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  • Hiking, Walking & Trekking Poles | Pacerpole Walking System
    are designed from first principles to apply Biomechanics to whole body movement improving posture for better breathing and maximising walking performance and endurance levels 3 Pacerpoles unique contoured handle is designed anatomically to integrate with the hand for controlling the arm s stride leverage and transferring power directly and effectively The design supersedes the use of suspended straps 4 Pacerpoles are more than poles they are part of an education process this website is to help you learn how you can improve your posture and get the best out of yourself The two film clips below show Pacerpoles being used for 1 General Walking and Slopes 2 Fitness Walking For more detail see the How To Use section NEW Pacerpole Over Mitts in action Click here for more info When hiking on level ground or on slopes always aim to keep the span between shoulder tip to shoulder tip as wide as possible i e not rounded forward or arched back CAMERON McNEISH A truly innovative design which will I am convinced change the fundamental thinking on how we use poles to aid us when walking or trekking CHRIS BONINGTON Pacerpoles are excellent and I will certainly be using them as my poles in the future GRAHAM HOPKINS I through hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with a pair of Pacerpoles from Canada to Mexico a distance of about 2658 miles I loved the poles They gave great power on the up hill climbs and good control on the descent the largest of which was 7 000ft I truly have to commend you for a great creation News Reviews review steveperry review tgo2009 review trail2007 review tgo2006 Steve Perry TGO 2006 I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round without Pacerpoles It s

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  • Walking animation
    balanced vertically core body posture so we walk tall with optimum chest expansion for easier breathing 2 Note if the arm was positioned more to the front of the trunk its downward thrust would cause excess trunk rotation instead of helping to lift the trunk and instigate the stride 3 Pacerpole s unique contoured handles control the forearm pronation the rolling inwards action to keep it in its midline as an effective lever without wasting effort which would happen if it continues to pronate each stride just like the lower leg and foot continues to pronate rolling inwards when walking on soft sand this is also tiring and wastes effort so you underperform Walking for fitness and health with Pacerpoles 1 Briskness is a personal speed a slightly longer stride and quicker rate than you normally take 2 Pushing down harder i e increased effort against the contoured handles will increase the thrust for brisker walking whilst retaining a vertical trunk for better core body posture and breathing When you see a crowd of people walking briskly you ll notice that their heads are bobbing up and down By increasing your stride length the span between your legs is wider so your trunk sinks and then is raised when the trunk load is shifted onto one leg freeing the other leg to move forward this is man s evolved bipedal walking gait For more gait details check the Overview page item Arm and Leg Stride Rate News Reviews review steveperry review tgo2009 review trail2007 review tgo2006 Steve Perry TGO 2006 I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round without Pacerpoles It s the speed you can move and the distance you can cover with them Read more TGO Magazine March 2009 Pacerpoles

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  • Walking animation
    balanced vertically core body posture so we walk tall with optimum chest expansion for easier breathing 2 Note if the arm was positioned more to the front of the trunk its downward thrust would cause excess trunk rotation instead of helping to lift the trunk and instigate the stride 3 Pacerpole s unique contoured handles control the forearm pronation the rolling inwards action to keep it in its midline as an effective lever without wasting effort which would happen if it continues to pronate each stride just like the lower leg and foot continues to pronate rolling inwards when walking on soft sand this is also tiring and wastes effort so you underperform Walking for fitness and health with Pacerpoles 1 Briskness is a personal speed a slightly longer stride and quicker rate than you normally take 2 Pushing down harder i e increased effort against the contoured handles will increase the thrust for brisker walking whilst retaining a vertical trunk for better core body posture and breathing When you see a crowd of people walking briskly you ll notice that their heads are bobbing up and down By increasing your stride length the span between your legs is wider so your trunk sinks and then is raised when the trunk load is shifted onto one leg freeing the other leg to move forward this is man s evolved bipedal walking gait For more gait details check the Overview page item Arm and Leg Stride Rate News Reviews review steveperry review tgo2009 review trail2007 review tgo2006 Steve Perry TGO 2006 I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round without Pacerpoles It s the speed you can move and the distance you can cover with them Read more TGO Magazine March 2009 Pacerpoles

