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Freightliner Display at MATS 2014

Freightliner Display at MATS 2014

This year I took a day to stop in at the Mid-America Truck Show (MATS). Even though I was only able to stay for a single day, I must admit it was a great experience. The show covered over 1,000,000 square feet and even if I had been able to attend the entire time,it would have been a huge challenge to see all the exhibits and vendors. If you have never had the opportunity to attend, I highly suggest heading out there yourself the next time it’s going on.

As some of you know, I am a member and Wellness Ambassador for Rolling Strong™. And this year at MATS, they were demonstrating a product that I have been waiting all year for a chance to try out. The  Freightliner In-Cab Fitness (FIT) System, was co-developed by Bob Perry, the Trucker Trainer™, and Sean Mohr in collaboration with Dr. Josef Loczi and Freightliner engineering and product marketing.

  It is designed made to make staying healthy and in shape on the road just that much easier. I have met  Bob and Sean in the past and both were eager to get their hands on me.  To have me use the system, as well as give me a rundown of what all the FIT System can do.  For the next two hours they showed me the system and encouraged me to get in a full workout.  I never thought that one day I would be working out in front of hundreds of people in a convention center, enjoying it and having fun.

Tom using the Fit System

Tom using the Fit System

In the short time I had with it, I managed to work out with groups of muscles I had completely forgotten I even had. Surprisingly later that night, i was not even that sore. Despite working out more than I typically would have on my own. The  FIT System was designed to give the most benefit, with the least amount of harmful impact on the muscles and joints. Something I can say from personal experience seems to be the case. This last winter I have done a variety of exercises in my truck, ranging from  using light weights, resistance  bands, too simple exercises that required no special equipment. While these are effective and worked out well for me, I enjoyed the simplicity of the FIT System and the fact that I was able to work on everything from cardio, to strength exercises, and rehabilitation type workouts.  All with just a few simple adjustments.  I could go from doing a standing workout to bench type exercises all in a matter of a few short moments. It truly is a versatile system for someone who is looking for a compact solution that allows you a wide range of exercises in one simple package.

FIT System

FIT System

The FIT System although designed for Freightliner trucks, is compatible with almost every truck on the market. Installation is simple with just a wrench, changing between the standing and bench style exercises took barely no time at all. Sean  has spent a great deal of time trying to ensure that the system will work with as many manufacturers models as possible. Overall I spent about two hours at the demo booth and have to say I was impressed with it immensely.

It’s nice to see a manufacturer such as Freightliner taking a lead in driver health and safety in a way such as this. At a pricing point of $69.99, this is definitely going down as a must have purchase of mine. I plan on picking one up at the Great American Truck Show in August at the Dallas Convention Center. I hope to see you there checking out the system, as well as the latest trends in the industry; both for trucking and the rest and well being of truckers.

For more coverage on MATS or the FIT System, check out my friends over at 365trucking. Also for video’s of FIT System in action, please check out  Freightliners’ TeamRunSmart page.

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I have been driving in the trucking industry for 9 years working for a major over the road refrigerated carrier. In "previous lives," I have worked as a police dispatcher while in college for Geology and Sociology, spent time in restaurant kitchens, and spent 9 years in retail electronics. Of all my jobs, I enjoy probably enjoy driving the most, with cooking not far behind. During my time as a driver my weight went up and my health went down. In the last few years I have made the decision to start taking back my health. RoadTestedLiving.com chronicles my story, as well as that of other drivers. It will share tips and tricks that, if they work for professional drivers with limited time, space, and equipment, they should be able to work for anyone. It also allows me to share my passion for the trucking industry, and good food with others. Simply put, Road Tested Living is all about Learning to Live Well from Life's Lessons on the Road.

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