Weight lifting

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by HiramKingWilliams, Nov 27, 2021.

  1. HiramKingWilliams

    HiramKingWilliams Medium Load Member

    May 15, 2019
    State of Jefferson
    Do any of y’all lift? How and when do you find the time and opportunity to do it??
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  3. Pamela1990

    Pamela1990 Road Train Member

    Nov 7, 2021
    B.C. Canada
    Tire chains, wrappers, heavy fuel hoses, big shop tools, parts, snow shoveling, packing a chain saw, but not in an actual gym. I am too tired from working most days, to lift anything heavier than a bowl of icecream in the evening. Maybe switching to a more physical haul would be a good way to build strength.
  4. fairshake

    fairshake Road Train Member

    Oct 4, 2010
    Chickenville, BFE
    Just use your own body weight, you'll put on more weight over time.
  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    I lift 4x a week but I'm also home every night.

    I will say that you can get a suprising amount of muscle gain from just dumbbells. Not gym-level ripped but enough that people start to take notice.
  6. nikmirbre

    nikmirbre Road Train Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    High Point NC
    I lift during the weekends..... I use to ride my mountain bike on the trails all the time and walk uptown a lot, had to stop the walking and biking this year due to surgery on foot about a year ago..... its hard to lift and not do any cardio....
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  7. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

    May 10, 2015
    Detroit, MI
    I am home every weekend and do an hour of farmers walk plus a soccer game.
    Also got a pull up bar in my truck and a kettlebell. I only started to use kettlebells back in the spring and wish I got into that earlier. Takes less amount of space in the truck than barbells and can do better exercises.
    I think kettlebell swing is the best ever exercise for truckers
  8. ExOTR

    ExOTR Windshield Chipper Extraordinaire

    Jan 23, 2013
    Fort Worth, Tx
    I’m not a driver anymore, but I was able to build a decent amount of muscle OTR with resistance bands & body weight activities. Dumbbells would be nice but you need a decent amount of weight to be productive.
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  9. Senwaxa

    Senwaxa Bobtail Member

    Mar 22, 2023
    I just started lifting last year. I bought the 52.5lbs SelectTech weights by BowFlex. I'm recomping from 445lbs.

    As far as TIME goes. Yup that's a big one. I'm a contractor so for me it's easy to ask for extra time on my loads. As I've progressed through my first year I'm starting to realize I don't need deliberately do that anymore. Everyday where my load allows I cap my drive/on-duty use at 9 hours 15 minutes all week. This gives me plenty of time to get in 500 miles and a good workout. This is a good strat for company drivers too, I'm guessing?

    My last Mesocycle was a Pull-Legs-Push-Pull-Legs-Push with each session lasting 45 minutes on week 1 and ending with about an hour and a 45 minutes for week 6, by adding more sets as the cycle progressed through the overload. I've found I can get all my lifts in for the week on most weeks. And yeah there are days where OPPORTUNATY is not there for various reasons. Under those circumstances I just keep pushing the day until I can get my lift in.

    There's like 10 brands of selectable dumbbells on Amazon. Read though the ratings and check YouTube for brand advise. Stay focused on the process, stay emotionally dethatched from the results and stay consistent. Building muscle takes a long time.
  10. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Just sucks that the price of weights have gotten stupid in the last couple years. I remember buying a pair of 35 lb plates in 2019 and they were about $90 for the pair. You can't even buy a single cast iron 35 lb plate for that price these days.
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  11. silent_philosophy

    silent_philosophy Light Load Member

    Mar 25, 2023
    Water is 8.34 lbs per gallon.

    If you're wanting to lift more than 10 gallons, get a Flatbed job.

    TA has decent mini gyms across the country.

    If you are concerned about cost of weight equipment, liberate your approach. Get a welding friend and some old junk axle parts.

    That said, what about your lifting diet?!

    Fresh fruits and veggies are essential to a powerful lift. Vitamins A,D,E,K. B1, B2,B3, B6, B12 and a few others. Don't give me supplement nonsense and I wont tell you to get vaccinated.
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