Category Archives: Pole Walking

Front Squat

Front Squat

Main muscles worked:
– Quadriceps
– Gluteals

Other muscles worked:
– Erector Spinae
– Piriformis
– Adductors
– Psoas Major
– Hamstrings
– Soleus
Instructions:
Stand with feet shoulder width apart and Walking Poles with attached Strength Cords (WP/SC) at chest level. Flex the knees, making sure to keep the heels flat on the floor. Push the bottom outwards and keep the back straight and head up. Flex to roughly 90 degrees at the knee, controlling the movement eccentrically. Extend at the knees, and return to start position.

 

Suggested Rehabilitation Uses:
– Knee rehabilitation
– Hip strengthening
– Back rehabilitation
– Core stabilization

 

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Rear Lunge

Rear Lunge

Main muscles worked:
– Quadriceps
– Gluteals

Other muscles worked:
– Adductors
– Hamstrings
– Internal and External Oblique
– Erector Spinae
– Gastroc / Soleus

Instructions:
Stand with feet a few inches apart and Walking Poles with attached Strength Cords (WP/SC) resting on the chest. Step one leg back and flex the knees until the back leg almost reaches the floor. Ensure that the front knee remains behind the toes and the upper body is in neutral. The most advance method is to alternate each leg after each rep.

Suggested Rehabilitation Uses:
– Glute strengthening
– Back rehabilitation
– Knee rehabilitation
– Quadricep strengthening
– Hamstring strengthening
– Ankle rehab

 

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ibodyWALK 2015 Press Release

Contact Information:

ibodyWALK
Terry D Kennedy / Founder
Marietta, Ga. 30067
Office 770-653-5995 — tkennedy@ibodywalk.com —  ibodyWALKLinkedInFacebookTwitter

ibodyWALK announces the New Poles & Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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The Villages, Florida – ibodyWALK is excited to announce the prelaunch to continue with free training sessions that introduce ibodyWALK to the residents’ and promises to “Takes Your Walking to the Next Level”. In early 2014 the need to reintroduce Pole Walking to the U.S. with a name that made visual sense has led Terry D Kennedy the Founder to the ibodyWALK branding. Think about Walking with the addition of easy to use equipment (a set of walking poles and the strength/stretch cords that retract for storage in to the poles or a fanny pack), and the programming that will cover specific participant technical needs, whether that be for improving ones health, fitness or sports. Until now there has been limited public awareness and participation in the U.S. for pole walking which he determined needed several evidence-based initiatives to succeed.

 

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Kennedy of IbodyWALK had previously invested several years with the Foot Solutions franchise which sold the Balance Walking pole brand. During this time he successfully led the Pole Walking Prevention Magazine Publisher study, by recruiting, educating and introducing virtual coaching in an eight week study resulting in the sale of 1000s of walking poles. At the same time he initiated an independent research study at Kennesaw State University / Balance Walking Increases the Physiological Responses to Walking. This research was published as it concluded key benefits; one of which was, that with the addition of walking poles, higher levels of conditioning over regular walking at same pace will be an outcome. These initiatives; and the walking pole partnership with Gymstick (located in Finland), and the patented pole design, will further ibodyWALKs’ Pole and Program success.

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The journey and free introduction of Pole Walking to the residents’ in The Villages, under the brand Balance Walking began at the end of January thru May 2013 and grew from 30 to 500 residents walking with poles. That growth can be attributed to The Villages Recreation Department announcements and articles in The Villages Daily Sun Newspaper. To direct others in meeting other walkers Terry created the Walking Neighbor Directory. That has led to many groups, one of which was named the “Wacky Walkers”. To date the growing interest in health and fitness has made ibodyWALK a natural fit to meet demand for the wellness walking trend. He believes all that keeps the body in motion throughout ones day is paramount “Take Your Walking to the Next Level” with ibodyWALK.

100s have shared comments like these; using the poles and cords has improved my endurance, feels less strenuous than other cardio workouts, I feel more muscles working comfortably harder and, therefore, burn more calories, the poles absorb shock to my feet, knees, hips and back.
It’s EASY!! Fitness Poles + Freehand + Stretch-cord Exercises designed for 8 to 80 plus.

Health Challenges – (mobility, stability, prescriptive and rehabilitation)

Fitness Training – (cardio endurance, strength, flexibility and weight loss)

Sport X-Training – (core, agility, off-season)

Your Dog Loves ibodyWALK

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Getting an hour and a half in with “Drake our Portuguese Water Dog” at Sumter Landing before the 2nd ibodyWALK training session with those in The Villages today at 11:30. Will be doing another session on Wednesday at 9am because of the many emails and calls…

Looking forward to winter/spring sessions… Make sure you email or call to reserve your spot.

Wacky Way to Walk n The Villages Florida

The Wacky Walkers is one of many in The Villages Florida taking advantage of all the benefits that come with using the Poles.

The Wacky Walkers is one of many in The Villages Florida taking advantage of all the benefits that come with using the Poles.

 

No matter what we call this NEw wAY To wALk, we would all agree that we want the benefits ( the biggy is near to double the calorie burn followed by a dozen more ) which is reason enough to add poles and strength cords to any ordinary walking routine. There are many types of walking poles that are specific to who, where and why you are wanting to use the poles.

