Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking utilises poles recruiting the upper and lower body turning your walk into an overall body workout. 90% of the body’s muscles are engaged including the all important core muscles. The intensity of your walk can be increased or decreased making it suitable for all fitness levels and ages.

It is a national pastime in the Nordic countries and actually originated in Finland amongst  professional skiers as a way to stay fit during the summer months. The walking style is very specific and takes a few lessons to perform correctly. Once the technique with the poles is mastered there are different levels of intensity to engage depending on abilities.

It is also fantastic as an assist for people with knee, hip and back issues and any neurological (i.e: Parkinsons) disorders. Type 2 Diabetics are amongst our most popular groups as the cardiovascular aspect of the walking is very advantageous for this group.

The walking technique  is taught in 3 x 1 hourly sessions. The first 2 lessons are taught very close together and then you have full loan of the Nordic Walking poles for a week to practice. We then meet for our 3rd session to review technique and learn how to increase the intensity of your walk.

Sessions 1 and 2 will focus on correct body alignment and walking technique with the poles. In session 2, we will video your technique so we can look at the things you are doing well and also the things that require a bit more practice.

Session 3 we will learn to walk up and downhill and also master steps using the correct pole technique. Gluteal activation and full arm swing are also taught in this lesson.

A medical clearance is a prerequisite for this programme.

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10 great reasons why Nordic Walking is taking off:

  • It uses 90% of the body’s musculature therefore your normal walk becomes an overall body strengthening walk.

  • It utilises the upper body including back, shoulders and triceps muscles, burning up to 46% more calories than regular walking.

  • There is a lower rate of perceived exertion which basically means you are working at a higher intensity but not realising it!

  • The cardiovascular system is improved by up to 25% more than regular walking.

  • The core muscles are engaged providing support and strength for the entire torso.

  • It improves balance, walking gait and lateral mobility of the spine.

  • Releases tension in the neck and shoulders

  • Fantastic assist for people with hip, knee, back issues. Reduces body weight load and impact on joints.

  • Promotes an upright postural alignment and improved self image.

  • Tons of fun enjoying interesting walks in the country or city. Conducive to long term participation.

Courses Available

The 3 hourly course can be taught as a one on one session, with a partner or friend, or in a group of 4 people. This includes use of the poles and taking them home for a week to practice with. Walking guidelines and more information on the right poles to purchase will be given at the end of the course.

1  Person Course Cost: $240.00 for over 60’s or concessions – $300.00 for under 60’s

2  Person Course Cost: $160.00pp for over 60’s or concessions – $180.00pp for under 60’s

3 – 4 Person Course Cost: $130.00pp for over 60’s or concessions –  $150.00pp for under 60’s

Session times can vary and I will do my best to fit in with suitable times that work for you and your buddy or group of 4. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 1100am and 1.00pm are set aside for sessions. For working people Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons/evenings are set aside for sessions.

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Thank you so much for your dedication, hard work and generosity over the past four years. You have been such an inspiration and a wonderful trainer, an impossible act to follow.

Lyn Solly, NSW

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