This is seriously a product I want to share with my neighbors! I received a set of Nordic Walking Poles from Leki. The ones I have are the Instructor ($149). They are aluminum/carbon construction and are very lightweight. Now, I have to tell you, when I received these I was expecting to start a walking program for losing weight. Then wouldn't you know it, the week they came in was when I ended up in the emergency room with a bulging disc. 3 days in the hospital and several weeks later I am ready to start using the Nordic Walking Poles. As I have stated in a previous post I have begun very basic workouts on the treadmill, and now I am using the poles.
The Nordic Walking Poles help me to stay upright while walking and also help to take pressure off my back. Isn't that great! These poles are adjustable which is great because other members of my family can use them also. Using the Nordic Walking Poles gives you a full body workout because you use your arms also.
The poles are angled back, away from your body, so that you can push off. This helps create a resistance. You might ask, what is the difference between Nordic Walking and Trekking. Here is the answer from the Leki website:
- Nordic Walking is a specific activity with a steady rhythmic pace. Trekking is a general activity with varied pace, terrain and usually involves added weight such as a day pack or backpack.
- Nordic Walking poles are positioned angled back away from the body which allows for push off, creating resistance. Trekking poles are gripped with full palm/finger contact and held in front the body supporting the weight of the hiker.
- The straps used on Nordic Walking poles allow for release of the hand from the pole at the end of your stride keeping the hand in place to grasp the pole on the way back to the front of the stride. Trekking pole straps are meant to support weight with full hand contact.
- The bottom line is that these are two different activities. It's important to use the proper equipment for each for optimal results and efficiency.
Nordic walking encourages a longer stride and thus activates more muscle. The pole swing enhances the normal opposing arm swing when walking. This improves the range of motion and your posture. Leki tells you that Nordic walking takes coordination and to spend some time just getting used to your poles. You are to stand tall and keep your chin level with the surface. And changing your stride takes time. So have fun and don't think to hard.
The Leki Nordic Walking Poles come with Leki Super Lock System. This means you can adjust the pole to the right length and lock it into place. There is also a Leki Adjustable/Releasable Trigger strap. This is handy when you stop and need to use your hands for something else, like a drink of water or to answer your cell phone. I really like this feature. The strap is secured around your wrist and also helps support the wrist. The Leki Rubber Fitness Tips help in gripping the walking surface. If you walk on gravel or slick surfaces you can remove the rubber tips to expose the Carbide Flextips. I really think the grips are very comfortable.
This is definitely the next step up from a regular walking program. I am really hoping to see some major improvement along with weight loss using the Leki Nordic Walking Poles.
Leki has several choices available in the Nordic Walking Poles along with some that are only partially adjustable and others that are a fixed length. They do have trekking Poles and Skiing Poles.
Here is a little about Leki USA from their site:
At LEKI, we approach our jobs in the same way we approach a difficult trail – exploring every possibility, soaking up every view, always moving forward. This philosophy is the driving force behind our status as the #1 pole manufacturer in the world.
The name LEKI stands for innovative technology and European engineering. Active people who depend on quality, functionality and security know the LEKI name. Our poles are designed in cooperation with certified mountain guides and well known athletes. LEKI Lenhart GmbH is known world-wide for Skiing, Trekking, Nordic Walking poles and Gloves. It's what we do and have been doing for over 60 years.
We are a company that is passionate about our products and our environment and use advanced production facilities to ensure our processes are responsible. In our factory and our warehouse we reuse and recycle whenever possible.
LEKI partners with many organizations that share our passion for the outdoors and we sponsor events and activities that promote health through the use of our poles.
When you purchase LEKI poles, you’re not just a customer but a part of the LEKI family.
To learn more about our company, we’ve put together a Travelogue (digital magazine) for you to browse. Check out the link below and see the complete history of LEKI as well as product and technology info!
One neighbor will receive a pair of Leki Nordic Walking Poles (The Instructor).
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Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a pair of Leki Nordic Walking Poles (The Instructor) for this review. All quotes are taken from the Leki website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.