Fit For Trucking

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Conservative's Comment
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According to what I know about trucking, it is not logical or even practical to expect to be able to stop at a fitness club everyday or even to visit a fitness room at a truck stop. So aside from doing laps around the truck or risking people getting the wrong idea when I'm doing in cab exercises what are some ways i can exercise and keep fit while trucking? Any ideas are helpful. And yes I know that flatbedding is the most physically active driving profession, but I dont want to go flatbed. Thanks again!

Cantankerous Amicus's Comment
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I had the same question. Since I am not trucking yet, I was also going to ask about the feasibility of getting a membership to a nationwide fitness chain. I was thinking that having a gym membership would allow me to use their showers while also giving me a good excuse to work out for 45 minutes or so. Why do you say it isn’t practical? Because of parking?

As to your question about what to do to stay fit, why can’t you go running a few miles when you have some down time?

Old School's Comment
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You can probably find some helpful information in our Wiki section. Try Following This Link and see what you come up with. You can also do a search in the search bar at the top of this page. It only searches our site and just the word "exercise" will give you a ton of things to look at. I'm sure you can narrow down the search by wording it more specifically.

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Conservative's Comment
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You can probably find some helpful information in our Wiki section. Try Following This Link and see what you come up with. You can also do a search in the search bar at the top of this page. It only searches our site and just the word "exercise" will give you a ton of things to look at. I'm sure you can narrow down the search by wording it more specifically.

Thanks! As to why it is not practical well your not always going to be near a fit club and stopping like that takes time away from your clock that a driver can't always afford. Also, if my company maps a route for me, they are not going to be happy if I break from route just to do pushups that I can do at my destination. Maybe I'm wrong but I look at it the same as I look at the drivers who stop at every truck stop and attraction. If you have extra time to burn great. But if you don't, the stops will cost you. This is why some truckers pee in bottles - to avoid the downtime. Also, the longer you continuously run your engine the more fuel efficient you'll be. Right?

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Conservative's Comment
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Thanks for the link, it validated what my searches were telling me. 32 laps around 18 wheeler is a mile - who woulda thunk it! So I will be getting some quality persistence band and maybe a kettle ball once i get truckin in Jan or Feb of 2019.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Umm...that last part is definitely not true. Continuously running your engine doesn’t mean fuel efficiency. Right now, I’m surrounded by trucks continuously running their engines...all night. But I think I understand what you mean. Some call it; keeping the left door closed.

Btw; who cares what people think if you’re doing exercises in your cab? I’ve seen butt cracks, people changing clothes, exercising, and even Muslim prayers. Some carry dumbbells or exercise bands. Also, some companies have work-out rooms at their terminals you can use.

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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.

Big Scott's Comment
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My trainer would take a few laps around the truck stop every time we stopped and sometimes in the mornings. While doing this he would look at how we would get out in the morning. Learning to manage your clock can give you time for many things. Some people keep a couple of dumbells and or resistance bands in the truck.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Thinking a folding bicycle could work about 7 - 9 mos. out of the year, depending on location.

Thoughts y'all?

Rob S.'s Comment
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If you haven't made any purchases yet I suggest you hold off awhile. For the few weeks that you're with a trainer you will have neither space nor time for anything except learning. For the first several months of solo driving you can still expect to be pretty tired at the end of a day. My main fitness technique was to control my calories and salt. Stay away from the junk foods.

Conservative's Comment
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Umm...that last part is definitely not true. Continuously running your engine doesn’t mean fuel efficiency. Right now, I’m surrounded by trucks continuously running their engines...all night. But I think I understand what you mean. Some call it; keeping the left door closed.

Btw; who cares what people think if you’re doing exercises in your cab? I’ve seen butt cracks, people changing clothes, exercising, and even Muslim prayers. Some carry dumbbells or exercise bands. Also, some companies have work-out rooms at their terminals you can use.

Ok thanks for the correction . I know nothing about diesel engines. Thanks for all the advice .

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.

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