Athletics hero brings out fitness video... for you and your dog

Downward dog: Olympian Louis Smith limbers up with Gift the dog as part of the world's first celebrity workout video for man and dog. 'Petsercise with Louis Smith'.
Downward dog: Olympian Louis Smith limbers up with Gift the dog as part of the world's first celebrity workout video for man and dog. 'Petsercise with Louis Smith'.
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Team GB hero and 2012 Strictly winner has fronted a new fitness video with a difference — it’s for you and your pooch!

Louis Smith shone at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and again in London 2012.

But now Louis will be the hero of dog owners up and down the country with his excercise video that takes care of both owner and pet.

A survey concludes that one in three pet dogs is overweight, but Louis’ video hopes to put that right.

The 11-minute fitness video includes a mixture of simple, unique cardio, muscular and core-strengthening exercises that will see both owner and dog break into a sweat when performed together (if dogs could sweat, that is).

Each exercise Louis Smith and his canine companions perform in the video has been developed by a vet and personal trainer and will ensure people following at home feel the burn — while also giving their dogs a healthy run around and supplementing the regular outdoor exercise they should get. The full fitness video launches today and can be viewed at www.morethan.com.

Called petsercise, a few of the six exercises Louis and his four-legged fitness friends carry out in the fitness video are:

- Figure of Eights: the dog’s owner adopts a squat position and leads a dog through their legs in a figure of eight motion;

- Bicycle Crunches: the dog jumps between the owner’s alternating legs; and

- Pro Cobra: a shoulder and back workout for the owner that sees the dog chase a treat in the owner’s hands.

All of the person-and-pet exercises demonstrated by Louis and his canine workout companions can be performed at home by dog owners and their dogs with a small dog ball, toy or healthy treat.

Louis said of the video: “2016 is a big year for me. The aim is to get to Rio and represent the nation on the biggest sports stage of all. It’s really important that I’m in peak physical condition, but I never forget about my dog and their need for regular exercise and a proper diet.”

Petsercise with Louis Smith launches today at the peak of the celebrity fitness DVD season. While the free video will help dog owners work towards their New Year’s resolution to shift any extra Christmas pounds, it has another ambition: to combat the ongoing dog obesity crisis in the UK. Indeed, despite most dogs born with an insatiable appetite for running around, one in three (33%) canines today are nonetheless classified as overweight.