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Nordic Walking: Overview
Origin, Health Facts, Technique, Gear
This page presents a detailed overview of Nordic Walking, an efficient, low-stress exercise technique that involves the use of walking poles to engage the legs and upper body in a total body
workout with clinically demonstrated physical and psychological benefits. The origin and health benefits of Nordic Walking are reviewed, followed by an introductory examination of the technique
and equipment employed to achieve optimal results. Clinical references are included at the bottom of the page, and related links are presented at right. Sources
from which to purchase the poles online are provided for both the United States and Canada.
N O R D I C W A L K I N G...
pole walking; walking with poles
The origins of Nordic Walking may be traced to Finland, where, in the early 1930s,1 cross-country skiers began using poles
to positive effect during their summer training. In the 1980s, clinical studies correlated the use of trekking poles with fitness levels. Subsequent studies in the 1990s
demonstrated that this simple, efficient exercise increased cardiovascular activity, significantly enhanced muscular and aerobic fitness, and improved overall vitality.
The term "Nordic Walking" was coined as a commercial English rendering of the Finnish, Sauvakävely, (FIN: sauva = pole; käveley = walking; walking with poles), which refers to an exercise technique using poles.
Nordic Walking was developed by Finnish sports equipment manufacturer, Exel Oyj, in close cooperation with sports medicine researchers and other fitness professionals, and
was officially launched in 1997.1,2,3 It gained rapid attention and was widely
adopted. By March 2005, some 760,000 Finns regularly participated in the activity4 and the trend had spread throughout Scandinavia and Europe, where it was estimated that about 3.5 million
people regularly walk with poles, urged on by some 3,000 trained instructors.5
In the United States, in 1988, Tom Rutlin introduced the first specially designed fitness walking poles (Exerstrider®) and an exercise activity he called Exerstriding.µ
Similar in principle to the Finnish model of Nordic Walking, the Exerstrider Method uses a different grip and technique. Both approaches involve walking with poles to improve health and fitness,
and each has its proponents (see comparison).
As educational programs sponsored by industry leaders promote the benefits achievable through correct use of the technique, interest has grown in other countries around the world, including the
Australia and Japan.6 In North America, LEKI,
Nordic Walking Online (ANWA), Urban Poling, and others provide organized programs, demonstration clinics and training aids
for the growing number of individuals expressing interest in or already practicing the technique, on their own or in a local group.
[...] The reasons for the sport's popularity are many, according to Theo Walther, who runs the Theo Walther Nordic Walking School
in Bonn. A trained Nordic Walking instructor since 2002, Walther said a growing interest in preventive medicine in Germany has raised interest in Nordic Walking.
"I think more than 50 percent of Germans have computer jobs. They don’t move enough and have health problems as a result," Walther said. "Nordic Walking can be tailored to people at all ages and
stages of fitness or ability... It can be done like a competitive sport, but we also do it with handicapped people and in old age homes." 7
By 2010 it was estimated that worldwide, more than 10 million Nordic Walk.¤
Nordic Walking can be adapted to individual fitness levels. It isn't just for the fitness enthusiast who wants a high-intensity, total body aerobic workout. Virtually everyone who can walk, and many who have difficulty walking, can
go Nordic Walking.
Why is Nordic Walking better than just walking?
Nordic Walking increases your heart rate, oxygen consumption and caloric expenditure without increasing your perceived rate of exertion. You don't feel like you're
working any harder but, in addition to working your legs, you're experiencing a full range of motion that engages the abs, arms, shoulders, upper chest and back muscles.
The poles provide additional stability and help reduce stress in the knees and other joints. Bone density can be increased through this sort of resistance training, and
posture also improves through use of the proper technique and arm motion. Clinical and anecdotal reports indicate that this type of exercise may prove beneficial in broad
range of conditions, including the arthrides, back pain, cardiac syndromes, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, obesity, osteoporosis, repetitive stress injury, thoracic outlet syndrome, depression,
mood disorders, and more.
[...] In Nordic Walking, poles resembling ski poles are used to involve the upper extremities in the walking exercise. The poles are equipped with wrist straps and rubber caps over the metal
tips making it possible to use them on pavement while reducing the impact of the hard surface.
