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.
9. Sean “The Destroyer” Loeffler
Few MMA fighters have had a life as tragic as Sean Loeffler’s.
Loeffler fathered a daughter when he was a teenager. He then discovered his fiancee having a relationship with another man, who he got into a fight with. Loeffler landed in jail because of that.
“They threw the book at me,” he told MMAWeekly.com’s Erik Fontanez in 2012.
While in the slammer, Loeffler fell behind on child support payments amounting to thousands of dollars. He hasn’t seen his daughter since 2007, per Fontanez. Loeffler’s been shot and stabbed, too. As if that wasn’t enough, his boxing coach, Hector Gil, was murdered on April 7, 2010.
Loeffler took to MMA to get his life back on track. He injured his ankle in February of 2012 and turned to DDP Yoga to help him recover.
He told FightNetwork.com back then about DDP Yoga’s immense benefits:
“I’ve heard great things about DDP Yoga, and from the research I’ve done, I believe wholeheartedly that it’s going to help my rehab my ankle while building up my cardio. I can’t wait to get started.”
Since then, he’s beaten Travis McCullough and William Johnson to up his record to 27-5 with 11 knockouts. He’ll be facing Tyrone Roberts on March 21.
8. Mick Foley
Mick Foley is another wrestling great who has benefited from DDP Yoga.
During his years in the ring, Foley had several aliases: “Cactus Jack,” “Mankind,” and “Dude Love.” This versatile jack of all trades (he’s also an author, comedian, color commentator and actor) retired for good from wrestling in August of 2013.
On August 21st, 2013, he was already all praises for Diamond Dallas Page and his brand of yoga for helping him stay in shape during his retirement years. He posted his thanks on his official Facebook page:
“Congratulations to my bro, DDP, for being on the receiving end of a great story on HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ – but more importantly for making a difference. I remember when Dallas was being scoffed at and looked at as a quack with that yoga stuff.
I’ll admit that there are times over the years when I’ve felt like saying ‘enough’s enough, man — just give me a break.’ But DDP kept true to his vision of DDP Yoga for the same reason he won’t let go of his vision of one day seeing a healthier Mick Foley; because he honestly cares. Good friends and good men can be hard to find. DDP is both.”
The world needs more of Mick Foley. With DDP yoga around, we can be sure a healthy Mick Foley will be able to share his talents for the whole world to enjoy.
7. Mark Schlereth
If you’re an NFL football fan and you watch ESPN religiously, then you should know Mark Schlereth.
The Washington Redskins drafted Schlereth, an offensive lineman out of Idaho, in the 10th round of the 1989 NFL draft. He went on to play a combined 12 seasons in the league with the Redskins and the Denver Broncos. He won one Super Bowl with the Redskins in 1992 and two with the Broncos in 1998 and 1999.
Without a doubt, Schlereth is a feel-good story. However, he also had his share of turbulent times. All in all, he had to go through 29 surgeries during his NFL career. Twenty of those were on his knees.
Schlereth has had to endure the lingering effects of those injuries. However, with the help of DDP Yoga, he’s been making progress like he never has before. He’s been tweeting his progress so far, beginning with this tweet:
— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) August 7, 2014
Goldust has been wrestling since 1989. You can just imagine the wear and tear the sport has inflicted on his body.
Goldust is no spring chicken at the age of 45. However, with DDP Yoga, he feels more flexible than he ever did before.
In an interview with SportsKeeda.com’s Ashish Negi, Goldust marvels at how DDP Yoga has helped his body in more ways than one. He said that”With DDP Yoga, there are a couple benefits. I stand up straighter now, and I can bend in ways I couldn’t bend. I feel so much better: my joints, muscles and bones. It is awesome.”
Many wrestling fans previously left Goldust for dead, but DDP Yoga helped him go up against younger grapplers such as Randy Orton, The Shield and The Wyatt Family. He even joined forces with his half-brother, Cody a.k.a. “Stardust,” to create a formidable tag team.