It’s not just important to keep yourself healthy, but your pet too!
So, whether you have a dumbbell-lifting dog, or a cat that loves cardio, there’s no reason you can’t share an exciting and rewarding pastime with your pet!
London-based Fight City Gym offers gym-goers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience an enjoyable way of fighting fat and building stamina through their range of unique training programs. Today, they reveal 5 of the best exercises you can do with your pet.
1. Doga – Doga takes downward-dogging to the next level. As one of the more relaxed exercises, it works on the natural symbiotic relationship you have with your pet. While performing the different poses, simply allow your pet to wonder freely, as the “Dog magic” will work on both you and your pet. Dogs are known to copy their human’s breathing habits, similar to children. You’ll know if your pet is completely relaxed if it falls asleep on the mat next to you!
2. Follow the leader – our pets have a tendency to wonder in a world of their own, so wouldn’t it be interesting to see where they would choose to go if they were in charge? A game of follow the leader gives them a chance to have (some) independence, whilst their crazy running around will keep you rushed off your feet.
3. Waggin’ wall sit – walk your dog onto a wall where they can sit behind your head. Encourage them to put their paws on your shoulders as you face way from them for extra resistance. Stand with your back against the wall with your feet shoulder-width apart. Push your hips, lower your back and shoulders into the wall. Slowly walk your feet out as your upper body sinks to the floor (make sure your dog doesn’t fall off the wall!) Bend your knees until your legs form a 90-degree angle, but make sure to keep your hips and lower back flat against the wall. Hold this position for up to 1 minute.
4. Reverse lunges with a twist – make sure your pet is facing you. Take one large step backward and lower your hips until your front thigh is parallel to the floor, and your front knee is directly over your front ankle. Use your front leg to push your body backward. Now before lunging with the opposite side, get your pet to perform a trick, whether that be shaking their paw, or asking them to roll over, it gives you both intermittent breaks between commands.
5. Step up for a treat – slowly step to place your right foot on a platform. Keep your torso upright and align your knee over your second toe. Push off with your trailing (left) leg to raise your body onto the platform, placing that foot alongside. Have your pet follow, with front paws (or their whole body!) on the platform. If they’re resistant, put a treat beside you, that should make them hop up quickly. Then step back down, and place a treat on the floor for those who were particularly resistant!
MORE ABOUT FIGHT CITY GYM
With an increasing amount of people tied to desk-based office jobs, the need for an active and physical lifestyle is greater than ever. However, working long hours and sitting through a tough commute leave most of us less than motivated to sit through a boring exercise class.
Moorgate-based Fight City Gym combine combat disciplines with dedicated strength and conditioning training, including Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Judo. Each of these arts are taught by world-class professional athletes who are all masters of their chosen specialty.
While large chain gyms simply offer boring, repetitive fitness classes with little-to-no thought about the individual, Fight City Gym focuses on their members above all – a welcome change in the gym scene for sure. Fight City Gym’s main goal is to get serious results for people at all levels of fitness through engaging, unique regimes.