If you’re thinking about learning to Nordic Walk, it’s essential that you’re taught proper technique in order to get the full upper body benefit that comes from working with poles. The easiest way to do this is to get tuition from a properly qualified instructor, who will teach you the technique and ensure that you’re using the correct poles for your body type and/or physical needs. He or she will also teach you what you need to know in order to be able to use Nordic Walking as an effective method of regular exercise, whether alone or as part of a group.
How can I learn to Nordic Walk properly?
Nordic Walking East Kent uses the unique structured teaching programme of four hour training developed by Nordic Walking UK. It’s designed to help you to master the basics and be able to competently Nordic Walk on your own or join group walks all over the UK. Erika or Penny, our NWEK instructors, will not only help you master the technique, she’ll also help you understand your current level of fitness and empower you to get the results you want from Nordic Walking!
We offer this training in 3 different formats:
1. 4-Week Training
2. 2-Week Training
A 2 x 2 hours training format for those individuals who:
- don’t want to wait weeks or months for the next scheduled taster or training
- don’t want to commit to 4 consecutive weeks of training
- don’t want walk in a group
These 2 hour sessions are run over two consecutive weeks and are available for those who would like to train in a 1:1 environment, with a partner, friend or one other person. This training format allows for a more personalised approach to training and is ideal for those who find the group format unable to meet their needs. It’s possible to sign up for one of these courses without having completed a taster, but you will appreciate that the course fee is considerably higher than if taken as part of a group. The current fee for this fast track training is £160 for one person, £200 for two people.
3. 1-Day Training
Using Judd’s Folly Hotel as our base, we take you through the complete Nordic Walking UK programme. Set in the beautiful Syndale Park in Ospringe, just outside Faversham, Judd’s Folly offers the perfect setting for would-be nordic walkers to develop skills whilst enjoying the benefits of a diverse Kentish landscape.
We’ll start out practising in and around the grounds of the hotel before starting to venture further afield. During the course of the day, we’ll have sessions across grassy meadowland, alongside Oare Creek , finishing off with a bracing walk through the hopfields and woodland of Telegraph Bank and onto Painter’s Forstal.
It’s important to remember that with 4 hours of walking, this is a full-on day physically, so you’ll need to be fit enough to manage walks of up to 90 minutes each. It’s not all hard work though – having a base at the hotel allows us to take regular well-earned breaks for tea and coffee throughout the day as well as a 2-course hot lunch. There will be plenty of time to stop, chat and relax in a setting that is both comfortable and beautiful.
Regardless of which option you plump for, the NWUK ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ programme includes:-
- The fundamentals of Nordic Walking technique.
- Gaining forward propulsion from the poles by engaging the correct upper body muscles.
- Understanding correct gait and co-ordination.
- Mastering hand grip.
- Mastering the use of pole straps in order to develop technique.
- Understanding how to use intensity to achieve fitness goals.
- Adding more speed through improved technique – Gears 1-3.
- Adapting the body position and pole angles for walking up and down hills.
- Consolidating technique in Gears 1-3.
- Understanding how to use technique, distance, speed and terrain to constantly ensure you get the most out of your Nordic walking.
- Understanding how your body reacts to exercise and learning how to stay within your comfort zone.
- Improving posture – Gear 4.
Is it essential to attend all 4 sessions?
Ideally yes, since the technique is built up in ‘layers’ and you need to master each element before moving on. Both your brain and muscles will need time to process the information and movements – practice makes perfect. If you have to miss a session for any reason, you can make it up by attending the relevant session on a later course at no charge, providing you give us more than 24 hours notice of your intention to cancel. See our cancellation policy
* Although where possible, we recommend beginners join a 4-week course in order to build “muscle memory”, we occasionally run the course in 2 blocks of 2-hour sessions. This is usually when we are working in locations which are likely to produce small group numbers, such as villages and enables us to deliver the training in a cost-effective manner without asking would-be participants to wait months in order to join a large group.
OK, so how do I get started on the “Learn to” course?
Call us on 0846 486 0899 or use the contact form to email us. We’ll invite you to join our next FREE taster session, which will give you a no-obligation opportunity to find out whether you think Nordic Walking might be for you before committing to the full course.
Will I need any special equipment?
You’ll need to ensure that you’re wearing sensible walking shoes (trainers will suffice for beginners) and comfortable clothes which are appropriate for the weather that day. It’s advisable to pack a light, waterproof jacket in case of showers. You should also bring a drink, or have one available for after the session. You won’t need any poles, as we’ll provide some for you to use on the day. Find out more about Nordic Walking gear…