Hello all, in this crazy time I decided to team up with a human physical therapist to bring you a HUMAN workout. The exercise listed below were designed and provided by Jennifer Hill, PT-CCRP/CCFT.

Stay tuned for future workouts WITH your dog where Jen and I will put together human and dog exercise so you can bond while working out with your dog.

We hope you enjoy these exercises that you can do at home to increase your strength and balance. It is so important to keep the human part of the team physically fit and healthy during these troubling times so that when this is all over, you are ready to go do all the active things you were used to before we hit the "twilight zone" of this pandemic.

Join me and complete this workout. Post comments below and let us know how you liked it.

EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE: #1:Lunge series #1

Body Position: Barefoot. Standing on solid flooring. Can have counter close to hold onto if needed. Shift wt to the LEFT leg and reach you RIGHT leg back. Bend your knee and lower your weight. Focus on your gluts when you stand back up.

Equipment/Setup: none

Benefits: Beginning to focus the body on improving balance strategies. Also will target the gluts, hamstrings and quads

Pre-requisite: none

Repetitions: 3sets x10reps

Training Tips: This first series is a closed chain exercise. The limb doing the work will not leave the floor. Be sure to NOT let your knee go bend beyond the location of your ankle. Go as low as comfortable.


EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE: #2: Lunge series #2

Body Position: Barefoot. Standing on solid flooring. Can have counter close to hold onto if needed. Step forward with the Left leg. Bend knee and lower body. Come back up and focus on squeezing the gluts.

Equipment/Setup: none

Benefits: Beginning to focus the body on improving balance strategies. Also will target the gluts, hamstrings and quads

Pre-requisite: none

Repetitions: 3sets x10reps

Training Tips: This second series is a OPEN chain exercise. The limb doing the work WILL leave the floor. Be sure to NOT let your knee go bend beyond the location of your ankle. Go as low as comfortable.



EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE: #3: Bridging

Body Position: Barefoot. Lying Supine (on your back) on the yoga mat. Bend knees. Keep feet about shoulder width apart. Raise pelvis off the mat. Focus on squeezing the gluts.

Equipment/Setup: none

Benefits: Gluts & Hamstrings

Pre-requisite: none

Repetitions: 3sets x10reps

Training Tips: Be sure to keep your pelvis level. Try to not let one side dip lower than the other.



EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE: #4: Leg Drop

Body Position: Barefoot. Lying Supine (on your back) on the yoga mat. Have your arms at your sides. Raise up your legs until they are straight above you with your hips at about 90°. Slowly lower your legs until they are about 8-12" off the ground. Keep legs straight. Slowly raise them back to the starting position.

Equipment/Setup: none

Benefits: Lower abdominals

Pre-requisite: none

Repetitions: 3sets x10reps

Training Tips: Try not to hold your breath! Slowly breath out as you lower your legs.


EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE: #5: Chair Dips

Body Position: Place a sturdy chair on your yoga mat. Place your hands on the arm rests. And your feet shoulder width apart. Be out in front of the chair so when you lower, you will not be sitting in the chair J

Lower your body to the floor so that your elbows are in a 90° position. When you come up, be sure to focus on your triceps. Breath in on the way down and out on the way up.

Equipment/Setup: Chair & yoga mat

Benefits: Triceps

Pre-requisite: none

Repetitions: 3sets x10reps

Training Tips: Try not to hold your breath! The slower you go, the more your muscles will get out of the exercise.