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Family Travel Tips From “Team Baleka”

Family Travel Tips From “Team Baleka”:


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In 2012, the “Team Baleka Family” that included me, my wife, boys ages 14, 11, 9, 7 and 5 months traveled from Muncie, Indiana to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, so that we could celebrate my birthday and I could compete in the 2012 Ironman South Africa. That was a three week vacation that included 24 hour travel days. Here are some of our Tips for a Healthy Trip:


  1. 1.       Schedule Vacations Around Sporting Activities


Whether it’s me or the boys (my wife doesn’t compete), almost all of our family vacations are the result of some sporting event. As a result, we are already “fitness minded” when we travel and we don’t want to mess up our weeks or months of training with bad food choices and letting our fitness go. I do a lot of triathlons and those take place at lakes and beaches where the kids can swim and play. I am particularly fond of the Revolution 3 Triathlon series of races because they are very family friendly with activities, rides and games for the kids.


  1. 2.       Watch What You Drink


It’s very easy to buy convenient drinks loaded with calories and carbohydrates when on the road.  That gets expensive, too, when you are at a restaurant. Drinking water can get boring so here is what I like to do. Not all water is the same and tap water and most commercial water is not absorbed at the cellular level because of the chemical bonding. When I am on the road, I drink Fiji water because it has a higher alkaline content that balances the acidic diet we typically eat on the road (think steaks, hamburgers, etc.) and it can be absorbed at the cellular level better. Then, get some Nuun hydration tablets and drop it in the water. It gives the water flavor, fizz and important electrolytes without calories and carbs.


  1. 3.       Use the Skimble Workout Trainer Smart Phone App


Whenever we stay at a budget hotel that doesn’t have a fitness center, we work out right in the hotel room. The Skimble Workout Trainer Smart Phone App is a free, easy to use “virtual coach” that has thousands of preset workouts from cardio, to resistance training, to yoga, to pilates and using no equipment or a full set of gym equipment, and any time length. The app will tell you (literally, there’s a voice) when to start an exercise, when to stop, how long to rest, and show a picture or video of how to do the exercise in real-time. We usually do a 15 minute yoga session to start the day, and a 15 minute bodyweight cardio session at some point in the day. Having a virtual coach that is ready anytime, anywhere, with a variety of workouts takes some of the thinking out of it. Just press a button, start and follow the workout, and feel great afterwards!



  1. 4.       Look For Hotels With Free Hot Breakfasts or Stay At Hotels With Kitchen Suites

A lot of hotels offer continental breakfasts with pastries, doughnuts, fruit juice, oatmeal, and similar items. All of those items are loaded with carbohydrates. An 8 oz. glass of orange juice, for example, has 27g of carbs. Eat a bowl of cereal or one packet of instant oatmeal and you have added another 35g of carbs. Eat a pastry on top of that (another 30g of carbs) and you have now had a breakfast that has over 90g of carbs, most of which will get stored as fat unless you go workout for two hours. So stay away from the continental breakfasts. Fortunately, my kids like eggs so we look for hot breakfast hotels. My kids eat a good breakfast with protein that will keep their metabolism working for the next few hours, and cut down on the fat-storing carbs. Plus, this saves both time and money since you don’t have to go out for breakfast or eat fast food. Even better, we take the time to find hotels that offer kitchenettes so that we can buy and cook a good amount of our own food. That might not seem like a vacation, but the money we save on food means more money for the entertainment fund!


And check out these tips from Travel Expert Kendra Thornton:


Family Travels: Tips for a Healthy Trip

My family’s health is important, and I work daily to make sure my kids get enough water, proper nutrition and good exercise. As a family, we eat healthy meals together, and my children all participate in sports. When we take a vacation together, it can be more difficult to stick to a healthy routine, but I love traveling with my family. To make our travels both healthy and fun, I’ve learned a few tricks that I’d like to share.

1. Always Drink Enough Water

There’s no need to ration the water when you take a family trip. Without proper hydration, everyone will be uncomfortable. Each member of my family has a personal water bottle that I always bring along with us. Hydration is especially important on days when you’ll be spending time in the direct sunlight. If you’re traveling to a destination where water might be difficult to find, pack full bottles in a cooler. Drinking enough water on hot days can even combat issues such as heat exhaustion.

