Nordic Pole Walking & Gentle Stretching Classes/Adventures

Meet new people, see new places, learn a new lifelong skill, and explore many different regions in your area!

For familiarity, we use “Nordic Pole Walking” to give people an idea of what the activity is.

Around the Okanagan, the terms “ACTIVATOR Poling” or “Urban Poling” aren’t as familiar…yet. So we politely use all 3 terms.

It is an activity that makes walking a FULL-BODY workout by using “xcountry-type ski” poles as you walk. It sounds easy, but there is a bit of technique to it! 

We provide you with poles to try in our classes!

Noodlelegs offers TWO types of poling classes:

  1. ACTIVATOR Pole Walking classes

              and 

  2. Urban Poling classes

Both the ACTIVATOR and Urban Poling are different types of Nordic Pole Walking techniques. Their differences are based on the needs of the individual, and both techniques can help with:

  • posture
  • core strength
  • calorie burn 
  • balance
  • flexibility
  • increasing walking stride
  • mood, confidence, and more smiles  

Which class is right for you – ACTIVATOR Poling vs Urban Poling? Keep reading . . .

URBAN POLE WALKING & GENTLE STRETCHING CLASSES FOR JUNE/JULY 2021:

3 LEVELS:
1.Green (Beginner) level Noodlelegs
2.Blue (Intermediate) level Noodlelegs
3.Orange (Advanced) level Noodlelegs – not offered at this time

*Cost includes use of high quality poles, certified instruction with a personal trainer, and different class locations each week!

**Registrations are only for entire class session and not individual classes. Fun private sessions are available if preferred.

**** Times don’t suit your schedule? – contact us and we may be able to help!

SIZZLIN SUMMER with NOODLELEGS – JUNE/JULY:

Forest Poling Adventures: Escape the heat and discover our local forest trails and paths in a safe group setting, while receiving coaching to aide your technique and graceful poling style.

*FULL – MONDAYS-  *FULL

  • *FULL* Forest Poling Adventures 1: *FULL*
  • Blue level Noodlelegs (Intermediate)
  • Trails include hills, but we stop and rest
  • 7 Mondays for June & July 
  • 9:00am-10:30am    Dates: June 14/21/28, July 5/12/19/26 
  • Locations: Provincial Parks around Vernon
  • Cost: $17.14/class = $120

SATURDAYS

  • Forest Poling Adventures 2:
  • Blue level Noodlelegs (Intermediate)
  • Trails include hills, with lots of breaks to rest and smell the flowers
  • 8 Saturdays for June & July
  • 9:00am-10:30am
  • Dates: June 12/19/26, July 3/10/17/24/31
  • Locations: Provincial Parks around Vernon
  • Cost: $17.50/class = $140

Do you WORK during the day and wish for a WEEKDAY EVENING class??
Contact Noodlelegs and you will be notified once evening classes begin again!

DOG FRIENDLY poling class – where we let the dogs rip off leash and play while we get a good poling session in. Noodlelegs Doggies is tentatively planned for August in the evenings.  Contact Noodlelegs to get on the waitlist. We will boldly go where dogs have gone before…

PRIVATE Pole Walking Lessons : What is Nordic Pole Walking/Urban Poling/Activator Poling? Want to start at the beginning with some fun, gentle guidance? Perhaps you’d like to give poling a try but are a wee bit tentative as to your technique/level. Noodlelegs offers private Activator and Urban Poling lessons. Contact us for details and we will work together to get you out there!

OTHER FUN NOODLELEGS ACTIVITIES:**geared towards adults 40+ (but we also host the youngin’s too!)

  • Outdoor Osteofit Classes (2x/wk began May 4)  link: Osteofit
  • Kayaking and paddleboarding gentle intro outings for older adults; snowshoeing in winter
  • Contact us or 250.549.6778 for more information

We do private individual or group poling instruction. Please contact us! We also instruct care facilities, corporate groups, adult birthday parties/family gatherings, bachelorette parties, noon-time walking groups, etc.. Good fun!! 

