Johanna Green
Nordic Walking Classes

North London’s Nordic Walking Classes
in Alexandra Palace

Nordic Walking Classes in Alexandra Palace North London

Nordic Walking Classes: are great whole body enhanced walking workouts, originating from Cross Country Skiing in Finland, using specially designed poles/sticks! Suitable for all fitness levels; enjoy the great outdoors and improved health & fitness of body & mind.

Nordic Walking classes health & fitness benefits include:

  • Low impact – kind to knees, back & joints
  • Total body workout – exercises arms, shoulders, core, legs and hips, heart & Lungs
  • Improves posture
  • Trims, tones and strengthens
  • Boosts energy and increases stamina
  • Improves hip and back mobility
  • Burns 46% more calories than ordinary walking
  • Reduces stress levels & lifts your mood
  • It is outdoors, or ‘green exercise’, therefore increases well-being, Vitamin D and more vital health boosting opportunities….

More About Nordic Walking Classes In North London

Learn To Nordic Walk

The Essential Starting Point

Come along to this FREE Nordic Walking Taster Session & learn the Nordic Walking Technique.

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Workout Walks

Nordic Workout Walks Sessions

Join us for a Workout Walk, stride your way to faster health & fitness in Alexandra Palace.

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Adventure Walks

Take your Nordic Walking Further!

Explore more of North Londons green spaces or join a weekend walking break.

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Find Your Next Class

Nordic Walking Class Schedule:

  • Tue: 18:30 – 19:30
  • Wed: 09:30 – 10:30
  • Thu: 18:30 – 19:30*
  • Sat: 10:30 – 11:30**
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What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking is an enhanced total body version of ordinary walking and is easy on the joints so it can be enjoyed by anyone who wants, or needs, a low impact exercise to improve their cardiovascular fitness/stamina; to get fitter without having to jog, or to improve strength and stamina for a walking holiday, or to tone and strengthen arms and core muscles (stomach, back, shoulders and hips) without having to go to the gym….

Nordic Walking is a great health-promoting activity, using around 46% more calories than regular walking, and is great for increasing energy, fitness, toning up and improving your sense of wellbeing.

Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking:

  • 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 you can walk faster, working harder than usual, therefore, increasing your fitness/stamina, yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier! And it is easier on the joints.

Nordic Walking Is Not Trekking

Note: 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.

Come along to a Nordic Walking Free Taster Session

Nordic Walking Technique

Nordic Walking technique is best learnt correctly if you are to get the most out of the activity – the full technique that ensures the whole body works efficiently is only taught by qualified instructors.

Come along to a Nordic Walking Free Taster and Technique/’Learn to Nordic Walk’ Classes to find out more

Learn To Nordic Walk Classes

In these series of 4 classes, you will learn and practice the 4 ‘gears’, or ‘techniques’ (one technique per class) to use the poles with greater efficiency and effectiveness; meaning, improving posture, hip mobility, general total body tone and strength and increase your cardiovascular (heart and lung) fitness:-

Gear 1 improves your arm swing

Gear 2 improves/enhances the use of your feet and the straps on the poles; using the poles more effectively going up and down hill.

Gear 3 capitalises even more on the greater use of your upper body, your heart and lungs/cardiovascular fitness and hip strength and flexibility.

Gear 4 improves your posture and core muscles.

Nordic Walking Technique Classes With Johanna Green

Whatever your reasons for joining Johanna Green and the team in a Nordic Walking Class, it is really important to learn the technique correctly so that you get the most out of your Nordic Walking workout.

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Outdoor Fitness Classes in North London

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Workout Walks: Nordic Walking Weekly Classes

Nordic Walking is a Whole Body Workout

We meet and finish, at the park entrance on North View Rd, N8. (details of location meeting point)

After a short warm up mobilising our joints, we walk briskly for 45-50 minutes, with a 5-10 minute stretch to finish.
The walking route varies each class. Everyone can walk at their own pace as you are regularly given options to walk ‘further and faster’, or a ‘slower and shorter’ route. This can vary for you throughout the class, and each class, depending on how you feel at that moment.
At the end, to promote a healthier lifestyle, we often discuss a topical health/fitness question. This provides tips and guidance on such questions as, healthier eating, how many steps to walk each day, or to remind you to take a Vitamin D supplement during the winter.

