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美国瘦身训练营 主人与狗齐减肥
US bootcamps shape up dogs, owners

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美国瘦身训练营 主人与狗齐减肥

Owners and their dogs work out during the Thank Dog! Bootcamp fitness class in California last week. (Agencies)

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With obesity rates on the rise among Americans and their pets, two Californian women have come up with an all-in-one solution - a doggy bootcamp where dog owners and their canine friends work out together.

Thank Dog! Bootcamp is the nation's first outdoor fitness program where both humans and dogs get a full body workout while the pooches also learn basic obedience skills.

Founded two years ago by identical twins Jill and Jamie Bowers, the program has grown to include classes at various Los Angeles and Orange County locations and most recently in Northern California.

Classes begin as early as 6 am with instructors in urban-camo pants yelling out drill-like commands in the traditional bootcamp style.

The difference here is that instructors are certified in both fitness and dog training, and each bootcamper happens to have a four-legged partner by their side at all times. "People need to exercise, and dogs need to be trained and exercised," said Jill Bowers.

The class takes place on a field in a public park with 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weight training. Each person has a mat with weights and bands. Their dog has its own mat and water bowl beside their owner.

The cardio portion involves bootcampers running around park trails and zigzagging through pylon-marked obstacle courses on the field with their leashed canine companions. Various squats, lunges, jumps and sprints are incorporated for the humans.

Meanwhile, dogs are told to engage in a series of numbered commands ranging from "sit" to "down" to "come."

"A lack of exercise and training causes dogs to have behavioral problems," says Bowers. "If they don't have enough activity to expend their energy, they take it out on your favorite couch or your designer shoes. With bootcamp, your dog is too tired to be bad."

Latest statistics show that in 2009 about 28 percent of Americans aged 20 and over were obese, up from 19.4 percent in 1997, while it is estimated that about 43 percent of US dogs are overweight or obese.

(Read by Lee Hannon. Lee Hannon is a journalist at the China Daily Web site.)















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all-in-one: able to do the work of two or more things that are usually separate 多用途的;多功能的;几合一的

bootcamp: a training camp for new members of the armed forces, where they have to work hard 新兵训练营

canine: a dog 犬

work out: to train the body by physical exercise 锻炼身体;做运动

pooch: a dog 狗

identical twins: twins developed from a single fertilized ovum; they are of the same sex 同卵双胞胎

urban-camo pant: 都市迷彩裤

drill: military training in marching, the use of weapons, etc. 军事训练;操练

cardio: 心肺锻炼课程

weight training: a kind of physical exercise in which people lift or push heavy weights with their arms and legs in order to strengthen their muscles 力量训练

mat: a piece of thick material such as rubber or plastic used especially in some sports for people to lie on or fall onto (体育运动用的)厚垫子

zigzag: to move forward by making sharp sudden turns first to the left and then to the right 曲折前进

pylon: a tall metal structure that is used for carrying electricity wires high above the ground 电缆塔

lunge: 弓步

take it out on: 拿……撒气