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How To Use Walking Poles

Introduction
What Makes The Keenfit Pole Walking System Special?

If you’re constantly trying to work pole walking exercise into your schedule and you wish exercise could be more fun - and easier to do?

Then the Keenfit Walking System is for you! It makes walking with poles fun, easy and exhilarating no matter what your age or fitness level – it’s been designed to help maximize results for everyone - from the casual, average walker to the more serious, athletic walker.

Just walking with poles is awesome but having the proper technique when using walking poles can be amazing! This will help you to turn a simple walk around the block into an efficient, effective – aerobic, total body workout!
 
The Keenfit Walking System is what I like to call Nordic Walking ‘Plus’ – with our Punch-Pull technique adding even more versatility to the sport - for an even  broader diversified group.

Adding walking poles may seem awkward at first – usually I find it’s because people tend to over-think something that they already do quite naturally. So follow the 4 unique and simple steps - relax, trust yourself and count on what I like to call - the Rule of 3, which is.some lucky people seem to get it in 3 steps but they are few and far between what I find is most people (over 95%) take at least 3 km/miles .or a good 3 times out before they get it.

And you’ll know you’ve got it when you start striding along feeling relaxed and energized all at the same time! Pole Walking should be fun – relax and enjoy the most beneficial and rewarding activity you’ll ever do!

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Walking Pole Feet & Types

Your walking poles come with 3 different types of feet and a beach basket:

Road foot: a specially designed, angular rubber stub - used for pole walking on harder, more compact surfaces like: roads, sidewalks, concrete and asphalt.

Trail foot: a round, flat bottomed rubber stub - used for pole walking on looser surfaces and hard to medium compact trails - like: gravel roads, park paths or trails.

Carbide Tip: a solid carbide metal tip built into the end of the walking pole - used for lesser compact terrain or slippery surfaces - like: some hiking trails or icy roads.

Beach Basket: a plastic disc shaped basket with threads to screw it onto the end of the walking pole (just up from the tip) - used for sandy or grassy terrain - to stop your fitness walking poles from going too deep into the ground.

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STEP 1: Walking Pole Parts & How To Set Your Walking Poles

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Your Walking Pole Parts

1. Set and secure the height of your walking poles
 
A) Holding the walking pole in your left hand with the handle out to the left. Grip the lower  section of the walking pole with your right hand and rotate 1 to 2 turns to the left (towards you) to loosen.
Rule of thumb: Lefty-Loosey - Righty-Tighty
  B) Extend Lower section out to the ‘LIMIT’ Line (not past)
DO NOT TIGHTEN -YET…..
 
C) Standing up straight place the foot of the walking pole on the ground with your arm relaxed at your side - hold the handle of your walking pole and gently push the handle down until the inside angle of your elbow is at a tight 90 degree. Better to be a little less than 90 rather than more.   D) Holding your walking pole in your left hand with the handle out to the left - Grip the lower section of the walking pole & rotate it to the right (away from you) to tighten - Till Snug.
NOTE: If you have “3 Piece Adjustable Walking Poles - Tighten the lower section at Step B first and then start over again at Step A, B, C & D - using the middle section of the walking pole.
2. Set the correct direction of the road foot
E) Holding the lower section in one hand, extend the walking pole straight out in front of you with the foot closest to you and the strap hanging down. Looking down the shaft of the walking pole, take hold of the road foot and twist it until the toe of the foot is facing down.
3. Set and secure the second walking pole
Following steps 1 A & B, skip step C by pulling the walking pole out to the same number noted on the pole ruler of the first pole. Then do step D, followed by step 2 to set the correct direction of the road foot.
4. Adjust and set the Palm Straps
 
F) Set length of Palm Strap
Hold the cord plug up with one hand, while pulling the strap cord up or down to a comfortable height Rule of thumb: the Palm Strap is best set at approximately mid way on the cork handle. Now push the cord plug down into the hole at the top of the walking pole Handle and pull down on the Palm Strap to secure.
*Rule of thumb: the Palm Strap should sit on the heal of your hand, not tight around your wrist — keeping the Strap Cord between your thumb and fore finger.
G) Fasten Palm Strap
First identify the right and left straps.
H) as you undo the Velcro –slide your whole hand through the strap - while placing your palm on the wide part of the strap take hold & grip the cork handle - keeping the Strap Cord between your thumb and fore finger. I) Using the opposite hand, refasten the strap across the back of your hand, securing the Velcro where comfortable.*
NOTE: Repeat STEP 4 - for the other hand


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STEP 2: Important Tips for Using Your Walking Poles

Walking Poles Tip 1: No White Caning!
One of the most common mistakes I see is what I call White-caning (I mean no offence to people who are blind or have a hard time seeing) – but your poles should never be out in front of you (it is not natural or efficient) Keep your wrists locked and poles back .

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Walking Poles Tip 2: No Same Legging!
When we walk without poles we all walk opposite leg to hand – but for some reason when people start walking with poles – I tease and say the Geek-meter goes off the charts – and I see what I call “Same-legging”. Honestly you don’t have to be any more coordinated to walk with poles than you do without them – it’s only that people tend to over think something that they already do quite naturally. Walk opposite leg to hand – don’t think... don’t think...

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Walking Poles Tip 3: No Scuffling!
This is a problem some people seem to have when they do either technique but it is most common with the “Pendulum-Push” technique. It is where they scuff / shuffle their walking poles any where from 2 to 12 inches as they hit the ground before they actually plant their walking pole and push off.  

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STEP 3: Beginner to Intermediate: Pole Walking Technique

Punch-Pull

  • To warm-up with
  • To cool-down with
  • When the ground is undulating, lesser compact, rough or slippery
  • It is best to use for going down hill
  • If you have any lower body or stability issues this is the pole walking technique to use
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STEP 4: Intermediate to Advanced: Pole Walking Technique

Pendulum-Push

  • Parallels the traditional Nordic Walking technique
  • Used after you’ve warmed-up
  • When the ground is level, hard compact and not loose
  • Your gait will increase and you’ll look as though you should have skis strapped to the bottom of your feet
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