If youve been reading the commentversation here for any length of time youve seen the insightful, honest, helpful comments left by Dragonmamma.
Remarks like this where she takes the time to address and *help* other readers:
Teresa, I don’t know if it’s a national policy or not, but our Y does not allow outside trainers in the facility. It’s either the Y staff or nothing.
Are there any females working out in the free-weight area with hot bodies doing kick-ass work-outs? If so, stalk them!
Of course, you don’t know the quality of the advice you’re getting, so also do some internet research. There is a wealth of information out there for free. Google Rachel Cosgrove, Valerie Waters or Craig Ballantine for starters. If the name doesn’t scare you off, Testosterone Nation
http://www.t-nation.com/ has an incredible assortment of articles written by some of the world’s top coaches and trainers.
Now I’m on the other end. I’ve always got women asking me for advice (usually after watching me do pull-up burpees) and I’m more than happy to give it to them.
All that made me long to know more about the mamma behind the Dragon- name.
Where did the name Dragonmamma come from?
When I was a single lass, my nickname was Dragonlady because I collect dragons and also because of my occasional temper.
When I became a mom, my kids jokingly referred to me as “Mad Mamma” whenever I got upset about something. So I merged the two nicknames into Dragonmamma.
What’s your story Dragonmamma? Who are you? What’s your fitness backstory?
I just turned 50 and I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life. Not as firm and stretchmark-free, perhaps, but I could kick my 20 (or 30 or 40) year old ass. I may not have been overweight when I was young, but I sure wasn’t fit.
The weight just kind of crept up on me over the years until I was 43, when I was somewhere in the vicinity of 170 pounds (I’m 5’4″) with no visible muscle to speak of. I knew that I looked and felt like crap, but it wasn’t until I got a job at a bookstore that I fully realized how unfit I was. My back always ached, I would wheeze for a month if I caught a cold, and I never had any energy. I was sliding quickly into middle-age decrepitude.
I didn’t have a single day that I decided to turn things around; it happened gradually. One day I gave up my International Coffee habit. (About 600 calories a day!) Another week I started taking a walk after dinner. After a few months of lengthening my walks, my daughter brought home a Walk-Away-the-Pounds tape, which at that time was really challenging for me. Months later I forced myself to learn how to jump rope, and I also joined the YMCA and started using the weight machines. About a year after that, I invaded the free-weight section at the gym, and I’ve been using it as my play-ground ever since.
Back in 2001, walking a mile in 20 minutes was a major accomplishment. Now, I can do a set of 10 pull-ups, deadlift more than double my bodyweight (I’m 124-lbs), do multiple sets of pull-up burpees, triple somersaults…my newest favorite thing is doing medicine ball slams. If you had told my younger-self that I’d be doing this stuff now, I wouldn’t have believed you.
And the inevitable: why don’t you have a Dragonmamma fitnessblog? Any thoughts of starting that?
Too much work! I’d rather let folks like you do all the work of maintaining a blog, then I can just chime in whenever I feel like it.
Your Personal Phitness Philosophy?
JUST DO IT!
I love the movies. From the highest of brow to the lowest of low. Many days I think I’d wanna have Jamie Pressly (circa My Name Is Earl) dye her hair black & play me in the made for tv movie of my life. Who would play you? Why?
That would be one boring movie! Can’t think of anyone off-hand. But I do find action/adventure movies very inspirational. Linda Hamilton in Terminator II, Carrie Moss in The Matrix trilogy, Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill movies…I’m always revved up for my next workout after watching those!
What one tip would you love to share with the Bumbling Band?
Only one?! (MizFit note: why do I think there is an implied CRAP!? here…) EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!
Since you don’t have a personal blog—–whats your favorite site or blog to visit?
Not to sound like a brown-noser or anything, but this has been my favorite since I discovered it a few months ago! (MizFit note: Id like to say your check is in the mail Dragonmamma, but since this is still a labor of love it’s more like yer LOVE is in the mail. not as useful at, say, Niketown but loving none the less)
And, People, in true Dragonmamma form I received this message in my in-box a few minutes later:
Can I be long winded and give a better answer than JUST DO IT?
1. I DETEST endurance cardio. I loathe it. I’m always coming up with new fitness challenges for myself, but you will never see me enter a marathon. I’d rather do multiple sets of burpees, pull-ups, push-ups and mountain climbers than run a mile. The closest I come is doing a spin class every week.
2. Routines need to be changed frequently. Every week I drop a couple of exercises which seem to be giving me diminishing returns, and add a couple of new ones.
3. Don’t agonize over which protein powder or bar is the best. Eat Real Food instead.
4. Be CONSISTENT and be PATIENT. Doing your workout consistently and persistently is what will give you results. Not working out like a maniac for one week and then nursing your injuries for the rest of the month. Yeah, yeah, I know that people make amazing transformations during the BFL Challenges, but how many of them keep the weight off? And how many people don’t complete the challenge because it was too drastic.
As much as I long for you to have your own blog via which to spout your wisdom—the moment you said you’d not have time to drop on by *here* I decided I was willing to wait…for now.