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Diamond Dallas Page when he was aprofessional wrestler.
Those Who Can, Do. Those Who Retire, Teach.
Axel Koester for The New York Times
Diamond Dallas Page used to be a professional wrestler. Now he teaches Yoga for Regular Guys at Equinox in SantaMonica, Calif., and has put out several DVDs.
By ABBY ELLINPublished: April 12, 2007
TO fans hooked on professional wrestling — and to himself — DiamondDallas Page isn’t just a three-time world champion whose signaturemove is a ghastly maneuver called the diamond cutter. He’s a phenom.He loves to talk about how he became aprofessional wrestler at an ancient 35,and still beat up on much youngeropponents. After sustaining an untoldnumber of injuries, he says, an unconventional yoga andcalisthenics program that he devised helped him recover.Now that his wrestling days are behind him, he teaches his workout, Yoga for Regular Guys, at Equinox’s outpost inSanta Monica, Calif.“So many people knew all the crazy falls and bumps I hadtaken and saw how strong I still was in my late 40s after allI had been through,” said Mr. Page, now 51, who hasreleased three fitness DVDs and a how-to book since hisretirement. “They want to be like me.”Never mind that he has no certification in yoga or exercise.“I’m certified in life,” Mr. Page said with his over-the-topexuberance. “My experience speaks for itself.”Equinox agrees. Carol Espel, its national director of groupfitness, said that Mr. Page’s lack of credentials is not anissue. Managers who have seen his work were “convincedthat the program is very credible” and “along the standardsof what we feel is safe, appropriate and effective,” she said.
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