Nordic Walking Testimonials

Some of our regulars talk about discovering Nordic Walking

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.

Sarah, N6

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.

Sonia, N22

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.

Patricia, N4

Although I’ve known Johanna both professionally and personally for many years – she used to manage a small gym in the basement of the office block where I was employed, and we worked together in organising some highly successful hill-walking trips for fellow employees – I only started attending her alternative boot camps in mid-2014.

For many years I’ve run on pavements and in parks for basic aerobic fitness, but Jo’s boot camps give me a satisfying whole body workout. Ally Pally Park is a great base, as the boot camps move between a number of different locations in the park, mostly with spectacular views over London. Jo offers a range of sessions each week, and is also careful to vary her programmes weekly so there is no chance of becoming bored!

There’s always a really friendly atmosphere; under Jo’s watchful eye, you work as hard as you wish, rather than competing with anyone else. The purely social side is not neglected either, with an occasional post-work-out coffee in one of the park cafés, and an excellent Christmas party!

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.

Tony, Southgate

I have been doing two Bootcamp classes a week with Jo now for four years, during which time I have lost 2 stone in weight and become much physically fitter and stronger. I also had quite major knee surgery in that time, due to an historic skiing injury, and because of my excellent leg strength, was back at Bootcamp within a month, following Jo’s special rehabilitation programme!

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!

Fran, N8

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