Published April 05, 2013
Truckers often get stereotyped for being out of shape, but the fact is that most of them are.
Studies show that as many as nine out of 10 truck drivers in the United States are overweight or obese.
High calorie road food, combined with long hours sitting behind the wheel are the main culprits, but odd working schedules also make it difficult to stick to an exercise regimen.
Freightliner thinks it has part of the answer to this problem, with its new Freightliner In-Cab Training (FIT) system designed to be used in its long-haul trucks. When they are parked, of course.
Comprised of a variety of elastic resistance bands and handles, FIT connects to brackets installed to existing mounting points in sleeper cab tractors and can be configured to provide up to 150 lbs of resistance to each arm.
The training manual and instructional videos suggest a number of strength, flexibility and cardiovascular exercises with a special focus on rotator cuff and lower back problems, which Freightliner says are the top to sources of worker’s compensation claims.
FIT also comes with accessories that lets it be used in a hotel room, for those special nights drivers get a respite from sleeping in the truck.
The price is $69.95 and it is compatible with Freightliner’s current Cascadia and Coronado models and can be used with older Century Class and Columbia trucks, as well.
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