On The Road Fitness

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David's Comment
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Wife found this article few weeks ago and just showed me.. it's pretty awesome and I wanted to share it with you.

On the road fitness

Enjoy.

David

Gary A.'s Comment
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Thank you sir! Excellent article!

Jolie R.'s Comment
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This is a wonderful article David! I have lost a significant amount of weight (and still need to lose some more), and I have done it by planning and focus. Sometimes both get a little loosy-goosy due to my schedule, but I refocus and get back on track. I really appreciate all the information that is shared on this site. Tomorrow my daughter and I are going to visit some bicycle shops to see if any have a folding bike in stock. I want to see one before I buy it to make sure it will work for me. if I am successful in finding one I will post some pics so other can see how they work!

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

David's Comment
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This is a wonderful article David! I have lost a significant amount of weight (and still need to lose some more), and I have done it by planning and focus. Sometimes both get a little loosy-goosy due to my schedule, but I refocus and get back on track. I really appreciate all the information that is shared on this site. Tomorrow my daughter and I are going to visit some bicycle shops to see if any have a folding bike in stock. I want to see one before I buy it to make sure it will work for me. if I am successful in finding one I will post some pics so other can see how they work!

Glad you enjoyed it, I thought it was a great read. It had some really good ideas... I'm planning on taking my wife's yoga mat and my dumb bellls offer my refresher course.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Yes you can stay health on the road no problem. And for solo drivers those workouts are doable. As for me my truck is moving 24/7. So the best I can do is the food part. I limit myself to one soda a day just for the taste but otherwise stick to water or milk. Usually start the day with eggs of some sort and bacon or sausage and milk. I will pick up the ready made tune/chicken and they come with fruit and crackers you see in truck stops and two Greek yogurts for lunch. And at night I go with a bowl of whatever is my favorite cereal that week.

Don't cut out your favorite foods completely. If you do you will crave it and eat a lot of it later. Usually to much. It's about portion control. Like I said I drink water and milk most and limit myself to 1 soda per day But that soda will last me my entire 10.5 hour drive shift. I snack on popcorn. It not very filling and taste pretty good but I mainly use it to get through the "Boredom Eating" parts of the day. Used to eat sunflower kernels all day long but hard to do that with dentures now. People will be surprised at how much more wake you will be if you are chewing something. Even gum.

Some people might say that even team trucks can make the time to exercise. Well I am her to tell you that's not true. Those that are currently driving right now knows how trip schedules are. If we get a 20 hour trip we have 22 hours to do it in. Yes our fleet runs that tight of a schedule. We are a true JIT fleet. (just in time). But I love it. I am out here to work and turn miles and that is what I do.

So as much as I would love to have some kind of workout schedule sometimes it's just impossible to do.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David's Comment
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Yes you can stay health on the road no problem. And for solo drivers those workouts are doable. As for me my truck is moving 24/7. So the best I can do is the food part. I limit myself to one soda a day just for the taste but otherwise stick to water or milk. Usually start the day with eggs of some sort and bacon or sausage and milk. I will pick up the ready made tune/chicken and they come with fruit and crackers you see in truck stops and two Greek yogurts for lunch. And at night I go with a bowl of whatever is my favorite cereal that week.

Don't cut out your favorite foods completely. If you do you will crave it and eat a lot of it later. Usually to much. It's about portion control. Like I said I drink water and milk most and limit myself to 1 soda per day But that soda will last me my entire 10.5 hour drive shift. I snack on popcorn. It not very filling and taste pretty good but I mainly use it to get through the "Boredom Eating" parts of the day. Used to eat sunflower kernels all day long but hard to do that with dentures now. People will be surprised at how much more wake you will be if you are chewing something. Even gum.

Some people might say that even team trucks can make the time to exercise. Well I am her to tell you that's not true. Those that are currently driving right now knows how trip schedules are. If we get a 20 hour trip we have 22 hours to do it in. Yes our fleet runs that tight of a schedule. We are a true JIT fleet. (just in time). But I love it. I am out here to work and turn miles and that is what I do.

