Exerstrider Fitness Walking Poles Instructional Video

Learn How to Use Fitness Walking Poles

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How are you supposed to use fitness walking poles? Exerstrider has an instructional video that is a great tool no matter which brand of walking or trekking poles you have purchased. It comes included with purchase the Exerstrider poles but can be purchased separately or viewed online at Exerstrider.org or YouTube. The printed manual with it reinforces the video and is an excellent reference for walking with fitness poles.

The video was updated in 2013.

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What You Get with the Exerstrider Instructional Videos

  • 31-minute instructional video on setting up and using fitness walking poles.
  • 50-page printed manual on how to use fitness walking poles.
  • The video and manual are included with purchase of Exerstrider poles, or can be purchased separately.
  • Describes how to assemble and set up your walking poles.
  • Shows walking technique clearly.
  • Motivates by describing the benefits of walking.

Expert Review - Exerstrider Fitness Walking Poles Instructional Video

Tom Rutlin has been America's walking pole guru for decades, and his youthful and fit appearance is a credit to the technique. Tom's video has an excellent teaching style. His technique can be used with any fitness walking pole, including nordic walking poles. It doesn't require the glove or strap that is needed to do the nordic walking technique. You can use it with any pair of trekking poles.

Setting up your walking poles - If you bought a set of adjustable walking poles, your first question is how long you should make them. This portion of the video is a simple step by step on how to set up your poles. With telescoping poles, you'll need to to do this again and again, so it is smart to learn how to do it right.

How to know the right height is a concept you can use with any adjustable pole.

Using your walking poles - Tom Rutlin demonstrates his walking pole technique and how it helps tone the upper body. He has a clear style and excellent step by step demonstration. His "kickstart" technique to get your arms and feet in sync is very useful. That's one of the things that should be intuitive, but we overthink it and outwit our intuition. He will get you started on the right foot.

Frequent Questions - Tom addresses how often to walk with walking poles and how much exertion to put into walking with walking poles.

The Exerstrider video is well worth owning no matter which walking pole brand you have chosen. If you'd rather watch online, you can watch the videos in segments on the Exerstrider site or on YouTube.

Drawbacks of the Exerstrider Instructional Videos

Proponents of the nordic walking pole technique will tell you that what Tom Rutlin teaches is not nordic walking. It doesn't use the pole release at the end of each stroke of the pole. However, the Exerstrider technique can be used with any pair of walking poles. It gives an upper body workout as well as using the poles to provide stability. I've seen a lot of in-fighting among the different groups of walking pole enthusiasts.

I call for a truce - let's just enjoy walking with poles.

Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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