 

MARVELLOUS MAY Urban Poling Classes: (COMPLETED):

Level 1 – Green Urban Noodlelegs

  • you are perhaps new to Urban Poling and would like to learn/perfect your technique
  • you can walk unassisted and steady for 45min -1 hour, but not at a “fast” pace
  • you’d prefer some guidance and company
  • you like to take your time, stop and smell the roses, and take in the scenery
  • you’re careful with your balance and coordination and want improvement
  • hills pose a challenge, but you’re willing to do a few gradual hills
  • May classes are complete

Level 2 – Blue Urban Noodlelegs

  • you have some experience with Nordic Pole Walking or cross-country skiing
  • you’re coordinated and can pick things up easily
  • you are able to walk unassisted for 1.5 hours at a decent pace
  • you can do hills, but may need to stop here and there for a break (and we do!)
  • **FULL** Blue Urban Noodlelegs 1: Mondays  **FULL** – May classes are complete
  • **FULL**Blue Urban Noodlelegs 2: Saturdays   **FULL** – May classes are complete

ACTIVATOR POLE WALKING & GENTLE STRETCHING CLASSES FOR AUGUST 2021

**Cost includes use of high quality poles, certified instruction with a personal trainer, and  different class locations each week!

If you currently use a cane, if you sometimes use a walker, or if you have any medical condition, please consult your physician or health care professional before attending class and using the ACTIVATOR poles.

SIZZLIN’ SUMMER with NOODLELEGS

Noodlelegs Activator Pole Walking 
One or more of the following situations may explain your situation:

    • extreme fatigue because you haven’t been active for whatever reason
    • you’ve been less active lately/tentative/scared but want to get moving again
    • you have achy bones and tired body; balance, coordination, gait difficulties or issues
    • minor visual limitations
    • limited grip strength
    • struggle with obesity/type 2 Diabetes
    • Osteoporosis/fibromyalgia/cancer recovery/Vertigo/anxiety/depression
    • recently recovered from a lower body injury
    • in post hip/knee/ankle surgery stages and you’ve been under the care of a health professional during recovery, and now you are wanting to begin slowly so you have your health professional’s WRITTEN permission to take these Activator pole walking classes (which you need to give to your Noodlelegs instructor!)
    • in moderate to mid stages of chronic neurological conditions that result in mild coordination, stability, and balance issues (such as Alzheimer’s and other Dementias, Stroke, Parkinson’s and MS)
    • you could possibly walk 1-3 guided laps around the OUC track in one hour (with breaks and chairs to rest on)
    • you have been somewhat active for most of your life, but you’re in the post recovery stage after a lower back or lower body injury/surgery
    • you can walk alone but you’d prefer some tips and certified guidance

SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 2021

  • 4 Wednesday mornings
  • Time: 11:00am-12:00pm 
  • Dates: September 8/15/22/29
  • Locations: Parks around Vernon
  • Cost: $20/class = $80

Private Pole Walking Lessons : What is Nordic Pole Walking/Urban Poling/Activator Poling? Want to start at the beginning with some fun, gentle guidance? Perhaps you’d like to give poling a try but are a wee bit tentative as to your technique/level. Noodlelegs offers private Activator and Urban Poling lessons. Contact us for details and we will work together to get you out there!

Noodlelegs Activator MAY:
**FULL** Fridays 10:00am-11:00am May 14/21/28  **FULL**
Location: different parks within the Vernon area with “flatter” ground
Please contact us if you’d like to be placed on a waitlist for next session of Activator classes! (or call 250.549.6778)

OTHER FUN NOODLELEGS ACTIVITIES:**geared towards adults 40+ (but we also host the youngin’s too!)

  • Outdoor Osteofit Classes (2x/wk began May 4)
  • Forest Pole Walking Adventures: (June – Sept)
  • Kayaking and paddleboarding gentle intro outings for older adults; snowshoeing in winter
  • Contact us or 250.549.6778 for more information

We do private individual or group poling instruction. Please contact us! We also instruct care facilities, corporate groups, adult birthday parties/family gatherings, bachelorette parties, noon-time walking groups, etc.. Good fun!! 

ACTIVATOR Poling classes offered by noodlelegs.ca may be appropriate for and benefit adults who:

  • are not active 
  • have been less active . . . lately
  • are tentative/scared to begin or return to exercising
  • have balance, coordination, gait difficulties or issues
  • have minor visual limitations
  • have limited grip strength
  • struggle with obesity
  • have recently recovered from a lower body injury
  • are in post hip and knee surgery stages, and who have been under care of a health professional during recovery
  • are in moderate to mid stages of chronic neurological conditions that result in mild coordination, stability and balance issues (such as Alzheimer’s and other Dementias, stroke, Parkinson’s and MS)

*Please consult your physician or health care professional before attending class and using the ACTIVATOR poles if you currently use a cane, if you sometimes use a walker, or if you have any medical condition. 

