This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to visit Naval Station Norfolk. The Morale, Recreation and Welfare (MWR) department there showed me around air craft carriers, amphibious ships and plenty of other classes of ships that I can‘t remember the name of but are nonetheless remarkable (including the USS Eisenhower pictured at left). It was on this trip that I finally “got” what it meant to be a Navy fitness professional (reporting from your desk in Overland Park, KS, isn‘t always the easiest way to experience the beat you‘re covering). At the time of my trip, Naval Station Norfolk‘s MWR was working on a number of new initiatives, one of which was hiring Waterfront Fitness Specialists--fitness trainers who help bridge the gap between fitness on shore and at sea. Today, I was happy to learn that they introduced two people in this position: Jodie Byrkett and Susan Lowry. It‘s exciting and interesting to see what Navy fitness professionals can do in confined spaces (such as a small room on a ship in the middle of the ocean), and it will be fun to see how these waterfront fitness specialists can help keep our sailors in the best shape possible, no matter where they are.
You can read more about this in the Feb. 1 issue of Newsbeat or the February print issue. To read other news about military fitness, check out our dedicated government and miltitary page. -Jennipher