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  • Shaping the future
    many health benefits of sustained regular brisk walking Whether walking across low level terrain or mountain ranges or at speed on a track for a fitness programme Pacerpoles have been designed to allow your body to perform at its best this can be for a few miles a few hundred or a few thousand Conventional poles and sticks are not hand specific but offer the same shaped handle for both left and right hands to use so your joints are awkwardly aligned adapting to grip the same profile Trying to compensate for this poor alignment can produce red marks friction on the palm and wrist as your hand imperceptibly twists and rubs against the pole on the ground This friction is proof of wasted power and effort When the web sling is used instead then the hand is suspended behind the pole relying on indirect control of the shaft by having to press down on the strap tensile and tortional loading to pull down on the top of the pole for the final thrust is far from efficient wasting power with every stride Any one of these actions as well as causing possible discomfort reduces your upper body s potential to have a real impact on performance It s not until you try a different system that you realise what you have been missing and is why many experienced outdoor folk are converting to Pacerpoles Any walking or trekking pole only improves walking performance when its tip is on the ground here your arm s power and leverage is directed through the pole to provide that extra stability support and thrust which you ve lost when your arms swing free How efficiently this extra power can be transmitted hour after hour over varying terrain depends on how effective the link is between your hand and the pole itself This is where Pacerpoles excel The handle s unique contours align the many joints of your handand arm as they pivot like a metronome over their shaft tip on the ground All the effort you exert isn t wasted by poor control throughout the stride instead access to upper body power and leverage can be maximised and without joint abuse Pacerpoles have been used to trek for constant 15 hour days to the Magnetic North Pole in sub zero temperatures to climb mountains such as Kilimanjaro hike thousands of miles worldwide including the Pacific Crest Trail the Arizona Trail and the Kokoda Track and a thousand mile epic in the Alps and French Gorges as well as being used on a regular basis to keep people fit and improve their quality of life Disclaimer Pacerpoles unique handed handles should not be confused with the recent series of conventional designs of walking poles offered by Leki such as the Leki Pacer Vario pole News Reviews review steveperry review tgo2009 review trail2007 review tgo2006 Steve Perry TGO 2006 I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round

