Nobody could have thought that former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page would come up with a fitness craze so revolutionary, that it would change peoples lives forever. Simply knowing these famous people who credit DDP Yoga ought to encourage others to follow suit and pay it forward.
It’s ironic to know that Diamond Dallas Page (Page Joseph Falkenburg, Jr. in real life) was someone who “wouldn’t be caught dead” doing yoga during his first 42 years of existence. However, he had a change of heart when he ruptured his L4 and L5 discs during his wrestling career. He would do anything to help ease the discomfort, so he tried it, per DDPYoga.com.
Diamond Dallas Page soon learned his new discovery could help people who have struggled with their weight lose hundreds of pounds. He himself said,”Weight loss just happens to be really awesome side effect of DDP Yoga.”
For those who are unfamiliar with the practice, DDPYoga.com goes into deeper detail:
“DDP Yoga combines the very best of yoga, traditional fitness, sports therapy and dynamic resistance to create one of the most effective fitness plans in existence today.
It allows anyone to get an amazing cardio workout while improving muscular strength, dramatically increasing flexibility and strengthening the core in a single workout…all with minimal joint impact!
The main benefits are body fat loss, lean muscle growth and improved cardio levels all without placing undue stress on the joints. DDP Yoga is currently used by professional football players, over 40 professional wrestlers, MMA fighters, and regular, everyday people who want to perform at optimum levels and want to place themselves in the best position to see career- and life-changing results and improve their quality of life.”
For the purposes of this article, we will simply rank the top people who were saved by DDP Yoga according to the impact it has made on their lives.
10. Shawn Michaels
Who doesn’t know The Heartbreak Kid?
Shawn Michaels rose to prominence in the WWE as half of “The Rockers” alongside Marty Jannetty. He then became known as “The Heartbreak Kid” on the suggestion of the late Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig.
Michaels retired for the first time in 1998 due to a serious back injury he sustained during that year’s Royal Rumble casket match against The Undertaker. He returned to the WWE in 2002 to be a part of the recently-formed New World Order.
In an April 2012 interview with WrestlingInc.com’s Jay Calderon, Diamond Dallas Page reveals it was Michaels who was the first-ever wrestler to try his brand of yoga when he had his most recent back surgery:
“HBK–Shawn Michaels — was the first guy to ever do DDP Yoga when he came back from that last back surgery. He told (Chris) Jericho about it when (Jericho) herniated his L-4, which is the lower part of your back. It’s the center of the universe. He was done.”
Had it not been for DDP Yoga, we would not have enjoyed seeing much of Shawn Michaels compete during the 21st century.