Fitness Life Moment: Skijoring

Being dragged by wild dogs has long been frowned upon. Until now. Welcome to skijoring.

Allow me to explain. Skijoring is a fast growing winter sport that combines cross-country skiing with dog mushing (and no, the dogs are not actually wild).  Originating in Scandinavia and literally meaning “ski-driving” in Norwegian, skijoring allows a dog and owner to exercise together while enjoying the outdoors.

My introduction to skijoring came from a fellow Koko FitClub Owner, Diane Knutson, who owns Koko FitClub of Rapid City, South Dakota. Diane lives in the Black Hills – a place that provides ample opportunity to take the strength and stamina she’s built at the digital gym and use them for outdoor adventures.

Diane celebrated her birthday last week skijoring on the Eagle Cliff Trails with husband Andrew and their adopted Malamute, Jenee Dog, a natural sled dog responsible for getting the couple into the sport.  Virtually any breed can learn to skijor, as long as your pup loves to run and is strong enough to pull you. “[Skijoring provides] a fun way for me to spend time with my dog in the peaceful, beautiful and Great Outdoors,” Diane told me.

Thinking of giving skijoring a try? Even without a dog, cross-country skiing is one of the best, most demanding workouts around. It’s a full body, ultimate calorie burner that anyone can do. And, when you are attached to a dog, apparently you can reach speeds up to 20-30 MPH. So, be sure your pup understands the command “Whoa.”

Koko FitClub Fitness Moment Skijoring

Special thanks to skijorers Diane and Jennee Dog for sharing their story and for providing a perfect example of what the Fitness Life is all about.


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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

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