Nordic Walking Classes: Fitness Improvements

Whatever your reasons for joining Johanna Green and the team in a Nordic Walking Class, we aim to help you improve your overall health and well being in the following ways:

  • Get Fitter, Feel Healthier
  • Improve Stamina & Energy
  • Improve Mobility & Strength
  • Get Toned, Firmer & Improve Your Shape
  • Shed Weight & Keep It Off

Meet The Nordic Walking Classes Instructors

Johanna Green Nordic Walking Instructor

Official Nordic Walking UK instructor Johanna Green runs regular weekly hour-long walks, FREE taster classes, Learn to Nordic Walk courses and longer half-day and day long walks as well as weekend walking breaks. Check our schedule page for full details.

Janet Biggs Nordic Walking Instructor

Janet was introduced to Nordic Walking whilst on holiday in Scotland. She attended a taster session and enjoyed the experience. Returning home she discovered Johanna’s classes at Ally Pally in October 2012 and has been Nordic Walking ever since. In February 2013 Janet qualified as a Nordic Walking Community Instructor/Walk Leader and now helps Johanna.

Patricia Baresch Nordic Walking Instructor

I’d been interested in Nordic Walking for some time before I found Johanna’s session over 3 years ago. Her Tuesday evening session worked perfectly with my work schedule at the time. I gave up my Primary school teaching job 18 months ago and decided to train as an instructor which I completed in spring 2015. On a recent holiday my husband remarked on the more toned nature of calf muscles and derriere. Way to go!!!!

What Our Nordic Walking Classes Clients Are Saying

Tony S

Nordic Walking great for upper body as well as your legs


Jo has also trained me to Nordic Walk, which for me is really a top-up activity, great for moving along rapidly while exercising the upper body as well as your legs. (I expect it to be particularly useful when I next need to recuperate from some leg or ankle injury which prevents me from running while I recover !)

Apart from her weekly Nordic Walking workouts, there are occasional long Nordic Walks in other rural parts of north London – and of course once trained, it’s also something you can do by yourself or with similarly minded friends.
Nordic Walking Classes
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2017-04-02T14:50:08+00:00
Nordic Walking great for upper body as well as your legs Jo has also trained me to Nordic Walk, which for me is really a top-up activity, great for moving along rapidly while exercising the upper body as well as your legs. (I expect it to be particularly useful when I next need to recuperate from some leg or ankle injury which prevents me from running while I recover !) Apart from her weekly Nordic Walking workouts, there are occasional long Nordic Walks in other rural parts of north London – and of course once trained, it’s also something you can do by yourself or with similarly minded friends.

Fran, N8

Nordic Walking is a perfect way to get out and keep fit.


Because I have to be careful of too much high impact exercise, I tried Nordic Walking as soon as Jo started her classes, and find it a perfect way to get out and keep fit (with groups or on my own) whilst being kind to my knee joints. My regular 40-minute route around Ally Pally is over 7000 steps, and I really enjoy the social side of the group walks.

Come rain, shine or snow, Johanna’s sessions are now firmly a part of my weekly routine, and best of all, I don’t have to step inside a gym!
Nordic Walking Classes
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2017-04-02T14:54:37+00:00
Nordic Walking is a perfect way to get out and keep fit. Because I have to be careful of too much high impact exercise, I tried Nordic Walking as soon as Jo started her classes, and find it a perfect way to get out and keep fit (with groups or on my own) whilst being kind to my knee joints. My regular 40-minute route around Ally Pally is over 7000 steps, and I really enjoy the social side of the group walks. Come rain, shine or snow, Johanna’s sessions are now firmly a part of my weekly routine, and best of all, I don’t have to step inside a gym!

Nicky, Nordic Walking

I've got a renewed vigor!