2. Navigate the Buffets Carefully

You’ll probably find a few all-you-can-eat buffets on your family vacation. Moderation is the key to navigating these successfully. It’s always a good idea to start with a fresh salad loaded with nutritious, fresh vegetables. Feel free to indulge in naturally sweet fresh fruit as well. When filling your dinner plate, fill it half way with nutritious vegetable options before adding carbs and meat dishes. If you want dessert, go ahead and enjoy something decadent. Just don’t overdo it. Then make sure you have a lighter meal next time you eat.

3. Get Active Together

There are plenty of vacation spots that have places where you can play active games together as a family. Game rooms feature fun activities like air hockey, foosball and skeeball that are fun to play. At local parks, you can play horseshoes, catch, volleyball or badminton. On the beach, have fun with Frisbee or various Nerf toys. By playing active games, you can stay fit while having so much fun you don’t even realize you’re getting a workout.

4. Use Hotel Amenities

Many hotels have amenities you can use to keep your family fit and healthy on vacation. If you have a hotel with in-room refrigerators, take the time to stock up on healthy snacks from a local market. Snacks such as fresh fruit and vegetables with healthy hummus or other low-fat dips are much better than vending machine options. Also, book a hotel that has opportunities for exercise, I did so for our upcoming trip to Orlando. A good gym available to guests will help. With so many places to stay, this process can be intimidating however there are resources that can make the process easier.

When your family’s health comes first, other things tend to fall into place. I know that taking the time to make healthy decisions on a family vacation helps my family enjoy ourselves more. I hope these tricks will help you make good decisions for your family’s health the next time you take a trip together.

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 As an owner-operator for Prime, Inc., Siphiwe has developed this nutrition and exercise program that is specific to the unique schedules and circumstances of commercial truck drivers.  

Disc 1: The Program covers strategic meal planning, nutrient timing, and other methods of increasing metabolism.
Disc 2: The Exercises covers 31 bodyweight exercise and 54 exercises using equipment that you can do anywhere, anytime inside or outside of your truck.
Following this program, the driver learns how to lose one pound (1 lb.) per week while exercising for just a minimum of 15 minutes a day! That’s 52 lbs. in a year!
Buy yours today for just $29.95!

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I’d like to thank everyone that has helped Fitness Trucking  grow and get prepared for a big year in 2012.

Earlier this year, we completed the Fitness Trucking Educational Video Series which is being produced as a two dvd box set. The first dvd contains the following 5 minute segments:

1. Introduction to Fitness Trucking (Part 1) (Intro)
2. Introduction to Fitness Trucking (Part 2) (Intro)
3. Nutrition 101a (Starting with nutrition – what you need to know)
4. Nutrition 101b (Starting with nutrition – what you need to know)
5. Starting the day out right (Part 1) (Beginning to implement)
6. Starting the day out right (Part 2) (Beginning to implement)
7. Snacking and Weight Loss (Once you get started, snacking keeps it going)
8. The Basic Starter Workout (Part 1) (Now that we got some good food, its time to start exercising)
9. Working out inside your truck (Ok, I want to start exercising but I cant or dont want to go outside. What do I do?)
10. Nutrient Timing (Ok, I’ve started to eat better and exercise, now its time to get more benefits)
11. Strategic Meal Planning (What to do)
12. Practical nutrition on the road (How to do it)
13. Keeping Score: Your Food Log (Monitoring my efforts)
14. Keeping Score: Joe’s Journal (Monitoring my efforts)
15. The Basic Starter Workout (Part 2) (Ok I’ve nailed the nutrition and I’m feeling better, now its time to intensify the exercise)
16. The Intermediate Workout (Exercising at the next level)
17. Workout equipment for the Fitness Trucker (ways to exercise at the next level)
18. Hygiene Tips: Exercise and your truck. (Now that I’m working out a lot, how do I manage the special issues I now face?)

The second dvd contains:

31 Baasic Bodyweight exercises that can be done inside the sleeper or on the side of the truck

54 exercises using equipment that can be done inside the sleeper or on the side of the truck

programmable/customizable circuits for beginner, intermediate, and advanced


Many people have inquired about the Transformation Division. This year we are launching the 13 Week Basic Program at Prime, Inc.




