What is Nordic Walking

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:

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  • 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.

How would I learn to Nordic Walk properly?

We have 2 courses for complete beginners depending on your current level of fitness and your personal goals, plus options for those who already have Nordic Walking experience and those who would like a gentle introduction to the sport.


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The Learn to Nordic Walk course is suitable for all levels and is a structured teaching programme taught over 4 one hour sessions. Your qualified Instructor will help you understand your current level of fitness and empower you to Nordic walk at the correct intensity in order to get the results you want.

This award winning course will ensure you master technique and become a Nordic walker for life - it covers the following:

Session one

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.

Session two

Mastering handgrip and use of the pole straps in order to develop technique. Adapting the body position and pole angles for walking up and down hills.

Session three

Adding more speed through improved technique, understanding how your body reacts to exercise and learning how to stay within your comfort zone.

Session four

Improving posture and understanding how to use technique, distance, speed and terrain to constantly ensure you get the most out of your Nordic Walking!


The Fast Track induction is for the fitter individual who wants to incorporate Nordic Walking into an already active lifestyle and is confident they can cope with an intensive tuition session.

Intensive technique tuition session

Nordic Walking is a fantastic way to cross train for running, skiing and other sports. If you are active, body aware and confident that you can cover at least 5 miles during an intensive technique tuition session – this is the one for you.

Your Instructor will take you through to NWUK gear three in a one and half to two hour induction session. This will allow you to experience propulsion and understand the benefits that can be gained from Nordic Walking regularly.

Perfect your technique

You will be able to join in regular sessions if your Instructor is confident you can master the basic ‘gears’, co-ordination and propulsion. You will be able to perfect your technique ‘on the go’ or attend a further workshop session in order to master gear 4 and more intensive drills like running, bounding, leaping and skipping with poles.

You may also wish to take the advanced technique course at a later stage.


For those who may have experienced Nordic Walking before, have not attended a structured course but want to book into NWUK sessions across the UK - we also have Technique Conversion course.

Two hour conversion session

Nordic walked for years but never received structured tuition from a NWUK qualified Instructor?

If you do not feel that you need to attend a tuition course, come along for a 2 hour session in which the Instructor will ask you to demonstrate your technique and work with you to ensure that you understand the current NWUK teaching methods and terminology.

Learn to Nordic Walk or Fast Track

Note:- If the Instructor feels you require formalised tuition he/she will notify you within the first 30 minutes and advise you to attend either the Learn to Nordic Walk or Fast Track course.


Gentle wellbeing class

If you feel you would like to work on your fitness levels, improve mobility, balance and flexibility before embarking or joining a Nordic Walking group – a gentle wellbeing class is a great way to get your body moving without the worry that you may not be fit or fast enough to keep up with others.

These sessions incorporate a gentle walk with poles but do not venture too far from the start point.



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  • Discount in the NWUK store
  • Discounts with our National and Local partners
  • FREE membership of Nordic Walking UK
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