I have two passions in life, working out and traveling, so you can imagine my excitement when I bumped into the founder of Fit Life Cruises at the Atlantic Regionals two weeks ago. (I literally ran into him while leaving the event!).
Fit Life Cruises is a pretty awesome concept. They believe recreational CrossFitters (and triathletes, more on that later!) should have the option of competing in events where the primary focus is on having a blast, meeting new people, and being fit. Nowadays, people want healthy alternatives to drinking events, and their answer to that is the Fit Life Cruise.
It’s been in existence since 2014 and has been growing each year. This year, the 4 day/3 night cruise will be taking place from September 2-5th and leaving out of Miami. The ship is the Norwegian Sky which CruiseCritic.com contributor Marcia Levin called “a midsize ship with big-ship amenities.” Featuring six restaurants, 12 bars, two pools, a theatre, and a casino, there’s already plenty to do before even taking fitness into consideration. But the fitness is what makes this cruise so unique.
There are seven competitive WODs planned for the cruise and a handful of “just for fun” events- two of which take place on the ship, four in the Bahamas, and three on a private island (Great Stirrup Cay). Cruisers are invited to participate in as many workouts as they want, and those who do all seven competition wods are able to compete for a grand prize (1 male/1 female). If you want to do all wods but don’t want to be competitive, that’s an option as well. They have five divisions to choose from: rx, scaled, masters, adaptive, and just for fun.
The first WOD of the weekend is sponsored by Concept 2 and Rx Smart Gear and includes rowing and double unders, of course. Imagine rowing while staring out at the ocean instead of at the walls of your local box. It’s just such an awesome way to kick off a fitness fueled weekend.
Some of the WODs take place on the ship, others on the beach, and some even in the water. And though it’s not one of the seven wods offered in the fitness package, cruisers have the option of adding a Sprint Triathlon on Nassau, Bahamas to their package.
Beyond WODs and triathlons, the cruise also offers seminars with some of the industry’s top professionals. The seminar that peaks my interest most as a weightlifter is with Daniel Camargo, Olympic lifting coach who trains American record holder Mattie Rogers.
They also will have a Concept 2 seminar, a sprinting and endurance seminar with Chrisdon Hargrett, a mind and wellness seminar with Robyn Cifuentes, and a FaithRx seminar with Darren and Maria Hanson. Likewise, there will be a powerlifting and strongman for CrossFitters seminar with both Mike De La Pava of The Battle Axe Gym and Matt Kunkle of Miami Might. And finally, there is also an adaptive CrossFit seminar with the founders of the I Am Adaptive organization, a proud partner of Fit Life Cruises.
It’s possible to attend more than one seminar in a day. They are scheduled before the WODS so cruisers can do it all.
Of course, at the end of the day, this event is taking place on a cruise ship, so it includes it’s fair share of parties as well. There is a meet and greet cocktail party the first night so that athletes are able to mingle and meet other fitness enthusiasts. On Saturday night, Norwegian Cruise Lines will be holding their White Hot Party with everyone dressed in white, dancing, and enjoying plenty of libations. And after a fun day on Great Stirrup Cay, Sunday concludes with an awards ceremony to announce the winners of the weekend long competition which, of course, is followed by another party.
As a final note, my favorite thing about the cruise is that it’s about more than just fun and fitness. A portion of the proceeds goes to the I Am Adaptive organization whose mission is to rid the world of the labels “handicapped and disabled” and instead, to help adaptive athletes connect to share their experiences and support one another. They also focus on assisting those who have experienced a trauma. The charity is an educational outreach program, an online support community for adaptive athletes, and a force working to bring mobility equipment to those in need.
I Am Adaptive works with many veterans who are now adaptive athletes. I recently wrote about the importance of taking care of our veterans as it’s a cause close to my heart. The community aspect of CrossFit offers such a great support system and it’s wonderful that by enjoying yourself while wodding on a cruise ship, you’re actually able to be a part of a cause that’s offering support to veterans. In addition to I Am Adaptive, Fit Life Cruises is also working with Vet22, a new organization that is focused on helping veterans as well.
Having Fun + Being Fit + Doing Good is just such a great equation. It looks like Fit Life Cruises got it right!
Prices start at $613.41 for an inside cabin plus $150 for the activity band and include all taxes, port charges, food, alcohol, and entry into the competition. We’ve partnered with Fit Life Cruises to get you a 5% discount if you use the code “DBARBELLPRESS” (Don’t forget the “D” which stands for discount!). Click here to check it out.