 

 

Urban Poling classes offered by noodlelegs.ca may be appropriate for and benefit:

  • younger and older adults – who can walk 20 minutes or more unassisted
  • people looking for a low-impact, full-body workout
  • people wanting to lose weight and burn calories (20-40% more than regular walking)
  • pre/post-natal walkers
  • all season walkers (including snowshoers)
  • people who wish to improve their balance, flexibility, core strength, and posture
  • active walkers wanting more gusto in their walking routines
  • people who want to manage their type 2 diabetes and breast cancer
  • outdoor groups such as bird watchers/hikers/walking groups
  • people who wish to prepare to use poles for walking/hiking during their vacations
  • retirement groups and facilities
  • people who cross-train
  • people who want to train to walk longer distances – perhaps for travel or a marathon walk

To register for a noodlelegs.ca class:

1. Click here for online Registration Form

OR

2. call 250.549.6778

Normally we prefer you to join the class for its entire session – simply because the class can be progressive in a few different ways and we don’t want you to feel you’ve missed out! Plus, the accountability is there if you commit. And, on those gross-feeling days – when we’d rather snuggle up indoors – if we’re committed to a full class session, it’s a motivator to get outside – and we ALL need that! When we DO get outside, we think, “WHY don’t I do this everyday??”  🙂

But, at Noodlelegs, we know life happens, there is a season for everything, and sometimes we just can’t make every class. So, drop-ins are offered if there’s room in the current classes. Please contact us for details and prices. (*Prices are subject to change, based on current classes.)

VISITING FROM OUT OF TOWN??

Explore Vernon’s best trails with a certified personal trainer and Nordic Poling instructor (Urban Poling or Activator).

Please contact us and we’d be happy to provide you with a private class, or see if joining an existing class works for you! Or call 250.549.6778.

(We also provide gentle intro to paddleboarding and kayaking, and snowshoeing outings in the winter. The Okanagan is an excellent place to play!)

Two methods of payment:

  1. e-transfer (pay@noodlelegs.ca)
  2. personal cheque

Full receipts will be issued.

Drop-in fees are due before your drop-in class begins.
E-transfer, personal cheque or correct amount of cash is accepted at the beginning of class.
Your class-appropriate forms need to be filled out and handed to your instructor before class begins please!

Required Forms:

After you register online or by phone, there are required forms that everybody must sign!

****For insurance purposes, you CANNOT participate in any Nordic Pole Walking (Urban/ACTIVATOR) classes without all of these forms filled out and handed to the Noodlelegs instructor.****

Required forms for all Nordic Pole walking (Urban Poling/ACTIVATOR) classes:

1. Pole Walking Participant Agreement

2. CSEP

All Nordic Pole Walking (Urban /ACTIVATOR) participants are required to fill out these forms, and a quick Covid19 Tracing signature needs to be obtained at each class.

***If you fill out the CSEP form and it is noted that you require a qualified exercise professional’s/medical professional’s written consent, calling the 811 health link number (Mon-Fri) and getting their assistance is always helpful!! You may have to wait a while though, so prepare to be on hold for a few hours! They will walk you through it all and help you with everything (but you will need access to a computer to get their emailed clearance). Or you could ask your physician/nurse practitioner to give you written consent.

Your choices with the forms:

A.  You can print and complete these forms at home, and then:

-email them to lise@noodlelegs.ca OR

-bring completed forms to your first class and give them to your instructor

B. Don’t print anything, but please look at the forms to see if you need/don’t need medical clearance. If you’re good to go, we will have the forms there for you to sign in class. Please come 15 min early to class to fill them out!

C. Not a techy? We understand! If you don’t have a printer and need forms a while before class begins, please contact us via phone 2505496778 and we will arrange a time where you can pick up your forms.

 

Nope! The ACTIVATOR and Urban walking poles are actually provided for you to use/try during our classes!!!! But be forewarned! Our poles are of excellent quality – they are like the Lamborghini of Nordic walking poles . . . sleek and ergonomically designed with patented CoreGrip technology –  you will fall in love with these poles and want to use them before your next class!! There’s no sales pressure whatsoever; poles can be purchased if you choose.

If you’re really set on using your own poles during our classes, be our guest. But the Urban poling/ACTIVATOR technique presented may not apply to your poles.  So why not try the provided poles if you’re able? If you have questions about using your own poles in our classes, please contact us! 

  • low impact full body workout
  • great indoors and outdoors
  • come out for the social time and laughter
  • improve your core strength
  • walking has never been this fun!

Meet CHRISTINE!

Christine is part of the Noodlelegs Nordic Pole Walking Family.  She is a published author, dog lover, dementia activist, international speaker and … lives independently with early onset dementia