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Triathlete Trucker

Triathlete Trucker
April 2012
by Jennifer Kirby
Category: Featured
Professional truck driver Siphiwe Baleka was on the road with his driver trainer for only a few weeks when he noticed the beginnings of what he calls “trucker’s gut.”"I adapted to [the trainer's] habits. Where he stopped, we ate; what he ate, I ate. Very quickly I started putting on weight and it scared me. I had never been out of shape before,” says Baleka, who was a world-class swimmer two decades ago at Yale University. “I put on 20 pounds within about four or five weeks. When you’re broke, if you’re going to pay $8 or $9 for an all-you-can-eat buffet, you’re going to overeat.”His driving schedule kept him busy, and sitting down all day wasn’t doing his metabolism any favors. But Baleka was determined to find a way to stay in shape.”I had a moment where I realized I didn’t want to be like all the people I saw at truck stops. I thought, there’s no excuse for not finding 15 or 20 minutes for myself,” he recalls.READ MORE AT:

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Truckdriver To Sell Organic Energy YouBars For 2012 Ironman South Africa

Watch this great video here:

Siphiwe Baleka, a long haul truckdriver for Prime Inc and member of Endurance Films Racing Team is selling his FITNESS TRUCKING 140.6 organic energy bars in order to take his whole family to South Africa in April 2012 for his first ever Ironman Triathlon.

“Financing a dream, an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience for my wife and six kids by providing a healthy, organic alternative to candy bars? It’s a Win-Win all the way around!” – Siphiwe Baleka

To pay for passports, visas, airline tickets, food and housing, the Baleka Family needs to sell 5,000 cases.

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Siphiwe Baleka at USA Triathlon National Championships


Prime Inc. Contact: Clayton Brown



August 31, 2011 (Springfield, Mo.) – The Endurance Films Racing Team (above left), which includes 40-year-old Prime inc. driver Siphiwe Baleka (above middle), made its debut in Burlington, Vt., on Saturday, August 20, at the 2011 USAT Age Group National Championships. Baleka finished 662nd overall out of the 1,647 competitors that finished the race and 87th in the Men’s 40-44 age group (above right).

“I delivered a load in Hookset, N.H., and then drove up to Burlington for the race,” said Baleka. “I didn’t know what to expect.”

The Olympic distance race requires competitors to complete a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and a 10K run. Baleka’s finishing time of 2:22:02 was enough to satisfy this two-time National Championship Masters Swimming winner.

“I did my best overall time by three minutes, so I was satisfied with my race,” said Baleka. “At the finish, they announced my truck driving background and my wife said that my truck was visible through the televised broadcast. This was a great opportunity for me.”

“Every week now I am driving about 3,000 miles, cycling 110 miles, running 24 miles and swimming five miles,” said Baleka. “I just want to show other truck drivers that you can stay fit even while on the road and compete at a high level if you have the desire to do so.”

In addition to the support given to drivers in both their personal and professional lives, Prime also offers drivers substantial pay and benefits including high miles, state-of-the-art equipment and generous home time. For more information about the driving opportunities at Prime inc., please visit or call 1-877-PRIME-JOB.

About Prime inc.

Founded in 1970 by Robert Low, Prime inc. is North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics trucking company. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Prime’s personnel, equipment and technology remains on the cutting edge of the transportation industry, and the company’s growth remains steady and well managed. For more information about Prime, please visit


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Siphiwe Baleka Race Report: Urban Epic Triathlon in Boston

