Puppies & Planks(LOS ANGELES) — To celebrate National Puppy Day, fitness instructors are pairing pups with a sweat session for the first-ever Puppies and Planks fitness festival.
“Dogs help with emotional health and fitness helps with physical and mental health, so I wanted to create an event that could celebrate all the things that make us happy and healthy,” YouTube fitness guru Cassey Ho of Blogilates told ABC News’ Good Morning America.
Her love of fitness and for her own pup, Sir George The Magnificent, inspired the event.
The outdoor extravaganza in Los Angeles features fitness classes, a doggie carnival, food trucks, a picnic in the park and plenty of photo opps. Everyone is encouraged to bring their furry friends along to the celebration.
But it’s not just about an Insta-worthy experience. Dog adoption is an important part of Puppies & Planks. Ho said she wants to bring awareness to the dogs that need loving homes.
“If at the event we can accomplish getting most of the adoptable dogs forever homes, that would be the ultimate dream,” she said.
All of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to LA Animal Services and other rescue groups local to the Los Angeles area.
What to expect
Ho has filled the day with a 3K Dog Walk and classes with popular instructors like herself. (567BROADWAY! with Joseph Corella, Cardio Concert with The Fitness Marshall, Sydney Circuit with Luke Milton and Yoga for Tight Everything with Jackelyn Ho will also participate).
Most of the classes are meant only for humans, so professional dog-walkers will be at the ready to take care of your fur baby while you get moving.
Ho hopes that Puppies & Planks will create a genuine sense of community and help fellow dog lovers and their furry pals meet new friends.
“As people get more and more addicted to social media and communicating digitally, we forget how nice it is to be around REAL people experiencing real things,” she said.
There is talk of Ho bringing the event across the country but right now she said her focus is on making the March 23 event in Los Angeles a success.
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