USS San Diego
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Tony Horton, founder of the fitness program P90X, leads Sailors during a workout aboard USS San Diego (LPD 22).
120821-N-LI693-048 PORT HUENEME, Calif. - Tony Horton, founder of the fitness program P90X, leads Sailors during a workout aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22). The Sailors were also able to hold a question and answer session with the fitness celebrity, learning about nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, and the challenges of fitness aboard ships. Horton and his team of trainers were visiting Naval Base Ventura County to conduct the "Fit to Fight" California 2012. San Diego is in Port Hueneme to conduct combat systems ships qualification trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Holly Boynton/Released)
P90X Founder Works Out with USS San Diego Crew
PORT HUENEME, Calif. - USS San Diego (LPD 22) arrived in Port Hueneme Aug. 21 for gear onload, inspections and physical fitness.

Fitness program P90X creator Tony Horton toured the ship and conducted a P90X workout with the crew on the flight deck. With his trademark "do your best and forget the rest" saying, Horton led 33 Sailors, and one Marine, in nearly two hours worth of body-weight only exercises designed to improve speed, agility, and flexibility.

"I understand there's not a lot of space onboard ships to workout, but all you need is space enough for the human body; gravity and your body weight are all the equipment you need to get a great workout," Horton explained to San Diego's Commanding Officer, Capt. William Grotewold.

"The crew and I really appreciate the time and care Mr. Horton and his group took with us," said Grotewold. "It's a difficult, sometimes high-stress environment at sea and physical fitness and good nutrition are so important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The workout was challenging, but very effective, and the question and answer session afterwards was very enlightening."

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Adam Murphy attended the workout and hopes to add some of the exercises to his fitness routine.

"It was a once in a lifetime, unique experience to have someone of his caliber come out to not only support us, but also to show us ways that we can better our physical shape so we can more prepared and ready to respond to any kind of situation," said Murphy.

For the remainder of their visit, the San Diego crew will onload combat systems equipment, conduct small arms qualifications and provide additional ship tours for base personnel.

San Diego, homeported in San Diego, Calif., was commissioned in her namesake city May 19, 2012. The ship is currently conducting training and certification in preparation for her first deployment in 2014.
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