It just so happened that the Baleka Family was hosting its 28th Family Reunion at a hotel in downtown Boston this weekend. I missed last year’s reunion so I vowed to go this year. When I found out about it, I looked for a triathlon in or near Boston that weekend and I discovered the Urban Epic Triathlon which took place at the Bayside Expo Center less than 2 miles from the hotel! So I entered the race and put it on my calendar.
My last two weeks of training had been great, highlighted by my highest volumes and some fast 5:20 quarter miles. My fleet manager got me a load that went from London, KY and delivered in Enfield ,CT on Saturday morning. I got to Enfield, CT and after showing them an article about me in Trucker News magazine, convinced them to unload me a day early so that I could drive the 100 miles to Boston and get some extra rest. But first, I had to drop my 53′ trailer up in Haverhill, MA, which I did, and then arrived in Boston about 10 pm Friday night. Saturday morning my father and step mother took me to the Bayside Expo Center and McCormack Bathhouse at Carson Beach to scope out the site. We got there during low tide so the mud floor was exposed. Locals assured us at high tide tomorrow morning the beach would be full of water. Later that afternoon I picked up my race packet. One of the volunteers lamented that the forecast for the race was thunderstorms. Yikes! I was really looking forward to this race because of the disproportionately short 8.9 mile bike! I then made arrangements with a police lieutenant to park my rig overnight at the athletes parking lot. After the family reunion dinner banquet, I did just that and went to bed about midnight.
At 6:00 am I woke up to dark clouds and rain. “No way I’m racing in this,” I thought. Nevertheless, I got prepared to race just in case the weather broke. Around 7:00 am it was looking promising. Rain had stopped and the sky was clearing, but that only lasted about twenty minutes. At 7:40 am I stood there with my wetsuit in hand debating whether to put it on or not. I did, but soon I faced another delima: I had to pee…again. I didn’t want to pull out of the top half of my wetsuit so a agonized over trying to hold it, go to the bathroom, or just go in my wetsuit….Finally I pulled out of the sleeves and went to the bathroom with about 15 minutes before the race start. One back in I was ready to go, except…..damn! Had to pee AGAIN! No way I was gonna pull out of the wetsuit with the first wave ready to start. Note to self: put on wetsuit at the very last minute after peeing!
The Elite wave went off at 8:15.  Only four men and two women. The next wave was 29 and under and they started a minute back. I went in the next wave, 30 and older, three minutes after the second wave. We started on the beach and ran about 10 yards to the water. I was one of the first three in the water and quickly went to the very front. I swam at a pretty good clip the first 200 yards and once I was solidly in the lead eased back into a comfortable pace. I got bumped a few times but nothing serious. The swim course was out and back clockwise in a trapezoid shape. I rounded the first buoy with no interference but I caught up to the second wave by the time I reached the second buoy so it was a little crowded but I got through pretty quickly.  Soon I was out of the water. The swim was advertised at .5 miles. I was out in 12:38. First in my wave, first in my age group, and eight overall….Hmmm….I was surprised when I saw the results that seven people beat me in the swim!
Then, disaster struck. Trying to come out of my wetsuit sleeves on the run into transition, I couldn’t get the left sleeve over my Garmin watch. It got stuck. So I am running and tugging and it just wont come loose. So I had to pull the sleeve up, take the watch off, pull the sleeve down and then put watch back on. This led to a pitiful two minute T1 time….So much for my swim lead….
I was concerned about the wet road conditions since I had never raced on such. My main concern was not to crash or injure myself before age group nationals. As it turned out, the rain let up for the bike and I finally finished with an average speed above 20 mph….21.3 in fact. A few people passed me on the bike, but I didn’t see anyone in my age group so I thought I was doing really well and had a great shot to make the podium. I came out of my shoes early and did one of those fast gliding dismounts for a change. 35 seconds later I was out on the run. My goal was to run sub 7:00 miles. The cool weather conditions really helped. I knew I was running fast off the bike because I passed three or four people in the first half mile. I was feeling pretty good and then about a mile and a half this guy comes running past me like a freight train. I looked at the back of his calf….”41″….Damn! He’s in my age group. “OK” I thought. “I’m in 2nd or 3rd….just keep it up and I can still make the podium”. I was still running hard for the next half mile when another guy in the M40-44 age group passed me. “Crap. They may have been my podium.” I tried to keep up with him but after about 300 meters I fell back. “Ok, I might still be in 3rd. Finish strong!”. With 1.2 miles left an older guy I passed right off the bike caught up to me. He said, “Come on. You really gonna let a guy 18 years older than you beat you!” He was pushes me and he just kept talking. “Fatigue?! You gonna give in to fatigue?”… This older guy made me laugh. I really enjoyed running with him and my pace picked up because his chiding me really was working. Thanks Bob Lamothe and good luck at the World Championships. After a half mile with him and about a half mile to go in this four mile run, I kicked in and dropped him. He yelled out to me, “There you go! No go get it!”. I did. I hit the sand and finished the last 200 yards and finished in 1:05.04. I thought I had finished in third place for my age group and the initial results confirmed this. Later, however, updated results showed that I had finished 6th in my age group, 13th overall among the men, and 15th overall. Both the women Elites beat me!
So overall, I was happy with the race. My 6:39 run average pace is my best yet and my bike is improving. I still would have only finished 4th in my age group without the T1 disaster. But what a ridiculously competitive age group. Six of the top 15 finishers were the elites. There were also six M40-44 in the top 15! Wow! So I didn’t make the podium but I did very well and am happy I decided to brave the weather conditions. Now it is on the the Age Group Nationals in Burlington, VT and my debut with the Endurance Films Racing Team.

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Prime Inc. Contact: Clayton Brown


August 8, 2011 (Springfield, Mo.) – Endurance Films, USA Triathlon’s official film production supplier, recently announced the selection of 11 members for its inaugural sponsored triathlon racing team – including Prime inc.’s own driver Siphiwe Baleka. The team will make its debut at the 2011 USA Triathlon Age Group National Triathlon Championship on Saturday, August 20, in Burlington, Vt.