I've just come back from walking the Tour Mont Blanc, 180km in 11 days! When I agreed to do it I panicked!

I got in touch with Johanna and it was the best preparation I could have done for the walk in the Alps.

Although Alexandra Palace isn't the Alps, I was able to push myself and it paid off.

My legs were stronger and able to cope with the inclines and declines and I was able to use the walking poles with ease.

I've come back stronger and fitter and with a renewed vigor. Thank you Jo.
Nordic Walking Classes
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2017-04-02T17:31:57+00:00
I've got a renewed vigor! I've just come back from walking the Tour Mont Blanc, 180km in 11 days! When I agreed to do it I panicked! I got in touch with Johanna and it was the best preparation I could have done for the walk in the Alps. Although Alexandra Palace isn't the Alps, I was able to push myself and it paid off. My legs were stronger and able to cope with the inclines and declines and I was able to use the walking poles with ease. I've come back stronger and fitter and with a renewed vigor. Thank you Jo.

Jackie, Muswell Hill

Improved confidence and fitness


I've been doing Johanna Green's Alternative Bootcamp Classes for over three years and now have been doing Nordic Walking for over two years, I've lost 2 stone in weight.

I have improved confidence and feel so much fitter.

I had pain in my hps but thanks to Sonny, sports massage therapist, this has now resolved.

I really enjoy it and recommend it.
Nordic Walking Classes
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2017-04-02T18:19:05+00:00
Improved confidence and fitness I've been doing Johanna Green's Alternative Bootcamp Classes for over three years and now have been doing Nordic Walking for over two years, I've lost 2 stone in weight. I have improved confidence and feel so much fitter. I had pain in my hps but thanks to Sonny, sports massage therapist, this has now resolved. I really enjoy it and recommend it.

Karen, North London

Nordic Walking ... It's become addictive


I was struggling to find a class I could do with my achillies, knee and lower back issues. I was given a 7 day class taster pass and so decided to try Johanna's Nordic Walking Classes.

I hadn't a clue what Nordic Walking was but I turned up at Ally Pally got the Poles and did it!

It's become addictive!

The poles support you so theres no stress on your joints. You can go faster and further.
Nordic Walking Classes
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2017-04-02T19:09:03+00:00
Nordic Walking ... It's become addictive I was struggling to find a class I could do with my achillies, knee and lower back issues. I was given a 7 day class taster pass and so decided to try Johanna's Nordic Walking Classes. I hadn't a clue what Nordic Walking was but I turned up at Ally Pally got the Poles and did it! It's become addictive! The poles support you so theres no stress on your joints. You can go faster and further.

Patricia, N4

Really pleased with the results from Nordic Walking


I have been Nordic walking with Johanna for almost three and a half years. I love Nordic walking and have seen fitness levels improve.

Late last year (2015) the queue for the lifts at Covent Garden tube were massive. Deciding to climb the stairs, I passed people a third of my age struggling to climb! At the top I was breathless but not gasping.  About five years ago I did the same climb and was gasping.

Really pleased with the results from Nordic Walking.
Nordic Walking Classes
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2017-04-02T15:20:09+00:00
Really pleased with the results from Nordic Walking I have been Nordic walking with Johanna for almost three and a half years. I love Nordic walking and have seen fitness levels improve. Late last year (2015) the queue for the lifts at Covent Garden tube were massive. Deciding to climb the stairs, I passed people a third of my age struggling to climb! At the top I was breathless but not gasping.  About five years ago I did the same climb and was gasping. Really pleased with the results from Nordic Walking.

Sonia, N22

Jo tailors each walk to individual needs ...


Nordic walking with Jo is not only great fun (when she doesn’t make us climb too many hills!) but great for your fitness level.

Jo tailors each walk to individual needs and all abilities are catered for. Nordic walking is not to be underestimated and is a great way to work your whole body not just your legs.

