How to Start Racewalk Training

The Basics of Racewalk Technique

Racewalking Sequence
Racewalking Sequence. Dorling Kindersley/Dorling Kindersley RD/Getty Images

Do you want to tone more muscles, burn more calories per mile and win competitions? Racewalking is for you!

Racewalking is not just walking fast or speedwalking. It is a defined technique. Two rules set it apart from running and freeform walking. It is also a competition sport where you can win races at the local level and up through the Olympic Games. Racewalking also opportunities to compete and to achieve national standing for people of all ages.

Basics of Racewalking Technique

Coach Judy Heller of ERO-FIT and Associates shares this basic course in racewalk technique for you to learn the basics of the sport. It includes:

Racewalking Coaching and Resources

  • Racewalking Books and Videos: Find out more about the basics of racewalking and advanced techniques with books and videos at They include full clinics on DVD. These books and videos are very helpful in learning more about the sport.
  • Racewalking Clinics and Coaching: Finding a coach or clinic is essential to learn racewalking. You can search for a racewalking coach on LinkedIn. Coach Dave McGovern offers clinics several times each year around the United States. Racewalking is simply too unnatural of a motion to get right without coaching.
  • Racewalking Clubs: Find racewalking clubs around the world to meet and compete with. Being part of club with regular competitions and being judged for your form is the best way to develop as a racewalker. Plus, you will begin to gather ribbons, medals and trophies from races.

Racewalking History and Humor

  • No Respect for Olympic Racewalking: NBC sports commentators can't resist making snide comments about racewalkers during the Olympic Games. It doesn't matter that they are racing in an event that is longer than a marathon or setting world records. And then there is that Snickers commercial...
  • Racewalking Slogans and Comebacks: Racewalkers get a lot of comments when they pass by runners, regular walkers and people just hanging around. Here are the lines they wish they had said in response, plus edgy and fun sayings suitable for t-shirts.
  • A Brief History of Walking: Walking had its glory days, with kings competing, huge prize money at stake, and actual respect. All of that ended once running took over in the past century. Ah, days gone by!
  • Fastest Marathon and 50K Walkers: See the records set over the years by men and women who have walked the long distance races. The standard 50 kilometer distances is several miles longer than the 26.2 mile marathon.

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