The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) weighs 93,000 tons, or 186 million pounds, and Sailors onboard will attempt to lift the same amount of weight over the course of deployment.
The “Millionaire’s Club” competition, organized by TR’s Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), began May 1 and will run until Nov. 1 as participants exercise their way to one million points.
“This all rted to help Sailors track their workouts,” said Nathan Owen, TR’s fitboss. “It motivates people by showing them just how much they are improving on their workouts.”
190 Sailors signed up for the challenge. Each participant will earn a set number of points for each exercise.
According to the rules of the event, a participant earns one point for every pound lifted or calorie burned. For example, if a Sailor curls a 50-pound dumbbell eight times with each arm, they would earn 800 points for that exercise. Calories burned during a cardio workout are multiplied by five to make points equivalent to pounds lifted. Burning 150 calories on a treadmill awards the runner 750 points. To add more fuel to the
calorie-burning fire, TR’s MWR fitness team offers exercise courses accounting for an additional 5,000 points per class.
Two motivated TR Sailors recently accumulated enough points to officially join the Millionaire’s Club and are among the first onboard to achieve their fitness goals.
“I did not know that I was only one of two Sailors that had finished the challenge already,” said Chief Hospital Corpsman Jolando Lightner. “It makes me feel good to know that with everyone working out I finished so quickly.”
Lightner said he started noticing a physical difference while racking up the points and felt an improvement with his strength and endurance.
“The main workouts I loved to do were leg workouts,” said Lightner. “I was able to earn so many more points with a leg workout and I was able to tell the difference from when I started to when I finished the challenge. The leg workouts became my favorite because I was able to accumulate close to 100,000 points for every workout I did.”
Logging each point is just as much a motivator as completing each exercise, said Lightner.
“I was very diligent in keeping track of my points,” said Lightner. “After every set I would add up the points from it and write them down. That way I knew where I was at the beginning and end of every workout I had done.”
With every weight lifted and every mile run, the points and pounds stack up. The health benefits aside, if 186 of the 190 Sailors complete the daunting challenge, they will have moved enough weight to have pushed TR toward her new homeport.
Theodore Roosevelt is the flagship of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), which is composed of Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2 staff, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farragut (DDG 90) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).
Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.