Written by Guest Author, Ethan Harzheim
I am a guy who loves football, tattoos and rock-n-roll. I have played sports my whole life; baseball, basketball, hockey, if it had contact and a ball I was in, so the idea of yoga for this guy had previously been a foreign concept. Well let me tell you, I have found an activity that has literally helped change my life. I found DDP Yoga, a yoga routine created by ex-professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page. He actually created this program after he had back surgery and was trying to gain mobility to alleviate the back pain that he endured from years of wrestling.
This was the hook for me: BACK PAIN. I always have been a big guy with a big frame. I loved lifting weights and playing physical sports, but years of rough activity and a few years sleeping on a sofa after a divorce brought my back to a point where getting out of bed was hard. I take care of my two kids day in and out, and I want to be mobile and participate in their lives. I was becoming a spectator, and I knew something had to change. Much to my surprise, DDP Yoga was the answer I was looking for!
What is nice about the DDP Yoga program is that it does not require weights or a gym; just you and your yoga mat and a couple DVDs. I only paid sixty dollars for five workouts, so it was not an incredible investment. Once I got the DVDs I went to work. This program is not magic. It combines a wonderful nutrition plan with a workout, which you do every other day for thirty minutes or so. I started doing: Down Dog, Cobra, Warrior 1 and 2, and other traditional yoga moves incorporated with planks, push-ups, knee lifts and other moves that I personally had never associated with yoga. After a thirty minute workout, I was drenched in sweat. I mean the dripping, shirt stuck to your body, the first stop is to the shower after your workout kind of sweat. I was thinking: “This is yoga? Yoga is kicking my butt!” Now the best thing about this program is that it allows for modification, so anyone can pick up the program and just start doing it at your own pace. It incorporates a heart monitor, and DDP teaches you how to figure out your fat burning zone to maximize your workout, all while not pushing yourself to the point where you could get hurt.
The program uses your own body weight as resistance, thus engaging every muscle in your body. It is a true full-body work out. Before I discovered this workout, I would go the gym and it was a “leg day” or “arm day” or “chest day.” This was total body at all time! Within a week, I noticed my back was starting to loosen. I was gaining more flexibility as I tried to touch my toes. It was amazing the muscles I was turning on again. I was excited to get home and work out because I was seeing results. A huge part of this plan is the nutrition plan; DDP outlines the basic guidelines necessary to fuel your body, and you can say good bye to processed foods, as well as a few other things. After a month, I dropped from a 44 to 40 waist size, my back pain had subsided, I was getting more mobile and people at work were coming up to me left and right asking what I was doing. It was phenomenal. Yoga was the answer! Of course, it wasn’t just the yoga; it was the yoga, the eating right, and the sticking with it that brought the results.
The battle of the bulge! A lot of us deal with it. We are on the wagon of fitness and wellness and then when it gets tough, we fall off the wagon. When people diet and it fails, we think we are stuck in this rut of over being overweight or not being happy with who we are. I promise you this is not the case. We all fall. I have. I have slipped and gone back to eating garbage and I have missed workouts, but the trick is to always get back up. That is one important thing I took away from Dallas: Get back up! Remember, we are going for a lifestyle change not a passing fad, so as long as you are continually moving forward during this workout, you are in good shape. It is not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up!
DDP Yoga also has an amazing support group of people around the country just like you and me who have wanted to improve their quality of life through fitness and wellness. One of the best parts of this program is the people that come with it and their inspirational stories. I encourage you to check out the DDP Yoga website because these people are amazing. They are there to help and support you with love and positive energy.
Enjoy this inspirational video showcasing disabled veteran Arthur Boorman’s amazing determination, and the incredible results he achieved using the DDP Yoga program!