Nordic walking

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking — Nordic Walking uses poles to in order to add two major benefits to walking


  • The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs, resulting in 90% muscle activity
  • The poles help to propel the walker along – this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!


Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing. 


Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is now being recommended by physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and FUN! Nordic Walking technique MUST be learnt correctly if the participant is to get the most out of the activity

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Some of the benefits of nordic walking

Improves Overall Body Strength

Improves Cardio-Vascular Fitness

Improves Quality of Gait

Improves Bone Density

Improves Core Stability

Improves Balance & Coordination

frequently asked questions

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM NORDIC WALKING?

Everyone! Walking is one of the most functional daily tasks that we do, therefore it is critical that we maintain and optimise this movement pattern as best as we can. Nordic Walking is like supercharged walking, the use of the poles helps improve our walking gait and develop cardiovascular fitness, strength and functionality.  

CAN ANYONE NORDIC WALK?

Yes, as long as you can walk and swing your arms. 

HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE?

Nordic Walking can be beneficial for all fitness levels. Like all forms of exercise we encourage progressive safe overload. Nordic Walking has been found to be an ideal form of exercise for both low as well as high fitness levels. During our weekly club fitness walks we encourage everyone to challenge themselves but within a safe heart rate zone of up to 70% of maximum heart rate. Nordic walking is also excellent for those who are coming back from injury or illness, it can prove to be a perfect stepping stone to full fitness or health. 

WHAT IS A CLASS LIKE?

A Fitness Walking class is an hour in duration during which we will initially will focus on addressing areas that will maximise different components of fitness that will improve your walk, such as strength, flexibility. We then will focus on the cardiovascular component of your fitness, we then will end with an appropriate cool down.  

DO YOU STILL WALK IF IT RAINS?

Generally yes, but if it's very wet we don't go out as the walking conditions become slippery and unsafe. If in doubt call your instructor. We never walk in thunderstorms.  

DO I NEED TO BUY MY OWN POLES?

We loan out poles for a small charge of £1 so if you do not have your own at the moment no need to worry. If you would like to buy some then we are happy to provide you with advice as to what might be best for you.  

Testimonials

I took Peter's Nordic walking class last week, after a friend mentioned it was good. She was right. Peter's class is varied and includes balance, posture and coordination exercises as well as Nordic walking. I was really impressed at how he managed to tailor the class for every level of fitness. It was advertised as an easy session, but also catered for those who wanted to push themselves a bit more. I thoroughly enjoyed the hour, learnt some new exercises and will go again. (L.C.)

I first meet Peter on a Nordic walk and was very impressed with his  multi-skill  sports science approach to personal training. Having a long history of lower back pain I thought there would not be a lot Peter could teach me, but how wrong I was! I enrolled on Peter's 6 week  introductory programme which included a careful assessment of my training needs followed by an amazing assortment of different exercises designed  to strengthen my failing pelvic stability. Peter also came up with various suggestion as how I could exercise more while still working at my desk, he also filmed me while Nordic walking in an effort to show me how to correct my deportment and enhance my enjoyment of Nordic walking. I found Peter's style to be friendly, authoritative and inspirational.  (N.I.)

Peter is an excellent Nordic Walking instructor. He is very professional and knowledgeable and his classes are most enjoyable as well as instructive: we work hard, learn loads and also have fun - what more could you ask for? (N.B.)

I knew Peter in Nordic Walking. I am very surprised with his positive, creative, and contagious attitude. He is a knowledgeable person, and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to learn new things from him every class. (B.L.)

 

Peter has been a great help in overcoming problems with an old shoulder injury. He tailors the session carefully to my needs and always brings an element of fun to my time with him. He is great at adapting the work out to the circumstances and is almost evangelical about Nordic Walking. I feel really fortunate in having such a great resource on hand. (B.M.)

 Peter is an excellent teacher of Nordic walking, who makes his class fun whilst getting the best from you. His unusual techniques really challenge everyone. (S.N.)