Exercise Options While On The Road.

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Gary A.'s Comment
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Hi All, I'm considering getting my CDL and heading out on the road with an OTR or some kind of regional job. I'm used to getting some form of exercise almost every day, mostly riding a bike or playing tennis, and wondering how you drivers out there manage to get any exercise when you're on the road for weeks at a time. Thanks in advance for your thoughts! Gary A.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Hi All, I'm considering getting my CDL and heading out on the road with an OTR or some kind of regional job. I'm used to getting some form of exercise almost every day, mostly riding a bike or playing tennis, and wondering how you drivers out there manage to get any exercise when you're on the road for weeks at a time. Thanks in advance for your thoughts! Gary A.

Howdy, Gary A. .. welcome to Trucking Truth!

The big white search bar up under our logo yielded me these threads, just from entering the term 'bike.'

Bringing a bike on the road.

Additionally, if you put in 'exercise and fitness' in the same search bar, you will get a whole plethora of MORE related threads.

Have you read some of our other useful links, for starting out in this industry? Check THESE out, for starters ~!!

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Best wishes on your quest to join us in this industry; and stick around the forum, for sure!

~ Anne ~

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Papa Pig's Comment
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I unload my own trailers 😂🤣. It’s like a gym. I. Summer it even has a sauna 😂🤣

Pete B.'s Comment
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Hi Gary, Like you I enjoyed exercising nearly every day before I got into trucking; fortunately I’ve been able to continue that habit. In my photo are the two pieces of equipment I use most: running shoes and my mini stair-stepper. When I run, usually from a truck stop but sometimes from an O.C. or tank wash, I look for the roads offering the least amount of traffic. The stair-stepper I’ll set next to my trailer; during the summer months I always park next to a dry van , that way I can work out in its shade. During inclement or really cold weather I use it inside the truck. Not pictured are some other things I use: dumbbell, padded mat, and grips for push-ups.

Most days your schedule will afford you time to get in some form of exercise; because there are times when I cannot, I never miss the opportunity when there is one. If it’s something that’s really important to you, as it is to me, you’ll figure it out and make it happen.

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Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Eugene K.'s Comment
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Hi Gary! I’m a newbie like you, studying for my CDL permit test next week, hoping to ship out for company-sponsored training around New Year’s.

Before this I was a manager in the fitness industry for a decade and also am a certified personal trainer / nutritionist.

My best suggestion would be kettlebells. Go with a pair of 20 kgs as your best bet to start, or a pair of 24s if you want to incorporate more lower body training such as squats and lunges. Kettlebells are far more versatile than dumbbells, as you get far more bang for your buck in terms of total body exercises that you can do with a dumbbell of the same weight. They also stow away easily and won’t weigh your rig down needlessly.

My next suggestion would be resistance bands (if not both), as many on this forum have already suggested. When combined with kettlebells, they’re an excellent dynamic warm-up. If the forum is interested and would welcome it, I’d be happy to post free training videos from the road once I get rolling!

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

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