Nordic walking has been used for summer training in competitive Nordic skiing to maintain and improve upper extremity strength and endurance as well as maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). It
has been used in the United States at the University of Wisconsin in the rehabilitation of patients after myocardial infarction (MI). In the MI study, the oxygen uptake increased on average
21% compared to walking without poles. In a recent study at the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, preliminary results showed an increase in the oxygen uptake (up to 46% in some individuals).
The caloric expenditure increased accordingly.
In addition to the increased energy cost that can have a training effect improving cardiovascular capacity, a recent study found beneficial effects in terms of neck and shoulder pain
that are so common in our computerized society. Another study found that using hiking poles in simulation of uphill backpacking resulted in some reduction of the load on knees.
In summary, Nordic walking is an exercise form with many advantages, both for the healthy individual needing a more vigorous exercise form, especially for cardiovascular benefits, and
for an individual with restrictions from a medical condition that precludes jogging or running. It can also be advantageous for those with medical conditions of arthritic or neurological
origin that make normal walking without support difficult. [...]
The Positive Impact of Nordic Walking
I am a long time fitness and health educator with a keen interest in and specialty of working with older adults. When considering the important
role that maintaining proper posture and body alignment plays as we age, I am always impressed with the positive impact that Nordic Walking has in these areas. Those who
use Nordic Walking poles for the first time are most always thrilled with the immediate postural corrections that they feel. Older adults, in particular, want to pay
attention to lifting the rib cage, opening the front of the shoulders and feeling stronger in the upper back, knowing that this improvement can play a major role in fall
I highly recommend that older adults get quality, Nordic Walking instruction and safe, top quality poles so that they have a positive, first
experience. From that starting point, it is then safe [to] build time, intensity and frequency into their Nordic Walking program...for LIFE!
The many benefits of Nordic Walking...
- Heart rate is 5-17 beats per minute higher (e.g., 130 beats per minute in normal walking, versus
147 beats per minute in Nordic Walking).
- Increases oxygen consumption and burns approximately 400 calories per hour (compared with 280 calories per hour for normal walking).
- Releases pain and muscle tension in the neck and shoulder region, increasing the lateral mobility of the neck and spine.
- Total body workout involves 90% of all muscles; actively engages forearm extensor and flexor muscles, rear part of the shoulder muscles,
the large pectoral and broad back muscles; strengthens upper body and creates resistance to build better bone density.
- Reduces load on knees and other joints.
- Reduces heel strike force.
- Consumes approximately 400 calories per hour (compared with 280 calories per hour for normal walking).
- Stand up straight, holding pole for support.
- Gently bend your knee behind you to
grasp your ankle with the other hand.
- Bring ankle towards glutes, hold for 15
seconds, then switch legs.
- Plant both poles shoulder-width apart.
- Place straight leg in front, heel on
ground, toes pointed up.
- Gently bend other knee while leaning
forward with straight back. Hold for
15 seconds, switch sides.
CHEST/UPPER SHOULDER STRETCH
- Grasp pole behind back, hands a little
wider than shoulder width.
- Lift pole up towards head until you feel stretch.
- Place poles well out in front of you.
- Lean on poles with straight arms.
- Bend upper body at waist downward;
do not hyper-extend lower back.
- Grab the top of the pole grip with one arm.
- Bring pole over head and down back;
grasp other end with other hand.
- Pull down on lower part until you
feel stretch in back of arm.
- Grab pole with wide grip overhead.
- Standing up straight, bend at side,
reaching opposite hand over head.
- After stretch, change sides, then come
back to neutral.
- From neutral, gently twist torso until
you feel stretch, then turn other way.
The Nordic Walking Technique
Nordic Walking involves a simple enhancement of your normal arm swing, but this must be integrated with your walking movement to achieve the full
benefits of the exercise. One of the best presentations available is provided by Bernd Zimmermann, at Nordic Walking Online.
Bernd is the Founder and Master Coach of the American Nordic Walking Association (ANWA), which promotes Nordic Walking in the US. His Nordic Walking Instructional DVD/VHS, and his Nordic Walking e-book, can be
Bernd distinguishes between what he terms 2-wheel drive, when you're just walking,
and 4-wheel drive, which takes you to "a brand new level" as you grip the poles and
engage your upper body in the process.
[E]very step should begin with the heel touching the ground and rolling forward to the ball and toe area, where you will push off
to propel yourself forward.
The hands should constantly be in a "grip-n-go" state with the pole. They should grip the pole every time
the pole hits the ground, then let it go as it is drawn back behind the body, finishing up with an open hand.
