Using trekking poles to safely get up and down from a curb

Hi, I am Cat from the PWR!GYM.  I wanted to share with you today how to use your trekking poles to get up and down off a curb. So, as you know we are huge fans of the pole and that is because it allows you to get extra support and feedback to get that powered-up position. So here is what we are going to do. When we come up to a curb a lot of times people expect that they should keep the poles up on the curb, in fact, I am here to tell you that is not correct. So, we recommend bringing those poles down on the curb that tells you where you are going to go as you step and get stable. Now, if you are going up the curb, it is exactly the opposite, so we are going to keep those poles down on the curb. I am going to face away from you so you can see me in real-time. We will put those poles down, put one foot up push up with your poles, step, and recover. So, I will repeat it again so you can see it once more. We are going to come up to the curb we are going to bring our poles down on the ground, we are going to turn, keep those poles down there come up and here we go and that is how we use our poles to get up and down on the curb.


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About the Author

Catherine (Cat) specializes in neurological physical therapy, has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the University of California in San Diego and San Francisco, and served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF’s School of Medicine. Cat is board-certified as a neurologic certified specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and holds several certifications specifically tailored to the treatment of patients with Parkinson disease; she is a PWR!Moves Certified Therapist and Instructor, as well as certified in LSVT BIG. She joined the PWR!Gym in 2018 as a staff physical therapist and now serves as the Director of Rehabilitative and Exercise Therapies.

Cat offers physical therapy to clients in Arizona and wellness consultations to those outside of Arizona.

In her free time, Cat enjoys running, biking, acting as a diabetes advocate, and spending time with her young son, who loves dinosaurs almost as much as he loves the family’s three Bengals, Thor, Loki, and Squeakers.