HPLS hosts Royal Caribbean Ltd. CEO for fitness testing

HPLS hosts Royal Caribbean Ltd. CEO for fitness testing

The School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences hosted Royal Caribbean Ltd. CEO Adam Goldstein on Monday, April 8 for fitness testing at the school’s human performance lab located in the Health and Sports Center.

Barry’s human performance lab is a state-of-art facility with equipment that allows students to assess an individual’s overall wellness. Using the lab’s technology, students conduct tests, assess the results and prescribe an exercise program to an individual whether their goal be to enhance sport performance, increase weight loss, improve muscle strength and endurance, or improve one's quality of life. The lab is equipped for cycle ergometer and treadmill exercise testing, oxygen uptake measures, body composition assessment, blood analyses, pulmonary function analyses, and 12-lead EKG assessment.

Goldstein performed a VO2 max test to measure aerobic capacity. Graduate students in Barry’s exercise physiology program conducted the test and evaluated Goldstein’s results, concluding that he has superior aerobic capacity for his age of 53 years.

Goldstein is a master athlete who competes in running races from 1500 meters to marathons. He has made wellness a primary objective of Royal Caribbean, both internally and externally. For cruise goers, the company offers healthy vacation options to guests featuring onboard jogging tracks, Royal 5K races, and spa programs.

Royal Caribbean employees are also encouraged to maintain all aspects of their own wellness. The company has partnered with Olympic Gold Medalist Sally Gunnell to start amateur running clubs around the U.K., and Goldstein created the Royal Caribbean Cruisers track and field team, The Cruisers, which competes nationally.

Georgette Baeza, a 2008 graduate of Barry’s exercise physiology program, is a wellness coordinator at Royal Caribbean’s South Florida offices and arranged Goldstein’s testing. Baeza helped found the company’s “Wellness Works” initiative. The program provides in-house workshops, group exercise programming, fitness challenges, life-coaching, personal training, and wellness fairs, to company employees. The program received a 2012 South Florida Worksite Wellness Award by the Florida Heart Research Group and the 2012 Healthiest Employer award by the South Florida Business Journal. 

(Left to Right): Dr. Constance Mier, Royal Caribbean Ltd.
CEO Adam Goldstein, and Georgette Baeza.