Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do… twice as effective! 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
- 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.
The POWER OF THE POLES Induction process is suitable for all levels and is a structured teaching programme. There are 2 Courses of one and a half hours each. Course 1 is designed to provide sufficient knowledge for someone to be proficient at using poles. Course 2 is an optional further course for those wanting to explore a more in depth knowledge of walking with poles and the traditional Nordic Technique. Your qualified Instructor will help you understand your current level of fitness and empower you to use poles at the correct intensity in order to get the results you want.
These courses will ensure you master the technique of using poles and change the way you walk for life - they cover the following:
Course 1 (1 ½ Hour Lesson) – Mastering the power of Fitness Walking poles
Gear 1: Mastering the arm swing, upper body engagement and pole plant angle.
Gear 2: Gaining propulsion from the pole and toe push, adapting pole position for hills and tailoring technique to your fitness, mobility and personal goals.
You will experience different poles types, the core ledge and straps in order to select the technique and poles that are right for YOU!
At the end of this session, you will have a full understanding of using poles correctly and a level where you will be issued with the NWUK Freedom Passport, allowing you to join thousands of walks & classes, every week all around the UK.
Course 2 (1 ½ Hour) – Maximising pole propulsion via Nordic Style Technique - (Optional)
This session is an optional further course for those that are interested in to learning more about the full Nordic style technique. Adding more speed through improved technique, understanding how your body reacts to exercise and learning how to stay within your comfort zone.
Gear 3: Pushing past the hips and increasing stride length, mastering articulation via Nordic straps and managing speed via technique.
Gear 4: Mastering posture and core engagement in order to maximise whole body technique and fluidity of movement.
What would I need to Wear?
All you really need is to dress appropriately for weather on the day and take a spare layer if you think you may need it.
Footwear needs to comfortable - flexible soled trainers or walking boots are ideal (especially if they are waterproof) but avoid solid heavy walking boots if possible.
A small backpack is a good idea and you should always bring a bottle of water.
Will I need to buy my own poles?
All Instructors provide poles for taster sessions and technique courses. Many Nordic Walkers prefer to have their own poles once they have completed the technique course. Your Instructor will also provide them on regular walks (although you may need to book them), so there is no need to rush into buying anything.
If you do decide to buy any poles or equipment your Instructor will be more than happy to give you some advice.