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Helping Truckers: 4 Minute Fit

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In 2008, I became a long haul truck driver, the occupation with the highest rate of obesity, the highest rate of metabolic syndrome, and the lowest life expectancy, of any occupation in America. In the first two months of my driving career, I gained 10.7% of my body weight. After trying every kind of fitness equipment, fitness program and nutrition program, I realized there is a fitness and nutrition program for everyone in America except one that was specifically designed for truck drivers, their unique environment and schedules. So I decided I would design such a system. In 2011, I successfully created a thirteen week program that anyone could follow and approached transportation carrier Prime Inc. with my program. In 2012, together we implemented the program with great success. Now, five years later, the award-winning program has helped thousands of truck drivers and their families. The average weight loss is 19 lbs. or 7% of one's body weight in just thirteen weeks.

The program has been featured in Men's Health, Sports Illustrated, Fox SportsThe Atlantic , The Huffington Post, Guideposts, CNN, BBC, NPR, CBS Evening News ,  and countless other national and international media.

In 2017, I simplified the thirteen week program even further and, in an effort to reach beyond the trucking industry to the 169 million Americans that are overweight or obese, Touchstone Books published my book, 4 Minute Fit: The Metabolism Accelerator For The Time Crunched, Deskbound and Stressed Out.  On the day the book was released, I was featured on Good Morning America . Now, with the help of Progressive Commercial , my campaign is spreading throughout the trucking industry.

Up until now, my efforts have been focused primarily among the 7,000 drivers at Prime, Inc. However, I now have all the tools needed to revolutionize the trucking industry by creating a culture of fitness within it and taking the unhealthiest occupation and making it a model for corporate wellness. These tools include the Active Trucker Phase 1 and Phase 2 exercise programs on the Skimble Workout Trainer smart phone app and the 4 Minute Fit book which is a driver health and fitness manual for the industry.

There are 3.5 million truck drivers, 69%  or 2,415,000 of whom have what the American Medical Association calls the disease of obesity. These drivers, as a class, are a vital part of the American economy and they are sacrificing ten to fifteen years of their lives to deliver America's goods. My mission is to help these drivers live longer, healthier lives.

Now that I have the tools, the proven program, the media attention, what I need now is your help to finance a national campaign. Your contribution will help me move to the next phase of transforming the trucking industry.

My talent is helping truck drivers lose weight and reduce their risk for the sixty medical disorders including twelve cancers known as metabolic syndrome. But I am just one man. I can not do it alone. This GoFundMe campaign will help me get the resources I need for the incredible task of transforming an entire industry. Ambitious, yes! Necessary, absolutely! There is a health crisis among truck drivers and right now the industry has no emergency response. I am not waiting for the industry to do something about this. I am taking the responsibilty. Your contributions can help me reach more drivers and extend their lives.

Thank you,


Siphiwe Ka Baleka
Springfield, MO

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