ANWA Schedules Mega Training Event

Two days of Nordic Walking and Smovey training and certification in Los Angeles.

ANWA-logoThe American Nordic Walking Association has scheduled a two-day Nordic Walking event in LA on November 22-23 for  all enthusiastic Nordic Walkers and motivated health and wellness professionals too. Two ANWA Master Coaches, Gottfried Kürmer from Vienna, Austria and Bernd Zimmermann from Los Angeles, founder and president of the American Nordic Walking Association, in combination with their local ANWA trainers. The scheduled includes workshops and basic certification seminars for beginners and ANWA certification seminars for Advanced and Professional Nordic Walking Instructors.

The event includes the opportunity for a closer look at such other exercise training options as BungyPump, Trekking, and Wrap’nGo for Weight-Loss.
There are also integrated workshops from the hottest fitness trend from Europe like the Smovey Vibro-Swing System, two rings weighing 500 grams each that are used to combine fitness, health and weight loss. In case you’re wondering as I was, Smovey stands for SWING, MOVE and SMILE. Nordic Walking poles and the Smovey Vibro-Swing System are provided during this workshop and seminar.

Click here for the schedule, not just in Los Angeles but also in Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Jacksonville and elsewhere in the sunbelt in the next few weeks.

 

Sports Reporter Describes First Steps, First Stumbles

NordicWalkingI can’t think of a better name for a Nordic Walker than Diane Walkowiak. This Omaha sports columnist wrote “Making Strides with Nordic Walking,” in which she summarizes the stalled state of Nordic Walking in this country. She bought poles, watched videos and stumbled around while trying to feel comfortable and get real benefit – and overcoming the DIY frustration. She managed, in a DIA fashion, to achieve a semblance of skill and enjoy some satisfying results. I am assuming that she is healthy, somewhat (or very) athletic and has no trepidation about trying something new. She managed. Most people, I daresay, would have given up.

If only the basics of Nordic Walking instruction were available in Omaha, and  if classes were easy to find there (or anywhere) and elsewhere in this country. The American Nordic Walking “community,” if there is such a thing, remains a house divided — with no single and much-needed resource for finding poles, instruction and walking companions for those who would enjoy the companionable aspects. An Internet search for “Nordic Walking, Omaha” brings up 13 results, including two Tae Kwan DO schools, a local soccer club, the Absolute Serenity Day Spa, a dentist and a couple of national sites that purportedly sell poles. The most promising result was Tiger Coaching & Personal Training, a gym with no mention at all of Nordic Walking. Omaha is not unlike most of America when it comes to access to instruction or support. Sadly.

Active NW Page on Facebook

Xabier-NWI stumbled on a Spanish Nordic Walking page on Facebook and was impressed by (and a little envious of) the amount of information and activities Xabier Medina Ayerbe manages to post about. His corner of Spain seemingly has a lot going on, Nordic Walking-wise, including courses next month on November 15, 21 and 29.

I have to click on Facebook’s translation button, but if you read Spanish, you probably won’t have to.

I’m Quoted in an Article On Nordic Walking

Writer Ellen Nordberg writes for Boulder Lifestyle magazine.

Ellen Nordberg

Ellen Nordberg

Nordic Walking caught the attention of my friend Ellen Nordberg, a local fitness instructor, author, humorist, performer and mother of twins, and I was one of her sources/resources for an article she was researching a couple of months back. Click here to read the article she wrote for Boulder Lifestyle  magazine. The full-color photographs accompanying the piece are pretty nice too.

Thanks, Ellen.

Nordic Walking Classes in Bozeman

The mind and Nordic Walking.

NordicWalkingRecreational Sports and Fitness at Montana State University in Bozeman hosts a series of free workshops on Wednesday, September 17  that focus on Nordic walking and individuals’ mental lifestyle presented by Robert Sweetgall, who has walked across America seven times and is often called “The Real Forrest Gump.” His motivational Creative Walking program focuses on health and wellness issues.

The first workshop, “Nordic Walking 101,” from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in Shroyer Gym is a hands-on session focusing on basic Nordic walking techniques and tips. “Nordic Walking 201” follows from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in Shroyer Gym. Approximately one-third of the session is a seminar, one-third focuses on advanced learning techniques and one-third is a workout. Individuals who attended the Nordic Walking 101 session or who attended a similar Nordic walking session in 2013, are eligible to attend.

“The Brain Workout Workshop” from 1:15 to 2 p.m. addresses a mental lifestyle that improves and maintains brain function. It incorporates mental and physical activities, nutrition and strategies for controlling blood pressure, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. It is to be “The Brain Workout Workshop” will be repeated fom 6:30-8:30 p.m. in SUB Ballroom B.

While fhe workshops are free, RSVPs are required. To register, call 406-994-5000 or visit 120 Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center. FoMoInfo: Michele Cusack, 406-994-5000 or michele.cusack@montana.edu.

Department of Misinformation

Not ski poles. Definitely not ski poles.

FrustrationFrom a UK post, “New Fitness Walking Activity on Offer at Luton’s Stockwood Park“: “NORDIC Walking sessions have been introduced in Stockwood Park for people who want to improve their fitness. Nordic Walking involves walking with ski poles to ensure the upper body muscles are used as well as the leg.”

How often do Nordic Walking advocates explain that walking poles are similar to, but not the same as, ski poles? Seemingly, not often enough. Some of the confusion might come from the fact that “ski walking” is one of the several names that what I refer to as “Nordic Walking” has gone by.

 

Pole Walkers on My Street

NordicWalkingI haven’t added any posts in months, because I wasn’t seeing a lot of traffic — or a lot of interest in Nordic Walking. I was encouraged this morning. When I popped outside to pick up my newspapers, I saw a couple striding up the street at a good clip — poles in hands. I was still wearing my nightshirt, so I didn’t trot after them to talk to them. Also, they were behind parked cars, so I couldn’t tell what kind of poles they were using. But the very sight of them encouraged me enough to post this, to approve some comments left since I last checked and to be more conscientious about posting now and then.