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Meet Tom Rutlin

 

 

Tom Rutlin is an internationally recognized total body walking fitness innovator and authority. He is considered by many to be the pioneering "father" of the rapidly growing worldwide Nordic pole walking movement. He has been "walking his walk" for more than 30 years, and he is known for both his pioneering work in fitness walking with specially designed poles, and for his concept of "good use" no pain "optimal" total body "tuning" exercise.

Born in 1947, Tom has maintained his high level of overall fitness by "just walking with poles" regularly since 1985. He founded Exerstrider Products, Inc. in 1988, and introduced the world's first specially designed fitness walking poles. His architectural training led him to follow a "form follows function" design approach that has consistently produced top rated walking poles with built-in quality, industry leading ergonomic innovations, and unmatched value and durability.

He has dedicated more than a third of his life to helping people of all ages, abilities and health and fitness goals discover this fun and motivating total body walking way to achieve and maintain their optimal total body fitness and experience the joy of simultaneously putting their entire body to good use on a regular basis.

"As a form of exercise in its own right and completely detached from skiing, hiking and trekking, the activity of Fitness Walking using specially designed poles was pioneered in the U.S. by Tom Rutlin in 1985".  He "is a true Ambassador for Nordic Walking. He is a man of integrity who always puts Nordic Walking and the furthering of the Nordic Walking movement ahead of his own commercial gain. I wish there were many more Tom Rutlins in our Nordic Walking world because it would be a much better and nicer place."

-- David Downer, Author of Nordic Walking Step by Step

"A walking evangelist of the highest order, Rutlin not only wants everyone to walk, he wants them to make it the most efficient workout possible. To do that, he’s convinced, we should all be walking with poles.  But the benefits won’t come without good technique – which is why Rutlin spends far more time teaching than selling.”

 --Walking Magazine, March 2000

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I love walking with my Exerstrider poles! You quickly get into a "stride" and makes regular walking kind of boring. One of the best purchases I ever made.

Sally S.
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Exerstriding made my abs hard as a rock and my arms and legs have muscle definition that  I once thought you had to lift weights to get. Thanks for inventing the most efficient exercise ever!

Judy R., California
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Your Exerstrider poles have allowed me to remain mobile and independent after a head injury that left me with a permanent balance disorder. My physical therapist recommended these poles, and I have used them for six years now. Have put over 4000 miles on them so it's time for new "tires" LOL. In the past...

Deborah
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for making exercise fun! I never though I'd actually enjoy exercise. Your strapless ergonomic grips really are awesome -- and so comfortable.

E. Young, Ohio
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The reason I am taking the time to contact you is to let you know how much this type of walking has helped me as touted in the materials from Exerstrider Products.  I go 4 miles probably 5 to 6 days per week in a college field house in the winter and outside in the summer.  It is an excellent...

Truman Porter St Paul MN
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Once I started using the poles, I could walk a lot longer immediately. I lost 34 pounds! It's the best money I've ever spent! Your DVD instructions were very complete and easy to follow. Thanks!

Marty A., Illinois
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We love using our poles ... they have totally transformed our bodies. We have more muscle definition, strength, stamina and endurance. We've already lost over 10 pounds each using them just over the last two months. Your simple invention has really made a difference in our lives.

Gail & Frank, New York
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I love my Exerstrider walking poles. I mean... I LOVE THEM! I actually feel cheated now when I don't have time to Exerstride.  I'm thrilled with my decision to purchase your poles, and thank you for the TOP QUALITY!

Rosemary R, Florida
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I have two complaints since I got my poles. First, having now lost 14 pounds in just three months, my pants and belts are too large. Second, I made the mistake of letting my wife try out my poles and now I have to buy her a set. Your poles should come with appropriate warnings!

Lee Taylor
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Hi Tom et all,

 

I've used Exerstriders off and on for years, and they continue to be the single best overall exercise for me at age 66. I'm on my second set of poles, with many tip replacements over the years. Some friends at work probably 20+ years ago told me about them, I looked at the video (VHS back then, I...

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I have a story regarding how I learned about your product. Please do not lose interest, as I do like to "tell the story" and enjoy detail. I was visiting my local library in late summer 2015. I met a younger woman in the library that had a pair of your walking poles. She reported a medical problem that interfered with her balance. She had researched...

Pamela Hill