Many dogs and humans share the same problem: They're overweight. So why not work out together? That's the strategy at the
K9 Fit Club, a new business in Illinois that promises healthy rewards for dogs and their owners.
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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYChicago - Feb. 14, 2013 and Hinsdale, Ill. - Feb. 8, 20131. Medium wide shot of dog/people exercise class at Chicago location 2. STILL of Tricia Montgomery, courtesy of Tricia Montgomery++VIDEO ON TOP OF SOUNDBITE++3. SOUNDBITE: Tricia Montgomery/President & Founder/K9 Fit Club"I used to weigh about 265 pounds, and I realized because of a trip to the veterinarian that not only was I killing myself, by I was killing my dog. And both of us needed a change in pace."4. People exercising with dogs++VIDEO ON TOP OF SOUNDBITE++5. SOUNDBITE: Cindy Rodkin/K9 Fit Club member"It's definitely the energy of the dog keeps you going. It sort of distracts you from what you're actually doing."6. Medium on small dog trying to exercise7. Tight on dog's face8. People exercising on floor with dogs++VIDEO ON TOP OF SOUNDBITE++9. Man holding dog and doing exercises10. SOUNDBITE: Tricia Montgomery/President & Founder/K9 Fit Club"We have oh my dog boot camp. We have bow wow boot camp, we have tai chi wow wow, we have dog fit dancing. And we're introducing a new class called fungility."11. Woman holding dog and leaning against wall12. Tight on woman with dog13. SOUNDBITE: Katie DeRuntz/K9 Fit Club member"When you're working out by yourself, all you can think about is the pain that you're in, and how much you're sweating and just that you want the class over with. But when you have your dog there, you're focused on him and whether he's having fun. And then when he's having fun, you're having fun."14. Man doing push ups with dog15. SOUNDBITE: Gabriela Christopher/K9 Fit Club Trainer (GABB-REE-ELLA) "I really like to get them a good workout. So we're doing a lot of lunges, we're doing a lot of planks. Running around the room, getting them to do like little hopovers."16. Dogs doing small lunges17. Head on with dogs going over lunges++VIDEO ON TOP OF SOUNDBITE++18. Tight on dog licking face19. Big dog passing through frame20. Woman exercising on floor with dog21. SOUNDBITE: Gabriela Christopher/K9 Fit Club Trainer (GABB-REE-ELLA)"It is wonderful to say, 'I'm gonna go work out, and I'm going to bring my puppy with me, my dog with me."22. Woman shakes dog's paw++VIDEO ON TOP OF SOUNDBITE++23. Woman moving feet with dog on leash24. Tight on dog's paws25. People up against wall with dogs26. SOUNDBITE: Diana Ozimek/K9 Fit Club instructor (seen with daughter Taylor and chihuahua Cleo (short for Cleopatra)"It's so much more fun to have the dogs, and so much better for people to get out with their dogs" and it just makes it fun. "I always say that they're my best workout partner because they'll never want to miss a workout or stay in."27. Pug looking out car window28. Tight on dumbells with paw print in background29. People going around cones with dogs30. Dog looking at cameraSTORYLINE:Can't get rid of that paunch?A Chicago-area gym suggests working out with your pooch. K9 Fit Club offers bow wow boot camps and other classes for people and their puppies to exercise together in Chicago and nearby Hinsdale, Ill.The fitness center opened last year after founder Tricia Montgomery exercised with her dog and lost 130 pounds. Montgomery says her late basset hound named Louie lost 22 percent of his body weight.Fans of the gym say classes are beneficial to both man and man's best friend. Montgomery says dogs with weight problems struggle with some of the same issues facing overweight people, including heart problems and diabetes. People who work out at K9 Fit Club say exercising with their dogs keeps them motivated.Most classes cost about $20.(****END****)