Gyms In Major Truck Stops?

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9Ether's Comment
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Just curious, while in cdl training, some of the instructors were saying how truck stops have gyms for weight training. Is this few and far in between or a common thing?

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  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
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Cold War Surplus's Comment
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I've seen a handful of workout rooms at TA truck stops, but they are usually small rooms with cardio equipment. I don't think I've ever seen weights in one.

Pianoman's Comment
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Just curious, while in cdl training, some of the instructors were saying how truck stops have gyms for weight training. Is this few and far in between or a common thing?

Few and far between

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Vendingdude's Comment
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Does hopping up and down waiting for a toilet to open up count?

C T.'s Comment
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Do flatbed

Tractor Man's Comment
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Does hopping up and down waiting for a toilet to open up count?

It may cause you to visit the laundry room if you get too carried away!

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dirtrocker's Comment
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The few I have seen at the T/A's never had anyone actually working out. People were sitting one the equipment watching sports.

9Ether's Comment
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This is unfortunate, I guess I'll throw some resistance bands in the truck or something.

Old School's Comment
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The few I have seen at the T/A's never had anyone actually working out. People were sitting one the equipment watching sports.

Yeah, truck drivers are not known for their desire to be working out a whole lot. There are a few out here who I see exercising. I've even seen guys with a weight bench that they set up beside their truck to lift weights. I've seen some with yoga mats that they will put in the grass and work out on them. You can get creative out here. I like to walk for some exercise. I get a fair amount of physical activity just doing flat-bed work, but walking each day seems to help with my blood pressure and helps keep the blood from pooling in my legs from sitting for 10 and 11 hours a day.

Here's a sad testimony on the condition of today's truck drivers... I saw this sign at a T/A truck stop in the restroom above the toilets.

weight limit sign on toilet at TA truck stop

How about that? A load limit sign on a toilet!

Mathiasinthe573's Comment
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This is unfortunate, I guess I'll throw some resistance bands in the truck or something.

I'm getting ready to start school this Monday. Of all the challenges I'll face my first year on the road while, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is getting a lot of my attention. I figure there is very little I can control out on the road, but I can still be in control of this.

I've been researching/practicing various body weight exercises that if done right can provide pretty quality cardio and strength training in small spaces with no equipment and a minor time commitment. If you're a technology person there are some apps out there that provide guided workouts. I've been using FirStar because it's made by FitBit which I'm already a user of.

I've noticed results in a few of weeks in size and strength of my upper body.

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