Trucking fitness "guru" Siphiwe Baleka’s Active Trucker Exercise Program is now available on smartphones.
Baleka said his program is the first exercise app of its kind created specifically for truck drivers. “Real truck drivers coach you through four weeks of daily, progressive workouts that boost metabolism and burn fat,” he said. “Connect with other drivers following the program, track your heart rate after each workout, and watch the weight come off!”
Baleka was a competitive swimmer while he was a student at Yale University, but once he graduated, he gave up competition to travel around the world. Eighteen years later, looking for a way to earn a living while he figured out the next stage of his life, Baleka went through Prime’s driving school and became a leased owner-operator with the fleet for three years.
While he enjoyed the new job, he also noticed that the lifestyle was having a less positive effect on his weight and health, so he began training to compete in triathlons as he drove. The training routine he developed involved exercises he could do in or around the truck in 30 min. or less, as well as ways to eat a healthier diet. Those efforts not only brought him success as a master-class triathlete, but also led him to develop a series of DVDs to share his program with other drivers.