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ibodyWALK announces the New Poles & Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Let me begin by saying; as a health, fitness and sports professional for over 40 years I have experienced by way of educating, innovation, coaching, promoting and mentoring countless, that we are about to make a significant shift in the way we educate, deliver, engage and sustain desirable health and fitness for everyone. I of course am not anti health club, anti sports, anti coach, anti anything with good intentions that will improve health and fitness safely. In fact, I am all about the solutions that match today’s reality, which seem to change almost daily – one would think.
We as a society are trying to keep up with the next best thing, experience or product… Technology, the Speed of Thought required today and our Human Nature are looking to mesh in a way that balances the scale for a better life for everyone… Being able to do, be and have more by using countless technology drivers is not better, when it’s at the expense of you – the human seeking a full quality of life ).
We have to do some things that will seem a little off the wall to some, yet as my experience as been privileged to be part of the several of greatest trends relative to health and fitness in my 40 years in this space. Some are products, some are activities. A couple that I believe will be headed that way soon I will briefly touch on…
Yes, ibodyWALK is not meant to be another come and go product and program. What will make it more desirable is the multiplier that comes to everyone everyday to their walking. If we move to the Jetson’s age we may stand or sit and be moved from here to there in a blink. I hope not, as I want to experience physical stimulus and interaction with others. The purpose of ibodyWALK is to engage as close to a simple movement that we all use to go from point a to b (without transportation modalities – bikes, cars, etc ) and that is by WALKING.
Here a great motivating infographic in the link below:
The other area will be in how we sit, at work, home and leisure. This next space will come quick, and in fact has already arrived in some places. Trust me here; it’s not a fad. I am engaged with several potential partnerships that are going beyond the initial desk and treadmill at work or at the home office. There are as I speak – innovations that will encompass this next trend and beyond. Don’t be turned off by what it appears to be today as this will change to accommodate the greatest number of users.
Very exciting!!! No need to wait!!! Its time to get fit & healthy while we work walk and talk!!!
I am very open to high level or advocate discussion that will lead to building this next business platform. Contacting me of course is easy, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone in the U.S. 770-653-5995.
Here is a quick news report – keep workers moving . There are countless video’s over the past few years showing early adopters engaged.
I wanted to include another great addition to the future of health/fitness in the work/home office and classroom settings. This focus area will be highly successful as the need can be handled very easily by Walking, while you’re Standing, balanced with time Sitting. Really! The best part is it will impact one’s work productivity, one’s health, one’s motivation and much more in an incredibly positive ways. This will become as important as the development of the PC was to technology on our lives. We will work, balance health and fitness physically in the same moment in time.
Ron Wiener – CEO of Thermo Genisis Group wrote a recent article that will begin to paint the picture of the future – The Next Revolution in Office Fitness: Sit-Stand Conference Tables
Mr. Wiener’s purpose and vision is umbrella-ed in the ThermoGenisis Group with its motivation to reverse the effects of the “sitting disease” among millions of modern-day workers whose jobs entail many hours of sedentary inactivity, typically in front of a computer, in a scalable way – is in my professional opinion leading the way, in fact all the way. They are building on much more than the current offerings which includes the ground floor WorkWhileWalking and iMoveR. I anticipate as well that the ThermoGenisis Group is positioned and clearly on track to make many more contributions whether this is at work, home or even in classrooms of the future. As an active contributor & participant myself of the largest trends in Health & Fitness Industry over the past 40 years I am flat out excited at what is to come. A solution like this which will improve your health and fitness outside of the traditional methods will become a well timed life changing trend.
In conjunction with today’s traditional Corporate Wellness programs; which are made up of many vendors providing employees a multitude of avenues, with the hoped for Healthier Employee. I foresee that visiting sources such as WorkWhileWalking with reviews and resources to be a first stop in determining the next step. The ease at which one can Walk or Stand intermittently during an average 8 plus hour work day will be a trend that grows because of the positive employee results.
On a personal note: I am active with one of the largest wellness companies in the world as a spouse of an employee. They provide the same programming, support and benefits to me in order to reduce our family’s health insurance needs and cost. I remain hopeful with the programming offerings, yet know that to compartmentalize my work day in to Fitness, Nutrition and other programming comes with challenges. So of course it makes sense to add this new product area in to a partnership.
My conclusion: This emerging workplace product movement trend will be adopted quickly by these wellness vendors as the benefits reinforce their clients’ success. The office and classroom work day of the future will become an intuitive environment that envelops the human experience with technology for improving ones health and fitness right where you walk, stand and sit.
The human body hungers Movement throughout the day for better health.
Founder of ibodyWALK