The Prayers, the Training and the Vitamins: Inspired to Exercise by 1980s Wrestling

By Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Informer Media Group

“The Prayers, the training and the vitamins,” was Hulk Hogan’s famous tagline.

Professional wrestling ruled cable TV in the 1980s. My brothers and I, along with all of our friends were glued to the TV when wrestling was showing. We cheered, we screamed, he imitated the interviews and practiced all the moves.  Most importantly I was inspired to exercise and lift weights by the wrestlers I watched week in and week out.

All the wrestlers entertained me but the guys in good shape inspired me to train. The wrestlers with big arms motivated me to do e-z bar curls and tricep bar extensions. The guys with defined abdominal inspired me to perform countless numbers of incline sit-ups and straight leg raises.

Wrestlers such as Tony Atlas, The Ultimate Warrior, Ivan Putski and “Ravishing” Rick Rude looked and flexed like massive bodybuilders. Wrestlers like “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka and “Macho Man” Randy Savage displayed incredible levels of fitness as they leaped and moved throughout their entire matches. Huge, powerful men like the Road Warriors, Hulk Hogan, Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Ken Patera motivated me to get stronger.

Wrestling in the 1980s was fun, exciting and consistent. Every week it was shown on several different cable networks. Every weekend I got to see the likes of the Fabulous Freebirds, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich and George “The Animal” Steele.

I watched in awe as Hulk Hogan body slammed Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania Three. The strength it took was incredible.

I laughed as Randy “Macho Man” Savage and the “Hulkster” used Miss Elizabeth to distract and defeat Andre the Giant and “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase at the very first Summerslam.

I shouted with excitement when Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Cowboy Bob “Ace” Orton and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndoroff at the first Wrestlemania.

I laughed out loud when “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase paid off the referee’s identical twin brother to allow Andre the Giant to defeat Hulk Hogan for the WWF championship belt on NBC’S The Main Event. Immediately afterward Dibiase “bought” the championship belt from Andre.

For me the entertainment value of 1980s wrestling was sky high but fairly short lived. I haven’t watched in years. The inspiration from 1980s wrestling helped build a solid foundation to my lifelong fitness training.

Thank you to all involved in the organization and promotion of wrestling. More importantly thank you to the incredible athletes that inspired me to exercise. I can’t thank you enough.

Dr_Donald_A_Ozello_thumb_medium150_Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is the owner and treating doctor at Championship Chiropractic. 2595 S. Cimarron Rd, Suite #100, Las Vegas, NV 89117.  His web address is He can be contacted at (702) 286-9040 and

Dr. Donald A. Ozello’s mission is to educate and inspire others to live healthier, fitter, more functional lives.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC proudly handles Standard Process Supplements and Foot Levelers Orthotics.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC writes a weekly health, fitness, exercise and nutrition column for The Las Vegas Informer. His is published in OnFitness Magazine,, and

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is an award-winning public speaker. He has spoken to numerous groups on the importance of health, fitness, exercise, ergonomics, nutrition and injury prevention.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is a fitness enthusiast. Functional kettlebell training, bike riding and running are his favorite forms of exercise.

Before pursuing his career in Chiropractic, Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Bremerton, SSN 698.


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