Former Professional Wrestler, actor, author and inspirational speaker Diamond Dallas Page has once again found the fountain of youthon the mat. But this time instead of the main event wrestling mat that he worked on during his days as a former three-time World Champion he works out most days on a yoga mat.
Known around the sports entertainment world of professional wrestling as DDP, Diamond Dallas Page was born Page Joseph Falkinburg in 1956, growing up in the beachside community of Pt. Pleasant, NJ. From an early age Dallas was an energetic kid, who would barrel through his grandma's kitchen on his tricycle, swing from chandeliers at the babysitter's house, and cannonball neighborhood pool parties.
Dallas was big, lanky and athletic, and sports proved to be an outlet for his unbridled energy and saving grace for the grandmother who raised him. He played an excelled in both Pop Warner football, and youth hockey but he was captivated by the heroes of Saturday afternoon wrestling. He mimicked the moves and talked the talk of his favorite pro wrestlers on TV, and boasted to friends and relatives that someday, he would be the next Handsome Jimmy Valiant.
At age 12, Dallas was hit by a car darting through traffic on his way to school, and the doctor's consensus assumption was that hed never play contact sports again. Determined to compete in athletics, he picked up a new sport and became a star basketball player in high school and later went on to play collegiate ball.
But the Jersey Shore had a pulse rate that centered on the night life and Dallas had established a successful and exiting career in the nightclub business, in several towns and states by the time he moved to Florida in the mid-80. During that time as a master promoter and nightclub owner came the reawakening of his dream to become involved in the world of wrestling. He first latched on as a popular and memorable wrestling manager in Florida, which led him to regional and national appearances as Diamond Dallas Page, an over-the-top manager who was graced by Diamond Dolls and escorted his wrestlers to the ring and did all the talking for them. His success and goal had seemed to be reached, but during that time he decided that he could, and would, do something that had never been done before, in any sport. Approaching 36, he became the oldest rookie in history and started wrestling. At an age at which most athletes reflect on their careers, Diamond Dallas Page was ready to put it all on the line, and on the mat, to stay healthy enough to climb from the bottom of the ladder to the main event.
His incredible work ethic, training regimen and preventative maintenance along with unmatched personal focus and determination, enabled him to battle the hands of time and stay healthy enough to wrestle with men half his age for years to come. His uncanny ability to create his character along with story lines that fans could relate to, propelled him to national notoriety, and made him one of the hottest merchandising commodities in professional wrestling.
During his fourteen year career, he captivated audiences and became a three-time world champion. Highly publicized and financially successful pay-per-view and network feuds with wrestling giants such as Randy Macho Man Savage, Hulk Hogan and Bill Goldberg became legendary for hardcore wrestling fans, but Diamond Dallas Page also was able to bridge the gap between sports entertainment wrestling and mainstream entertainment. As networks, actors and professional athletes became more interested in the fan base and ratings that professional wrestling was attracting, Diamond Dallas Page became the unlikely tag team partner of late-night talk show host Jay Leno, basketball great Karl Malone and movie star David Arquette. Those pay-per-view and charity match appearances versus Hollywood Hulk Hogan and perennial bad boy Dennis Rodman are memorable to both fans and non-fans alike.
Along with the championship titles and main events came pain and injury. During his career Dallas suffered torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders, and a torn meniscus in his left knee, and while performing wrestling stunt sequences during the making of the movie, Ready to Rumble he severely damaged his back when he suffered ruptures of his L4 and L5 discs. It was during that time at the age of 42, it seemed that he should listen to all those who suggested that either surgery or retirement would ease the pain and be the best solution to the loss of mobility that his injuries had caused.
His quest led him back to the mat, except this time it was the yoga mat. After studying the positive healing effects and increased flexibility that yoga positions provided, he became a devotee and adapted the discipline and the comprehensive and motivational approach to longevity and gained a better understanding of health and fitness.
For the past 10 years, he has been working on a revolutionary new fitness program called the YRG Fitness System. YRG's development came to life when doctors told Dallas that his professional wrestling career was over due to a ruptured vertebrae. Never one to give up on anything, Dallas looked everywhere for fitness techniques that could help him regain not only his livelihood, but also his life-long dream. He experimented with yoga, pilates, mixed martial arts training and consulted with many nutritionists and kinesieologists to finally come up with an all-in-one workout that gave him intense cardio, increased strength and new-found flexibility. The amazing thing about Dallas workout was that it required NO WEIGHTS, NO MACHINES, AND NO OTHER EQUIPMENT OF ANY KIND.
Dallas Page is not only the creator of the YRG Fitness System, but he is also the first test case. After doing YRG for only a few months himself, it was this fitness system that got him back into the ring allowing him to continue on with his career achieving the ultimate goal in professional wrestling -- he was awarded the World Heavyweight Championship!
The secret to this workout is a unique and revolutionary fitness concept called DYNAMIC RESISTANCE. DYNAMIC RESISTANCE is the process by which you engage, or flex, your muscles as you move from one position to another. This engagement of muscles does two things simultaneously. It causes the heart to beat faster to pump more blood to the flexed muscle, thus increasing your heart-rate, and by engaging, or flexing, the muscles and moving them from one YRG position to another, the resistance created simulates weight lifting or strength conditioning. Additionally the positions that he has sequenced together provide for amazing flexibility.
With the YRG Fitness System, Dallas has created an all-in-one cardio, strength and flexibility program that works in as little as 20 minutes a day and ONLY 3 DAYS A WEEK.
For the last decade Dallas has been sharing his personal workout with anyone who wanted to change their life for the better. From the 300 pound Gulf War veteran who has lost over 140 pounds with YRG, to the 198 pound 49 year-old woman who wanted to lose 64 pounds before her 50th birthday, to the 292 pound 16 year-old boy who lost 100 pounds and gained new found confidence. The YRG Fitness System works for anyone and everyone regardless of their age, gender or fitness level.
What separates Dallas from the masses is how he deals with his hardships and struggles with the mantra of life being about 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. His work ethic, tenacity and passion correlate directly with his innate ability to convey his message in real life terms
Wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page has always found youth on a mat, and now you can add the title of Fitness Guru as he continues to entertain and motivate as an actor, speaker and author. Film credits include Ready to Rumble, First Daughter, Rat Race, The Devil's Rejects, Splinter, Snopp Dogg's Hood of Horrors and Driftwood, and in the late 90's Dallas published his autobiography: Positively Page: The Diamond Dallas Page Story. He continues to conduct inspirational seminars in the corporate and educational environment, guiding audiences through branding and goal-setting using his own formulas and self-taught techniques.
Most recently Dallas became the Fitness Guru for singer and TV host Carnie Wilson who has experienced a lifelong weight problem on her show Carnie Wilson: Unstapled. During her touring days with Wilson Phillips, Carnie's weight peaked to almost 300 pounds. After gastric bypass surgery she lost 150 pounds and eventually gained most of the weight back. Looking for a new and innovative way to lose the weight and get into shape, Carnie found Dallas Page and the YRG Fitness System. You can watch Dallas and Carnie working together to get healthy on the reality show Carnie Wilson: Unstapled on GSN Thursday nights (8/7c).
For more information on Dallas Page visit www.yrgfitness.com.