Gyms In Major Truck Stops?

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Pianoman'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.

The resistance bands are a great idea. I never used them, but I really should have gotten some. I took two 25-lb dumbbells with me on the truck and used those to help me stay in shape. Sure, you can do exercises like curls, but they're also good for doing pushups outside on the ground next to your truck without having to put your hands on the nasty parking lot. I've seen some guys jumping rope next to their truck. Seems like a great way to get some cardio without straying too far from your truck. The one exercised I really missed was pullups. Before going otr I had one of those door frame pullup bars and I used it all the time. You can kinda use the top bunk to do pullups in the cab, but it's not the same. :(

You're not going to get buff otr, but you can stay in decent shape if you're consistent.


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.


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Joshua J.'s Comment
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Hey Paul, when I get out on the road I plan to do the same thing we did in our uparmored vehicles when we were out in the field; resistance bands and dumb bells like you stated take up little space, and provide an array of exercise opportunities. An addition to this is a 5gal fuel/water can, and straps (like TRX straps) and a thick length of rope will let you do more horrible(great amazing) things to your body than you ever imagined, while only taking up about a square foot of space. I plan to take a bike with me on the road as well, but we'll see how that plays out space/equipment wise. When you tie off the straps to the truck, you can do pull ups, 1 leg squats, inclined push ups etc.. The 5gal jug can be used for dips, shuttle runs, squats, shrugs and more.

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