The 1990’s was a golden decade for professional wrestling. With the Monday Night Wars in full swing, everyone’s eyes were set on either WCW or WWF on Monday nights. The eyes of the world saw the likes of Ted Turner’s organization and Vince McMahon’s federation go toe to toe for ratings. Many stars rose to prominence in this era, none more so than Diamond Dallas Page.
Having began his career at the unheard of age of thirty-six, Page became a huge success in WCW. His time in the wrestling ring led him to multiple reigns as World Heavyweight Champion and saw him wrestle legends like Sting and Randy Savage. Page’s in-ring career would be at risk when he blew out his back in the ring.
“I had ruptured my L4 & L5 so badly that three different doctors said my career was over,” Page said in an interview with yoganonymous.com, “They were telling me that by the time I went through surgery and everything else, by the time I came back I would be too old, I already was too old. I was pretty depressed. I had also signed a multi-million dollar three year deal right around that time. I was still married to Kimberly and she suggested I do yoga. At first I was like fuck that, I’m not doing yoga. I come from the Jersey Shore, and I was really just ignorant to it all. I started to do it at night time on my own and I started to mix some rehab moves with the yoga positions. One day I got on the mat, I started doing my thing, I think I was up to some 10 second push-ups, I did two, I glanced over at my heart rate and it was at 140. I thought, “How is that possible?” It took me a while, but I started to figure out little by little that every time you engage a muscle your heart has to work faster to get the blood to the muscle. In less than three months I was back in the ring. At 42 they said my career was over, at 43 I was the world champ. Yoga, and what became the DDP YOGA method, had a lot to do with that!”
Page returned to the ring and wrestled for many more years before hanging up his boots. In the years that followed, the star would put great time and effort into developing YRG (Yoga for Regular Guys) which would later be renamed DDPYoga. DDPYoga blew up when a testimonial video went viral. The video documented the fitness journey of disabled veteran Arthur Borman. Borman was walking with the aid of hand-crutches and weighed over three-hundred pounds. With the aid of DDPYoga, Borman is now in great physical condition and can now run totally unassisted.
“We want people to retake ownership of their lives. We don’t want people with perfect bodies. We want people who are striving to get more fit and feel great. That’s what America needs. A lot of American’s have lost hope, and we’re trying to inspire it back into people.” -Page to yoganonymous.com
DDPYoga is the only system I ever tried that shows results. Having lost well over fifty pounds since beginning DDPYoga, I feel better and love my new self. Page has even taken the time out of his hectic schedule to speak with me personally over the phone.
While there are many former wrestlers who’ve found success, Diamond Dallas Page may be one of the greatest post-wrestling stories to date. As he continues to change lives, the world’s eyes are on DDPYoga. For more information on DDP’s recent years check out www.ddpyoga.com