What is this all About?

http://www.nordicwalkingus.com/what-is-this-all_about/Nordic Walking is the best and most enjoyable whole-body exercise, short of cross country skiing, and it isn’t just seasonal, like the latter, but a year-round activity. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Much better and more fun than spinning an elliptical trainer. It simply consists of walking with a pair of specially designed poles.
Here you will find training and equipment information, the best Nordic Walking poles available, plus description of great Nordic Walking destinations not only in the Mid-Atlantic region, but in many other places as well.
Cross country skiing is prominently featured as well.
By all means do follow my own adventures in My Nordic Walking Diary.

Nordic Walking – Benefits, Pleasures and Advantages


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Marek Zalewski (l) and Gottfried Kürmer Quite simply, Nordic Walking could be described as WALKING PLUS, or even EXTREME WALKING.

Unlike walking, or even running, Nordic Walking, which is walking with specially designed poles provides you with a whole-body exercise – lower body, upper body, plus a great aerobic workout – comparable to Nordic, or cross-country skiing.

Nordic Walking, or pole walking is really taking off in Europe. Millions are participating in this great, whole-body exercise. More and more people in the U.S. are also discovering it and wondering why they haven’t started Nordic Walking before.

If you already walk, power walk, hike, run, or cycle, Nordic Walking will enhance your fitness level. In addition, walking with poles is a lot more interesting and engrossing than plain walking.

If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email
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My Nordic Walking Diary, Part III

diaryHoldingthePolesProperly_1The date above reflects the last update of the diary: Results, so far – with no dieting, after 7,330 miles lost some weight and body fat and in general am staying in great shape due to regular Nordic Walking.

This diary was started on May 16, 2005, as a way to keep track of my walks both publicly and for my own, private reference. Just think what kind of results YOU could achieve with Nordic Walking and a rational diet! I have also gotten faster, as proven by steadily tumbling personal records.
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What are Real Nordic Walking Poles?

LEKI_Traveller_carbonIt came to my attention some time ago that certain websites (which I will not mention here) claim that adjustable poles are inferior to one-piece ones.

In addition, the website claims that adjustable poles are cheap and not dependable.

Maybe their experience has been limited to cheap, off-brand models, or just plain bad luck, or their inability and/or incompetence in making simple, secure adjustments.

I fully agree that cheap, badly designed and made Nordic walking poles are just that: cheap.

At the same time, although I have used one-piece Swix poles for years and like them very much, for the last several years – which translates into several thousand miles – have been using almost exclusively the excellent, beautifully designed and made LEKI adjustable poles. Continue reading

Grip Holding Conundrum

Over the years I have had numerous inquiries regarding the proper holding of Nordic Walking pole grips. Some people have complained that NOT holding the grips at all makes them lose control of the poles, especially in windy conditions. I couldn’t agree more.

Others don’t seem to be able to ween themselves from constantly holding the grips, just as it is usually done with trekking/hiking poles.

Here is a simple explanation of what is generally considered to be an optimal technique for using poles equipped with straps: Continue reading

Straight Arm, or Bent Arm Technique?

Nordic WalkersRe-posted with some clarifications:

Tom Rutlin – a pioneer of Nordic walking, which in 1988 he termed “Exerstriding” advocates the straight arm “plant” technique.

David Downer – links to whose websites you can find right here at Nordic Walking US, also uses and teaches this method.

The International Nordic Walking Association (INWA) in turn teaches the bent arm plant. I have heard that Exel reps (INWA=Exel) have been teaching the straight arm technique, although their website still shows graphics, where models have radically bent arms…

The American Nordic Walking Association (ANWA) also teaches the flexible arm, European technique.

There was I time, when I too used and advocated the bent arm plant, but that has changed a bit. Despite Gottfried Kürmer’s – one of the best Master Nordic Walking coaches suggestion to actually bend the arm, I am continuing the relatively (but not completely) straight arm technique. I must say though that Gottfried’s teaching did transform my arm plant into a more flexible one than before.

I would like to emphasize that the arm should not be rigid, but be allowed to bend to a limited degree at the elbow, in order to maintain the fluidity of the stroke.

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My Nordic Walking Diary, Part II

DiaryGreat Falls, VirginiaThe date above reflects the last update of the diary:

This diary was started on May 16, 2005, as a way to keep track of my walks both publicly and for my own, private reference. Just think what kind of results YOU could achieve with Nordic Walking and a rational diet!I have also gotten faster, as proven by steadily tumbling personal records.

My Nordic Walking Diary, Part I
My Nordic Walking Diary, Part III

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Comfort Under Foot

I recently had the opportunity to fairly extensively test a pair of ProFoot Custom Molding insoles.

First impression? Extremely light. The manufacturer claims that with the Vita foam top layer, the insoles will mold quickly to your foot, not unlike custom orthotics.

My experience closely paralleled those claims. The entire foot and in particular the toe area felt nicely and softly cradled, adding to overall comfort. I was a bit wary that like most other insoles, these would get squashed in short order, basically losing the cushy feel. As it happens, 30-plus miles later they still feel the same – a pretty amazing feat for insoles that are actually thinner and definitely lighter than my previous pair. In addition, the heel clearly improved the shoe’s lateral stability.

I’d like to hear from Nordic walkers, who might be having foot problems and how they solved them, or are trying to solve them.

The best comments will be rewarded with a pair of ProFoot insoles. Continue reading