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 – email@example.com 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.
Just having fun, getting a little assistance with my ab crunch ( my Virtual Coach ) !!!!
So many images, so much content, so much work, I needed a break with a little ab work 🙂
Click hyper-link above to view 3 pages of a working draft with a few images, lots more coming of course…
These are just 3 pages of one of the ibodyWALK manuals being edited ( over 40 pages of instruction, motivation, images, links and supporting research…) The Beginner Level is one of over 15 different programs which will encompass similar formats to be released soon to virtually an unlimited demographic…
Those professionals that are passionate about health, fitness and health care, can apply to become a co author in their perspective fields of interest, to incorporate exercise content specific to their audience. There is so many great great passionate professionals who can provide immense contributions that will impact those around the world.
Also, remember ibodyWALK will be a work in process for some time, and to be honest will create the most positive results moving forward…
Thank you in advance for volunteering while under construction 😉
Terry D Kennedy – Founder of ibodyWALK 😉
… Let me say it again;
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 😉
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
With ibodyWALK everyone in every demographic will be able “Take Your Walking to the Next Level” This is an exciting time 😉 I like to say a; “I remember when walking was for only a few….”
This is a great video with a quick list of reasons to simply to Walk. I will be creating a video in time that expresses why putting ibodyWALK in to your step every day is happily a priority.
Walking is a low-impact exercise accessible to just about everybody. It’s safe, simple, and doesn’t cost anything. George Halvorson, Chairman & CEO of Kaiser Permanente, explains the numerous health benefits of a regular walking regime: reduced risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Physical activity need not be strenuous for an individual to reap significant health benefits; just 30 minutes a day (or two 15 minute sessions) of brisk walking will do the trick.
The beauty of adding the Poles and Stretch-cords to Walking are so numerous… They simply out number the reasons not get started today. When you can almost double the effect of regular walking, why would you wait…
December, January and February have been fruitful, while competing for my time needed; in product partnerships, preparing for Shark Tank interview, physically moving to a new home, including office, collaborations efforts with Skype meetings and countless emails, as well the planning needed in the “new ibodyWALK programing” for the 2nd year in The Villages, Florida this spring ( — you are right, to assume the official launch will be delayed yet complete…
Its a perfect time to join, and engage in a role that goes beyond simply titles.
Any eager advocate, and or hands on, feet on the ground business partners / investor will be well satisfied as we change the way everyone perceives the best way to return again to a life of motion. The balance of health and wellness, work, play, family and friends is about to be turned on its head. As a society we are becoming a human body that is truly close to standing still.
ibodyWALK rest assure we will “Take Your Walking to the Next Level”
Come join us
Shoot me – Terry D Kennedy a quick email to email@example.com
“Take Your Walking to the Next Level” with “ibodyWALK”tm
It’s EASY!! Fitness Poles + Freehand + Stretchcord Exercises designed for 6 and up; health challenged, fitness training for beginners thru advanced and the very athletic that are looking to x-train or stay in shape in off-season.
Health Challenges – (mobility, stability, prescriptive and rehabilitation)
Fitness Training – (cardio endurance, strength, flexibility and weight loss)
Sport X-Training – (core, agility, off-season)
For 20 years now in the U.S. Pole Walking, Nordic Walking or Fitness Walking which we can call the generic term describing a multitude of brand names (Google any generic to find a brand name). Most all brands have been well intended, yet without long-term participation and as such have gone virtually unnoticed for years. This I have discovered is primarily due to the focus on a limited participant demographic by an equally small number of active pole walking leaders. I commend their intentions.
The final “ibodyWALK”tm products and programming will be a result of key partnerships (released soon) which will bring a great deal of excitement and activity. We will set up demos at no charge in; churches, schools, corporations, neighborhoods, active living communities, health and medical facilities in order to build on this unlimited venture.
The proof of concept has been successfully demonstrated by the consumer demand beginning in the spring of 2012 thru spring of 2013 in my previous Pole Walking initiatives. This has led to over 3000 participants from around the country and counting who own poles and have begun to pole walk. In response to 100s of personal conversations and the overwhelming requests I needed to support this growth with a concept name. Drum roll for the Next PC of Walking — “ibodyWALK”tm. This will quickly create a movement that will take “ibodyWALK”tm to be the “Next Health and Fitness Wave of this Millennium”tk. There will be easy to learn online videos, instructional materials which can be combined with any Fitness Walking Pole as we launch in to spring of 2014.
The key motivation for me with “ibodyWALK”tm is a purposed solution that quickly answers the lack of human movement (physical fitness) in our busy day using a simple to use tool and activity. The multiplying health effect of walking with poles with proper form and effort can deliver near to 2 x the benefits of that of regular walking (the field testing study at the Cooper Institute by Church and colleagues in 2002 is one of many Pole Walking research studies). When the programming of “ibodyWALK”tm makes the additions of the Poles, Freehand exercises and the Stretch-cords the benefits to a wider cross-section of participants cannot be matched anywhere.
Come and join us!! Let us change the way we WALK, why we WALK, where we WALK and of course who we WALK with for better health, fitness and sport in the U.S.. By doing so you will be joining millions of other walkers who will “Take Your Walking to the Next Level”.