“I’m honored to be chosen,” said Baleka, who was selected out of over 100 applicants. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined something like this.”

Inspired by his work at Prime and his passion for fitness, Baleka is working with Prime to create a series of nutrition and exercise videos on DVD specifically for professional truck drivers. As a part of the fitness program, Baleka swam competitively this year and won two National Championships in Masters Swimming.

“Every week now I am driving about 3,000 miles, cycling 110 miles, running 24 miles and swimming five miles,” said Baleka. “I just want to show other truck drivers that you can stay fit even while on the road and compete at a high level if you have the desire to do so.”

Each athlete will have a six-month contract with the Endurance Films Racing Team, which includes cash stipends, team apparel provided by Champion System, athletes’ inclusion in national multimedia public relations campaigns and industry-leading training resources from Endurance Films. During the 2011 Age Group Nationals, the team will also receive technical bicycle support from team sponsor Jack Kane Custom Racing Bicycles and premium memberships to Training Peaks, which provides fully customizable training plans and coaching.

In addition to the support given to drivers in both their personal and professional lives, Prime also offers drivers substantial pay and benefits including high miles, state-of-the-art equipment and generous home time. For more information about the driving opportunities at Prime inc., please visit or call 1-877-PRIME-JOB.

About Prime inc.

Founded in 1970 by Robert Low, Prime inc. is North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics trucking company. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Prime’s personnel, equipment and technology remains on the cutting edge of the transportation industry, and the company’s growth remains steady and well managed. For more information about Prime, please visit

Endurance Films Racing Team Announcement Video

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How I Do It

When people hear that I drive a truck and do triathlons, their first response is usually, “How do you do it?”. At first, it is hard to image doing all that swimming, biking and running as a truck driver. “Where do you train? When do you train? How do you do it?”

Well, it starts in the mind. Or maybe not the mind, but somewhere inside me their is this desire. At first, it was just the desire to stay fit, mostly because I am somewhat vain and I like to look good. Once I committed to “looking good”, working out while driving long haul was just what I had to do. It started with  just “15 minutes a day”. It didn’t matter where or when, but somehow I was going to stop for 15 minutes and workout.

Within a year, I had perfected the high-intensity 15 to 20 minute workout and I was in pretty good shape. I had the experience of routinely working out everyday. It became a habit.  I was then able to grow that habit, realizing that I could reasonably stretch workouts to last up to an hour if i wanted.

I was always intrigued by the Ironman competition and admired triathletes and now that I was a “fitness trucker”, I thought what better way to prove my fitness than to do a triathlon. So again from inside I had a desire and made a commitment.

I already had a fold-up mountain bike (Motague Paratrooper) on the truck and got fitted for some running shoes (Brooks Ghost 3). I can run or bike just about anywhere. I also already had a wetsuit (Desoto T1) so all I needed to do was find water to swim. So here is how I do it now:

1. I use to plan and monitor my training.

2. If I can start driving after 9 am, then I will train up to two hours before I hit the road. I like training in the morning to avoid the daytime heat and I feel better knowing I have cranked my metabolism and dont have to worry about finding time to train later in the day.

3.I will try to combine two disciplines in the morning: biking and either swimming or brick running.

4. I will use the GPS on my phone to see if there is either a lake with a beach or a YMCA within 10 miles and call ahead to see if there is a place where I can park the truck. If there is nowhere to park the truck, then I will ride to the lake or YMCA, do my swim workout, then ride back. 10 miles ride out, 45 minute swim (about 3000 yds) and 10 mile ride back to truck is standard.

5. If there is no place to swim, I will do a brick run off the bike. Usually this is no more than 4 miles.

6. If I am short on time, I will do one workout in the morning less than 1 hour and find time somewhere else in the day to do the other workout, usually a run. Often this is after I am done driving and usually before the sun sets. I don’t like to train at night but on occasion I will.

7. Often, I will bike or run while waiting to get loaded or unloaded, and I do my trip planning to arrive at places early to do so.

8. Since swimming is my strength, I don’t need to train it so much and as it requires more effort and planning (finding places to park a truck at YMCA’s is an adventure!), I only swim twice a week during triathlon season.

9. Once a week I will do a long bike (over 30 miles) and a long run (8 to 12 miles).

10. After every training session and whenever I have to drive for several hours, I wear Compressport F 1 full length compression tights to help my legs recover and increase circulation while driving.

