Videos: How To Do a Full-Body Workout Inside the Cab of a Semi


Okay people. It’s the beginning of a new year. We’ve all spent the holidays stuffing ourselves with turkey, pumpkin pie, fruitcake, and roast beast. Then many of you drank enough to drown a hippo on New Year’s Eve. Then in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, you promptly puked every last calorie of your holiday gluttony into the floorboard of your best friend’s car. Better make that your EX best friend’s car. So what’s next?

Why, it’s New Year’s resolution time, of course! Personally, I don’t make resolutions. I’ve pretty much mastered the art of disappointing myself enough without the added pressure of a bunch of resolutions that I know I’ll never keep. But I know some of you are gluttons for punishment, so this post may help you out.

Undoubtedly, at least one of you out there have decided that this will be the year you’re going to get in shape. Well, I’ve got something that can help you out. It’s really designed to help truckers, but it can be used by anyone. It all started when I decided to start working out and being the whiner that I am, I started tweeting about it. That’s when I got the question:

“How do you do a workout inside your truck?”

Man, I’ve been asked this question at least a million times (give or take 999,996). In the past I’ve always said, “One of these days, I’ll make a video and show you.” Today is that day.

I’ve made two videos, each of them a little under 15 minutes long. In typical fashion, I’ve tried to spruce them up a bit with a little bad humor. I’ll let you decide whether I succeeded or if I earned a spot on the FAIL Blog. Doing these videos has taught me one thing for sure. Video is hard. As long as it takes for me to write a blog post, it’s much quicker than doing videos. So don’t be expecting this to turn into a video blog anytime soon.

As a matter of fact, let me give you a bit of a disclaimer here. The audio and video quality isn’t exactly what I’d call stellar. In fact, it kinda sucks. I tried using both of my good video cameras, but neither of them had a wide enough lens to get the shots I needed in such a cramped space. That left me with the built-in camera and microphone on my computer. And sometimes they just weren’t up to the task as you’ll easily see by some poorly framed shots. Unfortunately, I don’t have one of those fancy pants new MacBooks with the high-definition camera. I’ve got the older, “it sucks but it’s better than nothing” camera.

The lighting made it worse. I tried to shoot during the daylight, but the contrast between the sunlight and the interior of the truck made it virtually unwatchable. So I shot it at night, using only the interior cab lights in my truck. I did the best I could, so don’t be too mean when you leave a comment. You were planning to leave a comment, weren’t you?

So what have we got for you today? Well, Video #1 is the Introduction and the abs workout. Video #2 is the dumbbell workout. Perhaps another disclaimer is in order here. I am NOT a professional trainer. Never have been. Never will be. So do all these exercises at your own risk. Start out easy and work your way up. I’d tell you to see a physician before you start any exercise program, but you and I both know that you’re not going to give a doctor any dough for something as trivial as that. I guess there really isn’t a lot more to say, so for once, I won’t. Here you go. Let me know what you think by leaving that comment we discussed earlier.

One last thing. This is a G-rated video. I’m wearing a short-sleeve shirt and shorts. Trust me. You really don’t want to see my Austin Powers chest hair. Enjoy!

Here’s a couple of links that might help:

The Men’s Health Abs Diet Workout

Proper techniques for dumbbell exercises

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12 Responses to “Videos: How To Do a Full-Body Workout Inside the Cab of a Semi”

  1. Becca Says:

    I think those are great videos. I thought they were done well even with the camera angle. That is really neat that you did this. People need direction like that. Shows there is always a way to work out no matter where you are. I work out a lot myself and I think what you did here will be important to a lot of people. Thanks.

    • Todd McCann Says:

      Thanks Becca. I also thought it was important to put it out there. Now there’s fewer legitimate excuses for truckers to be lazy and out of shape. To be honest though, I’m not sure how much of an impact these videos will have. All these truckers are still going to have to motivate themselves and that’s something easier said than done. I sure hope so though. Thanks for leaving your thoughts.

  2. Empire Chrome Shop | Trucking News Convoy - Week of January 1, 2012 Says:

    […] I still enjoy so much of what he writes, so here's one that is definitely new (I checked!) – how to do a full body workout inside the cab of a semi. It makes me feel lazy because I find all kinds of excuses not to do a half-body workout in a […]

  3. Pam Court Says:

    Man, I’d love to be able to do this workout but I don’t have a semi! Bummer.

  4. Lisa Nowak Says:

    I thought you did a great job with those videos.and I’m impressed that you took the time to make them. Video takes forever.

    Like you, I’m not one for resolutions. For a few years I actually set reverse-resolutions, meaning since I knew I was going to fail, I resolved to do the opposite of my goal. But then I got too lazy to bother.

    BTW, I love Pam’s comment above. Has she been taking smart-ass lessons from you?

  5. Todd McCann Says:

    Yes, video does take forever. And those videos aren’t even high quality. It was fun though. I wouldn’t expect a video blog any time soon though.

    Too lazy to make resolutions. Too lazy to make reverse-resolutions. We’re birds of a feather. LOL

    As for Mrs. Court, yes, she’s a hoot. I tolerate her snarkiness because she was really one of the first non-truckers to actually read my blog. She also introduced me to the word “snarky.” So I’m guessing that means she was a smart aleck way before she met me! 😉

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  6. PSTC Transportation (@Truckinggrl) Says:

    I just stumbled onto your blog. Pretty great work, I truly enjoyed reading your point of view.

    I would like permission to cross post this post into my blog. While still quite small I hope by sharing I can help get drivers a bit more active and healthier.

    Let me know, drive safe

  7. Haytham Ahluwalia Says:

    Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing
    on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Thank you

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