Walking Fast

Walking Fast

by Therese Iknoian


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Walking Fast by Therese Iknoian

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 Fast is 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 Fast also 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780880116619
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Fast Walking, Fast Results
Chapter 2. Paving the Path to Performance
Chapter 3. Walking Technique
Chapter 4. Walking Workout Design
Chapter 5. Sample Walking Workouts
Chapter 6. Training Program Design
Chapter 7. Sample Training Programs
Chapter 8. Racing to PR, Racing to Win
Chapter 9. Keeping Track and Staying Motivated

Appendix A: References and Suggested Readings
Appendix B: Selected Sources of Walking Information

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher


""At last, a fun, informative guide that bridges the gap between basic fitness walking and serious competition. Comprehensive, sensible information for those wishing to get involved in racing, as well as those who want to achieve their fitness goals by dabbling in competition. Wonderfully didactic! Unlike many dry, ""how-to"" books, Iknoian's book is full of personal experiences that give the reader useful advice on what to expect. I found the book to be well structured, with a good dose of biomechanics, without getting overly complicated. Good use of analogies, especially those concerning 'just walking'. Excellent approach to correcting common technical errors.""
Maryanne Torrellas
Former U.S. race walking team member
Six-time national champion and former American record holder

""Walking Fast is a wonderful book for people who want to increase their walking intensity, fitness level and performance. In easy to understand language, Therese provides the technique, training and resources you will need to take your walking program to the next level.""
Kathie Davis
Executive Director, IDEA


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