""""At last, a fun, informative guide that bridges the gap between basic fitness walking and serious competition. Comprehensive, sensible information for those wishing to get involved in racing, as well as those who want to achieve their fitness goals by dabbling in competition. Wonderfully didactic! Unlike many dry, ""how-to"" books, Iknoian's book is full of personal experiences that give the reader useful advice on what to expect. I found the book to be well structured, with a good dose of biomechanics, without getting overly complicated. Good use of analogies, especially those concerning 'just walking'. Excellent approach to correcting common technical errors."""Maryanne TorrellasFormer U.S. race walking team memberSix-time national champion and former American record holder """Walking Fast is a wonderful book for people who want to increase their walking intensity, fitness level and performance. In easy to understand language, Therese provides the technique, training and resources you will need to take your walking program to the next level."""Kathie DavisExecutive Director, IDEA "
About the Author
Therese Iknoian is an exercise physiologist and nationally published freelance writer specializing in fitness, sports, and health. In addition to being the author of "Fitness Walking," Therese has written articles for such magazines as "Walking, Self, Women's Sports and Fitness, Parenting, Men's Health, " and "Vitality." She is also a contributing editor for "Walking" magazine and "California City Sports" and is a member of the editorial board for the "American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal."As a master walking instructor, Therese has spent several years working with corporations, health clubs, independent walking clubs, and professional conferences all over the world. She developed the Nike RunWalk program, has worked with Rockport and Side 1 as a program consultant, and is a member of the Adidas Global Advisory Panel and the PowerBar Team Elite. Therese also belongs to Team Polar, a group that educates people about the importance of heart-rate monitoring for effective exercise. Therese is a nationally ranked competitive race walker. In 1994, when she was ranked 24th in the United States by "Track & Field News," she broke the world record for the indoor 3K for her age group. Therese still holds the national record for the outdoor 3K. In 1995, she placed 14th in the Race Walk World Cup national trials. She also has numerous gold and silver medals in national masters championships. Therese completed her master of science degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology and sport nutrition. She is certified as a health/fitness instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine and is gold-certified by the American Council on Exercise as a group fitness instructor. She also is certified as a coach and official by USA Track & Field.