I announced this a couple of weeks ago that I was starting DDP Yoga and I received my DVD in the mail last Thursday. I’ve watched some yoga videos in the last few weeks and it’s something I’m really getting into.
What I didn’t explain before was “why” I was getting into Yoga. To make a long story short, I’ve got weight issues. I’m able to move around just fine and work in my daily life, but I also rock a beer gut and – what one of my friends referred to in high school – as a ghetto booty. Even as I type this, I’m feeling a weight lift off my shoulders.
Covering prep sports and mixed martial arts, I see a lot of athletes and coaches who are healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I see a lot of folks with beer guts and have the dad or mom body, but I don’t want to be like them. I want to be healthier and I want to look great. I’m a person who believes that you should love yourself for who you are.
However, I’m also support someone who wants to change their life for the better and that’s what I’m doing.
I also enjoy working out and exercising, but I don’t allow myself time to go to the gym – something I hope to change in the future.
You have no idea how heavy it was to type that.
This morning I popped my DVD into the player this morning and started the Beginner Beginner workout to learn the poses, movements and basic workouts, as well as gauge myself.
I worked up a sweat like in the previous workout videos I posted, but there was something about doing the DDP Yoga workouts that – for lack of a better term – “clicked” with me. Maybe it was because of my testosterone-filled man brain was able to make sense of DDP’s poses – the “Touchdown into Diamond Cutter” my favorite.
Another thing I liked was how Page guided you through the movements. The other videos did that, but Page’s voice was loud and crisp – you understood exactly what he was saying. Anyone who has watched his professional wrestling career knows that Diamond Dallas Page is an intense individual. However, he’s also positive and breaks things down in a practical way.
During the workouts he motivates you to challenge yourself, but also encourages you to go at your own pace. As he says “It’s your workout.”
Even if you’re not a fan of pro wrestling, you can find inspiration in Page, not only in the lives he’s helped through his program – Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall among them – but also in the man himself – something I didn’t realize as a wrestling fan growing up.
Page didn’t start his professional wrestling career until he was 35 years old. In 1998, he ruptured his L4/L5 discs and doctors told him he’d never wrestle again. He later discovered the benefits of yoga and developed his own system.
In 1999, he became the WCW world heavyweight champion – the first of three title reigns.
The Beginner Beginner workout was about 55 minutes. I was sweating and a little sore, but I felt great. I’ll probably do the Beginner Beginner workouts for the first week and then transition into the Beginner stage starting next Monday.
I know that if I want to succeed at DDP Yoga – and life in general – that it’s going to take time and change. It’s not something that happens overnight. But I’ve overcome challenges before.
When I started working at the Cheney Free Press in December 2013, I didn’t have a driver’s license or a car. It six months of dedication – as well as my sister’s hard work – but I managed to get my driver’s license. It’s almost three years and I’m still driving and my car will be paid off in four months.
Anything is possible.