Overweight But Extremely Mobile

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Bam-Bam's Comment
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Hey, I'm considering a career in the trucking industry, all i have left to do is take a DOT physical, and obtain my permit before i enroll into Swift's CDL school. I was wondering, as an overweight woman, will i have any issues passing my physical? I don't have hypertension , sleep apnea , or diabetes that i know of, my hearing is great, and i have decent vision (with my glasses of course). And to go a little further, will I have trouble performing the duties of a trucker, both while in training, and once I get out? I've seen some very helpful things on this sight, so I hope someone will be able to lend a little advice.

Thank You in advance,

Qwa

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

RedGator's Comment
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You never said your weight? But im 5'1 and weigh 230lbs. Ive had 2 physicals and retained a 2 yr med card each time. Trust me ive seen some of these folks out here and being fluffy isnt an issue. They will check you for risk factors of sleep apnea which includes weigh, neck size, bmi and a 4th factor im unsure of but as long as you can drop it like its hot (lol), touch your toes and reach the sky your good. I had to ask the doc if we were doing a physical or a porn audition lol

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Starcar's Comment
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Welcome, Qwa....As Redgator stated...its about what your weight is doing to you, or limiting you in. But I'm fluffy, and it didn't become an issue when I was driving... Keep on coming in here, we'll help all we can...and be sure and start the High Road....it will make the cdl school ALOT easier for you....

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
SuperRoo's Comment
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Great question, QWA! I was wondering the same thing myself. So nice to see such recent replies!

Bam-Bam's Comment
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Thank you all for your feedback and support. It's greatly appreciated. This has been a dream of mine for a long while, and even more so when I discovered the movie Smokie & the Bandit a couple of years ago. lol

Bam-Bam's Comment
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You never said your weight? But im 5'1 and weigh 230lbs. Ive had 2 physicals and retained a 2 yr med card each time. Trust me ive seen some of these folks out here and being fluffy isnt an issue. They will check you for risk factors of sleep apnea which includes weigh, neck size, bmi and a 4th factor im unsure of but as long as you can drop it like its hot (lol), touch your toes and reach the sky your good. I had to ask the doc if we were doing a physical or a porn audition lol

haha, I can definitely do that. Thank you for the help.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Bam-Bam's Comment
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Welcome, Qwa....As Redgator stated...its about what your weight is doing to you, or limiting you in. But I'm fluffy, and it didn't become an issue when I was driving... Keep on coming in here, we'll help all we can...and be sure and start the High Road....it will make the cdl school ALOT easier for you....

Thank you for the advice. And yes, the High Road Training has worked wonders. I love how it incorporates questions from previous sections. It's great for memorization. I'm more confident that I can pass my written permit test now. The practice tests they provide on the DMV sight aren't detailed enough, and only has questions for basic operations of a CMV.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Bam-Bam's Comment
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Great question, QWA! I was wondering the same thing myself. So nice to see such recent replies!

Yes, this site is awesome. Many of the questions that you may have can be found somewhere in the forums, or if you don't feel like looking so hard, you can pose the questions yourself, and the replies are fairly quick. Make sure you check out The High Road CDL training course on here, it's helping me out so much.

Also, I noticed that we're from the same state, maybe we'll run into each other one day. Best of luck.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
fatsy cline's Comment
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You never said your weight? But im 5'1 and weigh 230lbs. Ive had 2 physicals and retained a 2 yr med card each time. Trust me ive seen some of these folks out here and being fluffy isnt an issue. They will check you for risk factors of sleep apnea which includes weigh, neck size, bmi and a 4th factor im unsure of but as long as you can drop it like its hot (lol), touch your toes and reach the sky your good. I had to ask the doc if we were doing a physical or a porn audition lol

Omg you're awesome. I pretty much had the same question because I'm a mover and a shaker just... i have a lot to move and shake. Thank you, Qwa for asking, and all you seasoned trucker ladies for answering.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Bam-Bam's Comment
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You never said your weight? But im 5'1 and weigh 230lbs. Ive had 2 physicals and retained a 2 yr med card each time. Trust me ive seen some of these folks out here and being fluffy isnt an issue. They will check you for risk factors of sleep apnea which includes weigh, neck size, bmi and a 4th factor im unsure of but as long as you can drop it like its hot (lol), touch your toes and reach the sky your good. I had to ask the doc if we were doing a physical or a porn audition lol

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Omg you're awesome. I pretty much had the same question because I'm a mover and a shaker just... i have a lot to move and shake. Thank you, Qwa for asking, and all you seasoned trucker ladies for answering.

Hey just an update. I passed my DOT physical with flying colors. They're only concerned abt my blood pressure which runs in the family. You should do great. Im 400+ lbs im not proud of it but i still did great.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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