Several years ago, after a potential career-ending injury, doctors told the legendary Diamond Dallas Page that his days as a pro-wrestler were over. Determined to get back into fighting shape, he developed his own fitness program.
Diamond Dallas Page: The chief principle behind YRG is that anyone at any level can do it. And it's the only workout you'll ever need because it gives you all three basic elements of total fitness at the same time. One, it gives you a great cardio workout with NO IMPACT on your body and especially your joints. Two, it gives you an amazing strength-conditioning workout without any weights, bands, or gadgets. And three, it gives you increased flexibility. And I like to say that flexibility in the body and the mind is the key to holding back the hands of time. Originally YRG stood for Yoga for Regular Guys and Girls, but today yoga is more of a footnote. YRG is a piece of pilates, mixed martial arts, yoga, and old-school, slow-burn calisthenics, but the secret sauce is Dynamic Resistance. It is Dynamic Resistance that elevates your heart rate and gets you into the fat-burning zone.
ML: You say the workout is perfect for moms. How so?
DDP: I have so many moms that are part of TEAM YRG because they all want to lose that baby weight but none of them have the time to go to a gym or do 45 minutes a day on a treadmill. I designed YRG so you can adapt it to your lifestyle. I have YRG workouts that take as little as 12 minutes and as much as 70 minutes. If you give me three days a week and 25 minutes, I can help you reach your goals. YRG is also about no excuses. We have women with multiple kids and multiple jobs who do YRG cause it helps them look the way they want and, more importantly, feel the way they want.
ML: How has the fitness program helped you personally?
DDP: I never designed YRG for other people. I designed YRG because three doctors told me my life as a professional wrestler was over at the height of my career. They told me I couldn't live my dream anymore. My body was so banged up there was no way I could deal with the strain of lifting weights, the stress of running on my joints, and I could barely touch my knees when I bent over.
I developed YRG to help me turn back the hands of time. And the more I tweaked it, the more I worked with trainers, applied kinesiologists, and nutritionists, the more benefit I was getting from YRG. This started over 10 years ago for me, and so when you ask me what YRG did for me personally, it's such a hard question to answer because YRG gave me my life back -- it allowed me to live my dream again and help others. I live and breathe YRG, and so do the thousands of other people who I have shared it with. Quite simply, YRG has made me 53 years young, not 53 years old.
ML: The biggest question new moms have of fitness programs is "How will I stay motivated?"
DDP: I live my life by a philosophy that I call "Living life at 90%" -- life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it! That is what YRG is all about. It's not just a workout or a meal plan -- it's about how to own your life. It's about taking control of the things we all can. The thing I am most proud of with YRG is TEAM YRG. It's my online community where everyone who does YRG gets to share stories, ask for advice, post pictures, videos, and even make friends. It sounds crazy, but YRG is based on the idea that we all need help to reach our goals.
ML: If you could give our moms one piece of fitness advice, what would it be?
DDP: Start now! No excuses, no whining, no nothing. To quote Nike, "Just DO It." Start right now, not tomorrow, not later. It always takes the first step.
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