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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 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).


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.

Power walking/speed walking is often confused with racewalking, which has rules to define what counts as walking fast and is also an Olympic level event.

Power walking worldwide[edit]

In Italy, power walking is called fitwalking.

See also[edit]


  • Reeves, Steve. (1982) Power Walking, Bobbs-Merrill.

External links[edit]

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PC Magazine
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:06:28 -0700

A neat iPhone app called Spring Moves ($4.99 per month) (its official name is "Spring - Workout Music for Running, Power Walking & Exercising") plays music designed to help you keep your pace up until the end of your workout. You tell the app your ...

Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:30:00 -0700

Hurtado and his team aren't alone in giving new meaning to “power walking.” Back when he was a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Matthew Stanton came up with much the same idea as he walked around campus one day with a dead cell ...


Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:26:57 -0700

At 5 feet 6 inches, Corn weighed more than 300 pounds. Her mother and aunt had just offered to pay for her to have weight-loss surgery. But Corn knew the price tag was hefty: around $15,000. “I told them no,” said Corn, then 39, recalling the exact moment.

New Pittsburgh Courier

New Pittsburgh Courier
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:45:00 -0700

I remember back in the 90s when my mom would go “power walking” after dinner and I would be in awe. I would try to tag along and pump my arms fast like her, but all I wanted to do was run. Here is the deal–walking is totally the new running. Although ...

Daily Mail

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:11:15 -0700

"That's quite important because Alice walked very fast, she was walking how some people might describe it as power walking: arms swinging back and forth quite vigorously." Prime suspect Arnis Zalkalns was spotted cycling past the same spot, also ...

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:37:30 -0700

Madrid, España.- Al running le salió un duro competidor: el Power walking. En los últimos meses hemos visto como la afición a caminar con ritmo enérgico le está ganando terreno al exigente deporte de correr. Pero no se equivoque: el Power walking no es ...

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:52:30 -0700

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Berkshire Eagle
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:30:00 -0700

This is a process that requires consistent training and time. The transition may be walking to power-walking to running. "Joining a local running club is always a good idea for the benefit of guidance and motivation, as well as companionship of other ...

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