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Questions & Answers About Classes

What Is Nordic Walking? What is Bootcamp? And Other FAQs

Have a Question About Outdoor Fitness Classes?

Can I really get a full workout outdoors?
Yes, particularly in the Alternative Boot Camp classes, due to our special programming ensuring that all major muscle groups are used (with the use of resistance bands and particular exercises) , as well as a variety of energy systems (HITT , interval and aerobic training) and types of fitness (endurance, strength and flexibility), in every class. Nordic walking also uses the major muscle groups/the whole body and different energy systems (hills/intervals and aerobic) and types of fitness (muscular endurance and flexibility); Boot camp even more so due to its greater variety of exercises and movement…..
What is an Outdoor Fitness Bootcamp Workout?
It is an outdoor ‘circuit training’ style workout, with lots of variety, which uses all the major muscle groups, (whole body workout) and more….. The ‘fitness’ incorporates the many elements of fitness which are, aerobic (Cardio/stamina), anaerobic (HITT/interval training), muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility and mobility. Focusing on general fitness and health. find out more about what we do in Boot Camp Classes
What is a Nordic Walking Class?
You walk using poles. The ‘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 endurance and stamina.   Read more about Nordic Walking Classes & Technique
Where do the Outdoor Bootcamp Classes take place?
In various areas of Alexandra Palace and Park, N22, N10, N8. It changes monthly, and there are 2 main ‘winter’ areas (Rose Garden and the BBC Tower stairs) and 2 main ‘summer’ areas (Fairground Car park and the Grove). For more details see our Locations page
Some benefits of Outdoor Fitness Classes over the Gym?
In short, you can get fitter, and healthier, quicker and easier as it is more enjoyable outdoors and there is greater variety of exercises/programmes…… Outdoor exercise lifts your mood and is great for stress relief. You get to benefit from and appreciate,  birds, lush green grass, ducks, herons, sunsets and sunrises, brilliant blue skies, stormy and moody skies, blossom, sunshine and Vitamin D, fresher more oxygenated air, flowers, cool and warm calming breezes, refreshing rain, exhilarating frosty days, snow crunching under foot, soothing sounds of nature, atmospheric moonlight, sense of freedom and space…. And more!
Can I try your classes first then join?
Yes, request the Free 7 Day Taster Pass to try either, or both, of the Alternative Boot Camp and Nordic Walking taster classes.[thrive_2step id='512']Get Your Pass Now![/thrive_2step]
I'm not sure of my fitness level, can you advise me?
Yes, we are happy to answer your questions, or concerns, and give you specific advice/guidelines for you to follow in each class. We can advise you on which exercises and intensities that are likely to be best for to begin with.
I'm a complete beginner, will your classes be too hard?
Classes are designed to be ‘suitably challenging’ for everyone, so that you can get fitter. You will be advised and coached to exercise at an intensity which is ‘not too easy’ and ‘not too hard’; however,’ just challenging/hard enough’ for you to get the health and fitness benefits. Therefore, you will choose and be guided to choose an exercise option/intensity which feels ‘hard enough’ for you at that present time. This can vary from class to class, depending on how you are that day; and will also change as you get fitter and healthier.
Outdoors! What if it's raining or snowing?
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….
What should I wear? Do I need 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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Have a Question About Outdoor Bootcamp Fitness Classes?

What is a Bootcamp Fitness Class
It is an outdoor ‘circuit training’ style workout, with lots of variety, which uses all the major muscle groups, (whole body workout) and more….. The ‘fitness’ incorporates the many elements of fitness which are, aerobic (Cardio/stamina), anaerobic (HITT/interval training), muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility and mobility. Focusing on general fitness and health. find out more about what we do in Boot Camp Classes
Am I fit enough to join a Bootcamp Fitness Class?
Classes are designed to be ‘suitably challenging’ for everyone, so that you can get fitter. You will be advised and coached to exercise at an intensity which is ‘not too easy’ and ‘not too hard’; however,’ just challenging/hard enough’ for you to get the health and fitness benefits. Therefore, you will choose and be guided to choose an exercise option/intensity which feels ‘hard enough’ for you at that present time. This can vary from class to class, depending on how you are that day; and will also change as you get fitter and healthier.
Do you order people around and shout instructions?
No Never! Our Outdoor Bootcamp Classes are not a ‘Military’ or ‘Army’ style workout. There are lots of ‘alternative’ Bootcamp exercise options for you to choose from, or to be recommended to you by your instructor. You can exercise, at your own pace (and still be suitably challenged, so that you get fitter and healthier) in classes adaptable for all fitness levels from absolute beginners to advanced fitness enthusiasts.
Where do the Outdoor Bootcamp Classes take place?
Classes take place in Alexandra Park, close to Muswell Hill and Crouch End in North London. Postcode N22 7UJ. There are several locations where we run our Outdoor Fitness Classes, here is a plan of the meeting points in Alexandra Palace: download a map
What should I wear to a Bootcamp class?
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.
What should I bring to a Bootcamp class?
  • A bottle of water
  • A towel
  • Suncream in the summer
  • An extra layer in the winter
  • Enthusiasm
Will the class run if it is raining or snowing?
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….
Do you run the classes throughout the year?
Yes we run all the classes throughout the year, check your updated monthly schedule for details of the coming fitness and exercise classes.
I'm pregnant / just had a baby ... can I still come?
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.
What are the Health Benefits of Bootcamp over Running?
Top reasons ...  

 

  • You don't get a sunrise or a sunset in the gym?
  • Fresh air not aircon
  • As much space as you need
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • making it an everyday routine
I have an injury / I am recovering from an injury?
Nordic Walking workouts are ideal if you are looking for an exercise that can accommodate a joint or muscle issue or injury. Nordic Walking workouts are gentle on the joints and can be a good way to exercise even if you have: neck; shoulder; back; hip; knee or ankle problems. Anyone who is recovering from illness or injury will find Nordic Walking workouts perfect to gently introduce more activity into their life in a gradual and sustainable way.
Who goes to the Bootcamp 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. Everyone has a different fitness goal, some want to shape and tone up, others want to run a marathon, whatever your health and fitness goal, Bootcamp is a great way to achieve it.

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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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