Updated: May 5
It can be challenging figuring out how to stay fit as a truck driver when you’re driving across the country and are in a new place every day. Expanding trucker-wellness programs and fitness rooms are becoming a priority for truck stops across the country. While their healthy food choices still have a ways to go, at least there is the option to get a good workout while you are parked for the night.
Both TravelCenters of America (TA) and Pilot Travel Centers are adding new gyms to many of their U.S. locations. Other truck stops have trails right outside their door to promote a healthy, active lifestyle for their patrons.
TA is currently adding about 40 StayFit gyms. TA’s StayFit fitness rooms are free to use by any UltraOne rewards program member. Drivers simply have to swipe their membership cards for access. TA also offers healthy food options marked with StayFit signage, as well as running trails at select locations. For a complete list of TA fitness rooms and running trails, visit the TA website.
Pilot Flying J (PFJ) is adding 100 fitness centers through a partnership between Snap Fitness and Rolling Strong, an organization that provides truckers with nutritional programs, health screenings and personalized fitness routines. The first 85 freestanding Snap Fitness gyms opened at select PFJ locations in April and include a variety of exercise equipment, as well as a staff of fitness professionals. Monthly gym dues are $29.95 for truckers, and the fee gives drivers access to all the Snap Fitness Rolling Strong gyms, as well as the 1,300 Snap Fitness clubs worldwide.
Want the privacy of your own gym while at the truck stop? The Freightliner In-Cab Training (FIT) System is another option for truckers to get a good workout. The FIT System can give you a full body workout in your cab, using weighted resistance bands. Team Run Smart members receive 10% off as well. (Type TRS in the promo code upon checkout at www.rollingstrong.com.)