As the arms continue to move the poles, the torso and hips should be involved in a counter-swinging motion from the lower
body. This effectively works the mid-torso muscle groups. [...]
Some of the typical mistakes beginning Nordic walkers could make might be:
- Staying in "2-wheel drive"
By not using the upper torso correctly as part of your workout,
you remain in 2-wheel drive.
- Planting the poles too far from the body.
Having the poles too wide lowers the effectiveness of
your Nordic walking.
- Walking with Closed Hands
Keeping your hands closed at all times does not allow for
proper blood circulation.
- Walking with Open Hands
Walking with hands open all the time reduces the efficiency of your poling.
- Improper leg and pole placement.
If the pole and leg are placed on the same side, you are not able to perform
the proper diagonal stride with the hips involved in a counter-swinging motion.
Exerstride Method Nordic Walking
The technique developed by Tom Rutlin, the Exerstride Method, utilizes strapless poles with an ergonomical grip designed
to enable synergistic contractions of upper-body muscle groups. The Rutlin Technique is the also taught by Urban Poling, suppliers of equipment and instruction in many major centers across Canada. See the
first video in the next section to learn about this technique.
Exerstride Method Nordic walking's unique “synergistic resistance” means working smarter, not harder and maximizing results!
Begin to experience for yourself right now how the “synergistic resistance” of Exerstriding works. Just take a few seconds and follow these four simple steps:
- Raise your hands off of your computer keyboard and mouse and extend them out as if offering them for a friendly handshake on each side of the keyboard.
- Make two fists and place them on your desk with your thumbs up.
- Finally, sit upright and alternately press one fist, then the other firmly into the desk repeatedly for 15-20 repetitions.
- As you do this, notice how a wave of contractions goes through your abdominal muscles as well as large back, arm, shoulder, chest, and important “core strength” muscles contract each time you push.
As you walk while using your Exerstrider Nordic walking poles, you'll simultaneously do 1,800 to 2,200 similar synergistic contractions of all these muscles per mile as you apply a similar force to your
poles with each stride. With Exerstriding, because the work is shared by so many major muscles, you'll actually feel like you're working less while accomplishing much more, and with much less risk of injury.
You’ll simply build more fitness in less time by simultaneously exercising all of the body’s major muscles. More than 50% of the body’s total muscle mass is in the upper
body. With my easy-to-learn Exerstride Method Nordic walking techniques, you’ll put all of these muscles to good use with every step you take. Fitness experts emphasize the importance of upper body muscle
conditioning in addition to aerobic fitness. With Exerstrider’s synergistic resistance, you’ll simultaneously enhance the aerobic effects of walking as well as build upper body muscle strength and endurance as
you get a complete total body exercise. [...]
Comparison of these two techniques...
In an excellent article entitled Exerstriding vs. Nordic Walking Techniques, About.com Guide Walking Guide Wendy Bumgardner tells us that "[f]itness poles
can be used with at least two different techniques".
Tom Rutlin of Exerstrider has been a pioneering evangelist in the USA for walking with fitness poles, naming his technique exerstriding. It
differs from the nordic walking technique later developed in Europe, where walkers use fitness walking poles when walking outdoors on sidewalks,
paths and trails.
What the two fitness walking pole techniques have in common is that the walker has two fitness walking poles and plants the poles in opposition to their foot motion. The walker exercises the upper body and core muscles
in addition to the leg muscles, while relieving some impact on the lower body.
The biggest difference between the exerstrider technique and the nordic walking technique is in the arm extension, which leads to differences in how the poles are planted, the backstroke, and the design of the poles.
Difference in Pole Plant/Arm Swing for Exerstriding
vs. Nordic Walking
The exerstriding technique has the walker extend the pole forwards and plant it while the arm is at the handshake position. The walker then pushes the pole firmly while stepping forward, like a pump handle. The flared
bottom portion of the grip allows for putting pressure on the pole during this arm stroke. The walker keeps a grip on the pole handle at all times.
In nordic walking, the poles are continuously angled backwards and the pole plant comes when the arm is bent, then a more gentle resistance is given while stepping forward. The hand eventually releases the pole
completely on the backstroke, with the glove or strap snapping the pole grip back into the palm as it comes forward.
