Original Nordic Walking pole correct length
Marko Kantaneva: "When I created the first Nordic Walking pole length table in 1997, I came to the conclusion that the formula for determining pole length should be 0.72 x own height. When more than three (3) pole lengths became available, the coefficient was rounded to 0.7 x own height. According to my studies at the Research Institute for Olympic Sports in Jyväskylä, Finland, on 10 April 2004, the coefficient 0.7 contributed to the best training results". Source: Interview, ISPO Münich 2005
Why select a pole that is shorter than the recommended length? Sometimes a shorter pole can feel more comfortable. For example, if you start Nordic Walking after being physically inactive for a long period of time when your body is not prepared for full Nordic Walking movements. Your body proportions are another determining factor. Because of the individual dimensions of one’s arms, legs or back, a shorter pole may sometimes suit a person better.
Why select a pole that is longer than the recommended length? Sometimes a longer pole can feel more comfortable. For example, if you have been physically active previously or are used to regular, brisk exercising. If you select an adjustable pole you can vary the pole length and therefore get variety and increase/decrease training efficiency.
Original Nordic Walking
What is ONW?
ONW pole length
References about ONW research results