1) Quick Professional Bio -
= Group Exercise instructor and Corporate Fitness ...
working with public
=> Year sailing and then couldn't/didn't want
to re-enter the corporate world so went out on her own for fitness
and training Marathon Walkers
-> Urban Poling called several years -> couldn't
get a good workout, poles/DVD ... then took cert. course and
realized the techniques
2) Why Nordic Walking/Urban
why decide to try?
Mandy Shintani -OT from
'Perfect amount of challenge' - enough for those who like
group exercises and routines but not so complex that someone
without interest could do
nordic walking is like swimming/tennis ... it can age with
you. Intensity and speed vary
3) similarities and benefits to cross-country
*My introduction to 'pole running' was through xc
is this just walking with poles? How does
technique/instruction come into the process?
Nordic technique - the length should be set to marking on
URBAN POLING POLE based on height
land poles out front with a straight arm to have a straight
arm **SHAKE HANDS ***
press down on outside edge of hands
poles landing beside foot but angled back at 45
4) Gear Needed = Difference in
- can you get ones that are suitable for offroad and
- setting the length of telescopic poles
5) What are classes like?
= GTA classes at Mt. Pleasant and High Park -> what
do these sessions look like?
= mix of social, technique and walking
= some calisthenics
=> Double Poling exercise with Nordic Poling -
both pole landing and big push
6) Certification courses- who is the ideal
instructor to come to these courses?
= 1/2 day and online course to cert
7) Common Mistakes in Poling?
= 1500 cert instructor will say keep your arms straight
with a pendulum swing from the shoulder ... don't shorten the
= ELBOW's get a break today
= HANDS TO handshake position and thru so
that hand is to thigh or past (all the way down) =>
This informs and is affected by stride
= dragging poles behind you ... pickup
poles a bit
9) How to look/feel prepared your first
time poling? (how to not look like a
= don't bring your xc ski or dh
10) What's next for you, the fitness industry and/or
= ultimate guide to nordic walking -> working on
revised edition =>
= Activator pole for those will balance and stability