A Hard Turn: Better Health on the Highway

Nov. 21, 2011

By: Abby Ellin

After driving hundreds of miles, the last thing Roy Williams, a truck driver from Denton, Tex., wanted to do was exercise. After a day trapped in the cab, stopping only to gorge on greasy fare at truck stops, who could think of working out?

But once he ballooned to 405 pounds, he knew he had to make a change. So last year, Mr. Williams, 58, did something all too rare for someone in his profession: He embarked on a diet and exercise program.

The six-pack of Coca-Cola he drank each day? Gone. The hamburgers, chips and chocolate he relished? No more. Today, he drinks a protein shake mixed with ice water or soy milk for breakfast, nibbles cantaloupe and red grapes, and makes “sandwiches” with thinly sliced meat and cheese but no bread. He keeps a fold-up bike in his truck and zips around rest areas on his breaks. Follow this link to keep reading.

Fitness Chain Tragets Truckers

Oct. 3, 2011

By: Sarah E. Needleman

A global gym franchise is expanding into a market that researchers say could benefit from weight loss in particular.

Snap Fitness, founded in 2003, will open up to 100 new locations at truck stops throughout the country over the next year starting this fall. Most of the Chanhassen, Minn.-based franchiser’s current 2,200 units are housed in strip malls in suburban areas.

The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University released a study in April showing that people who traveled most frequently for work were more prone to obesity than their counterparts who traveled more moderately. Follow this link to keep reading.

 

Snap Fitness, Rolling Strong launch truckstop program

Sept. 8, 2011

By: Truckers News Staff

Ten gyms will open soon at Pilot Flying J travel centers in a partnership between Snap Fitness and Rolling Strong, the two fitness providers announced.

The partnership launched at the Aug. 25-27 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, during which Bob Perry was in booth No. 24154 providing free health and wellness checks for drivers. He enlisted the first 1,000 drivers as founding members of the new Snap Fitness Rolling Strong program. Follow this link to keep reading.

Pilot Flying J To Offer Workout Centers, Gym Memberships

Aug. 29, 2011

Pilot Flying J will offers travelers, especially truckers, access to workout centers in its locations. The 960-sq.-ft. centers will be operated by Snap Fitness and Rolling Strong and be located in many Pilot Flying J Travel Centers nationwide under the agreement.

The new gyms are designed to accommodate the trucking community and those who travel frequently for business or vacation, so they can get the workouts they need quickly and conveniently,” said Peter Taunton, CEO & founder of Snap Fitness. Follow this link to keep reading.

New Ways to Stay Healthy While Trucking Freight

Aug. 29, 2011

Submitted by Courtney

From obesity to heart disease, an unhealthy lifestyle is wreaking havoc on many professional truck drivers’ lives. Only 8 percent of drivers regularly exercise — compared to 49 percent of the general adult population. Half of drivers are overweight or obese. And more than 50 percent smoke cigarettes.

Of course, staying healthy while trucking freight can be challenging: You spend long hours sitting, find few opportunities to exercise and have endless fast food and buffet options at your disposal. But, no matter how challenging improving your health may be, making healthier decisions on the road is ultimately a matter of life and death. In fact, the average drivers’ life expectancy is just 61 years — 16 years shorter than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow this link to keep reading.

 

Truckstop Chains Upping Fitness Options

Aug. 24, 2011

TravelCenters of America is expanding its StayFit program by adding new sites, and Flying J will be adding fitness centers through a partnership between Snap Fitness and Rolling Strong.

Snap Fitness announced a partnership with Rolling Strong, a health and wellness company for professional drivers, that will offer a workout program at numerous Pilot Flying J Travel Centers nationwide.

The 960-square-foot workout centers “are designed to accommodate the trucking community and those who travel frequently for business or vacation, so they can get the workouts they need quickly and conveniently,” said Peter Taunton, CEO and founder of Snap Fitness. Follow this link to keep reading.

Snap Fitness, Rolling Strong launch gym membership program at Pilot Flying Js

Aug. 24, 2011

Contact: Patrick Strait, Snap Fitness, 952.567.5892

Snap Fitness, the world’s fastest-growing franchisor of 24/7 express fitness centers, announces a partnership with Rolling Strong™, the leader in health and wellness for professional drivers, that will offer an easy in, easy out workout concept at numerous Pilot Flying J Travel Centers nationwide. The 960-square-foot workout centers will help thousands of daily travelers achieve their fitness goals and better results while on the road.

“The new gyms are designed to accommodate the trucking community and those who travel frequently for business or vacation, so they can get the workouts they need quickly and conveniently,” said Peter Taunton, CEO and Founder of Snap Fitness. Follow this link to keep reading.

Muscling up: fitness program to launch at GATS

Aug. 24, 2011

Have you been planning to fit a workout into your trucking schedule? The Snap Fitness, Rolling Strong and Pilot Flying J partnership will launch at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas Aug. 25-27.

Snap Fitness, a fast-growing franchisor of 24/7 express fitness centers, will introduce a partnership with Rolling Strong, a leader in health and wellness for professional drivers. They will offer an easy in, easy out workout concept at numerous Pilot Flying J Travel Centers nationwide.

Designed for truckers, the 960-square-foot workout centers will help thousands of daily travelers achieve their fitness goals and better results while on the road. Follow this link to keep reading.