So as much as I would love to have some kind of workout schedule sometimes it's just impossible to do.

Agreed...

The hardest part when I was driving was the bored eating and soda... I haven't had a soda in 4 months. I've stuck with water, fresh juice and tea.. I'm hoping to keep from making the same mistakes as last time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jopa's Comment
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From the article:

Siphiwe Baleka, who's a Yale grad, Ironman triathlete, Masters swimming champion, and former driver, and now the driver fitness coach at Prime Inc., a 5,400-truck firm, and Boschee's employer.

This is a program at Prime, Inc. that cost $300 to enroll in and takes some weeks to complete (they'll take it out of your weekly pay so you don't have to pay up-front) that when you finish the owner of Prime reimburses you the total cost and you get to keep the hardware (heart rate monitor & a couple of other things). Prime has a bunch of incentives like this (the bonus for passing your CDL license test on the first try is another). So, if you are considering a career and wonder about a company-sponsored program, this is just another incentive you might factor in. Also, Siphiwe Baleka is always just a phone call away if you have any questions or concerns. It is hard to enroll/participate in this program as a trainee as you have little say over the truck's schedule (read: can't stop where & when you want) but upon getting my own truck I plan to enroll. You enroll online and then attend a one-day orientation in order to participate. Really cool, especially for us old farts who have already started down that slippery slope on the other side of the "hill."

Jopa

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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.
Andrew's Comment
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Thanks for the link, very informative and motivating

David's Comment
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From the article:

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Siphiwe Baleka, who's a Yale grad, Ironman triathlete, Masters swimming champion, and former driver, and now the driver fitness coach at Prime Inc., a 5,400-truck firm, and Boschee's employer.

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This is a program at Prime, Inc. that cost $300 to enroll in and takes some weeks to complete (they'll take it out of your weekly pay so you don't have to pay up-front) that when you finish the owner of Prime reimburses you the total cost and you get to keep the hardware (heart rate monitor & a couple of other things). Prime has a bunch of incentives like this (the bonus for passing your CDL license test on the first try is another). So, if you are considering a career and wonder about a company-sponsored program, this is just another incentive you might factor in. Also, Siphiwe Baleka is always just a phone call away if you have any questions or concerns. It is hard to enroll/participate in this program as a trainee as you have little say over the truck's schedule (read: can't stop where & when you want) but upon getting my own truck I plan to enroll. You enroll online and then attend a one-day orientation in order to participate. Really cool, especially for us old farts who have already started down that slippery slope on the other side of the "hill."

Jopa

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Jopa, so prime is still doing this? Something I'm very interested in.. thanks for the extra information.

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.
David's Comment
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From the article:

double-quotes-start.png

Siphiwe Baleka, who's a Yale grad, Ironman triathlete, Masters swimming champion, and former driver, and now the driver fitness coach at Prime Inc., a 5,400-truck firm, and Boschee's employer.

double-quotes-end.png

This is a program at Prime, Inc. that cost $300 to enroll in and takes some weeks to complete (they'll take it out of your weekly pay so you don't have to pay up-front) that when you finish the owner of Prime reimburses you the total cost and you get to keep the hardware (heart rate monitor & a couple of other things). Prime has a bunch of incentives like this (the bonus for passing your CDL license test on the first try is another). So, if you are considering a career and wonder about a company-sponsored program, this is just another incentive you might factor in. Also, Siphiwe Baleka is always just a phone call away if you have any questions or concerns. It is hard to enroll/participate in this program as a trainee as you have little say over the truck's schedule (read: can't stop where & when you want) but upon getting my own truck I plan to enroll. You enroll online and then attend a one-day orientation in order to participate. Really cool, especially for us old farts who have already started down that slippery slope on the other side of the "hill."

Jopa

smile.gif

Jopa, so prime is still doing this? Something I'm very interested in.. thanks for the extra information.

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.
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