For the first time ever, 11 professional truck drivers competed for the title “Fittest of the Fleet” during Prime Inc’s annual company picnic recently.
The competition was created by Siphiwe Baleka, Prime’s driver health and fitness director, to transform the commercial truck driving industry by creating a culture of fitness within it. Each driver competed in three timed events testing strength, speed, endurance, agility, and athleticism. Rodney McCloud took the Men’s Division title, while Aimee James took the Women’s Division title.
Event number one consisted of two rounds of 10 dumbbell squat thrusters, 20 kettle bell swings, 30 push-ups, and 60 jump-ropes. The men used two 20-lb dumbbells and a 20-lb kettlebell. James, the only female competitor, used 10-lb dumbbells and a 10-lb kettlebell.
McCloud won the first event in a time of 4 minutes and 50 seconds, beating second-place finisher George Robertson, who finished with a time of 5 minutes and 31 seconds. James finished with the second-fastest overall time of 4 minutes and 55 seconds.
The second event featured a single round of 20 burpees, a 20-yard sprint, 20 more burpees, another sprint, and 20 more burpees to finish the round. For the second time, McCloud edged out Robertson, finishing in 3 minutes and six seconds. Robertson finished in 4 minutes exactly. James finished in 5 minutes and 9 seconds (the fifth-fastest time overall).
In the third and final event, drivers had to exit the truck, quickly dolly down the landing gear, carry an 80-lb sandbag to the rear of the trailer, complete 20 knee-to-chest sit-ups, open the trailer door and run to the back wall, run back and exit the trailer, close the trailer doors, carry the sandbag again around to the passenger side, drop the sandbag and duck under the trailer to the opposite side, dolly up the landing gear, duck back under the trailer, pick up the sandbag and carry it around the front of the tractor back to the driver’s door, do five front squats with the sandbag, enter the truck, and close the door.
Justin Boschee finished event three with the fastest time of 2 minutes and 29 seconds. McCloud finished just six seconds behind, while David Nelson was another three seconds behind. James finished in 3 minutes and 51 seconds.
At the end of the day, McCloud scored 145 points to win the Men’s Division. Boschee took second place with 130 points, and Robertson was in third place with 121 points.
The Top Five Overall were McCloud with 145 points, followed by Boschee with 125 points, Robertson with 116 points, James with 107 points, and Nelson with 98 points.
For more information, contact Baleka at Prime by emailing [email protected]