Nordic Walking
Group & Private Classes

Quick-Start Clinics
Instructor Certification

Group Classes
(Toronto Winter 2019 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery classes start in February. Schedule posted soon!)

Toronto Fall 2018

Explore some of the city's most beautiful and walkable areas.
Traffic-free paths, an exhilarating full-body workout & friendly conversation.
What more could you want? Please join us!

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PLEASE NOTE:

  • I loan and sell Urban Poling brand poles for classes if you don't have your own. I prefer Urban Poling equipment (with their safe and easy-to-use strapless handles). I travel with a car full of poles...so no need to request to borrow a pair when you register. If you have your own poles, are you sure they're Nordic walking poles and not hiking/trekking poles? Read More About Poles below this bullet list.

  • All-Levels class participants (not Gentle Beginners or Beginners) must be able to walk for one hour at a moderate to fast pace. No Nordic walking experience necessary if you are an experienced exerciser.

  • Gentle Beginners is ideal for new exercisers and those with health concerns who prefer a low-key small-group setting. No hills and a slower-paced class with several stops and starts. Physiotherapists frequently refer their inactive, older and post-physio clients to this class.

  • Beginners is easy-paced with some stops and starts and designed for people with no (or perhaps some) Nordic walking experience. (Some participants switch to an All-Levels class, for a faster pace, after a few classes.)

  • High Park offers quiet car-free walking with beautiful scenery, long hills, steep staircases, winding trails through woods, and dogs! Lots of free parking before 9:00am and TTC accessible. Washrooms available. This location offers challenging terrain.

  • Mount Pleasant Cemetery offers quiet, car-free walking on smooth asphalt roads with beautiful scenery and very few hills. Lots of free parking and TTC accessible. Washrooms not always easily accessible.

  • West Lansing offers quiet neighbourhood streets, wooded trails and beautiful parkland. Lots of free parking at Cameron Public School but no washrooms.

More About Poles:

There are many different styles and qualities of Nordic walking poles. Some people I meet are disappointed to learn that they’ve purchased trekking/hiking poles, not Nordic walking poles (one quick indicator: Nordic walking poles have angled--not round--rubber boot tips). Other people discover that that their poles are poor quality (e.g., they rattle with each pole plant, they're difficult to adjust, locking system doesn’t hold so poles shrink while walking, boot tips are hard plastic versus rubber, straps are cumbersome, etc.). 

If you haven't already purchased a pair, I suggest learning about poles by borrowing from me (or a friend) first. Then make an informed decision when you’re ready to buy. Visit the Urban Poling website for details about the equipment I recommend and sell.

If you already own poles, whichever brand or style they may be, bring them along and I'll do my best to help you sort them out!

"Your workouts are the best thing I've done for myself in a long time!"   Ruth

                "I call my poles my magic sticks. They've led me on adventures that wouldn't have seemed possible a few years ago. It all started when I saw Barb Gormley on TV. Talk about a New Year's resolution that worked! They've changed my life!"   Nancy

"My sister and I are really hooked! Thanks for a life-changing class!"   Terri

  The Globe and Mail gives Nordic walking (and my class) a double thumbs up! (Click image above.)

The Globe and Mail gives Nordic walking (and my class) a double thumbs up! (Click image above.)

  I am a master trainer & the director of education for    Urban Poling Inc   ., Canada's largest manufacturer and distributor of Nordic walking poles.

I am a master trainer & the director of education for Urban Poling Inc., Canada's largest manufacturer and distributor of Nordic walking poles.

  Get a copy of my book (digital or soft cover)    here   . All your questions answered in one resource!

Get a copy of my book (digital or soft cover) here. All your questions answered in one resource!

  Are balance and stability a major concern for you?    Read    what physiotherapists are saying about Urban Poling's ACTIVATOR rehab poles.  (Note: ACTIVATOR poles and Nordic walking poles are two different styles of poles.)

Are balance and stability a major concern for you? Read what physiotherapists are saying about Urban Poling's ACTIVATOR rehab poles. (Note: ACTIVATOR poles and Nordic walking poles are two different styles of poles.)

Quick-Start Clinics 2018

Not able to attend weekly classes?
My 75-minute Quick-Start Clinics teach you all you need to know in one efficient session.

What you get:

  • One-on-one coaching & personal feedback in a group setting

  • A handout detailing the techniques and skills you've learned

  • A copy of my book (digital or hard copy, your choice), The Urban Poling Ultimate Guide to Nordic Walking

  • A loan of poles for the session (or bring your own)

  • Poles for sale at a discounted rate

Like to host a Quick-Start Clinic for a group of friends or colleagues, for a special birthday celebration or at your place of business? Please be in touch!

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"Thanks for the great training today. I am now barrelling around the neighbourhood...even faster than my husband!"   Cathy

"Great session today Barb. I found myself saying 'Life is good!' on the way home." Milana

 

 

PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE CLASSES

 

Private and semi-private classes (60 minutes) are ideal for people who prefer to learn at their own pace and at a time and location that's most convenient for them. I supply the Nordic walking poles.

Locations: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Withrow Park (Broadview/Danforth), High Park or a location near you

Cost: $85 (total) for 1 to 4 people; $20 per person for groups of 5 or more

  • One-on-one coaching & personal feedback

  • A handout detailing the techniques and skills you've learned

  • A copy of my book (digital or hard copy, your choice), The Urban Poling Ultimate Guide to Nordic Walking

  • A loan of poles for the session (or bring your own)

  • Poles for sale at a discounted rate


"When I woke up this morning it was obvious that my arms and abs got a terrific workout yesterday!
Thank you for sorting out my spotty technique. It's clear that teaching myself wasn't the best idea and that I have not been doing it correctly for the past two weeks."   Paul

"Thanks for such an effective introduction to Nordic Walking.  As I can no longer run, I was finding I needed to walk a very long way just to get my heart rate up a bit. Adding the poles really helps."  Shawna

URBAN POLING NORDIC WALKING
INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

I currently offer three Urban Poling Nordic walking instructor courses. Click on the image below to be directed to the details.

  Urban Poling Level 1 Certification     live & online options  (click image)

Urban Poling
Level 1 Certification

live & online options
(click image)

  Urban Poling    Level 2 Certification (click image)

Urban Poling
Level 2 Certification (click image)

  Secrets of Success Marketing Webinar (free for certified instructors with coupon code) (click image)

Secrets of Success
Marketing Webinar
(free for certified instructors
with coupon code) (click image)

NOTE: Private Level 1 Certification Courses

  • Can't attend any of my scheduled Level 1 Certifications? I also offer private one-on-one courses at several GTA locations. (We find a location and time that is convenient for both of us). Cost: $265 Length: 3 hours Includes: everything included in the group certification courses. Please be in touch if you're interested!

"Barb, I found the course very informative and comprehensive. You made the course fun and interesting. I have been to a lot of courses and this one was one of the best. Nordic walking truly does give a great workout!"   Kristine
 

"Barb's energy is fantastic. She presented the material in a timely manner without losing our attention or our ability to understand!! She deserves a raise - LOL!! Can't wait to get our members poling. They will love this workout."   Kim
 

"The Secrets of Success online course was great!  Travel is very difficult and expensive, so I LOVE the online option. I really liked the personal experiences of other instructors plus the forms and flyers that you shared."   Carey
 

"I love teaching urban poling and am so glad I did my certification! My participants are thrilled to be able to increase the distance they cover each week."   Sarah

  Here's the latest place I've ventured with my poles: Devil's Bridge, Sedona, Arizona,

Here's the latest place I've ventured with my poles: Devil's Bridge, Sedona, Arizona,