 

After leading 100s through basic Pole Walking instruction; then introducing the “Walking Neighbor Directory” in The Villages Florida, I was confident they were well on their way to developing another healthy habit in community, which increases their success. Some of these walking groups even come up with crazy names for their group; one of which is the Wacky Walkers. The Wacky Walkers is one of many groups that get together regularly and walk with or without poles.

 

Having said that; it was great to read an article I received a few days ago in The Villages Daily Sun Nov. 26th (which by the way, happens to be the greatest retirement community on the planet). The timing of this article also coincides with my family visiting The Villages between Christmas and New Years… And yes I will meet with as many of the 600 who I have given instruction and poles to over last year.  Even those that have never used poles and do not own poles – we have you covered. All you need to do is reach out to me for the Dec 28 – Jan 2 2015 daily walking sessions. Will need to reach to me via Facebook.

 

IbodyWALK all walkers invited Dec 28 - Jan 2

IbodyWALK all walkers invited Dec 28 – Jan 2

The photo at top labeled, ” Let’s Go… Pole Walking” is one of the many neighborhood groups… This one meets 3 times per week for 3 miles… They have named themselves the Wacky Walkers – being led by Shirley Halloran and Barb Miller… So come join me, Let’s Go . Send this website link announcement to anyone you may know in The Villages… Even 1st time Pole Walkers as I said earlier can use the loaner poles I will procure.

ibodyWALK Core – Kayak Pole Crunch

Great core work…

– This is a beginner move when you sit with feet on the ground while nearly sitting straight up and then paddling slowly.

– This is an intermediate move ( as shown in video ) when you sit with feet on the ground while leaning/pivoting backwards at waist, with back flat ( no slumping, head back as well – neutral ) and paddling slowly in order to maintain a steady balance point ( which moves very slightly and engages the core ).

– This is an advanced move by simply initiating the intermediate movements with additional backwards lean/pivot. Always stop repetitions when you feel the form begin to deteriorate. Less with great form in multiple sets is best

 

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While all the construction is going on at ibodyWALK I thought we would continue to insert pre-production work from time to time. This will include content, images or videos. I you have questions or are interested in programing for a particular area, please reach out to me at  your convenience.

 

 

 

Get Walking! Got Poles? Looks Silly? Wrong!

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… Let me say it again;

Get Walking! Got Poles? OK, Looks Silly? Wrong!

Athletes, Non Athletes, Health Challenged, Motivated or Not

LET’S MOVE.

I have collected 1000s of images such as the image above which are from around the world. Having shared with other industry colleagues like “Marko” (pictured center) who have led the growth of pole walking/nordic walking in their own countries and beyond. Marko resides in Finland and has been highly successful in leading the way for some time. The interest has now become a focal point now in the U.S. as we continue to experience continued emphasis on the importance of walking.

With ibodyWALK we will gravitate away from a one demographic mind set or stereotype one might suspect when you see others walking with poles. The key difference and the reason for the continued growth in the program with poles is simply in the ways the poles and tubing are being used. That key factor has drawn others who may not initially be interested in to wanting to be part of the experience and results.

This is not meant to be a promotional post, simply educational. Taking Your Walking to the Next Level is critical I believe in order to increase the numbers of walkers. I might add that we are getting away from the idea that one has to move all in one 30-60 minute session. To integrate motion that increases pulse, puts a safe load on bones/joints and increases muscle strength can all happen in 5-15min periods.

So join the MOVE while you TALK and WALK at your next meeting 😉

Athletic

Athletic

Health Challenges

Health Challenges

Stretch-cord Overhead Press

Stretch-cord Overhead Press

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Young Fun

ibodyWALK ideally positioned for every demographic

Where do you stand? No need to be stuck on your seat all day! Move virtually anytime and anywhere quickly!

Will nearly double the benefits X 2 of every day Walking. Makes no sense not to learn how. Its Easy as 1 2 3.

So Lets Get Moving with Proper Pole Height.

 

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Sports Pole Height ( 1-2inches above 90deg at elbow ) very advanced pole position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fitness Pole Height ( 90deg at elbow ) is the most commonly favored pole position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Health Pole Height ( 1-2 inches below 90deg at elbow ) favored position for those with health challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maintain great ibodyWALK Form it’s as easy as Walking…

 

Join the Next Level of Walking Worldwide Today. Email tkennedy@ibodywalk.com for mover information

ibodyWALK Logo and Branding ( wants to here from you )

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What happened before my one minute pitch during the Shark Tank interview for the show was clear to me that we are on track to break the stereotype that most think of when they see someone walking with poles. The change is here to overcome the stereotype whether you walk or do not with poles. There is so much more and with that the rising tide of participation in the U.S. raises all ships 😉

I presented to a seasoned Fitness Professional who saw these images above before I pitched my ideas. He said; “no need to say anything, I get it, in fact I see poles out here in Santa Monica, California a lot. Really was not attracted to doing it myself, as I am a runner. Yet these images add something that gives me more and opens up to doing it with others anywhere….”

If you have an opinion, of course give me what you like and do not like, or what you hope for to grow ibodyWALK…

Reviewing a few branding options in the header and this post – Which one do you like, or not. If you have an idea for one, please send it to my email at tkennedy@ibodywalk.com

While your here don’t forget to join my Facebook Page and Twitter so that you can be plugged in to the latest.

 

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