So, like everybody else, you're looking for a review of DDP Yoga and asking the question, "Does DDP Yoga work?" Well, I'm here to tell you now, from my own personal experience, that it does work. Now, don't waste any more time wondering, just get on with making yourself fitter, healthier, and happier!
Okay, so you're a shrewd person, who needs a bit more convincing. That's fair enough. I'm the same way. Therefore, I think it's probably best if I tell you how my adventure with DDP Yoga started.
I actually didn't originally buy DDP Yoga for myself, I bought it for a female friend who wanted to lose some weight and get in shape, but who had a nagging back problem that hampered her progress. She'd tried an exercise bike to burn some calories, but the sitting position put too much strain on her lower back, so the time she could spend on it was limited. Similar problems arose when using a stepper and a rowing machine. A treadmill was fairly comfortable to walk on, but it just wasn't giving her the all-over body toning that she wanted. It seemed to be a bit of a Catch-22 situation, as the extra weight she was carrying would put additional strain on her back, and affect her ability to exercise even more. Not only was she finding it physically difficult to exercise, but also mentally too, as she was losing confidence that she'd ever being able to workout enough to get the body she wanted.
In July 2012, after several months of trying to find a suitable exercise solution for her, I happened to find the, now famous, YouTube video of Arthur Boorman doing DDP Yoga (if you've not seen it yet then look it up). After watching the video and being impressed with what Arthur achieved, I showed the video to my friend. I said to her something along the lines of, "That man had been walking on canes with a back brace for 15 years, but now he's fit and able to run. If he can do it, then I think it might work for you." Inspired by what we'd seen, I ordered the first DDP Yoga DVD in the set.
When the package arrived, I saw that DDP Yoga was much more than just a Yoga DVD. Sure, it had the wall chart showing how to do the moves, but it also had a book giving nutrition and motivational advice. On top of that, you had the sheer driving force and charisma of DDP himself, Diamond Dallas Page. You don't get to be one of the top stars on what was then the hottest pro-wrestling show on TV in the US (and possibly the World) without knowing something about firing people up. Surprisingly though, rather than just screaming at you like an over-the-top drill sergeant, DDP offers a caring and supportive side, advising people to make modifications to the moves if they need to, or to "put the thing on pause" if the workout gets a bit intense and they need a breather. It's this that makes the DDP Yoga workouts special, as you feel almost like you're getting one-on-one training, rather than just being a member of a large class.
The complete set of DDP Yoga DVDs consists of 6 discs arranged into 3 sets from beginner to "extreme". However, even just the two "beginner" DVDs offer enough variety of workouts to allow you to keep things interesting, whilst still pushing yourself. For example, the short (20-30 mins) "Energy" and "Fat Burner" workouts are compact enough that you can do one of them every day, or you can put the 15 minute "Red Hot Core" workout on the end to give your abs an extra blast. Alternatively, if the shorter workouts aren't challenging enough, the 1 hour "Diamond Cutter" workout will give you a good test, and, of course, you can always tack "Red Hot Core" on the end of that if you still want a bit more.
Another good thing about the DDP Yoga workouts is that the participants exercising behind DDP are all of differing fitness levels (and one normally does the simpler modifications), meaning that you don't ever feel like you're the struggler of the class. It's also useful, as DDP takes the time to give individual advice to his "students", which in turn helps you perfect your own positions.
It's important to point out at this stage that DDP Yoga isn't like some traditional yoga DVDs that you may have seen. It actually started life as YRG yoga (Yoga for Regular Guys), and so it's closer to a form of power yoga than to the more meditative forms. There is still a focus on stretching and flexibility, but there's also a focus on power moves like push-ups, and the use of "dynamic resistance" to build and tone muscle. Put simply, it'll make you sweat!
Although I initially bought the DDP Yoga DVDs to try to help my friend, I couldn't resist giving it a go myself, and have now worked my way through all the DVDs, right up to the "Extreme Psycho" workout, which still punishes me. That said, the way DDP Yoga is structured, I still find that I can go back to the earlier workouts when I want a change, and I still find that they can be beneficial. There's certainly not a feeling that the earlier workouts are redundant once you move on to a later DVD. You can mix and match workouts to target whatever part of your body you want to focus on, and to keep things interesting.
As if the workout DVDs and book weren't already enough for DDP Yoga, there's more, in the form of TeamDDPYoga.com. Team DDP Yoga is a social site especially for users of DDP Yoga, where they can get motivational support and advice from other members. It's like being part of an exclusive club where you never feel alone, as there are always people there who have been through the same thing as you, and can offer support. It's what lifts DDP Yoga above all the other workout DVDs on the market.
I've now been doing DDP Yoga for over two years, and I find it to be the best all-round exercise I can do. The free MP3 audio versions that come with the DVDs even mean that I can do it in my hotel room using my mobile phone when I'm working away from home. All I need to do is throw a bath towel on the floor.
My friend has also made great progress with DDP Yoga, and enjoys doing it on a daily basis. She felt a great sense of achievement when she was able to bend and stretch in ways that she wasn't able to before her back injury, and she found that DDP's assurance that it's okay to adapt the moves gave her the confidence to continue with the workouts, even when some positions were a bit tricky for her. At no point did DDP Yoga make her feel like she had to give up as it was impossible for her, and that's the beauty of it.
If you too would like to improve your health and fitness with DDP Yoga, head over to DDPYoga.com.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am so impressed with DDP Yoga that I really need no other incentive to make me recommend it to people. However, in order to help with the cost of running JRT Sports & Fitness, the above link is an affiliate link.