BubblesHeader

FF830: Backyard Fitness for You and Your Dog

Instructor: Karen Kay

Course Details

BACKYARD FITNESS FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG

Most humans hate to work out at the gym.  But we love to play with our dogs.  Now you can spend that same amount of time playing with your dog in a way that is super productive for both of you!

Improve your bond, your relationship, and your personal fitness along with all that fun!  This class will center on the human but always include your dog.  You can work out with your best friend!

This class is all about backyard fitness.  You can use what you've got.  Hills, rocks, benches, fences, trees, trash cans, and cars, just for example.  If you have fitness equipment for humans and dogs, we can use that too, but only a few items are necessary.

You will need a yoga ball and a wobble board for your dog's exercises, and you will be able to use those, too.  For yourself you will need a fitness band or tubing.  Everything else we can find in the environment or in your garage or cabinet.

Field trips are an option later in the class if you'd like to take your exercises on the road.  This class is a fun way to learn backyard exercises with the proper biomechanics to improve your strength, balance and fitness for all of your dog sports and activities.  Come and play! 

Registration

This class has been canceled for the October session.

Syllabus

SYLLABUS

WEEK 1

  • An introduction to 8 basic primal movement patterns that all humans should perform each week as part of their daily activities and functional fitness programs. 
  • Primal Human Movement Pattern #1:  Squat (need stability/yoga ball)
  • Squatting Exercises for The Backyard
  • Find the Human Obstacle of the Week:  a wall or the side of your house or other building in your backyard.
  • Find the Dog Obstacle(s) of the Week:  items your dog can go UNDER in the backyard
  • What are Optional Field Trips of the Week?

WEEK 2

  • Primal Human Movement Pattern #2:  Lunge
  • Lunging Exercises for The Backyard
  • Primal Human Movement Pattern #3:  Hip Hinge (need dowel/jump bar/or broomstick)
  • Hip Hinging Exercises for The Backyard
  • Find the Human Obstacle of the Week:  a fence of any kind (chain link/wood/picket, etc)
  • Find the Dog Obstacle(s) of the Week:  items your dog can go AROUND in the backyard
  • Optional Field Trip of the Week:  a neighbor’s yard

WEEK 3

  • Primal Human Movement Pattern #4:  Horizontal and Vertical Push
  • Horizontal and Vertical Pushing Exercises for The Backyard
  • Primal Human Movement Pattern #5:  Load Carrying
  • Load Carrying Exercises for The Backyard
  • Find the Human Obstacle(s) of the Week:  your car and rocks/bricks or sandbags and wheel barrel or cart (to push)
  • Find the Dog Obstacle(s) of the Week:  items your dog can go UP and DOWN on in the backyard or near your car
  • Optional Field Trip of the Week:  a walk in the woods

WEEK 4

  • Primal Human Movement Pattern #6:  Horizontal and Vertical Pull
  • Horizontal and Vertical Pulling Exercises for The Backyard
  • Find the Human Obstacle(s) of the Week:  a long garden hose and a large rock or cinderblock
  • Find the Dog Obstacles(s) of the Week:  items your dog can go OVER
  • Optional Field Trip of the Week:  a playground visit

WEEK 5

  • Primal Human Movement Pattern #7:  Rotation/Flexion and Extension
  • Rotation Exercises for the Backyard
  • Flexion and Extension Exercises for the Backyard
  • Find the Human Obstacle(s) of the Week:  stability/yoga ball and a step or set of stairs
  • Find the Dog Obstacle(s) of the Week:  items your dog can go THROUGH
  • Optional Field Trip of the Week:  a home improvement store (Lowes or Home Depot)

WEEK 6

  • Primal Human Movement Pattern #8:  Walking/Jogging/Running/Jumping
  • Walking/Jogging/Running and Jumping Exercises for the Backyard
  • Find the Human Obstacle(s) of the Week:  objects you can jog/run and jump around and over, and an incline or small hill
  • Find the Dog Obstacle(s) of the Week:  combine your objects to create an obstacle course in the backyard that your dog can go up/down, around, over, under, and through. 
  • Optional Field Trip of the Week:  you and your dog’s “favorite” place to explore

 

Prerequisites and Equipment

No Prerequisites

Equipment for your dog:  a yoga/gym/stability ball and a wobble board, various items around your house and yard

Equipment for you:  an exercise band or exercise tubing and you will share the yoga/gym/stability ball with your dog