When you mention Yoga to people, the first image in their head is of some hippy dippy woman with such a “celestial name” like: Serendipity or Moon beam, sitting on a mat telling you the importance of breathing and drawing energies with your chakra. All the while the smell of incense waifs about the room and soft music plays on the stereo or…if you’re lucky, there is an actual guy in the corner playing some wooden drum. Personally I love everything about that but I realize that it isn’t for everyone. Especially lots of you macho guys. But this is why I have to tell you about DDP Yoga and how my husband fell in love with it.
First of all let me just say that my husband is a really rugged kind of guy’s guy. Football on Sundays, beer from his favorite mug as he sits on a couch in his man cave. God I hate that couch. Kind of guy who eats a steak that normal people aren’t even sure isn’t still raw. Some days I just want to serve him dinner by pushing him into the yard with nothing but a knife, some matches and a cow. Whatever happens, happens.
So a year ago he tore his ACL and I mean tore it bad. Just shredded the darn thing. Our Chiropractor and the kids like to call it: A Derrick Rose Injury. Since the accident he hasn’t been able to engage in all of the “manly” exercising he enjoys or running with the dogs and the kids. My normally fit ex-solider began sliding into what they are calling Dad-Bod. Which works out fine to go along with his horrible dad jokes. I could see he wasn’t too happy about any of it so I decided to look up workouts and strength exercises he could engage in yet protect his wobbly knee.
Enter the viral video of Arthur.
I found this video while surfing Google at work and by the end of the video both my assistant and I had tears rolling down our faces. It was simply the most inspiring thing I had seen.
After I cleaned myself up and reapplied my make-up, both my assistant and I both ordered copies of the Yoga program that Arthur credited for his transformation: DDP YOGA.
DDP Yoga combines calisthenics, sports therapy stretches, and Dynamic Resistance and as we found out after our first few sessions, a high-cardio but minimal-impact workout that you can do comfortably in your home. The only things we needed were a yoga mat, towel, water bottle and a heart monitor. I personally decided to go with the Fitbit Charge HR (which i will be sure to review soon) but my husband decided he didn’t need one –at first. He later went back and got the Fitbit Surge after he saw how well my Charge HR worked. The DDP program has about 15 workouts that come on a DVD set that ranges from Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and the soul shaking; Extreme. By the time we got to the Extreme workouts I was positive I had trained well enough to become a Jedi Knight and fly off to fight the Empire. The videos are from a little more than 15 minutes to over an ass kicking worth of an hour and a half. Each workout helps you focus on making your core stronger, better balance and also how to harness your breathing.
Now understand that DDP Yoga is not and it does not proclaim to be a traditional yoga program. As a matter of fact it is everything BUT.
In the end It is definitely something I have found very helpful. As a Matter of fact, my husband does DDP Yoga about three times a day! One workout in the morning, an afternoon quickie – get your minds out of the gutter, then an intense evening session.
The results for both of us have been amazing.