Tell me about the Fitness Center on the Fantasy...

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  1. DCLfamily

    DCLfamily Earning My Ears

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    Is anybody able to provide any further info on the fitness center? How late does it stay open? I can do my workouts at any time of day. I really wouldn't worry about it on a four day cruise but I am for the seven day one :)
     
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  3. dharma517

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    I was on the Fantasy in early December. I am normally in the gym by 5:15am so I was a bit annoyed that it did not open until 6:30am. There was usually a line up at 6:15am of about 10 people or so patiently waiting.

    By about 7am I would say most of the cardio was taken and there was also a stretch class going on which took up almost all of the free space in the rest of the gym. That made the free weight area very limited...ie don't swing any weights or you might hit about 3 people..lol.

    The gym on the fantasy is tiny...very tiny but the equipment is good. I was pleased to see so many people actually taking care of themselves in the gym!
     
  4. DCLfamily

    DCLfamily Earning My Ears

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    What do they have there for free weights?
     
  5. BuzzLightyearInTampa

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    Granted I haven't been on the Fantasy yet, but on the Magic it's 3 laps for a mile. And I've logged several miles there. (Take it from me, 30 laps around the ship to get in a 10 mile run is kinda monotonous.) From what I've seen on other sites, it's 2.5 laps = 1 mile on the Fantasy and Dream. I'll find out for sure in November, as I'm sure I'll be out there quite a bit since our cruise this year falls in the heart of my training for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon.
     
  6. ChloroFiend

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    From my recollection, the Magic just had a small rack of dumbbells....can't recall the weight range. No plates or bars.
     
  7. ps17

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    OK, We just got off Christmas sailing of Fantasy. We are workoutaholics so here is the report. We went everyday, usually around 7:00AMish. On embarkation day we went at 2:00 (while waiting for luggage to show up and before lifeboat drill). There were times went I (DH) went a second time during the day because I didn't want to go to bingo, a show, or, whatever with rest of family and there was nothing better to do. Never, while we showed up or left was there not an excercise machine (treadmill, elliptical) open. Some mornings 80-90% of machines were in use but there never was a signup for machines nor were there ever people hovering/waiting for the next open machine.

    There is a single rack of dumbells. Up to 55/65 lbs or something like that. We like to do a lot a lifting and there was rarely contention for the weights we wanted - we have had more contention on the magic but my guess is that some cruises have more "free weighters" than others.

    For those that like floorwork, matts, yoga, type of stuff, it is much roomier than the magic - when there is not a class going on. They do have cycling classes but those are in the afternoon and DW prefers classes of that type in the morning.

    If you like to use machines, they have a lot of brand new equipment - however, whoever selected the machines did not do the best of selecting: Chest press machine - fine. Back pulldown machine: attrocious - why not have a simple lat pulldown machine, or straight rowing type - instead it is some contraption pulldown of bad variety and angle. Similarly, for legs: no standard leg -press machine. Leg extension, curls machines are, well, ho-hum for those who like heavy pressing work. Also they have BOTH leg adduction/abduction machines - the kind you squeeze legs together or out - again, for the serious lifter, sort of a waste of space, especially when there is no press. There is no such thing as a good shoulder machine so no harm there. Part of this report is opinionated from a "lifting purist and ones that prefer free weights" so take it with for what it is worth. In did seem like for just 4 or 6 old heavily used machines, the Magic did a good job of selecting good ones while on the Fantasy, there were a whole bunch of brand new shiny machines of questionable value (like say the adductors).

    Back to the freeweights - I think the Magic may have gone up to 85 lbs which is a little more servicieable but what they have here (55/65) will work. We just used the dumbells and went high-rep where needed. No plates nor bars on the Magic nor the Fantasy. There is one of those suspended abdominal leg raise contraptions that you and flip around and use the handles for dips.

    They have plenty of bikes including the electronic machines as well as the the ones they use for fitness class that you can adjust tension. Music in that area is much better for classes and workouts (built in overhead speakers instead of dinky boombox on magic).

    All in all, if you got by with Magic, this will be fine - only big neg was as mentioned, cycling classes in afternoon instead of AM....

    Oh yeah - one more thing, in the afternoons, there was not much people there - after 6:00PM - virtually deserted...
     
  8. wgeo

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    Thank you so much Ps17 for that detailed report, it's the kind of thing that DH is very interested in and for you to take the time to list such specifics is very helpful. Thanks :thumbsup2
     
  9. Zeppelin

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    well, i was on the Fantasy in August and ran every day... if its 2.5 laps per mile (which would mean each lap is about 700 yards- thats a ridiculous amount) then i really logged a lot of miles....
     
  10. Zeppelin

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    just dumbells and very limited...i've never seen free weights on a Disney Cruise and doubt i ever will...

    the lifting machines are adequate though....
     
  11. noahsketomom

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    For those of you who have run on deck 4, is it a complete loop? Is it enjoyable? Would it be crowded early -- 6 or 7am?

    When I was on the dream, I stayed in the fitness center (except for the CC5k), but would love to run outdoors if possible. IDK how I missed the option for deck 4....I won't this time around on the Fantasy, that's for sure!:thumbsup2
     
  12. DisneyForLife

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    Yes it is a complete loop, and I never saw it crowded at any time of day. Not saying it is always like that though, maybe I just got lucky. I loved it early in the am and late evening. Just beautiful......:love::love:
     
  13. Zeppelin

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    its a complete loop and better than the other Disney boats where you often run through the engine room which is often roped off....

    its rarely crowded...once and a while there may be an issue in one of the narrow alleys at the front of the ship trying to pass someone but that's it...
     
  14. mcpaket

    mcpaket Earning My Ears

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    Hi there- trying not to put on the weight I've lost for my cruise! Does anyone know if there are many classes on the fantasy?
     
  15. noahsketomom

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    Thanks for the info!!! Just one more thing to look forward to! :woohoo:
     
  16. yarlenna

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    For me, it is NOT an option. I have had 5 strokes and I NEED something to lean on when I walk. A treadmill is great for that. Using a cane is like having a third leg. I just never get the rhythm.
     
  17. DCLfamily

    DCLfamily Earning My Ears

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    I'm looking forward to checking out the gym. I'm in a fairly heavy routine right now but as long as I get some kind of workout in I can call it a maintenance week :)
     

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