I personally found it a great start to building up my fitness and I have now progressed to boot camp with Jo too.  Both forms of exercise are enjoyable but also challenging.
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2017-04-02T15:18:21+00:00
Jo tailors each walk to individual needs ... Nordic walking with Jo is not only great fun (when she doesn’t make us climb too many hills!) but great for your fitness level. Jo tailors each walk to individual needs and all abilities are catered for. Nordic walking is not to be underestimated and is a great way to work your whole body not just your legs. I personally found it a great start to building up my fitness and I have now progressed to boot camp with Jo too.  Both forms of exercise are enjoyable but also challenging.

Sarah, N6

Nordic Walking ... meet everyone’s differing ability levels.


When I joined Johanna’s classes I was trying to get back into exercise but had lost the motivation to go to the gym.

I quickly found that exercising outside in the fresh air is so much more fun and that I was regularly making time to fit the classes into my routine.

I learnt Nordic walking with Johanna 3 years ago and have been enjoying coming to the classes ever since.

Nordic Walking is great exercise, the classes are really sociable and Johanna is excellent at adapting our walks to meet everyone’s differing ability levels.
Nordic Walking Classes
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2017-04-02T15:16:40+00:00
Nordic Walking ... meet everyone’s differing ability levels. When I joined Johanna’s classes I was trying to get back into exercise but had lost the motivation to go to the gym. I quickly found that exercising outside in the fresh air is so much more fun and that I was regularly making time to fit the classes into my routine. I learnt Nordic walking with Johanna 3 years ago and have been enjoying coming to the classes ever since. Nordic Walking is great exercise, the classes are really sociable and Johanna is excellent at adapting our walks to meet everyone’s differing ability levels.
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Nordic Walking Classes North London Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 23 reviews
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Have a Question About Nordic Walking Classes?

What is Nordic Walking

It’s walking with 4 legs! Originating from cross country skiing in Finland

 

 

 

 

Nordic Walking originated in Finland, this enhanced total body version of ordinary walking is easy on the joints so can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age or fitness level. Nordic Walking is a great health-promoting activity, using around 25% more calories than regular walking, and is great for increasing energy, fitness, toning up and a improving your sense of wellbeing. Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking:

  • 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 you work harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!
Why do you use ‘poles’/’sticks’ ?

Because poles are used in cross country skiing (where Nordic Walking originated from). You can walk faster, and therefore increase your fitness, and it exercises the whole body….. Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking:

 

 

 

 

  • 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 you can walk faster, working harder than usual, therefore, increasing your fitness/stamina, yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier! And it is easier on the joints!

Find out more about the nordic walking technique

Is Nordic walking a good exercise for me ?

If it is something you enjoy and therefore, you will do it regularly, then yes, very good exercise for you, as you will reap the fitness benefits. If you want to improve your fitness/stamina, with a low impact exercise (you need to be gentle on your joints), then yes, very good exercise for you. You are encouraged to walk at your own pace which is good for you to develop your fitness safely and more effectively. See the ‘benefits of Nordic Walking’ It’s health and fitness benefits include:-

  • Low impact – kind to knees, back & joints
  • Total body workout – exercises arms, shoulders, core, legs and hips, heart & Lungs
  • Improves posture
  • Trims, tones and strengthens
  • Boosts energy and increases stamina
  • Improves hip and back mobility
  • Burns 46% more calories than ordinary walking
  • Reduces stress levels & lifts your mood
  • It is outdoors, or ‘green exercise’, therefore increases well-being, Vitamin D and more vital health boosting opportunities….

This enhanced total body version of ordinary walking is easy on the joints so can be enjoyed by anyone who wants, or needs, a low impact exercise to improve their cardiovascular fitness/stamina; to get fitter without having to jog, or to improve strength and stamina for a walking holiday, or to tone and strengthen arms and core muscles (stomach, back, shoulders and hips) without having to go to the gym…. Nordic Walking is a great health-promoting activity, using around 46% more calories than regular walking, and is great for increasing energy, fitness, toning up and improving your sense of wellbeing.

