Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pawlates will wiggle your butt into shape

Dog obesity is a real problem, and now dog pilates is a real solution too.  Or, should I say "pawlates." The Virgin Active gym chain in the U.K. has launched a new program just for pets--Animal Active.  In addition to Pawlates, classes include Pooch Paunch Buster, Puuuroebics, Wag Attack, Canine Crunch.  Dog yoga is already pretty widespread, but this variety of gym-based activities is new.

According to The Sun, "one in four dog owners admitting that they never exercise their pets," so there is definitely a need for new ways to motivate people to keep their dogs at a healthy weight.  Animal Active will provide a fun place for people to work out with their pets.  Not a bad idea, but I have a cheaper option--walking around the block.  You could pick up another exercise buddy from your local shelter to make exercise into a play date for a dog in need. 

This is still only in the U.K., but you can learn more about it on the Virgin Active website


  1. I like your cheaper option :)

    But hey, if it helps keep dogs from getting fat... whatever works!

  2. Pawlates! What a cute little idea. I would love to watch dog yoga class... :)

    And of course you may steal Pimp's picture -- he's happy to be a star!

  3. Glad pet obesity is getting noticed but there is no need for a "gym" to get dogs in shape. Canine Fitness TrainerTM Gail Miller Bisher here, check out Super Fit Fido Club's website and blog for expert canine fitness information. and