I’ve come to realize that I seem to spout off about my experience with DDPYoga a lot. However, I haven’t really provided any insight other than to encourage folks to try it. Well, I decided to breakdown and write an actual review. This review is in the context of my experience with the program. I must admit I am partial to it however, I stay unbiased in my review. So, if you’re wondering why would anyone try DDPYoga here it goes:
First, I am neither a fitness pro nor guru: I know what I like. I like DDPYoga.
Why you should give it a look:
The consumer experience:
Customer service: The company was not ready for the influx of orders they received over a short period (May 2012). This was, I’m sure, truly unexpected as they received thousands of orders as a result of Arthur Boorman’s video. These things happen and I take this into account in my review.
I have to note that they did tell of this fact on the webpage citing “2 to 3 weeks delivery”. Additionally, each and every time I inquired (and I was a persistent cuss) I received immediate responses from Robert at DDPYoga each time. All-in-all, this part of the experience could be improved and will likely see much improvement:
It seems that every business makes outlandish guarantees about their product: it’s a fact of life today. They tell you anything they think you want to hear. Well, here’s my take on what I consider the three main promises made:
#1 – “It ain’t your mama’s yoga”
Absolutely spot on. Traditional forms of yoga are based on lengths of time in a pose, sometimes extended periods of time. It is similar in some ways to Power Yoga with a twist. Power yoga is closer to being your “mama’s yoga” in its closeness in form to traditional yoga. However, the difference is DDPYoga isn’t just yoga. It’s yoga mixed with MMA style moves, calisthenics, and intense cardio. So, it definitely “ain’t your mama’s yoga”: it’s a hybrid form of yoga.
#2 “It’s a no impact workout!”
Zero impact. That’s right. No jumping around and spinning around and such. You stay within the confines of your yoga mat. The closest thing to a jump is while in “down-dog” you are asked to bend your knees and “step or pop up to a standing position”.
My own experience proves it as while injured and almost immediately after knee surgery I was able to safely do each workout.
#3 “DDPYoga family support”
DDP provides an interactive site for members to meet and chat in a friendly supportive forum. He doesn’t get credit for the entire concept: after all, forums aren’t new. However, to his credit he fosters interaction by being personally involved despite his now very hectic schedule. DDP responds to posts made on personal TeamDDPYoga members pages often offering words of encouragement. In fact, he states in his first message to newcomers that there will only be ONE cut/paste message from him ever: he keeps to his word.
While the argument can be made for other programs similar in nature, it ranks among the best. The fact that DDP takes the time to personally interact with members of his “family” speaks volumes. Now, this I admit, there is bias in the grade in this section: I’m a DDP mark. I admit it. Still, I believe it rates an overall grade of:
Now, onto the program itself:
Presentation and ease of use:
The videos are arranged sequentially so that no one really has a reason to jump into something they are completely unprepared for. In fact, he provides a workout plan for just that purpose.
The workout plan does not encourage anyone to go any harder than they should reasonably; nor does it discourage that. In fact, in each video DDP tells the participant to “make it their own”. In other words if you can and you “feel” like doing more: do so.
Sequential: one can start by doing “Diamond Dozen” for familiarization until ready to move on to the next step. The next step would be “Energy”. After a few attempts and familiarization one should be comfortable with moving into “Fat Burner”. This is because the moves in “Energy” are building blocks into the next program “Fat Burner”. In “Fat Burner” the moves are more advanced. The same goes for moving from “Fat Burner” to “Diamond Cutter”, etc.
Additionally, instead of confounding and confusing with Sanskrit names for moves, he changes and/or modifies certain yoga poses and renames them. For instance, “safety zone” is commonly called “childs pose” in traditional yoga. My personal favorite, is his modification and renaming of “Warrior II” to “Showstopper” because of its similarity to a signature pose done by Shawn Michaels® of WWE® fame. Either way, in DDP Yoga they are not actually poses as in yoga: they are ‘moves’….just like the “Diamond Cutter”.
Throughout the course of the video’s he provides at least three modifications to the moves he demonstrates. Even more, he walks you step by step through the basics and fundamentals of muscle engagement; explaining how each muscle is engaged, etc.
What makes this so different?
Like many other fitness programs there is a website involved and a series of DVD’s to order. There are package deals available, etc. Due to his status as a sort of pop-culture figure he does sell his autographed pictures on the site and a few other extraneous items. However, fans of DDP won’t mind.
Unlike other programs:
There is no “DDPYoga” vitamin mix, protein shake, or other self-named products for you to buy! He offers common sense advice for your weight loss and nutrition.
He doesn’t promote himself as an expert on the subject; he relates his experience and encourages discussion on the matter. In fact, he presents himself more as the guy who has “been there” and understands what you have in mind to do; his job is to get you there.
His ultimate guarantee throughout the program is that you will get out of it what you put into it. That is truth in advertisement; a rare feature today.
This is a program I highly recommend to anyone of any age. The no impact aspect of the workout is what drew me to it. The results I’ve seen in 30 days is what has kept me doing it on a daily basis. I fully intend to wear the DVD’s out. However, by that time I will have them engrained in my mind; if not, I’m sure DDP will give me replacements!
In fact, I’m so taken with the program I fully intend to become a certified trainer: that’s how much I enjoy this program.
What are you waiting for? Give it a test run for free.