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Oh the agony...
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Cindi    Posted 11-19-2003 at 14:20:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I feel like I've been hit by a truck. Yesterday I had the physical for the mine. I didn't complete it. I wimped out. Here is what I got done before I quit.

10 squats
lift 15 pounds from ground-waist height and back down
10 toe touches
lift 30 pounds from ground-waist height and back down
10 squats
lift 45 pounds from ground-waist height and back down
10 toe touches
lift 60 pounds from ground-waist height and back down
10 squats
lift 75 pounds from ground-waist height and back down
10 toe touches

walk in place three minutes

10 squats
lift 15 pounds from ground-waist height and carry 20 feet and back down
10 toe touches
lift 30 pounds from ground-waist height and carry 20 feet and back down
10 squats
lift 45 pounds from ground-waist height and carry 20 feet and back down
10 toe touches
lift 60 pounds from ground-waist height and carry 20 feet and back down
1...2....3....squats...forget it I'm done.

Is this hard or am I a wuss? This was done in about twenty minutes, no warm up. The weight was no problem, it was my legs that gave out from the squats. Fifty in twenty minutes when you're not used to doing them at all. Pfffft. Today I can't change position without screaming. I was laying on my belly stretching my left leg trying to bring it to life again then I couldn't get ahold of my right one and I didn't want to hurt lopsided so I had to call Jake in to hand me my right foot. How old am I...geez.



hay    Posted 11-20-2003 at 03:12:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds sorta like what i go through everyday at the farm. only bad part is that i don't make the kinda money you do. where do i go to apply? i need a break from working dawn to dusk and still broke. like they say: crime don't pay and neither does farming.


JD-Tractor    Posted 11-19-2003 at 19:39:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Cindi were you looking for a job doing something constructive ?or were you applying for a job as a pack mule ? that about borders on ridiculous.


Juliana    Posted 11-19-2003 at 18:15:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, what position were you appling for at the mine? If that was for the office, I'd hate to see what they would make you do as a miner! LOL!


Willy-N    Posted 11-19-2003 at 16:06:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
This year I have to put 45 lbs on my back and do 3 miles in 1-hour! I guess you can say run for a hour at 3 mph. That is 1/3rd my weight and sorta running with it to be a fire fighter. I do not like to run with my old construction knees. Been over working them for the last 30 plus years and there is not much left of them. That sounds like a real test you did! Mark H.


Jim in michigan    Posted 11-20-2003 at 09:53:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like the physicals the Forestry guys here do,, I used to have to stand by with my jump kit in case someone keeled over...Jim


Willy-N    Posted 11-20-2003 at 13:44:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I might need a jump to after 3 miles of jogging with 45 pounds on my back. I am thinking of doing some pre/tring befor the event just incase I am out of shape. Mark H.


Jim in michigan    Posted 11-20-2003 at 14:29:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
the forestry guys have to do 3 miles in 1 hour with a 45lb pack on their backs,,I think that would be rough,, its done to make sure the guys can manage in a fire,,,Jim


Willy-N    Posted 11-20-2003 at 19:05:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bet if I have to run in a fire I will drop my Pack!!! Over 1/2 of our guys won't pass the test and it is supposed to go in effect next year. We will lose a lot of the older guys. Mark H.


Ron,Ar    Posted 11-19-2003 at 15:51:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds tough. to much for and old guy like me. My knees will work on the way down but it takes a lot to stand back up. No squats for me.
Hey, work at Wally world during the day, drive a school bus morning and evening. Every district in the country is shorthanded. It don't pay bad for the time involved. Extra Christmas money. It's an idea.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 11-19-2003 at 15:39:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good Grief! Was that a physical for a mine job or the National Foodball leage? Don't know if I could have done as well as you, and I'm in pretty fair shape of an old guy.


Cindi    Posted 11-20-2003 at 04:17:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ultimatley the job I want is on the OFC. I don't know what that stands for but it's a water cannon type thing that blasts water at the walls of the mine and I guess exposes the phosphate. It's hydrolic and everybody hates that job. Nobody likes the confines of the cab on the piece of equipment. The thing is I have talked to a dozen people who work in the mine and they say that the job is not that physically demanding. A lot of walking but not that much grunting. So this physical seems a little over the top. Still sore today.


