More than two years ago, I tried to pass a physically demanding test for work and I just couldn’t do it. The test consisted of swinging back and forth three times on a 1⅟2 inch diameter rope across a 5 foot span without touching the ground or letting go. Next, one is required to hold the rope with only hands and do a dead-man’s hang on the rope for 10 seconds. Finally, one must swing twice across the 5 ft. span and land on both feet each time. I passed this test years earlier, but my strength was diminished as I’d gotten older. I had not made time for a workout routine.
My work took me to the offshore oil rigs where you must swing on a rope from the boat to the platform and back when it’s time to leave. After working on the platforms for more than 20 years, I changed jobs in May 2014 to a land based operation where I wouldn’t be in danger of losing my job due to this physical test. And that same month, I joined OC Fitness Mama and met Stacy Rae. I’ve been going twice a week and have steadily gotten stronger and more fit. My weight is the same, but my clothes fit better. I had a goal to ski two days in a row from when the ski lifts open to when they close and was able to do that. Stacy’s guidance and training has made such a difference in my body and my mind.
Recently, the small independent oil company I work for is reorganizing due to the low price of crude oil. As luck would have it, the job I had on the offshore rigs opened up again. It’s been my favorite workplace since the 80s. But I’d have to pass the swing rope test before I could be considered in the hiring process
for the job. Thankfully, with the vital training I’ve received from Stacy Rae and Stacy D., my strength and fitness from nearly two years of working out, and the prayers and support I’ve received from friends and family, I’m happy to say I passed the swing rope test on Friday, March 22.
Thank you, OC Fitness Mama!