How DDP yoga changed my life

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It all started with a change in address.

From the bright lights and warm weather of Singapore, I exchanged it for the cool (or should I say freezing?) and quiet living in Norway.  My wife has been living in this country full of natural beauty so when it was time move in, I packed my bags, took what I could and left what I didn’t need.

Unfortunately I couldn’t bring the gym with me. Obviously I  could get a gym membership in Norway as well but if you are moving to a country and you don’t speak the language it’s going to be hard to find a job much less pay for a gym membership.

This was how I looked when I arrived in Norway

So there I was resigned to my fate, doing what I can to stay active. I tried running because it doesn’t cost anything but my gear was more suited for tropical weather rather than the cold climate in Europe. I also didn’t see any noticeable gains from running other than a pair of dirty shoes and sore legs. Long story short, it didn’t last long.

Pretty soon, I found myself watching movies and TV series online more and more and missed working out more often. I stopped watching what I ate in part because I felt that I was not working out anyway and found no need to eat healthy. I lost my motivation to live a healthy lifestyle and together with that I lost the six pack abs I worked so hard for when I was still living in Singapore.

Then one day I looked at myself in the mirror and didn’t like what I see anymore. From a shredded guy, my belly started looking softer and my chest started showing a semblance of man boobs. This transformation from beast to o-beast took place in less than a year.

Less than one year! For crying out loud. All that I worked for, gone in less than a year.

Then I realized, I was still in charge of my life. So I searched online (I was always on the internet anyway) for something that can help me get back in shape quick. I found this interview of my favorite wrestler Chris Jericho talking about DDP Yoga.

Yoga? I thought to myself, common man I can’t do that. It’s  yoga! But when Chris attributed his physique to doing nothing but DDP Yoga and bodyweight push ups I just had to listen.

What is DDP yoga?

Diamond Dallas Paige (DDP for short) is a former professional wrestler who used yoga to rehabilitate his injured back in the late 90’s. A guy who wouldn’t be caught dead doing yoga, he did yoga to build himself back in shape while his back is healing.

DDP combined traditional yoga with calisthenics, pilates and traditional exercises to bring a program that gives you a good cardio workout while toning your muscles and having zero impact on your joints. This is huge especially for people with injuries and are totally out of shape. (Always check with your doctor first if it’s safe for you to workout especially if you have an injury)

Oh by the way, he removed all that namaste stuff from it.

For some that are not familiar with the program, you would think that you have to be fit and flexible to be able to start with. That’s exactly the opposite. You don’t have to be an expert to do yoga.

There are different modifications available for every exercise to make it easier for people who are not in shape or you can make it harder if you are more advanced.

DDP Yoga is now widely used around the wrestling industry to help professional wrestlers with their rehab and to prevent injuries.

A fun fact about yoga, professional and high level athletes have been doing yoga to prolong their careers and help them play at an elite level. Athletes like Lebron James, Novak Djokovic, Ray Lewis  and Tom Brady are just some of the elite athletes that incorporate yoga in their off-season training. That is proof enough that yoga is not just for women.

What are the benefits of doing DDP yoga?

  1. Muscle building and fat loss

These two go hand in hand. The more muscles you build, the more calories you burn and eventually the more fat you lose. Yoga is usually associated with meditation but one overlooked fact about it is that you’re using your own body weight to build muscle.

Body weight training is known to help build lean muscle because you’re utilizing muscles you don’t use when using machines to workout.

Sept 2014 and Dec 2014

2. You can do it anywhere.

The program comes in DVD form so you would need a dvd player however you can also listen to it on your phone by downloading the MP3 format. I strongly advice that you start watching the DVD first and once you have mastered the program and movements then you can continue using the MP3 version.

Chris Jericho, by the way, aside from being a wrestler is also the lead vocalist of the band Fozzy  and he does DDP yoga even while his band is on tour. Here’s a guy who goes to different cities in the world and yet he still manages to stay in shape just by doing yoga.

All you really need is a small space, a yoga mat and your heart monitor and MP3. You can even do this workout in the middle of the dessert if you had to.

The added bonus of portability means there’s no more reason to skip your workouts even if you are on vacation in a cruise or on the beach.

3. You can save a lot of money.

Weight loss costs money. Lots of money. From having to buy the best foods out there to buying equipment, gear and even paying for a personal trainer, you would have to spend quite a bit if you want to lose unwanted fat.

If you buy this program however, you pay $79 one time for workouts that you can do for life. Four years after buying this program and I’m still using it.

In the US, personal trainers charge anywhere between $60-$100 PER HOUR to help you lose weight. High profile trainers tend to charge more.

Add to that the money you can save just by working out at home.

So if your budget is tight, it’s a good investment to pay for a program that you can do over and over again.

4. Increases flexibility

When talking about yoga, flexibility is not going to be far behind. Doing yoga makes you more flexible, stretches tight muscles back to their normal length and breaks up scar tissue as well.

When you are active in sports or weight lifting, flexibility goes a long way in improving your performance too. You can squat lower, you can kick higher, your range of motion is improved and you lessen the risk of injury.

5. Fantastic support group

There is no need to reinvent the wheel. If you want to lose weight, what better way  to do it than learning from the ones who did it before you.

By learning from other people’s experiences, both negative and positive, you expedite your own weight loss instead of doing things on your own. You also save money and years of pain and suffering by doing a trial and error method.

The team DDP Yoga support group is filled with thousands of members from varying levels of fitness, from those who are overly obese and are just starting out to those who have been working out for quite some time, the group offers advice on pretty much everything from the workouts itself to nutrition and a healthy dose of motivation.

So the question is, was I able to get back to my shredded form? Absolutely not.

But am I happy? Am I healthy? Do I feel strong? Do I have energy to do physical stuff? Yes, yes, yes and yes!

Life is about making choices. Sometimes you make good ones, sometimes you make bad ones. What I’ve learned is that you don’t have to stay stuck in your dilemmas. Take action!

The best way to get out of the fog is to move in one direction. Who knows where it brings you? But at least you learn something from it and the more steps you take the closer you get to the right direction.

Now is the right time for me to get back to the gym. It took four years! Had I not done anything to stay in shape, it would definitely be harder for me to get back into the shape I’m used to. DDP Yoga helped bridge that gap and I’m still going to continue using it.

Sometimes the best decisions are the one’s you didn’t want to make.

Bonus. Here’s the video of Arthur Borman that inspired thousands of people to change their lives and do DDP Yoga to lose weight! Make sure you have a tissue nearby…

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