Company Focused on Improving Truckers’ Health Opens Gyms at Truck Rest Stops
A 2007 study in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association reports 86 percent of the estimated 3.2 million truck drivers in the United States are overweight or obese. In fact, as a job category, trucking has the highest rate of obesity. Unfortunately, obesity leads to serious medical problems that can lead to danger when a truck driver with an illness is responsible for controlling an 80,000 pound truck.
Government statistics show that every year nearly 4,000 people die and another 100,000 are injured in large truck-related crashes in the United States. While many of these accidents are caused by driver error or poor road conditions, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that serious medical conditions of drivers have “directly contributed to significant fatal and injury crashes.”
Facing hundreds of miles on the road and nearly eleven hours behind the wheel every day, truckers have very little time to take care of themselves. Meals typically consist of fast food and any exercise they might get is simply walking around rest areas.
Now, however, Rolling Strong, a company dedicated to helping truckers lose weight and improve their health, is opening health clubs targeting tractor-trailer drivers. Rolling Strong has partnered with Snap Fitness to open the first of five fitness facilities specifically for truckers. The facility is located in the parking lot of a Pilot Flying J truck stop in Dallas.
The free-standing gym, just 1,000 square feet, holds six weight machines, various pieces of cardiovascular equipment, free weights and a cross-cable machine, according to news reports. After the drivers workout, they can use the showers available at the truck stop. The center is open 24 hours to accommodate truckers’ extensive schedules.
“The ability to be able to get some cardiovascular training and help control their weight and be able to be in better health and get a workout in” can improve drivers careers and quality of life, said Bob Perry, president of Rolling Strong.
Snap Fitness representatives report they “have no problem” opening 100 trucker fitness centers if there is a demand for them. Perry adds that it’s a great opportunity for Snap Fitness to “reach a demographic no one else can reach.”
Truckers who get a membership through Snap Fitness will have access to all Snap Fitness gyms. Snap Fitness representatives report about 55 Snap gyms can accommodate a big rig in the parking lot.
Our Binghamton truck accident attorneys encourage truckers to take care of themselves and to improve their health by taking advantage of fitness centers available to them. We also encourage the trucking industry to support their drivers as they focus on their health.
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