[See:] Nordic Walking Technique
Rutlin believes this is superior to the arm position/backstroke of the nordic walking technique. "You can get the same result from standing with your arm on a counter top (or even when seated by extending your arm out over
your table or desk) and pushing down first with the elbow bent at 90 degrees, and then with the arm extended out into the handshake position. In both positions, the first thing you're likely to notice is how the tricep muscle
(on the back of the upper arms) contracts. As you push down with both arm positions, note the intensity of the muscle contractions in the pectoral, abdominal, latissimus dorsi, and spinal erector (back) muscles." [...]
Definition of Nordic Walking International Nordic Walking Association
Nordic Walking is a form of physical activity, where to regular natural walking there has been added the active use of a pair of specially designed Nordic Walking poles. However, the characteristics of natural, biomechanically correct walking and appropriate posture are maintained in all aspects.
It also means that the arm movements of the correct NW technique respect the range of movement of natural walking. Additionally there are some features of Cross-country skiing (Classical technique) involved, such as:
- Backward pole position during the loading phase,
- Control of the poles through grip and strap,
- Active and dynamic use of poles.
Technically correct use of poles actively involves the upper body into the work of walking, to propel the body forward. The physical strain is distributed in a versatile, balanced and appropriate way to various
muscle groups of the whole body.
The correct pole technique gives an opportunity to significantly intensify the process of walking by increasing the muscle work of the upper body. It also gives an opportunity to involve the muscles of the rest of the body.
Nordic Walking is a safe, natural, dynamic, efficient and suitable-for-all form of a physical activity that trains the body in an holistic, symmetric and balanced way.
The overall goal of Nordic Walking is a general physical and mental well-being.
Nordic Walking is based on the following cornerstones and principles:
- Safe, healthy, bio-mechanically correct movements and gait
- Correct body alignment and correct posture
- Natural and fluid movements that engage the muscles of the upper and lower body as well as the core
- Symmetric and complete training of the whole body
- Effective aerobic conditioning due to activation of both large and small muscle groups that provide rhythmic and dynamic movements
- Increased blood circulation and metabolism
- Continuous alternation of activation and relaxation of the muscles involved, promoting relief in tight muscles
- Intensity and goals of training can easily be adapted for individual needs
- Learned skills that can be transferred to everyday life
- Physical exercise suitable for all, irrespective of age, sex or physical condition
- A non-competitive physical activity.
Consequently, the technique and also teaching of Nordic Walking are based on three main pillars:
- Correct walking technique
- Correct posture
- Correct use of poles
Nordic Walking VIDEOS
In the following video, presented by Urban Poling, Canada's leader in Nordic Walking poles and accessories,
Mandy Shintani demonstrates the Tom Rutlin Technique, which helps maximize your walking workout to provide the best core/ab workout while reducing strain on your lower joints.
→ Urban Poling / Nordic walking YouTube Channel
The next video provides an excellent introduction to the Finnish style of Nordic Walking, covering correct pole height and strap adjustment through basic and advanced techniques. Source of
the video is Klaus Schwanbeck PhD, author of The Ultimate Nordic Pole Walking Book
(Cardinal Publishers Group; 2nd edition; 1 March 2012), and founder of Nordixx Pole Walking Canada Inc., launched in May 2010. Schwanbeck is also President
and CEO of Nordic Pole Walking USA LLC., in Naples, Florida. Both organizations provide training, certification, poles and accessories. For more
information about Schwanbeck's work, see Nordixx Pole Walking Canada is helping improve public health.
For a written presentation, with telescopic pole height-adjustment chart and pictures,
see Teaching Booklet.
Hat tip to Marek Zalewski, of Nordic Walking U.S., for this next one a good, straightforward Nordic Walking instructional video in which LEKI-trained Nordic Walking instructor Jayah Faye Paley
teaches the basics, including adjusting your poles correctly. Uploaded to YouTube in early 2007, Nordic Walking an Introduction has been viewed 338,062 times at this writing.
Visual production is less than stellar, but sound quality is good.
In the following 6-minute video, INWA Nordic Walking Instructor Birgit Wilde teaches nordic walking in four clearly explained steps.
Tecnica di Nordic Walking, by INWA Nordic Walking National Coach Raffaela Rosa, Lessinia Nordic Walking, Italy, has a musical background and no narration, but provides a very good demonstration
of nordic walking techniques, from beginner to advanced. It's also a real pleasure to watch.
The next video clearly shows the grip-and-release technique employed when using poles with straps. The pole is gripped when it is brought forward, and released at the end of the backward push.
