Nordic Walking is a safe and effective way to burn serious amounts of calories. Published evidence suggests that you can expect to burn upwards of 400 calories/hour, and combine this with Nordic Walking in the hills and countryside, you will be burning in excess of 450 calories/hour. In reality, Gemini Nordic Walking participants regularly burn between 750 to 1000 calories according to their calorie counters in a one hour fitness session, and over 3000 calories on a hill day!!
Through experience as a qualified Nordic Walking Instructor and Personal Trainer, Steve will work with you to help you set and achieve realistic fitness and health goals. As a qualified International Mountain Leader he will lead you in the hills and mountains (UK and overseas) to ensure that you use your Nordic Walking training and experience to the full, burning staggering amounts of calories in natures finest surroundings, with a sociable group of like-minded Nordic Walkers, whilst enjoying amazing scenery, stunning views and a few laughs!
Many doctors agree that Nordic Walking is one of the most effective cardiovascular workouts because it works all of the major muscle groups in our body. Your sessions will not only teach you how to Nordic Walk correctly, they will be designed to work those major muscle groups; which in turn, will help you lose weight (by burning fat); and tone up and shape muscles for all-round better health and fitness. Nordic walking burns a staggering 46% more calories than walking without poles; furthermore, it uses a gut busting 90% of our skeletal muscles, compared to swimming 40% or running 60%.
The aim of the course is to teach you the basic skills required to successfully and effectively Nordic Walk in a safe, enjoyable and fun way. During the course you will learn about the basic techniques of Nordic Walking; how to warm up and cool down safely and effectively; pole selection and purchasing poles; a brief history of the activity; learn how Nordic Walking can help you get and keep fit; what other activities can Nordic Walking can be used in; and what to do with your newly acquired Nordic Walking skills and knowledge. If at any time you are unsure of what is being instructed or asked of you, please ask – we all learn in different ways!
During the first few hours we will concentrate on teaching you the basic steps of Nordic Walking, then we head out on a short journey thus allowing you to use your newly acquired skills with the addition of further techniques being taught, and your own style being honed by our instructor.
During the sessions, we ensure that you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the scenery whilst rehydrating; with refreshment and comfort stops key to the enjoyment of your Nordic Walking experience.
The course fee is £60, and includes full instruction throughout the course, pole hire for the course, Membership to Gemini Outdoor and associated discounts (continual coaching as you progress and beyond, discounted hill and mountain adventures, and great discounts at BCH Camping); it does not include refreshments, snacks, lunches etc, or transport to/from course locations, including any fuel costs, bridge tolls etc.