I thought I’d
give animal lovers like me another idea to get a great workout
with a loved one—that is your 4-legged loved one. The Bowwow Workout is an outdoor, semi-private
exercise class for your dog and you that was created by my friend,
certified personal trainer, Bruce Gilbert.
Bruce is the owner of www.BalancedFitnessLA.com,
whose primary focus is 1:1 functional training designed to help
people regain their strength after injuries, and correcting muscular
imbalances to prevent these injuries from reccurring. Bruce came
up with the idea for The Bowwow Workout several years ago when
on a surfing trip to Costa Rica. While there, he noticed that
dogs and their masters were allowed to go everywhere together.
The camaraderie and love between dog and master was the concept
he wanted to duplicate. "I really love dogs. It struck me
that there are a lot of overweight and out of shape people and
their dogs that need to move, lose weight, and get in shape."
Since he was already bringing his border collie, Louie, to Runyon
Canyon, a no-leash dog park, several times a week to hike, he
thought, 'Why don't I have people come to the park with their
dogs, and put together a program that's more structured than only
The workout makes use of natural and man-made items
scattered throughout the park using a versatile, exercise tube
for resistance. Bruce has created a format of cardio-hiking/resistance-training
stations for a total body, 60-minute, circuit-training workout.
One station is an old tennis court, where Bruce has dogs and owners
doing shuttle, running drills across the court. Bruce hands out
no more than three gourmet dog treats for good behavior (it is
a weight loss—not gain workout:) Here, it’s time for
the dogs to shine.
The Bowwow Workout is a great, out-of-the-box exercise
alternative for you and your cherished 4-legged loved one—especially
if you hate being inside stuck on a treadmill going nowhere fast.
There’s lots of chatting and social interaction for all.
Plus, as dogs are pack animals, it’s the perfect mind-body
canine exercise solution. What could be more healthy and fun than
being outside in the sun, moving with your dog?
LaRue is a Registered Nurse and Athletic Trainer with a Masters
Degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine from the University
YOUR DOG WILL:
Exercise with your canine companion in a
– 8:30 am –
runyon canyon (fuller entrance)
*subject to cancellation due to rain or extreme heat