Trick My Trucker

 
Tame makeover show offers realistic advice.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The truckers do get "surface" makeovers, but the show's focus is on healthy lifestyle changes. The truckers must learn to stick to their routines on their own; they sometimes break their diets or skip workouts, but they ultimately don't give up trying to develop some positive habits. The truckers are mostly male; the cast is primarily Caucasian, and Aguilera is Latino.

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Sex

References to finding a "sexier" self. Men are sometimes shown taking their shirts off to work out in the pool, but it's not sexual in any way.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mild makeover series promotes healthy lifestyle changes through diet and exercise and encourages will power (the truckers are expected to stick to their diet and exercise regimes while on the road). While style makeovers are also a major component of the show, they're intended to update the truckers' looks, not turn them into fashion models. There's hardly any iffy content of note, but chances are kids won't be too interested by the subject matter, either.

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What's the story?

TRICK MY TRUCKER is a reality makeover show about out-of-shape, outdated-looking truck drivers who \"trick\" themselves out by changing their poor lifestyle habits. Each episode follows two truckers as they compete in a three-week contest designed to help them look and feel better while on the road. They must participate in two fitness challenges and commit to eating healthier and incorporating exercise into their sedentary lifestyle. At the end of the contest, the trucker who's undergone the healthiest and most fashionable transformation wins a $2500 fuel card.

Is it any good?

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Hosted by Bachelor veteran Bob Guiney, the Trick My Trucker offers some practical advice for anyone who's interested in making positive lifestyle changes. Unlike weight-loss shows such as I Want to Look Like a High School Cheerleader Again and Celebrity Fit Club, which promote extreme weight loss and military-like fitness regimes, Trick My Trucker provides sensible eating recommendations and workout tips that people can realistically follow at home or on the road. Most important, it shows viewers that no matter where their jobs take them, it's still possible to be healthy and feel good.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how television can be used to promote positive health and fitness goals. Should all "lifestyle makeover" shows focus more on diet and exercise than on losing weight? Why or why not? Families can also talk about why some people stop taking care of their health. Is it reasonable to think that everyone can find time to exercise? What if they work long hours or travel frequently? How can employers promote health and wellness?

TV details

Cast:Aaron Aguilera, Bob Guiney, Harmonie Krieger
Network:CMT
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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