17 Ways to Exercise With the Truck – Workouts for Truck Drivers

17 Workouts for Truck DriversWhile peddling the elliptical or using weight machines may be out of the realm of possibilities on the road, never fret! There are many workouts for truck drivers that can be done with some basic exercise equipment using the semi truck as a prop.

 

Watch as Derek demonstrates some easy, beginner workouts for truck drivers in this video.

While equipment is not needed to get in a workout on the road, it does come in handy. Here are some of our equipment suggestions for this routine (click images for purchasing information):

Yoga Mat

Dumbbells

Resistance Bands

 

 

 

 

Yoga Mat, $20.95 | Dumbbells, $12.97 | Resistance Band, $12.95

17 Workouts for Truck Drivers:

Truck drivers might consider doing compound movements when trying to get in adequate exercise on the road. Compound movements use more than one muscle group, so they’re a great way to get a killer full-body workout knocked out in a small amount of time. This exercise routine features several compound movements to help you maximize your workout in less time.

Warm Up:

It’s important that you get that heart rate up before lunging (heh) into these workouts for truck drivers by doing a warm up first. “How do I know how long to warm up for?” you ask. Generally a warm up is complete when you’ve started breaking a light sweat. However long that is depends on the person and the exercises done. Here are a couple ways to prepare for this exercise session:

Jogging in Place: Jogging in place is a good, easy way to get that heart rate up quickly without putting a lot of strain on your joints. Jog in place for a minute or two, turning left and right throughout.

Calf Stretches/Leg Kicks: We’ll be doing some lunges and squats in this exercise routine, so it’s a good idea to stretch out those legs before proceeding.

Jumping Jacks: Another good one to get that heart rate up quickly. Trust me, won’t take long to get worked up doing a few minutes of jumping jacks! Make sure you’re raising your arms all the way up together above your head — no wimpy, cheater jumping jacks here.

Chest/Back:

A simple resistance band will work wonders for getting an imPECcable (am I on a roll or what?) chest workout on the road. By looping a resistance band through the door handle of a truck, you can get the following truck driver exercises knocked out:

Squat and Hold Rows: Remember those compound exercises I mentioned earlier? Here’s one! Assume a squat position and pull the resistance bands to your waist. Make sure to pull the shoulders back and lift the chest. Return to starting position and repeat.

Targets: Quads, glutes, hamstrings, back

Chest Press: With the band looped through the door handle, push the resistance band handles away from your body at an upward angle. Return to original position and repeat.

Targets: Upper Pecs

Chest Flys: Again, with the band looped through the door handle, bring the resistance band handles together in front of your chest in a hugging motion. Return to starting position and repeat.

Targets: Lower Pecs

Legs:

Goblet Squats: Squats are practically the mother of all exercises. They work your entire lower body — quads, core, abs and back, glutes, hamstrings, and calves — all in one movement (hey, there’s those compound movements we were talking about!). Adding a weight and turning it into a Goblet Squat adds a little more difficulty to the equation.

Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, quads

Front Squats: Front squats also fall under that “mother of all exercises” category, but are slightly easier than Goblet Squats. Hold the weights in front of your body for this variation. Keep in mind that regular, unweighted squats are also perfect options! Don’t feel limited to these suggestions.

Assisted Lunges: Assisted lunges don’t have the full range of movement like full lunges do, but they’re a great beginner workout and help you to learn the basic movement of a full lunge.

Targets:  Quads, glutes, hamstrings

Decline Lunges: If assisted lunges are the easier version, decline lunges are the next step up in difficulty after regular, full lunges. To do these, place your back foot on the step of the truck. Hop forward with your other leg and lunge down.

Targets: Quads, glutes, hamstrings

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Amanda is a former digital communications coordinator and frequent blogger for the TheHealthyTrucker.net, a website focused on truck driver health initiatives. Our mission is to encourage truck drivers to embrace a healthier lifestyle by providing both expert advice and real world experiences. Let us be your co-driver on the road to a healthier, happier life!