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During NHL pause, dogs are the new dumbbells

Rantanen, Rust, Vlasic have incorporated their four-legged friends while staying active

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

If you are going to work out while the NHL season is paused, you may as well work out with your best friend.

More than a few players are choosing to make their pooch part of their exercise routine.

Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen is trying to keep those legs in shape with some furry one-legged squats.

Tweet from @Avalanche: Home gym necessities for Mikko: One dog. #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/EfXQ2qtxar

The Pittsburgh Penguins put out a video from strength and conditioning coach Alexi Pianosi to help those who want to still get a workout in while social distancing.

It seems that Bryan Rust and his dog, Oliver, had the same idea.

Tweet from @penguins: Updated training plan, courtesy of @rustyyy_92 (and Oliver 🐶) pic.twitter.com/OPb8nYe7L0

San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic took it outdoors into the elements. He got in a bit of an arm workout while being followed by his three dogs Nicky, Kelly and Macy.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: It's important to still get fresh air as long as you maintain social distancing.🎥: IG/mrsvlasic pic.twitter.com/dlZwiLBNsC

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom wasn't working out with a dog, but was robbing his son Vince of a sure goal with a wicked glove save while playing street hockey. 

And for those without four-legged friends turned weights, the Capitals shared a video by Haley Skarupa, a forward on the gold-medal winning 2018 United States Women's Hockey Team, sharing some ways to keep active.

Tweet from @Capitals: Backy gave us tips yesterday on how he's staying fit - now check out some ways to continue developing your hockey skills with @skrooops28!Show us how you #StickWithFitness by using our hashtag and tag @CapsYouthHockey! 💪 pic.twitter.com/OBM7wC59q2

So if you are looking to keep that heart pumping there are plenty of ways to do so, with or without your dog.

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