Nordic walking is a specific pole walking technique which harnesses the power of the upper body to turn walking into a workout! It can be adapted for anybody and be done anywhere!
We brought it to the UK in 2004 & have trained thousands of Instructors
Nordic walking was originally a summer training regime for cross country skiers – this fairly intensive whole body technique first became an exercise programme in Finland back in the 1990s and it has gradually been adapted over the years to be more inclusive and suitable for all levels.
Get started today – turn a walk into a workout with our Power of poles course
Unlike like trekking or hiking with two poles, Nordic walking is all about forward propulsion rather than stability on rough ground. It is important to use the correct types of poles which are always planted at an angle with a full upper body movement that harnesses the power of the chest and shoulders as well as the arms. This action involves a straight armswing, good stride and a roll through the foot. This in turn engages 90% of the major muscles and shares the load between upper and lower body.
Every step you take becomes a full body exercise which includes the core and of course your heart and lungs!
Once you experience it - you will never go pole less again!
Nordic walking poles will have either a glove style strap or more recently a 'power ledge'. Both are used to literally push into in order to gain forward propulsion. They typically come in pairs and will have removable rubber 'paws' for use on hard surfaces which are shaped in order to grip when the pole is planted at the correct angle.
Work your whole body with every step and burn more calories too
Nordic walking can be as cardiovascular as running but feels easier because the poles provide propulsion making you lighter on your feet. It tones the whole body and improves posture too, so we liken it to using a cross trainer machine in the gym - only we are in the great outdoors with fresh air and nature!
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Our groups are led by qualified Instructors and leaders who understand YOU. They do NOT just teach technique - they understand how to adapt it in order to help you achieve your goals. They have been trained to understand fitness levels and exercise intensity so they will ensure you walk at a safe, comfortable level at all times. Trust us - they will motivate and inspire you because they are amazing!
We are wellness and fitness specialists who care about providing safe, effective, affordable exercise. We have dedicated 12 years to the development of Nordic walking in the UK and will continue to to promote this awesome activity via our groups. We believe in empowering others to change lives and put people and the planet at the forefront of everything we do