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Nordic Walking - Take your skills to the next level

Nordic Walking - Take your skills to the next level

Mon 19th May 2014

Even though I have been Nordic Walking for years and teaching for a couple of years, this was the first time that I had taught this course.

The small group met promptly and were chatting in the shop ready for a 10.30 start.  We headed down to the riverside to start on the next chapter of their Nordic walking technique.
Everyone was asked to walk using their normal Nordic walking technique so that I could establish the level that they were at.  Everybody had a good basic technique so we started on steps 6 to steps 10 that go to make up the full technique.

We used training drills in pairs to learn and practice the necessary skills before trying it on our own.  It created a lot of laughter, talking points and questions.

John asked if your wrist should be straight, which of course it should be as the pole should be an extension of your arm.  Ray came up with an interesting way to remember to keep your wrist straight - he said to pretend you had broken your wrist and had a plaster cast on!
As everyone had picked up these techniques quickly, I decided we should take them for a short walk.  

The pace was a relatively fast one but the pace wasnít the most important part of this course as the technique was central to what we had been working on.  
We passed Jane who was taking a beginnerís taster session hopefully those participants saw the way Nordic walking looks when you get past the beginnerís stages.

The techniques were looking very good especially the rotation - Judith and Valerie said they thought of a manís swagger to encourage their shoulders to move.
We walked back to the riverside where we had started and finished with a cool down and stretches.

A few were going to do the 6 mile Rothbury Railway Walk that afternoon but others werenít I thanked everyone for coming along and hoped to see those who werenít joining us in the afternoon very soon.

I hope I will see you all soon and keep up the good work.

Julie

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