Greg F.    Posted 11-19-2003 at 15:06:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I must be behind the times. I thought you were going to work at Wally World and had given up on the mine. Where have I been?
Sounds like hard work.

Good luck


Cindi    Posted 11-19-2003 at 15:09:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I went to work at walmart and then the mine called, and it was twice the amount of money so I figured it would be crazy to not at least try, now it looks like I may go crawling back to Wally World after all. We'll see. They haven't called me from the mine yet. I don't even know for sure if you have to complete the whole thing to get hired. You may not. Fred says it may be an elimination thing where they are looking for pre-existing injuries and are basicaly making you jump through hoops just to make sure you aren't going to work a week and claim workman's comp to cover an already bad back. Who knows.


Greg F.    Posted 11-19-2003 at 19:27:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could very well be that it was an endurance test and you donít have to complete it to pass.
I should start doing that. We have had a terrible time lately with new hires after about two weeks filing comp claims.
I have six people at this time with active comp claims. I just donít get it. I tell them when I hire them that it is hard, hot and dirty work and if that is not their cup of tea this is not for them. They all assure me that they are fit and able to do whatever and within a few weeks they tell me they are hurt and that the work is too hard, they canít lift 30 lbs., itís too dirty and hard on clothes, and the shop is too hot. All the stuff I tell them about before I bring them on.
Most of these people are half my age and cant keep up with me. Whatís up with that. I donít expect anybody to kill them selves, just stay productive. We pay health (for their entire family), dental, vision, paid holidays, and paid vacations and on top of that a decent wage.

Oh well enough ranting on about that.

I hope you get the job you like and are successful at it. Play your cards right and you could manage a Wally World in a year or two and be on the top of the heap.

Good Luck.

Greg F.


sHan in TN    Posted 11-19-2003 at 14:53:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
kinda like gettin shot at and missed and s**t at and hit? huh beenthere and done that before and dont wanna go back..

PS: did you get the licence plate of the truck????

have a good 1


Cindi    Posted 11-19-2003 at 15:02:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
YES! That's exaclty what it's like

Lic number:

IMC Phosphate


Dave Wi.    Posted 11-19-2003 at 14:51:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
What kinda job you applying for?,Milatary,fire fighter?If the work was to be that extreme and on a continus pace then I would'nt want it no matter what age I was.


Cindi    Posted 11-19-2003 at 15:03:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I asked them that. I said...they don;t have to do this everyday! I know people who work there! he said....they test you on the hardest job in the mine.


have to agree    Posted 11-19-2003 at 15:43:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
with you for a change. That is one tough physical. Guess they want to eliminate all but the young strong guys, and work them to death. You don't need that, no one does now.when jobs are scarce, they can be fussy
REt


Les    Posted 11-19-2003 at 14:26:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wanna come he'p me sling some 4' fahrwood around? That'll he'p loosen you up.
Better wait till tomorrow. Been dark for an hour and a half. Plus it's raining. (What's new.)


Cindi    Posted 11-19-2003 at 14:40:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
It rained here all day too. The sun came out just in time to go down. And no thank you. I can sling with the best of them but the squattin' is for bushmen.


TB    Posted 11-19-2003 at 14:49:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got about 10 cord of wood that needs split (the old way) that would probibly get you in shape.


Cindi    Posted 11-19-2003 at 15:06:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I could do that! My arms are strong, it's my legs that get me...the squatting. That's unnatural. I kneel when I have to bend down. Phooey. Naturally there's something in the air that's tickling my nose and every time I sneeze I feel like my spine is coming out the top of my silly head.


deadcarp-you poor thing    Posted 11-19-2003 at 15:44:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
last time i got really stupid i was maybe 30 and got in a situp contest with my neighbor while the wimmen held our feet down and cheered us on. len would do 20 then i would, back and forth. thought i did pretty well, but it finally got boring so we quit. next morning i was struggling my way down the stairs to work, feeling like i'd been steam-rolled and len came stumbling outa his apartment looking bad as i felt - it hurt or we'd have laughed harder - needless to say we didn't repeat that trick. i wouldn't treat a plow-horse like that! tell that place their test is really stupid. :)



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