You have covered STEP-1 – & understand your Walking Pole feet options.
You have covered STEP-2 – so that you know you have your Walking Poles set correctly & they are the right height & they feel comfortable.
You have also studied STEP-3 – so you can avoid the bad habits that are most common to Pole Walking.
You are now ready for STEP-4 – learning how-to do the Keenfit Walking System. . .
What Makes Our Keenfit Pole Walking System Special
The Keenfit Pole Walking System is a ‘Unique & Simple, Walking System’ that we also like to call ‘Nordic Walking Plus‘ – it is designed to maximize results for everyone – from the casual-average walker to the more serious-athletic walker. This uniquely designed method of walking with poles incorporates 2 easy to learn techniques – one [Punch-Pull] enhances & promotes a more mainstream method of pole walking – while the other [Pendulum-Push] parallels the more traditional form of Nordic Walking. The Keenfit Walking System is exclusive to Keenfit & helps to make us special.
You may have noticed we do not call what we do nor do we ever refer to it as Nordic Walking [rather: Pole Walking; The Keenfit Pole Walking System or Nordic Walking Plus]… Though pole walking does originate from Nordic Walking we believe the term ‘Nordic’’ can conjure up images of snow, alpine-meadows, bush-whacking, hiking, trails, etc. – which are all fine, but can sometimes limit a large majority of people from even trying this amazing activity. Most people just walk or need to just ‘get walking’ – so we just want to help them to get out & do some simple… Mainstream walking with major benefits.
So if you’re constantly trying to work exercise into your schedule & you wish exercise could be more fun – & easier to do? Then the Keenfit Pole Walking System is for you! It makes walking with poles fun, easy & exhilarating, no matter what your age or fitness level.
Beginner to Intermediate Technique
The Punch-Pull Technique was designed to add even more versatility to the sport – for an even broader more diversified group. It is our beginner to intermediate technique that is best used to warm-up with, it is best used on uneven & lesser compact terrain like trails / paths & gravel roads & works best for going down hills – where one would choose to use less resistance.
Because of the angle of the walking poles & your arms this technique is easy to control & to do less aggressively – so for some people & in some places – this is the only technique you may want to employ. For example people who may be: excessively overweight, in poor shape, have any lower-back or lower-body issues; are physically challenged, quite weak, elderly or have trouble balancing.
NOTE: If you have any of these issues it is recommended that you consult with your Physician before starting this or any new activity. This is also the suggested technique for surfaces like: gymnasium or mall floors; gravelly or icy roads where your Poles may want to slip out from underneath you when you push-off like in Nordic Walking.
Regardless, this Beginner to Intermediate Technique Commands Respect… Done more aggressively it can be a substantial workout!
Intermediate to Advanced Technique
The Pendulum-Push Technique was designed to parallel the benefits of the more traditional Nordic Walking method.
It is our intermediate to advanced technique that is best used after you have warmed up & when you would like to use more resistance & push-off. It is best done on more even & harder compact surfaces like roads / sidewalks & pavement. Due to the increase in resistance & push-off – it is best not to use this technique for going down hills.
Because of the angle of the walking poles, your arms & the low-shallow-arc push-off made to propel forward – this technique is a little more difficult to learn & can easily increase your stride. So for some people [see the Punch-Pull Technique above] we suggest starting this Pendulum-Push Technique after getting comfortable with the Punch-Pull Method first.
Because of the angle of the walking poles & arms this can be a Great workout…
Done less aggressively it can be easy enough even for the beginner to do!