Michelle Carr aka “Wonder Women” from Alpharetta, GA AO -This is a special Back-Blast of workouts that spans over 3 days, in different countries and over beautiful open sea waters. The sun has just made its appearance on the morning of Sunday November 5th as I walked out on the deck of the Carnival Magic at 6:15. The cruise ship had left port from Florida Saturday early evening. So as far as eye the could see there was nothing but beautiful, calm, blue, open waters all around us. I held my running shoes in my hand because I had to quietly sneak out of my room. My two roommates were not as excited to workout with my fellow FiA sisters and new FNG’s. I walked bare foot to an open chair near by. I could smell the fresh air and ear the happy sounds of cruisers that were awake at this hour as well. The workout was scheduled for 7 am but I needed a few pictures before the start. I had my FiA tank top on. I wanted to make sure our new FNG’s would know that I am Wonder Woman, there Q for this amazing AO and first workout out of three. I walked to the basketball court on the top of the ship where we were all going to meet. I walked the track and made plans for our workout. I enjoyed the amazing sights. The beauty could not compare to any thing I had ever seen in my life. This was my first cruise, first time out of the country & I was celebrating my 40th birthday while on this cruise. I was so happy at that moment. The icing on the cake was that the new FNG’s started to show up. FNG “1st Sunrise” was the first to show up. That is how she got her FiA name. Two more, then 4 more and then 1 more. Then my FiA sister from Summerville SC – “Neighbor”. We decided to start a little after 7:00 am so we could shake hands and make sure we were all there. Then it was time to start the day off right with a great workout!!
Chris O’Neal aka “NEIGHBOR” from Summerville, SC AO. I have been a FIA since April 2015 and try to attend at least 3-4 times a week and just started Q’ing in September. My husband and I decided to take a 7 day cruise for our 20th wedding anniversary. I was afraid that during those 7 days I would get lazy and not continue working out and then it would be hard to get back in my routine when I got home. By the grace of God I stumbled across a Facebook page for the specific cruise we were going on and posted about FIA and asked if anyone would be interested in getting together while on the ship to workout. Wouldn’t you know, a sister FIA, Wonder Woman (Michelle Carr) from Alpharetta, GA was also going to be on the ship. Michelle messaged me and we put a game plan together to workout 3 specific days while on the cruise. If it weren’t for those workouts, I would not have gotten out of bed, I would have felt bad about myself when all was said and done (especially after all the food and drinking) and I would have never met so many amazing ladies from across the country and heard some amazing stories! Lots of Jersey girls!
Sunday – November 5th @7:00 am Q – Wonder Woman #fiaalpha – 10 PAX
Neighbor, Canada, Captain Lifesaver, Chamomile, Minnie Magic, Blue Seavivor, Mermaid, Jersey Strong, 1st Sunrise
Warm-up / Jog around the track twice for warm up/runner stretches/quad stretches
Dora – Partner exercise/100 dips/200 boat-canoes/100 air presses – Run track lap in between
11’s – push-ups/squats
Circle Time – plank while “What is your favorite food or movie of all time?” – one by one we do a Burdee and go back to plank with group.
Stretch while sitting legs and arms.
Namorama and prayer
(10 PAX Day 1 – Some did not stay for the picture.)
-20 Curtsey lunges
-20 Curtsey lunges
Chris and my experience was so amazing. We went to bed looking forward to the next days workout. We had three free amazing workouts for ourselves and others. The workouts were outdoors on the beautiful decks in the middle of the ocean. We saw each other many times on the ship and on shore in different countries. We had coffee together and chatted while we waited for meals. We played trivia together and high-five each other as we passed on the deck between events. We both went on the ship only knowing one or a small group of people. But we quickly gained 10 to 12 new friends that we saw the whole cruise. It was a great idea from Chris. I am so blessed that she reached out and made it happen. Chris and I will forever have the same cruise experiences and I am so blessed to be able to call her my FiA sister. FiA has changed and influenced my life in so many ways this year. This is my first of many more years that I will continue to be a part of FiA.