Fighting fit: Hero soldier who became obese after Gulf War injury loses 140lbs in TEN months – thanks to yoga
20:50 GMT, 11 May 2012
When Arthur Boorman was injured in the Gulf War, a botched surgery left him immobile and depressed.
Having been told he would never walk unassisted again, the 47-year-old ballooned to 297lbs and gave up hope of ever being happy again.
But thanks to a revolutionary form of yoga, Mr Boorman managed to lose a staggering 140lbs in just ten months and now can not only walk without his canes and leg braces, he can run.
Transformed: Arthur Boorman weighed 297lbs (left) before he tried a revolutionary yoga that helped him shed 140lbs in just ten months (right)
One night, while searching the internet for some sign of salvation, he came across a website offering an exercise technique that struck a cord with the by then disabled education administrator.
DDP Yoga is a system of yoga designed and developed by former heavyweight champion, Diamond Dallas Page, who had suffered injuries of his own and found the cure in the strengthening postures and resistance training.
Glory to gory: A paratrooper in the Gulf Way, Mr Boorman sustained so many injuries that after a botched surgery, doctors told him he would never walk without cains and leg braces again. His weight ballooned quickly
Desperate: Mr Boorman stumbled upon Diamond Dallas Page's website while searching for salvation and bought the DVDs for DDP Yoga, a decision that changed his life forever
Described by the wrestler as 'a hybrid workout', DDP Yoga combines cardio, core-strengthening and breathing techniques for a highly aerobic workout.
Unlike other types of yoga there is no incense, no chanting and no talk about serenity. As the slogan itself claims: 'It ain't your mama's yoga.'
When Mr Boorman sent Mr Page his photos and begged for his help, the pro-athlete admitted: 'With the knee braces, the back brace, the canes…you know, 297lbs and his belly was out to here. And I was thinking, God, how I am going to help that guy.'
Warrior: Helped by sheer persistence and thanks to the cardio workout offered by the dynamic yoga system, the ex-serviceman quickly began to shed weight and heal his wounds
From man to yogi: His dedication to yoga led to a weight loss of 100lbs in just six months
Mr Boorman told ABC: 'The big part of it is getting your head right. Once my mind was in the right place it was just a matter of getting the work done.'
He bought the DVDs and six moths later had already shed an astonishing 100lbs.
A family man, married for over 20 years, with three children and five cats, Mr Boorman had suffered extreme injuries from the impact of landing on his legs and back while serving in the army as a paratrooper.
Challenge: Mr Boorman's son filmed his progress and the video quickly became an internet sensation viewed by three million people on YouTube
History in the making: After 15 years of believing he would never walk alone again, and having fallen time and time again, in May 2007, Mr Boorman walked without the use of crutches for the first time
Wow! The yogi holds one of five cats while holding a pose in the living room of his house where lives with his wife and three children
After surgery left him dependent on two crutches and leg braces, he was, by his own admission waiting to die.
In the YouYube video that charts his amazing progress and has been viewed by three million people, he asked: 'Wouldn't you give up too'
Marathon man: Not only can he walk again, but he can run and even teaches DDP Yoga in a studio
But Mr Boorman did not let his disability get the better of him and he persisted with remarkable bravery with the in-home training, getting up each and every time he fell out of the challenging poses.
'Just because I can't do it today, doesn't mean I'm not going to be able to do it someday,' he told viewers after crashing into his living room cabinet while filming his testimonial video for DDP Yoga.
New life: Arthur Boorman (left) says he looks better at 47 than he did at 21 thanks to DDP Yoga's founder and former wrestler Diamon Dallas Page who at the time confessed he didn't know if he could help Mr Boorman
In May 2007, after months of painstaking willpower and agonising exercise, the war veteran walked alone for the first time in 15 years.
And his progress didn't stop there. Now, Mr Boorman can sprint and he even teaches the rigorous yoga practice in a studio.
'They were wrong' he wrote in his video about the doctors who once had shattered his dreams.