Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Stop Press: The Program for this weekends Ground Breaking Nordic Walking Event in Santa Monica!
Here is the program of activities for this coming Saturday's ground breaking Nordic Walking event in Santa Monica, California...
Featuring leading industry Experts: Dan Barrett; Suzanne Nottingham; Malin Svensson; Tom Rutlin.
Are you a beginner?
Then try the FREE Nordic Walking demos all through the day.
Do you already know the basics of Nordic Walking? Then join the FREE four different 30 minute Nordic Walking classes.
9am: Nordic Walking Class 1: Dan Barrett - "Nordic Sand Walking"
11am: Nordic Walking Class 2: Suzanne Nottingham - "Less Talk More Walk"
1pm: Nordic Walking Class 3: Malin Svensson: - "Nordic Walking Circuit"
3pm: Nordic Walking Class 4: Tom Rutlin - "A Perfect Fit ~ Nordic Walking techniques for any age, ability and goals"
Want to listen to some inspirational lectures?
There are three 30 minute lectures with hot topics about weight loss, getting in shape and staying injured free.
10am: Lecture 1. Malin Svensson: "Burn More Calories with Less Effort"
12pm: Lecture 2. Tom Rutlin: "Transform Walking into a No Pain, Total Body Fitness Solution".
2pm: Lecture 3: Suzanne Nottingham "Injury Prevention for Nordic Walkers"
Book signing by Malin Svensson 10:30am, 12:30pm; 2:30pm
There is only one place to be for North American based Nordic Walking enthusiasts (both participants and industry professionals) this coming Saturday. For the first time ever, key leaders in the North American industry are coming together in the spirit of co-operation for the "betterment of the industry" in this ground breaking event... And every credit to everyone involved!
Venue & Time:
Santa Monica Beach
2600 Barnard Way
Santa Monica, California 90405
Saturday May 30, 2009
8:00AM - 4:00PM
For further details email:
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Nordic Walking - A Future Hope
In the fascinating interview with Gary Johnson, it was interesting to see a brief mention about individual members of the public becoming members of the US association of the INWA (NWNA). This reawakens a strongly held conviction of mine for the need for a world-wide organisation which is committed to serve the interests of ALL Nordic Walkers, not just those of the industry. Thus far, it might be said that only one component (the instructor cadre) of the Nordic walking community has some form of collective. The other part (the customers who actually fund the former) has no collective voice.
To my mind, the INWA, with its strong international construction, has always been a likely candidate as the foundation for such a global organisation. However, I am aware that this was never its remit and it is therefore wishful thinking on my part. Furthermore, there is more to the world of Nordic Walking than the INWA previously seemed prepared to recognise, as they appeared to jealously guard the portals to this great activity. Of course, given their former raison d’être they probably could not do otherwise.
The INWA, with its strong educational remit, could thus maintain an independent and authoritative certification of all viable Nordic Walking modalities including the dissemination of methods and guidance about all of the associated paraphernalia. The same organisation could commission and fund (via subscription) scientific test and analysis of Nordic Walking and further validate its undoubted benefits. The advantages for the customer would be quite considerable and would give both a sense of focus and community – something which is currently lacking.
I recognise that for some Nordic Walking is little more than a commodity; a means of adding further income stream. However, I believe strongly that above all else Nordic Walking has the potential to provide millions with the opportunity to enhance the quality of life, help to maintain physical independence and to lead a more sustainable existence. To do this, the movement has to extend much further than its current reach, as thus far, the promotion of this great fitness activity has been largely on a cottage industry scale. I believe that an overarching International Nordic Walking Federation could and should become a great force.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
An Exclusive Interview with INWA’s “North American" Representative Association
Here at Nordic Walking News and over at our sister publication Nordic Walking eCommunity (www.nordicwalkingecommunity.com), we have in recent months reported on the positive restructuring at INWA (International Nordic Walking Association). Nordic Walking News is therefore delighted to have secured an 'exclusive' interview with INWA’s North American Representative Association which is publised here.
In the interview
David: "Why INWA"?
David: "That’s interesting; you say that INWA is non-profit"?
David: "So who is actually behind Nordic Walking North America"?
David: "That’s quite a pedigree. You mention that INWA has been re-structured, so how is INWA organized now"?
David: "How is Nordic Walking North America organized"?
David: "How about education throughout
David: "What certification opportunities are being offered by NWNA and how is your training program structured"?
David: "Do you offer a membership scheme for members of the public"?
David: "Who is NWNA intended for"?
David: "Can you clarify what you mean by ‘NWNA is Pole Neutral’"?
David:"So what are the Goals for NWNA"?
"The first goal of NWNA is to represent Nordic Walking as an activity and be an educational organization promoting the safe and effective activity of Nordic Walking. It is our hope to work in co-operation with the existing Nordic Walking organizations to promote Nordic Walking but add credibility to that goal by not being seen as a defacto marketing arm for any one manufacturer. Also by having other organizations become part of NWNA we hope to add creditability to their existing training programs. If we all work together and move as one strong force we can get Nordic Walking to be the fitness activity here in
David: "How do you hope to achieve this cooperation between organizations"?
David: "Why NWNA as the co-operating organization"?
David: "I’ve been saying publicly for 4 years, that a re-structured INWA together with co-operation between the major players in our industry is ‘essential’ if Nordic Walking is going to begin to achieve its potential. I am really encouraged by what I have heard today Gary and I feel that this is a great opportunity. If you achieve the support that this initiative deserves this really could be the dawn of an exciting new era of ‘industry co-operation’ in
If you head up an existing Nordic Walking Organization; or you are a manufacturer; an instructor, an enthusiast or you have any other interest in Nordic Walking in North America and you’d like to contact Gary and Nordic Walking North America; here's how you can do it:
Via Website: www.nordicwalkingna.com
Via Email: email: info(at)nordicwalkingusa(dot)com
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Monday, May 04, 2009
Ground Breaking North American Nordic Walking Event in Santa Monica!
For the "first time ever" the leaders players (both individuals & companies) in the North American Nordic Walking Industry, are coming together for a ground breaking 'public' event, to teach "YOU"!
In recent months behind the scenes negotiations lead by NWNA (Nordic Walking North America) the North American INWA Representatives, has resulting in the leading players in the North American Nordic Walking Industry coming together to co-operate, in promoting and participating in this 'first ever' joint event.
Confirmed participants include:
TOM RUTLIN, MALIN SVENSSON, DAN BARRETT, SUZANNE NOTTINGHAM, LEKI, EXEL, SWIX, FITTREK, EXERSTRIDER.
LEKI, EXEL, SWIX, FITTREK, EXERSTRIDER
Meet the top Nordic Walking educators:
Tom Rutlin (Exerstride® Method Nordic Walking), Malin Svensson (NWNA & Nordic Body™), Dan Barrett (FITTREK), Suzanne Nottingham (NWN)
What's on Offer?
- Free and fun advanced classes
- Free and simple lectures on getting in shape
- Meet author, Malin Svensson, as she signs her new book
Outdoor Adventures: Nordic Walking (Human Kinetics, May 2009)
Where & When?
There is only one place to be for North American based Nordic Walking enthusiasts on Saturday May 30th and that's with the US industry leaders in Santa Monica, California. Come and support this initiative and welcome in a new era of co-operation in the North American Nordic Walking industry!
For further details email:
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