>Working out underway

>My name is Lee Crusius and I am from Hackensack New Jersey. I have been in the Coast Guard for six years, including my time at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. I have been an Ensign aboard the USCGC Munro for a just over a year and now I serve as the ship’s Gunnery Officer and the leader of the Maritime Law Enforcement Team.
Fitness is just as important underway as it is in port or at a land unit.

I try to work out everyday because I am the leader of the Maritime Law Enforcement Team and I need to be in top physical condition. It’s important for me to set an example for the rest of the LE team members and I consider keeping in shape to be part of my job.

Currently I am doing a high intensity, resistance-training program. The program is designed to help break up the plateau of eccentric and isometric training I’ve been following for the majority of the patrol.

I had reached a point where I was no longer making strength gains, so I started this program to help break through that plateau and get my body working hard again.

I do a lot of isolating exercises, crunches, planks and sit-ups.

I use resistance bands to help isolate different muscle groups and high repetitions to add a cardiovascular element to my workout.

I’m not sure of the exact science, but this routine helps shift the focus of the workout from one part of the muscles I use all the time, to another part of the muscles that is not always used during my normal workout routine.

So far the program has been very effective and I’ve noticed the development of leaner, stronger muscle.

I get a lot of tips and techniques from the National Society of Strength Training.

I definitely encourage my shipmates to work out and maintain a basic level of fitness. It is so easy to fall into an unhealthy routine while underway, so it’s important to maintain physical activity and fitness.

Ultimately, my goal is to be fit and ready for the basketball competition scheduled to take place in Dutch Harbor and take down the Chief’s team.