Holen Sie für sich das optimale aus dieser attraktiven Ganzjahressportart heraus und lernen Sie mit professioneller Anleitung.
Nordic Walking ist ein attraktiver Ganzjahressport, beinhaltet aber wesentlich mehr als einfach "mit-Stöcken-loszulaufen". Die vergleichsweise geringen Einstiegskosten verleiten
jedoch viele genau dies zu tun und dabei essentielle Vorteile dieser Sportart zu verpassen. Verbesserung der Körperhaltung, Optimierung von Körperkoordination, Kraft, Beweglichkeit
und Ausdauer sowie erfolgreicher Bekämpfung des Übergewichtes sind nur einige von vielen Pluspunkten dieses Freizeitsports.
Ob als Einzelner oder in der Gruppe, jung und alt können gemeinsam mit "Spaß dabei" sein! Auf diesem Video erfahren Sie unter kompetenter Anleitung alles Wissenswerte dazu. Von der
Grobform bis zur Feinform werden alle relevanten Bewegungsabläufe vorgeführt und zum Nachmachen anschaulich dargestellt. Übungen zur Dehnung der Muskulatur runden diesen Kurs ab. Unter
dem Punkt Variationen finden sich als Anregung interessante weitere Ausprägungsformen für Fortgeschrittene und Hinweise zur Feinstform.
Der Trainer geht auf immer wieder gern germachte Fehler ein, die bereits bei der falschen Auswahl der Stöcke beginnen können und beim unrichtigem Bewegungsablauf enden.
Chinook Aventure, headquartered in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, offers Nordic Walking in addition to a range of activities (hiking, mountaineering, sea-kayaking, climbing...) and adventure tourism, organized trips in Quebec
and other countries. The following video provides a good overview of Nordic Walking, demonstrating both equipment and technique.
Voici une petite idée de ce que peut vous apporter la marche nordique, une activité grandissante en popularité au Québec.
Elle s'est fait connaître dans les pays scandinave dans les années 80 et s'est introduite au Québec au début des années 2000. C'est en 2006 que Chinook Aventure l'aura propulsé comme entraînement en groupe, supervisé
par un entraîneur.
Ce fut un beau succès pour l'entreprise qui offre maintenant l'activité dans plus de 20 municipalités au Québec
La marche nordique est parfaire pour soit se remettre en forme, rencontrer de nouvelles personnes, augmenter ses capacité cardio-respiratoire.
National Master Trainer Patrick Burtscher demonstrates Correct Nordic Walking and Technique Variations;
Up- and Downhill techniques; Nordic Jogging, Nordic Striding, Nordic Skating; Double Poling on every 2nd
and every 3rd step. Nordic Walking with Nordic Academy Australia.
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Poles can help people of ALL ages to achieve, maintain and often regain mobility. Bi-lateral stability feels GOOD. Anyone with challenged balance will enjoy seeing how using poles for walking can help them achieve and maintain mobility.
Specifically designed poles are used to engage the upper body in Nordic Walking. Exel developed and manufactured the first Nordic Walking poles, described elsewhere on this page, and other companies
also began producing Nordic Walking equipment. Among these, LEKI has risen to the forefront of design and development innovation in trekking and Nordic Walking technology.
LEKI, the world’s leading manufacturer of ski, hiking and trekking poles had its start in Kircheim, Germany as a hobby of its
founder, Karl Lenhart, an airframe mechanic and avid skier. Lenhart developed an aluminum tempering process that produces a pole shaft of incomparable
strength. For over 50 years, LEKI has introduced a series of technological “firsts” including a dual-component adjustable pole-locking technology. Today, LEKI is the
world’s leading manufacturer of ski, hiking and trekking poles which can be found in use anywhere from the slopes of Aspen to the summit of Mount Everest. LEKI confidently
warrantees all Nordic Walking Pole models for life.
The following images partially illustrate the range of innovations contributed by LEKI. They include the SuperLock internal locking system, the Nordic Walking Shark System (trigger-loop connection), the Summer Shark
(the first Nordic Walking glose which is also a strap), and the power trigger strap. For LEKI's full product line, see Smart Art Summer 2012, the LEKI
catalogue ( this very large PDF may take some time to download).
