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Boot camp training inspires residents to break through boundaries
by Caroline Young
October 24, 2012 09:19 AM | 5480 views | 11 11 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Sandy Springs resident Debra Tenenbaum takes a breath after some cardio warm-up drills at Muddervation boot camp
Special Photo
Sandy Springs resident Debra Tenenbaum takes a breath after some cardio warm-up drills at Muddervation boot camp

The Sandy Springs resident, who is a mother, wife and teacher, is also a Tough Mudder.

“I want to show that just because you’re 60, life is not coming to an end. It’s just starting,” Tenenbaum said.

She, along with 17 others, are participating in the Tough Mudder 12-mile obstacle course this Saturday, and have been preparing since mid-May with a series of weekly boot camps called Muddervation at YourDay gym on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

Tenenbaum said her husband, Fred Spring, completed a Tough Mudder and was part of her inspiration.

“I was like, ‘What in the world are you doing this for?’” she said. “I was just really impressed and amazed that he would take that on.”

Tenenbaum works out with YourDay’s owner, Day Adeogba, of Brookhaven, regularly.

And Doug Grady, a Buckhead resident and friend of Tenenbaum’s, wanted to inspire others to train for and complete a Tough Mudder.

“Doug’s Muddervation group joined our regular evening workout,” she said. “Nobody was forcing us to do it. We just overlapped times.”

Tenenbaum said the longer she was around the group, the energy was more “infectious.”

“I started thinking, ‘I’m turning 60,’” she said. “I wanted to do something significant to just sort of remind myself that there’s no limit.”

Now, Tenenbaum’s two daughters, 24 and 26, and son, 16, are taking on the Tough Mudder, too.

“They have stepped up and I’m just amazed and so proud, and so grateful that this is going to be a family trip,” she said.

And Nancy Jamison, of west Buckhead, said her sons Lucas, 5, and Rex, 6, have benefited by watching she and her husband Bill take care of their health and be a part of Muddervation.

“They caught on. They got the fever,” said Jamison, who will partake in a Tough Mudder in April. “That habit of taking care of yourself and respecting your body. … It’s about that.”

She said it also helped their real estate business, Jamison Home Zone, improve significantly.

“It’s the confidence and belief in myself that I know I can do it,” she said. “That has absolutely translated. It is almost directly proportional to the workout. It was a gift for Doug to share his relationship with Day, and for Day to open his gym to so many people. They didn’t have to do that. They’re doing it to help people. They both have a servant’s heart.”

Although Tenenbaum said Muddervation pushed her beyond all physical boundaries she believed to exist, it also made her less afraid of facing anything.

“It’s just like any obstacles in life. You just have to put one foot in front of the other and just do it,” she said. “You let go of the fear. It just starts melting away. … I just feel fearless.”

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Dominic Carubba
November 02, 2012
Great work Debra and the rest of you Mudders!

I know that Debra changed my life one afternoon when she said "How about joining me for a mile run? Anyone can run ONE Mile."

She was right. One mile lead to two, then three, then I ran the Tough Mudder with Fred in Feb.

I am so impressed with the clarity, commitment and camaraderie of all the folks at Your Day Fitness and especially for Doug Grady who has been an inspiration to me.

Keep up the good work!
Portland Oldie
October 27, 2012 are a true Viking warrior woman! Finding your inner and outer strength...what a gift to self! You put many a younger woman to shame. (-: Rock on Sweet Lady!
Hugh G.
October 25, 2012
Way to go Debra! What a great way to celebrate turing 60.
Amy Head
October 25, 2012
What a cool article! My husband and I had the privilege of training with this group over the summer and loved every minute of it!!! Congrats to Debra and all of the Tough Mudders!!! :)
Nancy Jamison
October 25, 2012
Thku so much for the opportunity to be interviewed! Doug & Day have been instrumental in the growth of my family, myself and my business....not to mention its a kick a** workout!! I am so grateful for them!!
Dustin P
October 25, 2012
Great article Caroline! Every time I have been to Muddervation everyone has been very motivating and supportive of one another. I know that will continue on Saturday as we will need it! Thank you to Doug, Day and everyone involved.
Allison Kusic
October 25, 2012
What an inspiring article. I am so grateful for Day and Doug for creating this environment for high achievement in the "playground of life". It warms my heart to see how Debra, Nancy and the whole community have grown! God is Good! :)
Sharon T
October 25, 2012
You're amazing, Debra! Such an inspiration!!
Fred S.
October 24, 2012
I'm so proud of Debra and the whole Muddervation team - Saturday will be a BIG DAY !
Doug Grady
October 24, 2012
Thanks for writing this. Muddervation has been one of the most fulfilling underakings I have ever been involved throughout my 18 years in personal and professional development. Stay Muddervated!
Jack A
October 31, 2012

You are a real life hero(ine). This is yet another instance of your inspiring leadership.
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