Urban Poling Group Classes

Winter 2018   

 once the snow arrives, classes will be held on snowshoes as per below.

stay tuned :-)


January 2 - 30, 2018


Mixed Level Urban Pole Walking on Snowshoes Class

$65 / 5-week session
Arboretum, Ottawa

This 75 minute class includes 15-20 minute segments of pole walking with snowshoes coupled with strengthening and balancing movements...
a perfect way to begin a lovely winter afternoon!
*pre-requisite: must be able to walk briskly for 30 min nonstop*.

Once the term has begun, there are no refunds for classes missed.
All classes must be taken within registered session and cannot be carried
over into other sessions.
Missed workshop days or pre-registered classes are not credited.

Meeting place is at the ARBORETUM. (from Prince of Wales, at roundabout, turn into road marked ARBORETUM and, on your left as soon as you enter, there is a brick building marked AGRICULTURE CANADA Building 74. we will meet in front of that building...the part you see when you entered the ARBORETUM driveway).

There is parking in areas behind and close to restrooms.

Please bring your poles, water, snacks (if needed), and a pedometer if you use one.

Dress appropriately and wear comfortable boots beneath your snowshoes.

Class happens rain or shine. {exception would be thunder/lightening or very heavy downpour... class is then postponed & I will leave message by 11am on my voicemail as well as send out an email. Please call me if unsure 613 858 8177}

**Please arrive early enough to FIND PARKING, get your poles adjusted to proper height & tightened (arms at 90 degree angle when standing up tall and shoulders relaxed),  shoes tied and whatever accessories you might wear all affixed to your bods and BE READY TO GO
so we can begin PROMPTLY at 11am
**Please check height of poles EACH TIME you go out walking, as temp changes can loosen them.
**Good facts to know:

One-on-One Private Urban Poling Sessions:
Tailored to meet your specific needs and goals.

Please contact me to set up a session.

What is Urban Poling? (also known as Nordic Pole Walking)

Urban Poling/Nordic Pole Walking uses special poles designed to engage the muscles of your core, upper body and legs providing a total body workout. It is a wonderful activity for people of all ages and abilities, including those recovering from injury, chronic conditions, during the pre and post-natal period and for people who want to get into great shape while enjoying the outdoors!

Please see  www.urbanpoling.com  for more information or to purchase poles.

What are the Benefits of Urban Poling!

  • Provides a full body workout (involving 90% of your body’s muscles!)
  • Activates and tones your core muscles
  • Maintains whole-body bone density
  • Reduces joint stress (especially in the knees, feet and hips)
  • Increases your heart rate and caloric expenditure (the perceived exertion is similar to that of normal walking, but you burn 30% more calories!)
  • Improves overall physical fitness
  • Improves your posture, balance and co-ordination
  • Increases the range of motion in your shoulders and hips
  • Improves lymph system function 
  • Increases upper body muscle usage (by 95% compared to walking without poles!)

  *Reference: Sarah Weller, Kinesiologist (BCAK), Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP),                                         Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist

Please watch this video for a brief preview: 



I have been taking pole walking classes with Eileen for over a year and can honestly say that they are the highlight of my week. Whatever the season or the weather, the classes offer a great workout, a fun outing, and a wonderful get-together with like-minded people. Eileen is an upbeat, caring and inspiring teacher. She pays attention to each and every one of her students, provides excellent instructions and celebrates even the smallest of achievements. I have become stronger and more fit since starting pole walking, and am looking forward to classes starting again this spring!
   Anna Kenney, Ottawa

For me, pole walking with Eileen in the Arboretum is an incredible experience that invigorates my mind, body and soul.  Eileen brings so much knowledge and enthusiasm to each class, and she always makes it a point to get to know you and your body individually, thereby ensuring you get the optimum benefit from the class.  Ending the workout with a yoga practice is an added bonus that my body adores! I have gained a newfound love and respect for my body and its vast abilities, all thanks to Eileen.  She is a gifted teacher and a deeply caring person.  I am grateful for her in my life.

    N.H., Ottawa

I met Eileen with her poles in a physio department where I was attempting to recover from a bad fall on the ice. When I asked her about her poles, she explained she gave pole walking lessons. I enrolled and I found my adventuresome self again. Eileen is a caring, fun-loving woman who enjoys many talents and she shares them with both a generous and disciplined spirit. I find her company a joy!

    Freida, Ottawa

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