Original Nordic Walking technique
In Original Nordic Walking, the rhythm and movements of the arms, legs, hips and upper body are similar to normal, brisk walking without poles. In Nordic Walking, the opposite arms and legs move rhythmically forwards and backwards alternatively just as in normal walking but more efficiently and with wider movements thanks to pole thrusts. A longer stride is one indication of a proper and efficient Nordic Walking technique.
Signs of the proper Original Nordic Walking technique:
The upper body of the Original Nordic Walker is leaning forward slightly providing the opportunity for efficient arm work and providing the possibility for taking long strides and efficient toe thrusts.
The poles are in the same front-leaning position as the body of the Original Nordic Walker providing the opportunity for efficient arm work. Arms and legs are moving rhythmically forward and backward across a wide path in opposite pairs.
The stride is longer than in normal walking > providing an open pelvic twist.
The stride is longer than in normal walking > wide arm movements and shoulder twists, allowing the rib cage to open up.
The poles are moving in a direct line forward and backward > power is generated in the forward direction in a direct line.
Original Nordic Walking: "It’s time to place the poles on the hands and let’s get started. Place the straps on so they’re nice and comfortable and with even tension on each hand"...
Step 2 - With the poles dragging beside you, start to walk in a normal walking action. You’ll find you arms come up and at the front you can grip the poles and apply a slight touch of pressure back. Remember, it’s quite natural.
Step 3 – Applying Pressure to the Poles – If you bring your hand up and you grip the pole lightly, as it swings back, at about the hip you can start to release your hold on the pole. At this time, you apply pressure to the pole strap and that allows you to go through a full range of motion.
Original Nordic Walking
What is ONW?
ONW pole length
References about ONW research results