Keeping fit while cruising or on charter is paramount for today’s owners and guests, but incorporating a great workout space onboard means much more than converting a lower deck cabin into a stuffy “gym” or enlisting the crew to lug equipment to and from storage when needed.
An onboard gym is an integral component of a well-planned yacht, where wellness, leisure and general indoor/outdoor atmosphere converge in harmony. Whereas the yachts of yesteryear did not prioritize a designated fitness area, today’s designs see workout and wellness spaces occupying prime real estate. We’ve selected a cross section of five yacht gyms that best illustrate well-planned design aboard 200ft+ yachts.
1) Nirvana: When space is not an issue, there’s no reason to eschew the onboard gym. Case in point is the 290ft (80m) Oceanco Nirvana, whose workout space encompasses 915 square feet on the bridge deck. In addition to housing one of the largest swimming pools Oceanco has ever built, this 2012 superyacht offers guests a fully equipped gym with a sauna and shower for the ultimate charter experience.
2) Cloudbreak: This 237ft (72.25m) expedition yacht is the embodiment of living life to its absolute fullest, and has been purposefully designed to accommodate adventure, fitness and general wellbeing. Built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2016, Cloudbreak is the vision of a young owner with a passion for the outdoors – and features the onboard workout space to suit the active lifestyle. Situated in the beach club, the fully stocked gym is fitted with exercise bikes, a treadmill and a variety of free weights. Here, one can enjoy a workout in a climate-controlled space equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system while enjoying the open air and view of the sea. A refreshing dip punctuates every great workout.
3) Joy: Encompassing the bridge deck aft, the gym on the 230ft (70m) Feadship Joy is a bright and inviting indoor/outdoor space fitted with a full range of free weights and the latest Technogym equipment. Joy also features a basketball/badminton court on her elongated foredeck.
4) Apogee: Built by Codecasa in 2003 and refit in 2013, the 205ft (62.5m) Apogee still sports one of the best designed gyms afloat, notably for its prime positioning on the sun deck and enviable range of high-end gym equipment.
5) Mia Elise II: This 198ft (60.34m) Trinity yacht boasts a well-planned layout that includes an exquisite sundeck fitted with a climate controlled gym and sauna. Here, guests can enjoy an air-conditioned workout with a view without missing out on the action at the bar or pool area.
The onboard gym must be as thoughtfully designed as any of the yacht’s main entertaining or dining spaces – it should keep in harmony with the rest of the yacht while being given a preferential location and a practical layout. Avoid harsh downlighting, ensure adequate ventilation, air-conditioning and cooling, and position the equipment so that transition between exercises is seamless. Maintain the equipment so that it does not get affected by the salt air or elements and accessorize the space so that it is an inviting area in which to maintain overall wellness.