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guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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You must realise that almost ALL gyms our downtown areas where the most people are and that means most times intercity where trucks can't go most times. There are rare exceptions but not many.

Wine Taster's Comment
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I am betting we are a rare new breed. Trucker that exercises daily? Really? ROFL! I am going to try and do it! Baby steps first. I have got to decide which school to go to. Then once I get through the training, figure out how to exercise. Wonder what would happen if you were on a truck with a fat trainer and you hop out and go for a run? wtf-2.gif

Wine Taster's Comment
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Maybe truckstops should start adding gyms..... new revenue stream for them.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Maybe truckstops should start adding gyms..... new revenue stream for them.

Yeah, well once you get out there you'll see that about 1/4 of the drivers out there seem to shower about once a week from the smell of em. So if they're too lazy to shower, there isn't going to be a lot of action at the gym.

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Well that sounds more like what I am talking about. How often were you able to find a place like this Brett?

It was hit or miss. Sometimes you'd be in the most beautiful places imaginable and it seemed like a dream as you jogged the morning away. Other times you're stuck in crowded areas and you just have to endure it, hoping the next time will be better.

Smart Trucker Fitness's Comment
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It can be done. I've found rest areas are usually pretty good places for running. I've done many 1/4 mile laps around rest areas as well as found some that are about a mile around. Some of our terminals are close to a mile around the yards. You just have to make time for it. The new 30 minute breaks help. I managed to do a few hundred miles of running while OTR last year. Hell, I shut down at a rest area one night planing to just do a short run because I drove all day and ended up doing almost a half marathon. And it was only about 3/8 mile around. Many laps. When it started getting cold I bought a mini stepper for my truck. $50 and fits under the bunk.

And if you're interested in working out in general, I've found that with a few resistance bands, a couple of weight plates, a chain, some carabiners and some ingenuity you can turn the cab of your truck into a gym and get a full workout. I'd also recommend a book called You Are Your Own Gym for a program that's almost all bodyweight exercises.

Hope this helps.

That is so awesome to hear about all those miles you've logged! ... I love the half marathon story. I have that You Are Your Own Gym as an App on my iPhone. Great, doable workouts. Have you seen "air ropes" it is a "jump rope" but is just two handles. Each has a short rope (maybe 6") and a ball on the end. They can be used inside the cab. you can find them on Amazon. Keep up the great work. Very inspiring

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tyler B.'s Comment
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With the way that the industry is going, due to safety regulations and security concerns, the Trucking industry is going the way that the Military has gone for years... That being incentive's folks for taking care of themselves. Everything from being able to qualify for a longer version of a Health Card, to the fact that if your Big (I am 6'2" 270 heavy set muscular build) you end up getting tagged for Sleep Apnea screening; the test is going to run you around $400-600 bucks and if you end up with a positive test your looking at $500-$1000 for the machine.

I work out twice a day, Cardio in the morning with weights in the afternoon after I clock out from the office. I am looking into Trucking as my next career as I am just getting burned out of working the office life in a dead end job where I am hard under the poverty. I was in the service before this & appreciated the job security & the paycheck... I find that working out really helps me to maintain my productivity. If I use the C-PAP, I wake up refreshed vs. waking up still groggy and tired. I watched a trucking "Vlog" the other day where they questioned is it worth paying a little more for quality food. I respond to that with this: You put in #RealJunk, and your going to feel like Real Junk. Your Body is a more expensive machine than your Rig (really your health is priceless); If you wash & fuel your truck well, why are you going to allow the most critical piece of that truck to get fueled with Junkfood... in case its not obvious the most critical part on that Rig is YOU, the Driver.

Firefighters are not the only ones that should have calendars! I mean, they call them "Trucker Arms" for a Reason! 💪

I am betting we are a rare new breed. Trucker that exercises daily? Really? ROFL! I am going to try and do it! Baby steps first. I have got to decide which school to go to. Then once I get through the training, figure out how to exercise. Wonder what would happen if you were on a truck with a fat trainer and you hop out and go for a run? wtf-2.gif

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Cwc's Comment
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I say kill two birds with one stone. I like to eat decent food, as in good for you and it's not to be found most places you can "legally" park a truck.

GET A ROAD BIKE! Still with me? You have a 10 hr break everyday. Can you sleep 10 hrs at a whack? I can't . So what to do with those other hours aside of showerunning and laundry.

An average person can keep a pace of 15mph on a decent roadie which is good because more often than not guess where the truckstops are...

pretty far away from the good spots to be..

All of this doesn't really apply till after you have some seat time because when you first start driving your going to be dead tired. It is way more mentally draining in the beginning then you might think. Keep this in mind.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Fire Marshal Bill's Comment
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When I was OTR I had two 45lb Olympic plates, a Olympic bar 45lbs, two 35lbs kettle bells, powe band and a jump rope. I worked out when I stopped for the night and jumped rope at shippers/receivers because it was easy to take out and put away.

Now I do local and just have the jump rope. Very effective workout.

1 minute jumping rope 1 minute rest At the end of the twenty minutes you'll be exhausted.

Cut it in half in the beginning then try to work up to 60 minutes if you can.

Simplest thing for truckers wanting to get in shape

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Bolt's Comment
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Here is a link to some of the things prime is doing to help their drivers.

Oh yeah by watching Brett's forum tutorial I learned a new trick!

Bolt's Comment
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Here is a link to some of the things prime is doing to help their drivers.

Oh yeah by watching Brett's forum tutorial I learned a new trick!

OK maybe not!

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