nordic walking and poles
about Nordic Walking
Nordic Walking is the latest innovation in fitness walking and in Ireland there is growing interest in 'using the sticks for a fitness fix'! It can be done on virtually any outdoor terrain including tarred roads, concrete paths, forestry trails, sandy beaches, and grassy parks.
Nordic Walking transforms 'normal' walking (where most of the work is done by the legs) into a complete body workout! Studies have found that the correct use of poles can involve up to 80% of the body's muscles and burn as much as 40% more calories than 'normal' walking.
The use of the poles brings other improvements with less speed including;
- improving posture
- strengthening core muscles
- reducing impact of landing
- enhancing mobility of neck and shoulders
tips for buying Nordic poles
1. buy Nordic poles!
Ensure the poles you buy are Nordic Poles which are specifically designed for the technique involved. Using trekking/hiking poles can cause injury to wrists and elbows.
2. keep them lightweight!
Best poles are made of lightweight aluminum and/or carbon fibre - and should be flexible.
Be careful of poles that are too heavy or stiff.
3. check the straps
Good Nordic poles will have a special strapping mechanism that allows you to walk without gripping the poles and enables you easily open and close your hands. They should also be detachable.
4. get instruction
While the Nordic walking technique is not difficult it is different from the normal use of poles in trekking and climbing. Many people use their poles in a manner that gives them little benefit. See our Workshops and Programmes.
buying our poles?
We stock and sell Leki SPIN poles - which we think are a good choice for the beginner and improver. Leki poles are highly engineered, lightweight, and their Trigger Grip system makes handling safe and comfortable. There are two variations as follows;
The SPIN is Leki's entry level adjustable pole made of light-weight, high-strength aluminum. Equipped with PowerGrip rubber paws, removable Trigger-release straps, and non-slip CorTec grips. Adjustable in length from 100cm to 130cm, the adjustment withstands 140kg of pressure.
Our Price €70 pair
(including €8 P&P)
the SPIN Speed Lock
The SPIN Speed Lock features the innovative Trigger 1 system, high strength aluminium shafts, PowerGrip rubber paws, removable Trigger-release straps, and non-slip CorTec grips. Adjustable in length from 100cm to 130cm, the adjustment withstands 140kg of pressure.
The special additional feature is the Speed Lock adjustment system which allows for quicker and easier length adjustment.
Our Price €75 pair
(including €8 P&P)
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