A few months ago, I watched a video that had gone viral. Apparently, it was viral long before I watched it but I’m usually late to the game. I see something, love it, and share it with an OMG. You guys HAVE to watch this video! followed quickly by an “Yeah, I watched that a few months ago.”
That’s what happened when I watched the video transformation of Arthur.
(just in case YOU haven’t seen this)
I didn’t really pay attention to what really caused his transformation, but that didn’t seem to be the point. He focused on yoga and sheer determination and it’s an admirable story. It turns out that the key to his transformation was a program that has ultimately become known as DDP Yoga.
This is relevant because a few months ago I got pitched to review a DDP Yoga DVD.
How about taking your sunny summer bliss a little further this year by getting your body AND mind in awesome shape?
DDP YOGA is a unique, at home hybrid yoga workout system that stretches every muscle in the body, while at the same time, improving core strength, flexibility and mobility, as well as promoting significant weight loss. But this program isn’t just another fitness tool; it’s an overall lifestyle change that encourages positive thinking, clean eating and a healthy body.
Developed by iconic wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page as a results-driven workout to help recover from a career-threatening injury, DDP YOGA has helped thousands of people achieve the fit, happy lifestyle they never thought possible.
Personally, I love yoga. And I secretly desire to have a super sculpted body just from yoga so the thought of taking my practice to the next level was definitely appealing. And then I saw who Diamond Dallas Page is.
And I wasn’t quite sure if this was the man who could help me with my yoga. But I reluctantly gave it a shot.
This program was originally called YRG or Yoga for Regular Guys and the DVD program itself is branded that way. I’m assuming that they realized their techniques might be interesting to women to and so they now focus on the star of the program, Diamond Dallas Page.
In the intro to the program, DDP talks about his early career and his need to find a solution for helping him heal his back injury. He took some cues from his wife’s yoga practice and created this program.
It’s touted as “Not Your Mother’s Yoga” and it definitely isn’t. It starts with 13 core moves known as “The Diamond Dozen.”
Basically, he takes traditional yoga moves and gives them a cool name while saying them in a gruff wrestler’s voice. For example, “slow burn push-up” is essentially a plank, lowering to the floor. “Road Warrior 1 & 2” are just macho names for warrior 1 and warrior 2 positions. “Safety Zone” is what we simply call extended child’s pose.
(I just did this EXACT position in yoga class on Sunday)
Now, I’m all for renaming the positions if it finally makes some people feel like yoga is really a workout. And this yoga series definitely is. His focus is on isometrics where each move is done slowly with maximum muscle tension and contraction while executing the move.
Does it work?
Oh yes. In fact, you generally should engage as many muscles as you can during yoga to get the maximum benefit.
Does it feel good?
Not really. I love yoga because of the strength, agility, flexibility, and body-mind connection that it gives me. This yoga doesn’t do that. While it may have some of the same physical benefits, the mental benefits are missing and that’s one of the reasons I love yoga.
With that said, his DDP Yoga kit comes with many programs including:
Diamond Dozen: The initial program to show you the moves, step by step.
Energy: A 20 minute workout incorporating the Diamond Down moves. Think of it more like a smooth ride on a bumpy road.
Fat Burner: I didn’t try this one because it was listed as having a “fast-paced high-cardio emphasis.” Not my thing. Not right now anyway.
Red Hot Core: Like Pilates? Then you’ll like this 15 minute workout. This was actually my favorite because it did a good job from the comfort of my own home.
Below The Belt: Butts and thighs. ‘Nuff said.
And lots more.
In the end, I still prefer my mother’s yoga (even though she doesn’t do yoga). But I have to give credit to DDP for creating a program that introduces the amazing benefits of yoga and pilates to an audience that thinks it doesn’t give enough of a workout for them. I’ll still plan to use the Red Hot Core when I feel like my jelly belly is a little too gelatinous.
What are your thoughts on yoga? I find most people either love it or hate it. Those that don’t like it tell me it’s not enough of a workout for them. With that in mind and given Arthur’s transformation, would you be willing to try a program like this?
Disclosure: DDP Yoga sent me the package that you see above for review.