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Read what these publications have to say about Exerstrider Fitness Walking Poles...

"Exerstriding turns a walk into a cross-country trek (minus the snow). Using walking poles “ you hold one in each hand “ requires greater effort and incorporates more upper body muscles than brisk walking, says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer at the American Council on Exercise. A study at the University of Wisconsin“La Crosse showed that this Nordic-style walking burned up to 25 percent more calories than fast-paced walking. Another benefit: decreased stress on your knees."

O, The Oprah Magazine

"My favorite walking poles just got better. Exerstrider poles now come in a collapsible version, the OS2 fitness trekker. So they're easier to store and carry. Like the originals, the grip is strapless (so you won't get tangled) and designed to help you plant the pole correctly, the new rubber tips offer great stability and a more solid push off, and they're quiet. (Some collapsible poles make annoying noises)."

Maggie Spilner, walking expert and author, Prevention Magazine

"I'm glad to see that walking with fitness poles is catching on. I came across them in 2001 through a friend of mine, national fitness authority Tom Rutlin."

Dr. Andrew Weil

"Tom Rutlin developed his walking poles over twenty years ago, when he wanted to keep exercising as he recovered from a running injury, and wanted the benefits of cross country skiing during summer months. Today, he is leading a revolution in fitness."

Talk show host Laura Lee

"It's new, it's hot and it's coming to a neighborhood near you. Exerstriding is a new fitness walking technique that uses specially designed poles to create a total body workout. It firms up stomach, chest, and arms, and strengthens the back. It uses every major muscle and burns 30 to 50 percent more calories than walking without poles. It gives you the benefits of cross-country skiing 365 days a year and is easier to use than a ski simulator. For women concerned about osteoporosis, Exerstriding provides total weight-bearing exercise for all the bones in the body."

Woman's Day

"Put some muscle in your hustle with walking poles called Exerstriders. As you set down and push off on these poles, you work back, chest and arms “ and burn 33 percent more calories."

Family Circle Magazine

"Cross-country skiing has long been known as the best total-body exercise going, with the highest calorie burn per minute¦you're doing the same moves, while adding resistance. (Skis glide; your feet don't!)"

Prevention Magazine

"Exerstriding combines the aerobic and strength building benefits of cross-country skiing with the convenience of running...it seems to be catching on among injured runners and other active people who want to enjoy the benefits of cross-country skiing without enduring the snow and cold."

Runner's World

"The newfangled Exerstride Workout is the power-walking program of the decade."

New Body Magazine

"Another way to make your (walking) workouts more vigorous is to walk with poles...the payoff is no laughing matter: you'll burn 20 to 25 percent more calories by putting your upper body to work."

Health Magazine

"Walking has taken its rightful place as enjoyable, convenient and effective exercise. Now a novel development brings it a new dimension: Exerstriders. Using these modified ski poles makes walking like cross-country skiing, a total-body exercise that helps you burn more calories and strengthen your upper body by adding resistance."

Shape Magazine

"Walking with poles engages the pectorals, back, triceps and abdominal muscles the muscles not used in regular striding. And using these extra muscles raises the heart rate higher than normal walking does, giving you a more intense aerobic exercise."

Women's Sports & Fitness

"Getting more muscles into the act is a recognized way of increasing exercise efficiency...now an invention that works the upper body harder has come along. It's a hybrid form of cross-country skiing and walking called Exerstriding...a 12-week walking program with the poles significantly reduced hip size and increased upper-body endurance."

Allure Magazine

"The fact that you're planting the poles and working out your upper extremities makes it a better workout than power walking¦essentially you're working the same muscles as you would in cross-country skiing¦the difference, of course, is that you don't have to wait for the snow to fall."

Men's Health Magazine

"Using poles increases the aerobic benefits of walking...the poles are good for balance, and they do make walking more fun."

New York Times

"Fitness walking becomes more effective for overall body conditioning when you add a pair of poles to the workout."

The Boston Globe Magazine

"They [Exerstrider poles] elevate the heart rate by 10 to 15 beats a minute and increase calories burned by 20% to 25%. Unlike ankle weights and weighted vest, the poles help support your weight and actually reduce pressure on the feet by up to 26% while you walk."

Michael O'Shea's "Better Fitness," Parade Magazine

"They look like cross-country skiers “ minus the snow. Who are they? They are fitness walkers who use poles to achieve a total body workout. Firmly pushing off with the poles [Exerstriders] works the upper-body muscles and abdominals, relieves stress on knees, back, and feet. Once you get the hang of it, you will burn more calories."

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From Our Customers

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
From Our Customers

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
From Our Customers

Thank you so much for your excellent product and superb customer service!



From Our Customers

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
From Our Customers

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
From Our Customers

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
From Our Customers

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...

From Our Customers

"Really looking forward to my new poles. They will be a great help as I rehab from a minor knee injury." I'll give you feedback in the near future!

From Our Customers

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...

From Our Customers

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
From Our Customers

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.
From Our Customers

"I have experienced immediate results in relieving my leg and back from pain while exercising with my Exerstrider poles and I have fallen in love with walking again. I did 30+ miles last week and have had no pain. I have had my pair for approximately one month and feel the benefits of a walking program again." 

Charles F.
From Our Customers

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
From Our Customers

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