Power walking

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Some powerwalkers walk with weights

Power Walking or Speed walking is the act of walking with a speed at the upper end of the natural range for the walking gait, typically 7 to 9 km/h (4.5 to 5.5 mph). To qualify as power walking as opposed to jogging or running, at least one foot must be in contact with the ground at all times (see walking for a formal definition).

History and Technique[edit]

Power Walking was founded in the 1990s. In 1999, the Berlin Marathon included a Power Walking division.

Power Walking is often confused with racewalking, as the two techniques are very similar.

Power Walking technique:[1][2]

  • The walker must walk straight
  • The walker must walk doing an alternating movement of feet and arms
  • The walker must walk with one foot in permanent contact with the ground
  • The leading leg must be bent
  • Each advancing foot strike must be heel to toe at all times
  • The walker must walk not doing an exaggerated swivel to the hip
  • The arms spread completely from the elbows and these move back

Also, Power Walking has been recommended (for example, by Kenneth H. Cooper) as an alternative to jogging for a low-to-moderate exercise regime, for instance 60–80% of maximum heart rate (HRmax). At the upper range, walking and jogging are almost equally efficient, and the walking gait gives significantly less impact to the joints. When used in this way, an exaggerated arm swing is often used.

Competitions and World Records[edit]

In recent years there have also been Power Walking competitions.[3] There are currently world records of Power Walking in 10 km, Half Marathon, 30 km, Marathon and Multiday distances.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Power Walking". Speed Walking -International Website-. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Power Walking". World Ranking -National and World Race Walking-. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Competiciones" (in Spanish). Speed Walking website. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Plusmarcas" (in Spanish). Speed Walking website. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Speed Walking World Records". World Ranking -National and World Race Walking-. Retrieved 3 September 2019.

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