What is Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking UK

WALX has been created by the award winning Exercise Anywhere organisation, originally founded in 2004 to create innovative ways of exercising in the outdoors. In 2006, Exercise Anywhere brought Nordic Walking to the UK and created NWUK as the original brand to deliver the concept of walking with poles across the UK.

It is estimated that ½ million plus people in the UK alone have now experienced Nordic Walking via the NWUK network of instructors and Delivery Partners who now offer over 2,000 Nordic walking sessions a week.

Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do… twice as effective! Nordic Walking uses poles to 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 he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!

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. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.

Please note; to participate in regular Nordic WALX, you are required to have completed our Nordic WALX induction course THE POWER OF POLES

How would I learn to Nordic Walk properly?

We have 2 'POWER OF THE POLES' courses for complete beginners depending on your current level of fitness and your personal goals.


Learn to Nordic WalkTechnique Conversion


The POWER OF THE POLES Induction process is suitable for all levels and is a structured teaching programme. There are 2 Courses of one and a half hours each. Course 1 is designed to provide sufficient knowledge for someone to be proficient at using poles. Course 2 is an optional further course for those wanting to explore a more in depth knowledge of walking with poles and the traditional Nordic Technique. Your qualified Instructor will help you understand your current level of fitness and empower you to use poles at the correct intensity in order to get the results you want.

These courses will ensure you master the technique of using poles and change the way you walk for life - they cover the following:

Course 1 (1 ½ Hour Lesson) – Mastering the power of Fitness Walking poles

Gear 1: Mastering the arm swing, upper body engagement and pole plant angle.

Gear 2: Gaining propulsion from the pole and toe push, adapting pole position for hills and tailoring technique to your fitness, mobility and personal goals.

You will experience different poles types, the core ledge and straps in order to select the technique and poles that are right for YOU!

At the end of this session, you will have a full understanding of using poles correctly and a level where you will be issued with the NWUK Freedom Passport, allowing you to join thousands of walks & classes, every week all around the UK.

Course 2 (1 ½ Hour) – Maximising pole propulsion via Nordic Style Technique - (Optional)

This session is an optional further course for those that are interested in to learning more about the full Nordic style technique. Adding more speed through improved technique, understanding how your body reacts to exercise and learning how to stay within your comfort zone.

Gear 3: Pushing past the hips and increasing stride length, mastering articulation via Nordic straps and managing speed via technique.

Gear 4: Mastering posture and core engagement in order to maximise whole body technique and fluidity of movement.


For those who may have experienced Nordic Walking before, have not attended a structured course but want to book into NWUK sessions across the UK - we also have Technique Conversion course.

Two hour conversion session

Nordic walked for years but never received structured tuition from a NWUK qualified Instructor?

If you do not feel that you need to attend a tuition course, come along for a 2 hour session in which the Instructor will ask you to demonstrate your technique and work with you to ensure that you understand the current NWUK teaching methods and terminology.



On completion of the Nordic WALX Introductory lesson, you receive your NWUK FREEDOM Passport which will be your pathway to over 2000 walks and events per week with participating NWUK groups across the UK:


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