Road Music From a Vegas Girl
Moncrief put that advice to use and began exercising two and a half hours four times a week, combining weight lifting with aerobic work like swimming and running.
Many truckers want to get that much physical activity but can’t find the time or place to do it. Moncrief has gone to some exceptional lengths to train. And he’d like to see other drivers do something similar so they can not only be healthier but also be safer on the roads.
“I stop at the gym every time I’m unloaded, and I tell my dispatcher I’m going to go train before I get my next load,” Moncrief says.
Moncrief hunts down the various private gyms, but when the town he’s in doesn’t have one, he stops by the local YMCA.
“I keep weights with me, and sometimes I speed walk in the park,” Moncrief says.
That dedication took the body builder far. He won first place in the power lifting and body building categories in the 1993 Natural Athlete Strength Association. The next year he came in first in the power lifting division in the 198-pound weight class at the 1994 Nutrasports competition.
But Moncrief learned it takes more than just a steady exercise regime to create a healthy body.
“I had a mild stroke in 1995, even though I was training,” Moncrief says. “I was running for the company, eating all that salt and pork and not taking care of myself.”
Moncrief was in the hospital for three days, and the doctors told him he would never be able to train again. But Moncrief overcame that and credits his amazing recovery to the power of prayer. He repeated the Nutrasports win in 1996. In 1997 he took home the blue ribbon in the body building competition in the light heavy class at the Masters competition.
“I’m a blessing, I’m a miracle,” Moncrief says.
Moncrief now lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his son, Antoine, 21, and daughter, Monica, 18. He hauls freight through all 48 continental states for PBQ Transit, based in Grove City, Ohio. He owns two trucks and drives a 1999 Freightliner Classic.
Moncrief wants to spread the word that a person’s body is the most important thing they have.
He wants drivers to realize that their health is more important than getting their job done. “The freight does not come first, the drivers do,” Moncrief says. “Health is more important than freight.”
To help get that idea across, Moncrief says the Lord gave him the idea to start the Moncrief Total Power Fitness gym, where truckers can come in and train. Moncrief says he thinks getting truckers in better shape would lead to safer roads, since they would not be so fatigued and prone to illness, and it would increase the public’s perception of the industry.
“I want to send a message to the people,” Moncrief says. “They don’t have to walk around with a big stomach; they should go around and look good.”
Sounding the Alarm
It was early in the morning, still dark, and the truckstop was quiet. Most of the drivers were asleep in their cabs, and when 43-year-old driver Jerry Gibson came out of the building, he heard a sizzling sound interrupt the silence.