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  • Pacerpole Overview + The Basics of Walking
    or tip forward then the rib cage can t expand properly and shallower breathing occurs with air moving in out more from the top segments of the lungs with less capacity perhaps think of the lungs as pyramids with a bigger base and smaller apex Efficient breathing will be compromised as you droop tire or even worse consciously stoop forward when going up hill causing poor body posture away from the vertical and so struggle for breath unnecessarily To teach people to move uphill in this way is biomechanically flawed and I question the fundamental basis that underpins such practice We know too that keeping the trunk vertical allows the leg levers underneath to perform better In simplistic terms for example the familiar sprint to the line in the 100metres and the dip to get the chest across that line If the commentator shouts oh he s dipped too soon i e his vertical form has come out of alignment and the leg leverage is underperforming for the last few strides so he loses the race Keeping the trunk vertical when walking is just as important for performance and the Core Body Posture of the Pilates and Alexander Technique promote this posture too The question is how can we programme better body posture of shoulders over hips without our potentially wobbly box eventually sagging into bad habits Well fortunately we have our own natural walking resource our arm levers under the shoulder girdle to keep the top of the trunk vertical on the pelvis to lever the trunk upwards and move it forwards as we walk just like the leg s stride leverage under the pelvis With the top two corners of the vertical trunk being supported as well as the bottom two underneath then better body alignment can be sustained as we move and to keep the trunk as stable vertical as possible the top Right corner works with the bottom Left corner i e when these are fixed to the ground via the arm and leg then the top Left corner and bottom Right can move through repetitively whatever the terrain or fitness level The basic bipedal walking action is the same whether you are fit in which case the longer the stride length and quicker rate compared to those who are less fit with shorter strides and slower rate Briskness is a personal speed with slightly longer strides and quicker rate than normal so what is quick for one is slow for another By tapping in to the arm s stride leverage to complement that of the legs leverage underneath i e supporting the trunk lifting it up and moving it forward better and quicker progress can be made with slightly longer strides The improved cardiovascular function respiratory function and muscle strength as well as the feeling of well being are all well documented as the benefits of a brisk walk It is how to harness the arm s natural walking stride rather than creating a new one to enhance our briskness which is at issue Ancient neorological pathways still retained mean our arms are already walking stride for stride above the legs It might be helpful here to be aware that structurally even though the muscle groups of our limbs are similar in the sense that the familiar quadriceps at the front of the leg which straighten the knee equate to the triceps at the back of the upper arm which straighten the elbow and the biceps at the front of the upper arm equate to the hamstrings which include biceps femoris at the back of leg and so on It can be recognise from this that in one way the arms are fastened on back to front compared to the legs and it is this anomaly which has an affect on the range of joint movements needed such as at the shoulder When walking the leg swings forward from the hip this is because as your knee bends the foot goes backwards so the hip has to swing to bring the foot forward For the arm when the elbow bends the hand pole comes forward automatically so a forward shoulder swing in front of the body is unnecessary and would bring the arm pole too far forward for effective leverage to supplement our bipedal gait which lifts the vertical trunk upwards and forwards each stride Another example to help understand how the arm stride works so you disrupt its natural action the least is to consider the way your upper arm moves in an arc as you run the emphasis is behind the trunk not in front Within the walking stride the arc of the upper arm has the same emphasis but is less extreme so when integrating the arm pole the general arc made by your upper arm goes from behind the trunk towards the vertical rather than reaching in front As fitness improves and the walking stride lengthens then instead of the shaft tip placement on the ground being just under the shoulder it moves further behind increasing the emphasis of the upper arm s arc stride action behind the body The legs increase their length naturally by extending further onto the toes for the final push off To complement this the arm s stride length can be increased by shifting the elbow s action back slightly which has the effect of lengthening the arm s stride range for example if training and wanting to keep changing speeds i e length and rate of stride from normal to brisker for set distances Referring to the Press ups scenario earlier and using the arm s leverage effectively to lift the horizontal trunk it is the geometry or the angles made by the limb s joints and the pivot point position on the ground from where they thrust which affects performance As another example position the shaft tip which equates to our new arm pivot point on the ground underneath the shoulder The upper arm

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  • Making Progress - by walking better...
    the strong pelvic girdle underneath Working from this firm base the arms walking stride leverage can thrust downwards and backwards effectively lifting the trunk upwards and forwards whilst reinforcing our erect posture so we can perform at our best To avoid confusion the range of movement ROM of the shoulder joint can be considered in 2 phases The first is the pure movement of the shoulder without the need for the scapula to move around the chest wall this ROM is the one which retains the integrity of the firm girdle i e the form which can fulfil the function of the arms walking stride levering the trunk upwards and forwards effectively The second phase is where the arm and scapula move together towards elevation for throwing or climbing etc and this phase is not relevant to include as part of our natural walking gait The ROM therefore for Pacerpole use is not extreme but uses the full range as in phase 1 of our arm s walking stride Maximising our walking potential can only be achieved by effectively controlling the alignment of the arm s and leg s stride leverage whose joints control movement in 3 dimensions in order to lever the trunk upwards and forwards each stride Poor control equates to the legs walking on soft sand where the feet lower legs keep pronating twisting around in the sand as they try to push off with a greater potential for muscle or joint damage through poor control this wastes effort when compared to pushing off from firm ground Similarly when the hand arm pushes against something which is unable to control its twisting action to keep the forearm aligned to optimise leverage then this also equates to wasted effort It is this wasted effort which can be directed into more effective propulsion to improve performance so instead of underperforming maximum potential is achieved which is where Pacerpoles excel Their contoured handles control the alignment of the arm s stride in a similar way as a contoured footbed controls the alignment of the foot leg to optimise performance and minimise need for any corrective muscle work which wastes effort Having strong muscles which need strengthening exercises to keep them that way does not necessarily mean having good posture i e one can have a slight frame and good posture or a muscular frame and poor posture Using a forward arm swing instead as an exercise when walking with poles is also a repetitive action The muscles producing the movement are learning to work together as a memory pattern i e a habit so the arm will automatically stretch forward each time this produces an arm leverage which rotates the trunk as a strong exercise when the pole touches down each time If however the main reason for including the arms is not only to exercise muscles per se but direct their leverage into maximising walking potential then an arm lever action in front of the trunk is not the

