These are nothing like ordinary walking poles. The innovative Cross-Shaper gives your entire body and cardiovascular system a great workout. There is no stress on your spine nor your joints. The poles are patented in Germany and have wheels instead of spikes and moveable forearm supports. 90% of the 656 muscles in the body are addressed while training with the Cross-Shaper system. Similar to cross-country skiing. So it comes as no little surprise to learn that even Jochen Behle, German national cross-country skiing coach from 2002 to 2012, keeps fit using the Cross-Shaper. Burns around 13% (!) more fat than pole walking.
This is the result of a study by the Institute of Medical Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany dated February 14, 2011. Calorie consumption and oxygen intake were also higher than comparable figures: ca. 20% in both instances. Invented and developed by the orthopaedist Dr. Georg H. Kaupe from Bonn, Germany.
He replaced the conventional spikes on the poles with 15cm diameter (6”) wheels that only move forward and also added moveable forearm shells. The result: You use the entire strength of the arms during your workout. With every step you energetically push against the wheel resistance. This process radiates through the entire body and distributes the fat burning potential to a large number of muscles. The annoying noise you often hear when using walking poles is a thing of the past.Doesn’t put stress on spine, joints or the knee.
The fluid movement automatically straightens the spine and thus your posture which remains that way beyond the training session. And no shocks to the joints: The inflated wheels absorb all the shocks, the forearm shells carry part of your body weight with every step.Individually adjustable based on height and muscle strength.
Suitable for all body heights between 1.2m and 1.95m (3ft9" to 6ft4"). The tensile strength for the men’s model can be adjusted from 36 - 50 Newton, the ladies version from 22 - 31 Newton (stretched 50-100%).
Poles made from lightweight aluminium; arm shells are polyamide plastic. Each pole weighs approx. 1.6kg (3.5 lbs).
The sports world is also impressed.
• Jochen Behle, German National Coach in cross-country skiing 2002-2012, also works out using the Cross-Shaper himself. His opinion: “Cross-shaping is a fascinating sport, while walking you get full-body training but without the snow!”
• Cycling “legend” Rudi Altig. “The Cross-Shaper convinced me straight away as the upper body is trained when walking.”