Drop and give me a Type 23... physical trainer keeps ship’s company fighting fit

PRESS-UPS Leading Physical Instructor Ian Robinson takes members of HMS Lancaster's crew through their lunchtime circuit on the beach at the Grand Turk Cruise Centre, Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos Islands, during this ship's visit. Picture: L(Phot) Jay Allen
PRESS-UPS Leading Physical Instructor Ian Robinson takes members of HMS Lancaster's crew through their lunchtime circuit on the beach at the Grand Turk Cruise Centre, Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos Islands, during this ship's visit. Picture: L(Phot) Jay Allen

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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?

Pictured: Members of HMS LANCASTER�"s crew take part in flight deck sports. This weekend it was a challenge of the messes to determine what mess was the fittest. ''HMS LANCASTER, the Queen�"s Frigate is on a challenging deployment where she is scheduled to undertake a range of tasks across the Atlantic in support of British interests.  Her tasking will focus on the reassurance and security of the British Overseas territories, the provision of humanitarian aid and disaster relief during the core hurricane season and counter narcotic operations with partner nations.''During the six-month deployment Lancaster will visit all of the British Overseas Territories in the region, of which there are 6, as well as numerous Commonwealth and Caribbean nations.  These visits will provide the opportunity to train with other navies as well as demonstrate the Royal Navy�"s continued commitment to the region.  In between visits, Lancaster will be conducting counter narcotics patrols in conjunction with the US Coast Guard bu

Pictured: Members of HMS LANCASTER�"s crew take part in flight deck sports. This weekend it was a challenge of the messes to determine what mess was the fittest. ''HMS LANCASTER, the Queen�"s Frigate is on a challenging deployment where she is scheduled to undertake a range of tasks across the Atlantic in support of British interests. Her tasking will focus on the reassurance and security of the British Overseas territories, the provision of humanitarian aid and disaster relief during the core hurricane season and counter narcotic operations with partner nations.''During the six-month deployment Lancaster will visit all of the British Overseas Territories in the region, of which there are 6, as well as numerous Commonwealth and Caribbean nations. These visits will provide the opportunity to train with other navies as well as demonstrate the Royal Navy�"s continued commitment to the region. In between visits, Lancaster will be conducting counter narcotics patrols in conjunction with the US Coast Guard bu

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.

Pictured: Members of HMS LANCASTER�"s crew take part in flight deck sports. This weekend it was a challenge of the messes to determine what mess was the fittest. ''HMS LANCASTER, the Queen�"s Frigate is on a challenging deployment where she is scheduled to undertake a range of tasks across the Atlantic in support of British interests.  Her tasking will focus on the reassurance and security of the British Overseas territories, the provision of humanitarian aid and disaster relief during the core hurricane season and counter narcotic operations with partner nations.''During the six-month deployment Lancaster will visit all of the British Overseas Territories in the region, of which there are 6, as well as numerous Commonwealth and Caribbean nations.  These visits will provide the opportunity to train with other navies as well as demonstrate the Royal Navy�"s continued commitment to the region.  In between visits, Lancaster will be conducting counter narcotics patrols in conjunction with the US Coast Guard bu

Pictured: Members of HMS LANCASTER�"s crew take part in flight deck sports. This weekend it was a challenge of the messes to determine what mess was the fittest. ''HMS LANCASTER, the Queen�"s Frigate is on a challenging deployment where she is scheduled to undertake a range of tasks across the Atlantic in support of British interests. Her tasking will focus on the reassurance and security of the British Overseas territories, the provision of humanitarian aid and disaster relief during the core hurricane season and counter narcotic operations with partner nations.''During the six-month deployment Lancaster will visit all of the British Overseas Territories in the region, of which there are 6, as well as numerous Commonwealth and Caribbean nations. These visits will provide the opportunity to train with other navies as well as demonstrate the Royal Navy�"s continued commitment to the region. In between visits, Lancaster will be conducting counter narcotics patrols in conjunction with the US Coast Guard bu

‘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 
sea.

‘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 
deck.

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.’