I saw reviews on the Urban Poling Activator Poles on two different Blogs by PWP. So I Googled it, and watched YouTube ‘how to use walking poles’ by three different companies. I can see how using the poles correctly could benefit me, as I continue to do fast walking. Plus I can see my sweetheart benefiting from using the poles as well.
Unique Components of the ACTIVATOR Poles:
Button-Locking System: An easier and safer method vs turning locking systems.
New – Ergonomic CoreGrip (patented): Designed for improving core strengthening while providing greater comfort and supporting the wrist in a neutral position to reduce strain.
Wide Ledge instead of a Strap: To reduce the risk of injuries. A study by Knobloch et al. (2006) found the highest rate of injury for Nordic walking is when the person is still attached to the poles during a fall.
Bell Shaped Tips: Provide greater stability than boot shaped tip
3 Anti-Vibration Features: Reduce vibration and impact on joints
Carbide Steel Tip: Provides stability on slippery conditions and on trails & beaches.
Telescoping: 4′ to 6′ (121 to 182 cm). Poles are collapsible for storage & travel
New – ACTIVATOR2 Poles designed for taller individuals up to 6′ 4 and collapses shorter for travel 25″
The site suggested that rehab professionals are using the poles in place of canes and to reduce/delay the use of walkers.
The poles are very similar to Nordic Walking Poles, but the techniques taught for using them are a bit different. The hand shake goes to a more bent elbow and the poles don’t go behind you. https://urbanpoling.com
I purchased The companion combo, which was a bargain. Now my sweetheart can go poling with me. They arrived already (Merry Christmas to us) We watched the videos provided and adjusted our new poles to the correct height for a 90 degree angle at the elbow, and tried to practice the pole placement coordinated with arm swing and foot placement. First day we went out to walk on the pavement in front of our house. by the end of our little session, my husband was able to do it. Due to Mr. PD, my coordination isn’t so cooperative, so I will take longer… but I’m not a quitter.
We have been on three walks now. I’m slowly getting better, but I still have to watch my feet (a no-no) and concentrate. or I am stepping out on the same side as the pole. About ready to go out again. The weather is beautiful in central Florida… 78 degrees right now.. I’d better go before it gets too much warmer.