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What is speedhyking?

What is speedhyking? It takes pole walking to new levels for those who want to challenge their bodies further. It is developed from the Nordic walking technique (walking with poles) and is a full body workout.The activity is performed with specially designed walking poles similar to ski poles and suitable for the athletes wanting a faster pace on the trails and fells. It is like Nordic walking but at a faster speed, with more intensity and both feet are off the ground as you are propelled forward. It is like running, turbo charged, with poles.

Learn to plant the poles for thrust and lift. These key components help support ankles and knees and improves stamina as there is less isolated fatigue in just one muscle group as you are using your whole body.

Unlike power walking or speed hiking, which always has at least one foot on the ground, speedhyking accommodates both feet to move faster and be off the ground. That is also the subtle difference between walking and running.

Why is the foot work important? It is the difference from being disqualified at an event that stimulates that the only discipline is Nordic walking and there is a separate category for the faster discipline of Speedhyking. It is to ensure fairness in the rising and competitive sports with poles, using the Nordic walking technique. Nordic walking (walking with poles) was initially to maintain ski fitness in dry summer season but has now moved on with great velocity as a sport in it’s own right.

Speedhyking has all the full body workout benefits of Nordic walking (walking with poles), with added emphasis of:

Trains the cardiovascular system
Strengthens the leg, trunk and upper body muscles
Improves coordination and stabilisation on uneven terrain
It is an intense natural experience

For many, as you increase your own stamina and endurance fitness, this is the natural progression from Nordic walking to safely running with poles, adding variety to a physical challenge, within a natural environment. It is a cutting edge new mental challenge of allowing your spirit and freewill to guide you beyond the previous limits of terrain and elements.

Speedhyking can be a versatile cross training activity for many sports such as cross-country skiing, triathlons, ultra-marathons, improving your own running skills. It is an ideal development training activity for competition preparation and to improve the coordination skills.

Our workshop and sessions will explain how speedhyking differs from Trail running and Nordic Walking (walking with poles) plus look at how to utilise poles to cover ground at speed. The poles stabilise the body and train the upper body muscles. It is a magnificent activity in every sense as it is compliments a healthy lifestyle that is close to nature. It is versatile from being relaxed to performance-oriented, from balancing to demanding, and is exhilarating whilst accessible to all senses.

Whether you want to move fast on the flat, climb a tough hill, bound over rough terrain or skip down a slope, this NEW and exciting sport is gaining traction all over Europe. It is perfect for the Nordic Walker who wants to combine their Nordic Walking technique with the freedom of running or increasing speed from optimum walking pace.

Speed Junkie and owner of Coreconcept, Sam Armstrong, loves Speedhyking

“I have been able to adapt my skills to more challenging terrain with confidence and increase speed without running”.

She explains, “Speedhyking is not always about running or fitness levels it’s about increasing your speed and intensity. It’s all about covering the distance quicker than a hike and managing the terrain effectively”.

It turns the high impact sport of running into a body-savvy sport that supports you and utilises 90% of your muscles for maximum efficiency, which is essential for endurance events when you need to keep moving for longer and further.

“If you are a trail runner it makes a lot of sense to use poles particularly on the uphill section so you don’t trash your legs and knees which enables you to cover the longer distances”.