Most people struggle sometimes to stay motivated about going to the gym.
So how do you keep almost 200 sailors fit and active in the confines of a warship?
That’s the job of HMS Lancaster’s Leading Physical Trainer Ian ‘Robbo’ Robinson.
The Gosport sailor is hard at work making sure his shipmates are battle fit and ready to face operations as they patrol the Caribbean.
And the sunny and sandy region occasionally presents the ideal opportunity for a picturesque workout.
LPT Robinson said: ‘This was the challenge I had been waiting for, and the reason why I became a PT instructor.
‘Throughout my PT career I have worked with many great physical trainers and characters, which gave me solid foundations of what I wanted to deliver at
‘Deployment is an ideal time for sailors to focus on their fitness, especially while patrolling at sea for longer periods of time.’
Five months into the Portsmouth-based ship’s seven-month deployment, LPT Robinson has managed to settle an argument over which is the fittest mess
He organised eight physical events, including rowing, press ups, squats, arm curls, military press, sit ups, laps around the upper deck, and some physical tasks such as carrying heavy drums.
Each mess deck on the Type 23 frigate entered the competition with the aim of finishing as fast as possible.
It was the ship’s wardroom who took the top spot and were eventually crowned HMS Lancaster’s fittest.
Marine Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Larry Holmes, the wardroom team captain, said: ‘It was a fun-filled afternoon, with some hard work thrown in.
‘Nearly five months of daily circuits has helped us win the trophy and have bragging rights on board.’