And that’s pretty much how I do it!


Siphiwe Baleka Qualifies For USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals


Siphiwe Qualifies For USAT Nationals



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Siphiwe Baleka Qualifies for Nationals Again

Monday, June 27, 2011 – Siphiwe Baleka, and Independent Contractor with Prime, Inc., placed 56th out of 577 competitors at the Warsaw Optimist Sprint Triathlon/USAT Special Qualifier in Warsaw, IN June 25, 2011. Baleka was 9th in the Men’s 40-44 age group and had the 6th fastest overall swim time. By virtue of this performance, Baleka qualified for the USAT 2011 Age Group National Championships in Burlington, VT August 20, 2011. It is the second National Championship event that the “ZuluRoadmaster” has qualified for this year while driving for Prime and training on the road. Earlier this year, Baleka won two National Championships at the United States Masters Swimming 2011 Spring Nationals in Mesa, AZ.

“This is all very exciting to me,” said Baleka. “I did my first ever triathlon just over a month ago, so it is new to me and I am still learning. I didn’t know anything about triathlons when I started training in March, and now I am going to the Age Group Nationals. It’s quite amazing!”

According to the electronic training log the he keeps at, since January 1, 2011 Baleka has swam 91.46 miles (49 hours and 27 minutes), biked 1,042 miles (61 hours and 33 minutes), and ran 237.9 miles (35 hours and 3 minutes)  while driving and delivering loads for Prime, Inc. Asked how he manages to fit in all of this training while driving long haul across the country, Baleka said, “It’s not as hard as you might think. I like to put in in an hour of training in the morning before I start driving. Otherwise, I just find some time during the day waiting for a load or waiting to get loaded or unloaded. Once you make the commitment you find the time, even if it’s only 30 minutes to run a few miles.”

While Baleka can run or bike virtually anywhere (he carries his Quintana Roo Lucero triathlon bike in the truck), he has to find places to swim. “When the weather permits, I use my GPS to find a lake with a beach to do some open water swimming once or twice a week. Otherwise, I will use the GPS to find a YMCA and go and swim laps.”

In addition to training and competing, Baleka has launched Fitness Trucking ( to help other drivers who want to lose weight or maximize their fitness while living out of their trucks on the road. “My long term goal is to reverse the trend of poor health among commercial truck drivers and create a culture of fitness within the industry.”

To get the ball rolling, Prime, Inc. has partnered with Baleka to conduct a health and fitness survey that will provide a profile of the exercise and nutrition habits within the fleet. Baleka has also recorded the first three of fifteen short videos introducing the Fitness Trucking program for Prime drivers. “I have a road-tested program that will coach drivers to lose a pound a week. If they follow the program, that’s fifty-two pounds of weight-loss in one year!” Baleka hopes to debut the program with ten volunteer Prime drivers later this year.

For now, however, Baleka is focused on training for the triathlon at the Age Group National Championships and completing the last six months of his three year lease.

“I never imagined doing all of this when I started driving with Prime. I didn’t want to get fat and out of shape just because I was driving a truck, so I started working out for about fifteen minutes every day. I got fit very fast. I don’t expect to win at the Age Group Nationals but maybe I can become the Fittest Truck Driver in America!”


Siphiwe Baleka: In For the Long Haul

Find more inspiring video, audio, and images at Growing Bolder.

From Posted on May 24th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Siphiwe Baleka is a one-of-a-kind Yale graduating, globetrotting, God-fearing, truck-driving, fast-swimming family man. And he’s got a new mission — to help long-haul truckers everywhere improve their health, fitness and quality of life.

We were there as Siphiwe brought his entire family along to the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals in Mesa, Arizona. His father got to watch his son, a former collegiate swimmer, compete again for the first time in decades, and his children learned a valuable lesson about the power of believing it’s never too late to rediscover your passion.

Siphiwe says he knows how hard it can be to stay in shape when you’re traveling around the country. Whether you’re in a big rig or in airplanes and hotels, he said that kind of lifestyle can make it difficult to make exercise a priority.

So he’s making a difference. With his new website Fitness Trucking, Siphiwe wants to reverse the trend of poor health among commercial truckdrivers and create a culture of fitness within the industry. He’s not just helping waistlines — he’s also making the case how beneficial this is to commercial fleets’ bottom lines. Click here for his fitness programs and tips for getting in shape — anywhere!

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