Yoga for Normal Guys: The Best Damn Workout on the Planet by Diamond Dallas Page


This is not your usual yoga book! But it’s not a joke either. It’s serious training. “Yoga For Regular Guys: The Best Damn Workout on the Planet” by three-time world champion Wrestler Diamond Dallas Page is a fun book that provides the basics of getting a great yoga workout. Page wrote the book with Dr. Craig Aaron and even got Rob Zombie to write the foreword. I found a copy at a used book store and am so glad I did.

First of all, the book is aimed at boys. This should be obvious from the title. That said, there are a few tidbits of wardrobe humor, but nothing too bad, and as the cover says, there are yoga girls included. Page begins by exposing her personal case regarding doing yoga. Why she started, what she has done for him and why she believes it is the best exercise she can do. His case is compelling. I agree that yoga is great for you and I hope Page can get a lot of regular guys to try this form of exercise and stretching. Then she moves on to the first lesson on breathing. This is very important and I’m glad it was included. (If he hadn’t, I’d question the book.)

Most of the book is devoted to three routines. The 20-minute training section, the 30-minute training section, and the 45-minute training section. Each of these provides images and short descriptions to follow and learn the routines. Pictures and descriptions are good, but those who have taken classes or watched DVDs will have an advantage. It’s much easier to learn moves that way than from a book. But for a book, this one is well done. It also has some pages of the workouts at a glance. These have the pictures without the descriptions to help you remember the sequence of moves.

The book concludes with a section called “Hammers and Duct Tape” that provides some quick fixes for instant stress relief, and a chapter that has quick facts on ice vs. heat, organic foods and juices, massages and drinking water. Finally, there is a bit of inspiration and motivation.

Throughout the book there are sidebars of Dr. Aaron (Yoga-Doc Says… ) and sidebars of Page’s wife, Kimberly, called “Hot Tip!” These provide additional information and add to the book. Models who go all out in the pictures include Page and his wife, as well as some “yoga girls” as he calls them, and some regular guys.

Yoga really is a good exercise and now you can take it from Diamond Dallas Page, it’s for regular men too. If you’ve ever been interested in trying yoga or adding it to your exercise regimen, this book might be just what you need to get you off the couch and onto the yoga mat. I enjoyed reading it and am including Page’s yoga workouts in my weekly exercise and stretches. Read it and see what yoga can do for you.

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