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  • Arm and leg stride + rate
    then the arm s action now ceases to be the familiar pendular one swinging to and fro When in its ground contact phase the arm s action transforms into a metromome pivoting over the shaft tip on the ground similar to the leg trunk pivoting over the foot which is why the arm s stride action during this phase has the potential to supplement that of the legs underneath to support and lift the trunk upwards and move it forwards During the pendular swing when the arm shaft tip is off the ground the arm action is preparing for the next step i e the geometry of the arm joints arrange themselves their limb segments for this walking function during their swing phase off the ground so that when the tip touches the ground they are already forming the right shape to lever the trunk upwards and forwards again Where the shaft tip pivot point is placed as it touches down in relation to the trunk eg on the ground under the shoulder will also determine how effective the arm s stride can be in fulfilling its walking function and improving posture The legs dictate the walking speed so as their rate and length of stride increases then trying to increase the arm s speed by increasing the pendular swing phase of a more straighter arm stride action in front of the trunk will result in a more forced action With this straighter arm stride then the resulting geometry of the arm joints when they touch down for the ground contact phase means that they are unable to lever the trunk upwards effectively but disproportionately rotate it too much whilst their potential to instigate the stride to lift and move the trunk as per the leg action for a naturally brisker speed is compromised For the arm s stride to fulfil its walking function of keeping the trunk vertical as it levers it upwards and forwards requires proportionately little shoulder movement to bring the pole forward for the next step Instead the action should focus on the muscles working as fixators to fix the rather mobile shoulder girdle into providing a firm base for Triceps elbow extensors to thrust from so that the thrust can be more effective to increase personal briskness and better posture As soon as the elbow flexes after the push off then this lower arm swing action can bring the shaft tip forward for its next placement on the ground under the shoulder without needing the shoulder to sweep the arm forwards The increase in the arm s stride length takes place in a combination of ways such as by pushing off further along the thumb shelf of the contoured Pacerpole handle which also controls the forearm rotation keeping the arm segments aligned to optimise their leverage potential which would otherwise be wasted i e underperformance In addition the slight increase in the range of movement of the upper arm s arc of movement behind the

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  • Pacerpole Walking poleSpecification
    not arbitrary and results from a deep understanding of anatomical and biomechanical dynamics of our arms leverage as it walks stride for stride above the legs It is why Pacerpole s don t need straps or springs why their handles are angled and handed Left and Right and why they can lift the trunk upwards and forwards hour after hour when used properly It s no coincidence that our primitive footwear was shaped the same for either foot until someone made the first Left boot and then a mirror image Right one It was obviously a great success in improving performance we ve been using them in pairs ever since Now it s the arms turn to boost performance Pacerpoles are designed to integrate with the body as a natural extension so you benefit from effective arm leverage without wasting effort and become an efficient Double Biped as you Walk Tall The contours of the Pacerpole handle control the forearm pronation the rolling inwards action to keep it in its midline as an effective lever without wasting effort which would happen if it continues to pronate each stride just like the lower leg and foot continues to pronate rolling inwards when walking on soft sand this is also tiring and wastes effort so you underperform Thumb in continuous contact with the contoured thumb shelf controls rotation of the forearm so it remains in mid alignment throughout i e during and after thrust The continuous ledge from the thumb tip to the end of the little finger is a spiral which can accommodate different hand sizes News Reviews review steveperry review tgo2009 review trail2007 review tgo2006 Steve Perry TGO 2006 I often wondered on the winter challenge how on earth I managed the Summer Munro round without Pacerpoles It s the

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