What are the benefits of Nordic Walking ?
  • Low impact – kind to knees, back & joints
  • Total body workout – exercises arms, shoulders, core, legs and hips, heart & Lungs
  • Improves posture
  • Trims, tones and strengthens
  • Boosts energy and increases stamina
  • Improves hip and back mobility
  • Burns 46% more calories than ordinary walking
  • Reduces stress levels & lifts your mood
  • It is outdoors, or ‘green exercise’, therefore increases well-being, Vitamin D and more vital health boosting opportunities….
What is a Nordic Walking Class ?
You walk using poles. The Free Taster Class and ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’/Technique classes cover the 4 specific ‘gears’/techniques which teach you to use more muscle groups, increasing the intensity and your walking speed, to improve overall body tone, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and stamina.
Outdoors! What if it's raining, snowing or blazing sunshine ?
The class is always on regardless of the weather (only exception is lightning!!) Pay special attention to what you wear (see question about what to wear/bring), and bring ‘layers’ when it is wet or cold. It is best to get too warm and have to take layers off, than not to have enough layers. In the sun or heat, keep well hydrated, wear a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and stay in the shade. Also, we keep moving and can exercise at a higher intensity in the cold; therefore, slowing the pace down when it is very warm….
I don’t want to hold the group up, or have to try and keep up !

I don’t want to hold the group up, or have to try and keep up…. In the Nordic Walking classes, the routes are planned with walkers with different walking speeds and paces in mind, and those who can, or want to, walk further and faster, have options to do so. Equally, those who want to walk at a slower pace, or not walk as far, can choose to do so, at any time ….. throughout the class….

I don’t have any poles, can I borrow some ?
Yes, book your place and poles.

 

I have trekking poles, shall I bring them ?
It is best to borrow the Nordic Walking poles for the free taster/your first class. In that class you will see and experience the difference between Nordic Walking and trekking poles and techniques. You will discover how Nordic Walking poles and techniques can be more flexible and how differently the poles are used, hence, the poles are different.
Can I do the class if I am pregnant ?
Yes, if you were exercising regularly and in a similar way, (gym, exercise classes, running, walking, circuit training), before you got pregnant,  and your pregnancy is ‘normal’ (without any complications), you are advised to continue your life and activities as before. However, at all times, listen to your body, and each trimester has its challenges. We will advise and coach you on certain exercises, intensities and movements to avoid, or take care with, or change, as your pregnancy progresses.
Can I do the classes if I have just had a baby ?
Yes, once you have had the all clear at your 6 week check. We will advise and coach you regarding various changes, suitable intensities and movements recommended for your post-natal recovery. Nordic Walking classes are easily adapted and made suitable.
Who goes to the Nordic Walking Classes ?

Groups are small, typically 6 – 15 people. We are a friendly mix of locals with a wide variety of backgrounds, who dislike the gym; however, essentially anyone who enjoys getting fitter in the great outdoors. We’re sociable and welcoming and love to encourage others.

Do I need to learn Nordic Walking technique before I join a class ?
It is best to come to a specific ‘Nordic Walking Taster Class’ first before joining one of the regular weekly classes. Nordic Walking technique is best learnt correctly if you are to get the most out of the activity – the full technique that ensures the whole body works efficiently is only taught by qualified instructors. Come along to a Nordic Walking Free Taster and Technique/’Learn to Nordic Walk’ Classes to find out more

 

What should I wear? Do I need special shoes or to bring anything ?
Rain, snow, ice or shine, and whatever the temperature, the outdoor classes will happen! Therefore bring layers of clothing with you to take off and put on as appropriate, as well as hat, scarf and gloves (winter). Use a waterproof/water resistant bag. If there is a chance we do get wet, arrange that you can put on some dry clothes as soon as possible after the session, and/or wear some waterproof clothing and clothing which sheds water, in the first instance. In shine……, consider a hat, sun screen and sun glasses! Bring water. Wear comfortable footwear like trainers, or walking shoes. For Nordic Walking use a small ruck sack style bag (for your layers of clothing, water ….) as you require your hands and arms to be free moving and we are walking around the park. If appropriate, bring a hair band. A tissue is also good to have to hand.

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