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Heard of Doga? Lance Bass Talks Dog Yoga and His New Show 90's House

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As a teenager in the '90s and member of *NSYNC, Lance Bass remembers frosted tips, overly baggy jeans and weird pleather jackets well. Bass was just 16 years old when the boy band was formed and began its ascent to the top of the pop charts and girls' crush lists with hits like "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "I Want You Back." Now 38, Bass is taking a trip down memory lane this fall as host of a new reality series. With co-host Christina Milian, he'll revisit the embarrassing clothing of his past in 90's House, premiering Tuesday, September 26 at 11 p.m. ET on MTV. The competition show pits millennials against each other to see who can survive longest without Snapchat and other modern indulgences, while living in a house decked out in '90s style, to win some pretty big prizes, including $90,000.

An advocate for pet adoption, Bass is also busy raising two new fur babies, along with a 7-year-old dog. He and husband Michael Turchin became proud puppy parents in February when they took home two dogs from the Vanderpump Foundation, a dog rescue organization co-founded by friend Lisa Vanderpump. The adorable duo named Chip and Dale even have their own Instagram account.

Now Bass is teaming up with Natural Balance to share the benefits of quality pet food, and that, along with a healthy diet, exercise is just as important. To celebrate the release of Natural Balance's Limited Ingredients Diets High Protein Formulas, Bass got his pups in on the fun during a "doga," or dog yogaclass. That's right, you can do yoga with your dog! This definitely works better if you have a smaller dog, but larger breeds are also welcome. If you need an excuse to try it, now is the perfect time as September is National Yoga Month.

Bass spoke with Parade about the importance of a good doggy diet, his first doga class and punishing millennials in 90's House.

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Lance Bass takes a focused stretch during a dog yoga class with his adopted puppy Chip. 

How did Chip and Dale come to live with you?

We were foster parents to them and we ended up keeping them because they were complete foster fails. After two days, there was no way we were letting anyone take them.

You're an ambassador for the Vanderpump Dog Foundation. Is that where they came from?

Originally, Kate Beckinsale was the one who saved them from a bad situation. She gave them to me and Lisa [Vanderpump] and...that’s when we took them home, to find them a home, and they ended up staying with us. They chose us, for sure.

Why is pet health an important cause for you?

My whole life, I’ve loved dogs and I have this special connection with them. I’ve always been an advocate for adopting and now about the food that we put into their bodies. Just a few years ago, I learned about the different things that we were feeding our dogs that were bad for them and causing bad health problems. I feel so bad that I was so uneducated my whole life until my friend told me about it, so that’s when I switched over to Natural Balance and it changed my dogs’ lives. You could completely see a difference and they acted completely different.

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What differences did you notice after making the switch to Natural Balance?

My dog was overweight. Within just a few months, he lost 20 pounds. He didn’t have itchy skin anymore. His ears weren’t sore anymore. All these diseases kind of went away and I think it attributes to, a lot of it, what you put inside your dog.

How has life changed since bringing Chip and Dale home?

I’ve had special dogs in my life, but something about those two is really special. It’s the way that they look at you and they’re just so damn cute. I’ve never taken so many pictures of dogs before. I’m not that person that takes pictures all the time on Instagram, but I have about 5,000 pictures of these dogs and I can’t get enough of them.

What was the doga class like?

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I heard about doga a few years ago and I’m like, that is such a California thing. I’m so glad we got to do it today because now I understand exactly what it is. It really is about you doing yoga and connecting with your pet. They’re with you, you’re constantly touching them and hit different chakras of the dog and it’s this energy that you have between you and your dog. My dog is very active; well, [during] the whole yoga he was completely still and relaxed. It was the most relaxing thing I’ve ever felt.

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Lance Bass says his first dog yoga class was "the most relaxing thing I've ever felt."

How did Chip and Dale do?

Dale was not able to do it because he started barking at all the other dogs. Chip was the natural at it.

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Warrior 2-cute! Lance Bass says his adorable pup Chip was a natural at dog yoga.

Aside from doga, how do you stay fit?

The dogs definitely help keep me fit. We love hiking and running and trying to find different things to do with the dogs. My whole life I haven’t cared about health and nutrition but that changed when I started dating my husband, who grew up in Miami with a family who was all about eating healthy. I’m from Mississippi, where we just eat everything fried. I changed my diet and I noticed how I started trimming up. I felt so much better. Just recently I started with a trainer. I do this program at Equinox called TRX. I have a challenge now, a 115-week challenge. We’re hitting it hard, trying to get me in the best shape ever so that on my 40th birthday I can take a picture and be like, “Yep, kids, that’s what your dad looked like.”

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Lance Bass with husband Michael Turchin and their dogs Chip and Dale.

Tell me about your new show on MTV, 90's House.

I’m a ‘90s kid and it was the most fun TV show I have done because it was so nostalgic. Basically, these millennials—I think some of them were born in 2001, which really freaks me out—all move into a house thinking they’re going on a show like TheReal World, but they end up on a game show like Big Brother, all set in the decade of the ‘90s. The clothes, the house, the technology, everything. Through competitions, one by one they get kicked out of the house and the one that acts the most ‘90s wins $90,000, a 1990 Mazda Miata, all these amazing ‘90s prizes.

What did the millennials struggle with the most?

At first, for sure, not having their cell phones. These kids are constantly on social media and looking down at their phone. When we took their phones away from was like losing a child, I would imagine, for these kids. The great thing about the social experiment was, a couple weeks into it, they forgot that there were even cell phones. They were in the moment. They were talking to each other. It was amazing to see these kids have an experience that they’ve never had before where they didn’t have anything electronic on.

Is that what you miss the most from the ‘90s? What do you wish was still around?

Clothes, definitely not. That was the worst decade for clothes. I did appreciate not having cell phones. I thought your friendships were a lot deeper. You didn’t have as many. I think that’s what happened once we had cell phones and we started texting and having social media. You had so many people that you knew but you weren’t really friends with, and that takes your time from your real relationships. I think bonds that you had in the ‘90s were a lot deeper than what kids have today.

You were a major crush for a lot of boy band-obsessed young girls back in the day. Who were some of your ‘90s crushes?

Sarah Michelle Gellar, you know, when I thought I was straight. My number one was Staci Keanan from My Two Dads. And then of course, Uncle Jesse [John Stamos in Full House]. I mean, come on.


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