Courses and Private Lessons
We recommend that you attend our Foundation Course (or take at least two private lessons), if you plan to engage with Nordic Walking.
Nordic walking is a full body workout. As such, it is very different from trekking or regular walking. To get the full benefits, you need a good technique. It is easy to build up bad habits, which may damage your health (e.g. bent wrists or bad posture can lead to joint pain).
The Foundation course/private lesson teaches posture, pole technique (placement, push-back, release) and walking technique (foot placement, body dynamics, etc.).
Foundation Course: Get started!
In this course, you will create a solid, good foundation for your Nordic Walking technique, so that you can walk in a safe manner (without damaging your body through bad technique) and get your best fitness/health results out of each walk. We focus on step 1-5 of the INWA teaching method, and have a short look at step 6-10 as well.
Target group: This is four you if...
Starter Course: Our Foundation course in one session (2 hours)
Our Foundation course in two sessions (1 hour each)
If you cannot make it to a course, we can teach you the content in two private lessons (1 hour each). Total privat-lesson Starter course: £80 (pole-hire included).
Advanced Course: Optimise your technique
In this course, you will fine-tune and optimise your Nordic Walking technique, so that you can turn every walk into a full-body workout and achieve increased fitness benefits. We will focus on step 6-10 of the INWA teaching method (and revisit steps 1-5).
Target group: This course is for you if
Next advanced courses (2 hours in one session)
Private Lessons - customised to your needs
We offer private lessons to get you started with Nordic Walking or improve your technique:
If you just like to go on a private walk because you cannot make the group walks (you will get some feedback, but no beginner level instructions): £30 per hour.
How did the course go?
Here is Caroline's experience (thanks for sharing!):
I went on Andrea's two hours Foundation Course, where I learnt a lot, whilst also having a great time. I quickly felt confidence in Andrea as being knowledgeable and a good teacher. I got to understand that Nordic walking is not about using the poles for support. It has its own very special technique (with a number of aspects regarding feet, shoulders, arms, etc). I enjoyed it from the start, but actually was one of the slowest learners in the class. I had problems coordinating my steps and pole movement and kept walking in a “tic-toc”-mode (same foot/hand was front).
I greatly appreciated that Andrea gave me extra little exercises without making me feel I was inadequate or failing. By the end of the class I had got over my initial problem and could get back in step. That was a wonderful feeling.
Andrea was very good at adapting things to suit each learner's level, while still keeping us together as a group. I enjoyed the class from beginning to end. I still have a lot to learn, but this was a wonderful start and I look forward very much to building my Nordic walking skills by taking guided walks with her.