Staying fit on the road made easier with first-ever OEM in-cab driver exercise system

March 25, 2013

Drivers will now be able to get a full-body workout in the comfort of their cabs with the introduction by Freightliner of the first-ever OEM designed and integrated in-cab exercise and flexibility system.

Introduced at the Mid-America Trucking Show, the Freightliner In-Cab Training (FIT) System developed in conjunction with Rolling Strong, a truck driver wellness provider provides drivers with full body strength-and-conditioning workouts in the comfort of their own cabs. The system is available as a factory-installed option in all Freightliner Cascadia and Coronado sleeper cab models and for retrofitting in Century Class and Columbia sleepers. The Freightliner In-Cab Training (FIT) System was co-developed by Bob Perry, founder of Rolling Strong and Trucker Trainer, and Sean Mohr in collaboration with Dr. Josef Loczi, manager, engineering strategy and market intelligence for Daimler Trucks North America The FIT System features a triple-grip handle, which enables users to interchange three bands to change resistance levels. The system uses existing seat tether and bunk restraint mounting points for installing custom brackets, which makes the system easy to attach and use. Cross-functional teams from Daimler Trucks North America and Rolling Strong worked together to develop and extensively test the FIT System. The teams added new options and refinements based on the feedback from truck drivers who put the system to use. "The initial response we received was overwhelming," said Loczi. "The drivers who tested it appreciated the simplicity and effectiveness of the system."

Truck drivers also have access to health, wellness and nutrition information, as well as a personal trainer, via the FIT Channel on www.RollingStrong.com and through blogs, videos and forums located on the Freightliner Trucks online community www.TeamRunSmart.com. The trainer helps keep drivers motivated, and provides new exercises that can be incorporated into fitness routines. "Healthy drivers are generally safer, more economical drivers, and the FIT System underscores our overall commitment to healthy trucking," said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. "Freightliner Trucks is dedicated to providing the trucking industry with products conducive to a healthy lifestyle for its most valuable asset the driver." "We are honored to be working with Freightliner and their team of product designers to develop the FIT system to redefine wellness for the professional driver," said Bob Perry, president and founder of Rolling Strong, and Trucker Trainer. "These drivers are the true road athletes out there on the road searching for tools to help them earn not just any miles, but healthy miles."

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