HOW TO GET STARTED
BRITISH NORDIC WALKING 10 STEPS TRAINING COURSE
To get started you need to Learn to Nordic walk by undertaking some basic training. Either via a group course or a private session. As a British Nordic Walking Instructor, I teach the British Nordic Walking 10 Steps Training Method. Developed by the International Nordic Walking Association (INWA), it's a tried and tested way of ensuring individuals adopt the best posture and technique to get the most out of Nordic Walking.
I run the complete course over two sessions, where we go through the 10 Steps, which cover posture, a slight forward lean, rotation, the correct hand grip and the range of movement required from the shoulder. We also look at the uphill and downhill technique, the correct footwork, and plenty of drills to develop and refine your technique. At the end of the training, you will gain a British Nordic Walking, INWA 10 Steps certificate of completion.
LEARN THE FULL TECHNIQUE USING the INWA 10 STEPS Training method.
NEXT COURSE DATES Cost £49
Mon 18th March, 2.15 - 3.45pm (Steps 1 - 6) & Mon 25th March 2.15 - 3.45pm (Steps 7-10) - Haldon Forest Park. To book a place contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Nordic walks are also held across beautiful South Devon. Hope you can join us after the training. If you have already learned the technique and just need to 'brush up' ongoing tuition is given as part of the regular walks.
If you prefer a more personal approach a private one-to-one or small group session may be a good option. In addition to Nordic walking qualifications, I'm qualified in Personal Training, Pilates, Gym Instruction, GP Exercise Referral, and a Level 4 specialist instructor in Exercise for Lower Back Pain.
I also have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Outdoor First Aid Certification.
One-to-one sessions are held at either Haldon Forest Park or another location by mutual agreement. Please do call to discuss your requirements. Flexibility is key!
One 2 One session - £40
One 2 Two session - £45 (add £5 for any extra individuals)
To purchase a gift voucher for the British Nordic Walking course or One 2 One or One 2 Two training just e-mail Fiona your requirement and the gift voucher will be sent to you.
Keep fit and well with regular Nordic fitness walking at Haldon Forest Park on Mondays at 12.45pm
At these sessions walk the 2.5K, 4K, and 5K Nordic trails with other like-minded individuals. Set your own fitness goals, such as increasing your walking distance, speed, and stamina with support from Fiona Swan, a British Nordic Walking instructor, personal trainer who is also qualified in GP exercise referral.
Walk on a regular basis and improve your cardiovascular fitness.
or join my Coast and Countryside walks on Tuesday's 10 - 12 p.m.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Nordic walking poles - Leki poles are available to use in my classes
Comfortable layered clothing-suitable for the weather, slim gloves wintertime
Flexible-soled shoes, either walking shoes or trainers
Waterproofs, both jacket and trousers for longer walks (ideally breathable)
A slim rucksac is ideal, enabling your shoulders and arms to swing freely, supporting the Nordic technique
Water and light snacks
Any medication you need
NORDIC WALKING POLES
Differ from trekking poles as they have specially designed gloves, which are left and right-handed. The actual poles are identical.
To Nordic walk effectively, poles need to be correctly sized for your height, so that they are 'planted' in the correct position of 45 degrees. This allows you to push downwards and backward, to propel yourself forwards. This increases upper body engagement and walking speed.
On hard surfaces, such as cycle trails, add an angled removable rubber ‘paw’, to the tip to allow for traction.
Advice on Nordic walking poles is given as part of Fiona's classes. Please note with the absence of the glove trekking poles cannot be used for Nordic walking. See the glove & paws in the picture.