Experience advice on doubles and triples

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Brandonva804, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. Brandonva804

    Brandonva804 Light Load Member

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    Man I have been running for about three weeks now. I can set up and break doubles no problem. But I’m feeling the pain from so many drop and hooks.

    First I pick up a empty. First hook. Then take it to location 1 and drop N hook. Then pick up loaded trailer and head back. Now I build my first set. Drive 180 miles to NC and break my set down.

    Wait 1 hour 20 minutes and build another set. Drive another 210 miles and break rear trailer off. Drive 30 more miles and and break my lead trailer. Sometimes Fedex ground asks me to build another set for my end day!

    It’s a got #### workout. If you include the dolly I have gained more muscle in three weeks than I ever have!

    I’m a skinny dude but the reason for my post is my body hurts a little from the drive. Any advice on what you can do to ease the pain of bulding sets and sitting in the truck for longer periods.
     
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  3. stuckinthemud

    stuckinthemud Medium Load Member

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    Not being able to cool down properly after exercise is probably part of the problem. You might try developing a set of isometric exercises to be done in the truck while you are driving.
     
  4. Brandonva804

    Brandonva804 Light Load Member

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    Like what?
     
  5. rcelmo

    rcelmo Medium Load Member

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    I have had some success with taking an inflammatory/IBProfen.

    I don't take it everyday.....just on days when I hurt more. I also started taking 80 or 100mg
    Magnesium daily. After several weeks my muscle tiredness pretty much went away. Any grocery
    store or Walmart has it on their shelves....no prescription necessary. I keep the IBProfen handy......
    but only need it maybe once a month or so.


    Don't know how old you are but I recommend a Men's Multivitamin after you hit middle age. Today's
    diet's don't contain near the vitamins your body needs. That should help you. I am guessing that after
    you get more used to the new job you will see less tiredness as well.



    Also I would look pretty hard at your diet. For years I ignored my diet....just ate whatever was available.
    Now I am definitely starting to pay for that...........I have started to watch my sugar and salt intake.
    I am absolutely surprised at how bad a lot of the readily available food is. Eating healthy makes a big difference in how I feel. Good Luck.
     
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  6. stuckinthemud

    stuckinthemud Medium Load Member

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    Why Post-Workout Cool Downs Are Important. I know you are on a schedule while working and feel like you don't have time, but it is your body and health. the isometrics you can find helpful suggestions on line
     
  7. drivinhome

    drivinhome Light Load Member

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    I do what you do as well but 34 years of it. It’s all about setup. Take your time placing the dolly. Keep it out of the holes and dips. Once you do setup properly it becomes a breeze. Get the hang of it now before winter comes. That is when it really gets to be fun.
     
  8. InTooDeep

    InTooDeep Donner party survivor

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    I agree with taking Magnesium suppliment, it is recommended to take potassium also as your body absorbs the magnesium better
     
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    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Also many do not get enough potassium in there diet. That in itself can cause muscle spasms and cramping. Foods like potatoes , bananas, spinach and avocados can are high in potassium.
     
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