Human Walking Speed, Power Walk, Racewalking

By Xah Lee. Date:

Racewalking ≈ Sissy-walk

Russia's Olga Kaniskina won the women's 20-kilometer walk

Racewalking is different from power walk.

Power Walk, or speed walk, is walking fast. At least one foot must be in contact with the ground, because otherwise it's jogging/running. A very good exercise, alternative to jogging.

Racewalking has additional rule: when leg contact the ground, the knee must be straight. (otherwise, it became crouch-running, like ninja)

Walking in maximal speed while not running, isn't natural. If you look at the videos, those racewalkers all have this weird sissy-like hip swinging form.

2011 Australian Race Walk Champs, Canberra