Breaker! Breaker! Haul your rig over and we’ll bust some lunges

July 9th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  4 Comments

From the Globe and Mail July 9, 2009:

Truckers have long been perceived as the unhealthiest members of the modern work force: a pill-popping, chain-smoking lot who only unbuckle for a plate of steak and eggs at truck stops.

But a growing number of health nuts have infiltrated the 18-wheeler set. And their bosses – concerned by the added costs and dangers of having unhealthy employees on the road – are encouraging more drivers to follow suit.

trucker09lf4_111863gm-aTake Jeff Beckta. At 5 feet 11 inches, the 44-year-old Winnipegger is 200 pounds of solid muscle.

Five days a week, Mr. Beckta fuels up on protein shakes and works out by visiting various gyms along his triangular route from Manitoba down to North Dakota, to Iowa, Ohio and back around through Southern Ontario.

He judges a place not by its scenery, but by the workout facilities he locates by Googling on his laptop.

“Just last week I found one in Wisconsin,” he says. “A small American town, out-of-the-way gym. It wasn’t too bad.”

Mr. Beckta’s zeal for healthy living sets him apart from many of his comrades. But on highways crisscrossing North America, there are others like him.

Some hang punching bags from their cabs. Others trade fast food for portable mini-refrigerators stuffed with tuna and cottage cheese. On any given night, you might find them doing crunches in their bunks, or lunges in the parking lot.

One Canadian driver, who asked not to be identified, says he straps his bike to the back of his rig, and jogs around truck-stop parking lots. His brother has a national gym membership to the YMCA, which he uses in cities coast to coast.

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  1. Zxyrthe says:

    July 10th, 2009at 7:39 am(#)

    My wife and just finished a 24 hour non-stop drive last week (“vacation”) and wondered how the heck these folks can stand driving for a living. I’m happy to learn that at least some of them are cognizant of the negative implications to their health (and our safety).

  2. Rhonda says:

    July 10th, 2009at 8:43 am(#)

    Hi- I have to brag about my husband. He drives his own rig too. We live in South Dakota and he drives to Calfornia, Texas, New Jersey and everywhere in between.

    He throws in his tennis and shorts and runs around truck stops or any route he can find. He is 53 years old and still a hottie!

    Love your website and no-nonsense advice! What happened to OMGBFFA?

    Keep up the good work- Rhonda

  3. Mistress Krista says:

    July 10th, 2009at 8:46 am(#)

    Rhonda, I’m afraid I don’t believe you. We will all need some pictures of your hotty husband, just to be sure you are telling the truth! :) :)

  4. Rhonda says:

    July 10th, 2009at 9:10 am(#)

    I’ll have to do that- but be warned – he is a red-neck cowboy too! Can rope and ride and still cuddle little grandkids.

    Right now I am strapped to my desk in a 8×10 office (should be a law……….) selling commercial insurance- talk about fun times………….so I take a break every now and then and check out stump and get fired up to go home and get off my buns!


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