Thursday, September 4, 2008

Princess Debuts In-Room Fitness Classes, Yoga for Kids

Princess Cruises is introducing new fitness programs, including the industry’s first in-room fitness program, yoga classes for kids and teens, and new Lotus Spa classes. Designed for cruisers of all ages and activity levels, these fitness choices will help passengers get moving in their own staterooms with Fitness@Sea hosted by celebrity trainer Gillian Clark, strike a pose in an interactive yoga class for junior cruisers, or take a “Tour de France” spin class. Fitness@Sea classes led by fitness DVD host Clark are designed as a way for passengers to comfortably start off their day with exercise. Clark leads nine classes shown exclusively on the line’s Wellness Channel, including core strengthening, flexibility, arm and leg strengthening, big muscle groups and overall body workout, cardio training, stretching, the mind/body connection, breathing to enhance a workout and back strengthening.
Fitness@Sea debuts fleetwide this month. On ships with Movies Under the Stars, morning sessions are offered on the 300-square-foot screens for those who want to work out in an open-air group setting.
Princess also will introduce yoga to kids and teens ages 3-17. The program promotes building coordination, breathing, balance and emotional strength with an element of play incorporating music, chants and singing. With yoga mats provided, kids can participate in a variety of yoga poses. Classes are complimentary and are currently rolling out fleetwide in the onboard youth and teen centers. Classes range from 30 minutes to one hour and parents are welcome to participate. The new onboard “Core.Balance.Strength” fitness program focuses on three vital components of balanced health in classes in the Lotus Spa.
“Core.Balance.Strength” is designed to help guests maximize their wellness potential by focusing on three fitness components, each with a series of corresponding classes. The Core component is designed to create a strong foundation and is based primarily on the principles of Pilates and correct postural alignment. Balance focuses on centering both mind and body, and features fusion yoga classes. Strength includes a high-energy mixture of both strength and cardio classes. As part of the new program, passengers can now try the Tour de Spin program, which will benefit LiveStrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The Tour de Spin program will consist of three 45-minute classes, each featuring a ride named after various stages of the Tour de France. One dollar from each class series will be donated to LiveStrong to fight cancer, and at the conclusion of the three-ride program each participant will receive one of the foundation’s famous yellow wrist bands. The new “Core.Balance.Strength” program is currently being rolled out fleetwide and is expected to be in place aboard all Princess ships by the end of the year. A nominal fee is charged for each class. In addition, the new program will continue to offer a selection of complimentary classes.

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