In this video, you will discover how to improve your Nordic Walking technique with a fun bounding stride exercise!
If you enjoyed this exercise, be sure to watch our other fun exercise videos in our Nordic Walking program!
Discover how you can lengthen your stride with the help of your Nordic Walking poles by watching this short tutorial.
Music : ALTER K
Voice-over by volunteer: Scarlet Sherriff & Rebecca Large
Nordic Walking Exercises: Practicing a bounding stride
In this video, you'll learn how to do a bounding stride
The main idea is to lengthen your stride whilst placing more pressure on the poles and using your calves to propel yourself forward
You can practise the bounding stride for enjoyment, to travel faster or to raise your heart rate and give your upper body a workout
Here's how to do it in four steps: gaining speed, planting the poles into the ground, thrusting with your calves and thrusting with your arms
Firstly, gaining speed
Start by doing a few running steps at a moderate speed
Bend your arms to stop the poles touching the ground
Secondly, sticking the poles into the ground
Whilst continuing your running steps, increase the range of motion in your arms so that the poles contact the ground.
Thirdly, calf thrusts
Now, push off with your calves so that you're making small, explosive jumps from one foot to another
The more powerful the thrusts, the higher your jump and the longer your stride
Fourthly, arm thrusts
Now make use of the support of your poles to propel yourself even further and gain speed
Don't forget to maintain a wide range of motion in your arms by letting go of the handles of your poles
This exercise is great fun and feels good. Now you know how to do it, have fun with it!