The choice of poles is very much an individual thing. Some people prefer fixed length. Some prefer adjustable. In the following presentation, I've selected a range of manufacturers and distributors
to indicate the variety of available products. Bear in mind that "Nordic Walking" involves the use of poles equipped with straps that allow the user to release grip on the pole at the end of the backward push
just before the pole is regrasped on the swing forward. The "Exerstrider" technique developed by Tom Rutlin does not use hand straps but an ergonomically designed hand grip that supports the lateral edge of
the hand; the walker holds the grip and pushes down on this support when the pole is planted to the front, then pulls/pushes backward while moving beyond the pole, never releasing the grip. The
differences in pole grips and technique are illustrated above, and a more complete description of the Exerstrider grip is presented below.
Nordic Walking Poles and Products from Different Manufacturers and Sources
Gymstick™ Nordic Walking|
WARNING: Seniors and individuals with balance issues should NOT use twist-lock or flip-lock adjustable length/telescoping/collapsible poles!
Especially avoid the cheap/flimsy twist-lock and flip-lock 2-piece and 3-piece poles from China. For everyday use please consider our durable and user friendly one-piece design SWIX Nordic Walking VIP Poles that sell for only $69.95 per pair and are proven safer, lighter and much more
durable than twist-lock and flip-lock poles.
Nordic Walking Experts
Nordic Walking Value Package (2634)
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Our OS2 total body walking poles deliver world class Nordic walking performance, value and quality! The OS2 series poles deliver world class performance, value and quality with extremely effectively
vibration dampening and whisper quiet operation! The two-piece telescoping versions offer these additional features...
- Feature our exclusive ERGO /SC ergonomic strapless grips for unparalleled and unrestricted comfort
- Feature our exclusive EZ-fit™ size markings on the lower shaft and a cam locking system that can be adjusted precisely to your exact height and securely locked in seconds with a twist of the wrist.
- Compact to 31' (79cm) for more convenient travel and storage
- People of different heights can share the same poles
- They'll grow with children's changing heights
- Equipped with both hardened carbide tips and CushionGrip™ tips
- Come complete with Tom Rutlin's 5-star rated Exerstride Method Nordic Walking Instructional video (DVD) and printed Instruction Manual and User's Guide (A $19.95 value if purchased separately!)
- Standard model fits any user 4'-2' to 6'-2' (XL fits up to 6'-8')
The OS2 telescoping model offers great convenience and versatility for those who wish to carry their poles when they travel, for growing children,
for family members or friends who want to share a single pair of poles and for those who want to be able to use their poles just about anywhere. These models come with both hardened carbide-tipped ferrules AND our
Cushion tips (which fit over the carbide tips). The hardened carbide-tipped ferrules provide sure grip on anything from rock to ice and our exclusive Cushion tips allow you to use the poles on any stable natural
surface, pavement, or even on fitness club tracks or at the mall! Two-piece high quality aluminum alloy construction. Emerald Green with black and silver graphics. Maximum barefoot height for AT/S standard model
is 6' 2' (Available in XL for users to 6'8') $99.95 USD
ACTIVATOR™ Medisport Edition™
Our new telescoping model, the ACTIVATOR, was designed primarily for physical therapists and other medical specialist who requested that we offer a simple, safe locking mechanism on an adjustable pole that would work
better for people with arthritis or limited hand strength. Feature our exclusive ERGO /SC ergonomic strapless grips for unparalleled and unrestricted comfort. This model features a pop-button/hole adjusting system like
that commonly used on canes and walkers and easily adjusts from 41' to 51' to fit users from 4'-4' to 6'-1'. NOTE: Because of the pop-button adjusting system this model is not as whisper quiet in use as our other
two-piece poles. Compact to 31' (79cm) for more convenient travel and storage. People of different heights can share the same poles. Equipped with both hardened carbide tips and Cushiongrip™ tips. (If the poles are to be
used primarily for balance, the Bell-Shaped balance tips are recommended and must be ordered as a separate accessory.) Come complete with Tom Rutlin's 5-star rated Exerstride Method Nordic Walking Instructional video
(DVD) and printed Instruction Manual and User's Guide (a $19.95 value if purchased separately!). Two-piece high quality aluminum alloy construction. Plum/Dark Magenta, with silver graphics. $89.95 USD.
Clinical References & Related Studies
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any single Nordic Walking organization or equipment manufacturer. As such, it is my intention to provide you with a
completely unbiased view of this most healthful of physical activities. [...
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