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January 26, 2018updated May 12, 2020

Floating Fitness: Your Superyacht Gym

By Elite Traveler

By Thea Halstead

This story originally appeared in the Elite Traveler Luxury Escapes Edition 2017/2018.

For the keen fitness fanatics out there, or those who simply prefer to enjoy a decadent dinner feeling like they’ve exerted themselves enough to deserve that second helping of dessert, there are an abundance of superyachts available to charter with world-class gyms on board. the majestic 223.6ft Sycara V was built in 2010 by famous German powerhouse Nobiskrug and underwent a refit in 2017. Built to be an active charter yacht, she accommodates up to 12 guests and is packed with standout amenities. One of her key features is her roomy air-conditioned gym, which sits on the sundeck adjacent to a private massage room and includes a stationary bike, two stylish embedded treadmills and a rowing machine. all have overhead TVs in case you need a distraction.

Sycara V is currently available for charter in the Mediterranean over the summer from $700,000 per week and in the Bahamas/Caribbean over the winter from $700,000 per week. Contact Frank Grzeszczak, listings agent,, +1 954 522 2323,

In the know

Edward Thomas, director of Gym Marine Yachts & Interiors, on what clients are asking for

“The perfect superyacht gym requires a degree of forward planning. Maintaining a perfect balance of aesthetics and functionality, while adapting to the constraints of the maritime environment, is a process that revolves around intelligent use of space and equipment choice. We champion products that offer a large range of functionality in a small footprint. And machines like the Technogym Kinesis, which folds away after
use, help maximize available space in any gym.

These days technology permeates every activity we do, and it’s no different in fitness. clients are requesting more and more that we include machines in their
gyms which can measure their progress and update their training goals via IOS and Android apps. People who travel often find it difficult to maintain a fitness routine as they hop on and off their jets and yachts and spend nights in hotels. Fitness technology helps maintain a constant in a traveler’s daily routine—no matter where they are they can still access their personal data and utilize local training facilities to reach their goals. This often means that when we design a gym for a charter yacht we are required to offer a broad range of connected equipment that will suit the majority of guests’ training styles. Of course, on a private yacht the gym is very much a close match to the owner’s own requirements and will often mirror their gym at home.”

Contact Edward Thomas,, +44 7919 593 649,

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You can perform more than 200 strength exercises with the Kinesis, which neatly folds away after use, freeing up floor space for stretching and other fitness activities. Custom finishes available; choose from hand-stitched leather,mirrored and even hand-painted gold leaf.



The clever and stylish design of this adjustable dumbbell allows you to fit a full set of dumbbells into a tiny space, and the user-friendly method of switching between weights means the set is great for all abilities.

$400 for set of two


Yachts are naturally at home in the water, so why not choose a rowing machine that gives you the most lifelike rowing experience around? The Waterrower uses the resistance of water for a smooth motion. This limited-edition model is handmade in stainless steel.


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