even more affective.”

The ship offers spin classes in the gym throughout the week and aerobics in the hangar bay on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at 5 a.m.

“I Think that the Navy is doing great job at offering us all of these programs,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Malcolm Clinton.  “It’s really something to look forward to. Having the music playing and the assistant command fitness leaders motivate you really sets the tone for the rest of the day.”

Prior to the aerobics class, participants perform a light stretch routine and then workout doing various exercises for approximately 45 minutes including: jumping jacks, shadow boxing, running in place, push-ups, high knees, and jump squats. Afterward, there is a five-minute stretching period to help prevent injury.

“The purpose of this is designed to help crew members break the monotony,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Derrick D. Moore, Bonhomme Richard’s fuels department leading chief petty officer and command fitness leader. “We have developed a program that’s healthy, keeps the crewmembers physically fit and helps minimize injury, which was authorized by the commanding officer.”

Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is comprised of amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46), amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and Naval Beach Unit (NBU 7).

Bonhomme Richard, commanded by Capt. Daniel Dusek, is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group (ARG) and is currently on deployment in the 7th Fleet Area of Operations.

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