Walking Fast

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Human Kinetics, 1998 - Health & Fitness - 183 pages


Are you an avid walker looking to take the activity to the next level? Perhaps you're a runner who wants to find a way to end aching joints and muscles without giving up great, heart-pounding workouts. Or, maybe you're a cross-trainer in search of a new, low-impact workout that will burn calories and improve your fitness level.

If you're serious about fitness and seeking a better way to workout, then Walking Fastis for you. This complete guide provides all the building blocks to get started on a fast walking program, and it contains easy-to-apply science that accomplished walkers can use to reach a new level of performance. Inside, you'll find

- self-tests to help you evaluate your walking technique and goals;
- 18 illustrated walking exercises designed to help you master the three-phase walking technique and eliminate trouble spots in your walking movement;
- 29 walking workouts in five categories: easy, long, anaerobic threshold, aerobic capacity, and anaerobic capacity; and
- sample programs for three levels of walkers.

Walking Fastalso contains an entire chapter devoted to racing, with information applicable to fast walkers just beginning to race as well as those looking for serious race walking competitions. Plus, a helpful appendix provides a list of race walking resources and tips about how to plug into the race walking network.

Take the next step toward reaching your walking goals and get Walking Fast.

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About the author (1998)


Therese Iknoian is an exercise physiologist and nationally published freelance writer specializing in fitness, sports, and health. In addition to being the author of Fitness Walking, Therese has written articles for such magazines as Walking, Self, Women's Sports and Fitness, Parenting, Men's Health, and Vitality. She is also a contributing editor for Walking magazine and California City Sports and is a member of the editorial board for the American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal.

As a master walking instructor, Therese has spent several years working with corporations, health clubs, independent walking clubs, and professional conferences all over the world. She developed the Nike RunWalk program, has worked with Rockport and Side 1 as a program consultant, and is a member of the Adidas Global Advisory Panel and the PowerBar Team Elite. Therese also belongs to Team Polar, a group that educates people about the importance of heart-rate monitoring for effective exercise.

Therese is a nationally ranked competitive race walker. In 1994, when she was ranked 24th in the United States by Track & Field News, she broke the world record for the indoor 3K for her age group. Therese still holds the national record for the outdoor 3K. In 1995, she placed 14th in the Race Walk World Cup national trials. She also has numerous gold and silver medals in national masters championships.

Therese completed her master of science degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology and sport nutrition. She is certified as a health/fitness instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine and is gold-certified by the American Council on Exercise as a group fitness instructor. She also is certified as a coach and official by USA Track & Field.

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