Diamond Dallas Page's new workout fuses cardio and strength training techniques with the feel-good benefits of yoga

By Ashley Mateo
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Yoga is great for relieving stress, boosting immunity and even upgrading your sex drive. (Just check out these 6 Hidden Health Benefits of Yoga.) But you wouldn't associate yoga with high-energy or fast paced routines...would you? Former heavy-weight wrestling champion Diamond Dallas Page does, and in DDP Yoga, he's created a routine the pumps up familiar yoga poses with cardio and strength training techniques to burn fat, build muscle, and increase flexibility. We had him demo some of his favorite moves.

Ignition into Touchdown into Diamond Cutter

Stand with your feet hip-distance apart in Ignition position. Slightly bend your knees, then grip your toes into the mat. Straighten your legs and pull your adductors in towards each other. Tuck your tailbone and squeeze your glutes. Reach out as if your hands are grabbing a ball. Pull your thumbs away from your pinkies, engaging your hands and arms. Inhale up into Touchdown, lengthening your spine. Exhale and lower your arms. Push your thumb and index fingers together while pulling your pinkies away for Diamond Cutter. Keeping your lower body engaged, raise your arms above your head as you lean back (think standing cobra), then bring your arms out to a T, clench your fists, and exhale bringing your fist together and "Hulk It Up," engaging your chest muscles as your arms come in. Inhale for 'Attention'-shoulders back, chest out, then relax, at ease.

Roundhouse Kick

Plant your right foot, lift up your left foot and grab your ankle. Find your balance, root your foot into the ground, and grab the outside of your left foot and place your right hand on your hip. Take a deep breathe as you exhale with control, straighten your leg as much as possible, and breathe into the position. Hold for 10, 20, or 30 seconds. Slowly return down to starting position and repeat on opposite side.

Barback Series

Start in Ignition position and drop it down into Huddle Up with forearms on thighs. Place your hands on your knees and inhale into Bent-legged Bar Back, making sure to lengthen your spine and keep your elbows tucked in and triceps engaged. Exhale, folding forward. Inhale into Bent-legged Bar Back again then fold forward, lengthening the spine. Inhale and straighten your legs, pulling the muscle off your kneecap into Stiff-legged Bar Back. Exhale, then fold-forward. Inhale, rolling up one vertebrae at a time into Touchdown, then exhale and return to Ignition position.

Catcher into Thunderbolt

Start in Ignition and drop down into Huddle Up. Turn your toes and knees out and lower down into Catcher. Inhale, raise your arms up, biceps to your ears, and lift up for 3, 5, or 10 seconds. Keeping knees bent, inhale and bring your arms around with fist to hand. Push your thumbs and index fingers together and exhale as you lower with control. Inhale, biceps to ears, and lift for 3, 5, or 10 seconds. Exhale as you fold forward. Inhale and roll up one vertebrae at a time into Touchdown, exhale and return to Ignition.

Putting it all together

Start in Ignition and inhale up into Touchdown. Exhale into Huddle Up. Inhale into Bent-Legged Bar Back. Exhale and bring your hands to the mat in plank. Stay up in plank or lower into a pushup for 3, 2, 1. Hold down for 3, 2, 1. Push up with control for 3, 2, 1. Lower back down for 3, 2, 1 and hold for 3, 2, 1. Lower all the way down to the ground. With hands flat and feet flat on the floor, inhale into Cobra, making sure to lift your chest and roll your shoulders back. Exhale and push up into Down Dog. Take a deep breathe. Exhale, bending your knees, step or pounce into Huddle Up. Turn your toes and knees out and lower into Catcher. Inhale, biceps to ears, and lift for 3, 5, or 10 seconds. Exhale as you fold forward. Inhale and roll up one vertebrae at time into Touchdown, exhale and return to Ignition.

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