Urban Poling

Urban Poling fitness poles designed by Nordic walking pioneer Tom Rutlin and a panel of Canadian therapists, uses the specialized technique called Exerstriding, also called the Rutlin Technique. It differs from the 'European Style' technique later developed in Scandinavia.

Rutlin Technique teaches the straight arm plant (long lever) and is intended to bring about "greater involvement of large core strength muscles" found in the upper body, this differs from the bent arm plant (short lever) commonly used in the 'European Style' technique.

The poles designed for Urban Poling do not have straps or demi-gloves as European styled poles do. Instead, Urban Poles uses an ergonomic strapless grips that has a large flared portion at the base of the grip. This grip comes into play with the Rutlin Technique and how the poles are planted while walking.

"I've been doing some experimenting with planting my poles further forward (just like Tom Rutlin teaches!) unlike Nordic Walking 'European Style' that teaches planting the tips further back and guess what? I find that my Abdominal muscles get a better workout? Now am I imagining this? Why don't you have a go and decide for yourself?" - David Downer, Nordic Walking eCommunity - Wednesday, 20 June 2007

What does our Rutlin Technique and Urban Poling have to offer you?

  • Full body workout using no more perceived effort than walking
  • Exercises the hard to exercise, “trunk” muscles
  • Burn from 20-47 % more calories than ‘ordinary’ walking
  • Take damaging stress off of your joints, hips knees and ankles
  • Greatly increased cardio workout (10-15 more heartbeats per minute than regular walking)
  • Helps maintain and correct posture
  • Clinically recommended to aid people in recovery from osteoporosis, arthritis, breast cancer, neurological and heart conditions
  • Can be practiced on almost any terrain (asphalt, gravel, grass, snow, etc.)

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