For crew members with limited time and space onboard a superyacht, it’s essential to focus on exercise trends and equipment that are efficient, effective, and space-saving. Here are some exercise trends, equipment, and exercises that can benefit crew members in such conditions: 

1. Bodyweight Workouts

Bodyweight workouts require minimal or no equipment. You can do them anywhere, whether you’re in a gym, at home, or even outdoors. From squats and lunges to push-ups and planks, bodyweight exercises offer a wide range of movements. This versatility keeps your routine exciting and challenges different muscle groups.

Bodyweight exercises often mimic natural movements, promoting better functional strength and balance. This helps in daily activities and reduces the risk of injuries. So, whether you’re a fitness newbie or a seasoned pro, bodyweight workouts can be adapted to your fitness level. You can easily modify the intensity to match your capabilities.

  • Push-ups: Great for strengthening the chest, shoulders, and triceps. 
  • Squats: Effective for working the lower body, including quads, hamstrings, and glutes. 
  • Planks: Excellent for core strength and stability. 
  • Lunges: Target the legs and improve balance. 

2. Resistance bands

Lightweight and compact, resistance bands offer versatile workouts for various muscle groups. They can be used for exercises like bicep curls, lateral raises, and leg lifts. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced athlete, resistance bands offer adjustable resistance. You can easily customise your workout to match your fitness level. Unlike some forms of heavy lifting, resistance bands provide a joint-friendly alternative. They create tension without the impact on joints, making them ideal for those with joint concerns.

3. Jump rope

Jumping rope is a fantastic cardiovascular exercise, elevating your heart rate and enhancing cardiovascular health. It’s an efficient way to improve stamina and endurance. It’s a high-intensity workout that burns a significant amount of calories in a short time. It’s a great addition to your fitness routine if weight management is one of your goals. It’s a full-body workout that not only burns calories but also tones and strengthens multiple areas simultaneously.

A jump rope is easily portable, making it a convenient tool for workouts anywhere. Whether at home, in the gym, or during travel, it’s time-efficient and inexpensive exercise that doesn’t require much space.

4. Yoga, Pilates and Stretching

Yoga combines physical postures, controlled breathing, and meditation, promoting relaxation and reducing stress. It fosters a mind-body connection that contributes to overall wellbeing. Yoga poses enhance flexibility, balance, and strength. The practice accommodates various levels, making it accessible for beginners and challenging for advanced practitioners.

Pilates focuses on the core muscles, promoting strength and stability. A strong core is essential for overall body strength and can contribute to improved posture. Pilates is gentle on the joints, making it suitable for individuals of various fitness levels. It emphasises controlled movements, enhancing muscle endurance without placing excessive strain on the body.

All three practices—yoga, stretching, and Pilates— offer a holistic approach to health, nurturing both the body and mind. This mindfulness approach to fitness can reduce stress, anxiety, and improve mental clarity. And together, they provide a balanced approach to physical fitness.

5. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): 

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) packs a punch in a short amount of time. Short bursts of intense exercise followed by brief rest periods make it an efficient workout option for individuals with busy schedules. HIIT is a calorie-burning beast. The intense nature of the workout keeps the body burning calories even after the session, contributing to increased fat loss and improved metabolic rate.

Beginners can start with modified exercises, gradually increasing intensity as their fitness improves. Advanced practitioners can push their limits with more challenging variations. The intervals of intense activity elevate heart rate, enhancing cardiovascular health. Improved heart health contributes to better endurance, stamina, and overall cardiovascular fitness.

HIIT’s short, intense bursts of exercise help preserve lean muscle mass while burning fat. This is particularly advantageous for those aiming to lose weight without sacrificing muscle tone. The intense nature of HIIT triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood enhancers. This can contribute to reduced stress, improved mood, and an overall sense of wellbeing. Many HIIT workouts require little to no equipment, making them accessible for small spaces.


6. Suspension trainers (e.g. TRX): 

TRX is a one-stop-shop for a full-body workout. From squats and lunges to rows and push-ups, the suspension system allows for an array of exercises targeting various muscle groups. It’s a versatile fitness playground! Every TRX movement requires balance and stability. This not only activates smaller stabilizing muscles but also improves overall balance and coordination.

Many TRX exercises mimic everyday movements, promoting functional fitness. This type of training enhances your ability to perform activities of daily living with greater ease and reduced risk of injury. In a short amount of time, you can target multiple muscle groups, elevate your heart rate, and enjoy a robust workout. It’s the perfect solution for those with a busy schedule. These compact devices allow for a full-body workout using your body weight. They can be anchored to doors or railings on the yacht. 

7. Kettlebells

Kettlebells are versatile and can be used for full-body strength and conditioning workouts. They seamlessly blend strength, cardio, and flexibility into one powerful package. Whether swinging for explosive power, squatting for lower body might, or engaging in Turkish get-ups for core stability, kettlebells demand coordination and engage multiple muscle groups simultaneously. This not only expedites calorie burn but also enhances functional strength applicable in daily life. Kettlebell workouts, with their ballistic nature, not only build muscle endurance but also boost cardiovascular fitness. Their compact size adds a portability perk, turning any space into a gym. In the world of fitness, kettlebells stand as a symbol of efficiency, offering an all-encompassing workout that caters to beginners and fitness enthusiasts alike.

8. Circuit Training

Create circuits combining bodyweight exercises and minimal equipment, but does require some space. Circuits are a high-octane workout that combines strength and cardiovascular exercises in rapid succession, keeping your heart rate elevated throughout. This not only burns calories at an impressive rate but also enhances both muscle strength and endurance. The circuit format, where you move swiftly from one exercise station to the next, keeps boredom at bay and maintains engagement. Additionally, it’s easily adaptable to various fitness levels, as you can customise the exercises and intensity to match individual needs. This makes circuit training a time-effective solution for those with busy schedules, offering a comprehensive full-body workout in a shorter duration. Whether you’re aiming for weight loss, muscle tone, or improved cardiovascular health, circuit training delivers a potent fitness punch.

Superyacht Fitness app

9. Fitness apps and online workouts

Nowadays it’s easy to access workout routines and guided exercises via fitness apps and online platforms. Many apps offer short, effective workouts designed for limited time and space. Superyacht Fitness had just launched their first app, in addition to MyZone to support crew wellbeing onboard.

10. Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation are crucial for holistic wellbeing. In our fast-paced, often stressful lives, these practices offer a sanctuary for the mind and body. Mindfulness involves being fully present in the moment, acknowledging thoughts and feelings without judgment. It cultivates awareness and helps in managing stress, anxiety, and even physical conditions.

Meditation, on the other hand, is a deliberate practice that encourages relaxation and heightened inner awareness. It can take various forms, including guided meditation, focused breathing, or mindfulness meditation. Regular meditation has been linked to numerous mental and physical health benefits, such as reduced stress, improved emotional wellbeing, enhanced focus, and even better sleep.

Together, mindfulness and meditation provide a mental reset, allowing individuals to navigate life with greater clarity, emotional resilience, and a sense of inner peace. They are not just practices; they are powerful tools for maintaining mental and emotional balance in our often hectic world. These exercises can be done virtually anywhere!

Remember to consult with a fitness professional or your yacht’s onboard trainer to create a personalised workout plan that aligns with your specific goals and limitations. With the right approach, even in limited space, you can maintain your fitness and overall wellbeing while at sea. Get in touch if you need some support for your vessel: