How to incorporate your dog into your workout routine

If you're anything like me, then you'll know that there's nothing better than a run outside with your pet on a sunny day.  But, there are times when that's not possible.  I've come up with some clever exercises that you can do with your furry friends indoors.

In between the exercises, I alternate between chasing Jake (my dog) around the room in circles, kettlebell swings, and jumping jacks.  I'll also throw in other full bodyweight exercises such as lunges, push press, and planks.

 

 

This is Jake, a 1 year old doberman, king charles spaniel, and american staffs terrier mix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posterior Chain Activation
Your job is to engage the core and hold steady while your dog attempts to pull you.  This forces you to use the core, glutes, and hamstrings in an isometric contraction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bicep Curl
Engage the core, with an abdominal brace, and pull up into a bicep curl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squat to bicep curl
Squat down, using proper form and keeping the spine neutral.  Then, lift the dog into a bicep curl.  Release, and repeat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upright row
Sit into a squat position, engage the core, and pull back using rhomboids and upper back.