NORDIC pole walking FEELS GOOD. Strengthen posture/core. De-stress neck/shoulders. Move FAST/SLOW & expect results. CONVENIENT & AFFORDABLE…no sweat! Try it. I bet you'll love it!

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Turn Walking into AWESOME!

COMING SEPTEMBER 2020…..Online instruction with Coach Linda Schaumleffel. The program is almost complete, just finishing up tiny details and testing the system. This is going to be sweet! WHERE EVER YOU LIVE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN TO NORDIC WALK WITH MY INSTRUCTION, VIA THE GOLD AND SILVER ON-LINE PROGRAMS. Tons of step-by-step videos, and success team support. If you wish to be notified regarding the launch of this program, email me at Linda4success@shaw.ca to be the first to take a peek.


If you can walk, you can Nordic walk. Why use poles? By adding poles to walking in the NORDIC style, you instantly burn twice the calories by engaging NINETY PERCENT of your muscles. (Walking uses 45% of your muscles.) BONUS: by using the whole body, you more than double the health benefits. First results you may notice are straighter posture, smaller pant size, relaxed shoulders/neck, ease on knees, and more energy.

Linda Schaumleffel


CONVENIENT:  Just walk out your front door and start!
FEELS GOOD:  easy on knees, shoulders/neck, hands, feels powerful and flowing.
AFFORDABLE:  Nordixx Poles (recommended) are $91.   ($79.95 + shipping + tax)
QUICK RESULTS:  Uses 90% of the body’s muscles. Posture, LDL, BP, insulin, sleep, hip size start changing in 20-30 days.
FUN FACTOR:  breathe in nature, see the sights, socialize with fellow pole walkers, participate in events from time to time.
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Nordic STYLE walking is very kind to your body (feet, knees, hips, back, shoulders and hands) and at the same time EFFECTIVELY makes you stronger and healthier.   The prescription for health with Nordic Pole walking is 3x week for 30+ minutes.  Go fast or slow, it works!  THIS IS SOMETHING YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO!  Results accrue quickly: posture, pant size, BP, LDL, insulin, energy, sleep, strength, balance, sure-footedness, coordination, recovery. Nordic walking is particularly suitable for exercise during Covid 19 distancing measures. Our need for fitness never ceases, no matter what is going on!

Nordic Walking is a fitness skill that will serve you for a lifetime. To learn any new skill you do have to have patience, but you can do it.

IN VICTORIA, BC. Currently there are no group lessons, but I continue to offer private lessons. Email Linda4success@shaw.ca for details.

When you take the time to learn this new skill properly, at the end you will say, “Pole walking is easy!” As with every new skill there is a learning curve. Your job is to be patient and practice. When the fitness and health benefits start showing up for you, you too will become a raving fan of Nordic Walking! With the upcoming Gold and Silver programs I help make this easy for you.


When you do it right, it will feel harmonious and connected; you will look forward to doing it. In 10 minutes each arm pushes back about 500 times. Yes, that adds up, and your triceps, shoulders, back, and core muscles will let you know they had to wake up and work! When you feel tired, stop. Inch by inch the benefits will accrue! Aim to Nordic Walk three times a week, or more if you feel like it.

Hi Linda, You are my hero. I had to quit hiking because my hips were hurting so badly.  I have been active all my life & was looking to find an exercise that my body could cope with, AND I found you. I watched your video and learned the proper technique. Especially with C19, Nordic Walking is my main exercise now, I love it. Thank you so very much.” Penny Pollard, Victoria, Canada

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Hi Linda, Since having a lesson with you in autumn of 2019, I have seen increasing numbers of pole walkers when I am out and about.  We have been pretty rigorous about social distancing so I don’t have much opportunity to chat with people, and to refer them to your website.  One day I saw another woman walking with her poles and her husband.  When she saw my poles, she said; ” Don’t you just love them?” and I replied, “I sure do!” 
I realize I do very much look forward to my walks; it has brought a welcome steadiness to my life that Covid has largely otherwise removed.  For me, walking in the evening between 8 and 10 can be very peaceful, contemplative and eerily quiet.   Often the very busy streets I am usually surrounded by are used by only a handful of cars at this time. Except for a couple of very grey and dark days, I have kept up with my pole walking. It would be unusual for me not to walk with my poles at least 5 times a week.  Usually more.  I have taken to mixing long walks 60-90 minutes with days where I may do two shorter ones of 20-30 minutes.  You can tell….I really enjoy Nordic Walking!
” Kathrynn F, Victoria, Canada

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Hi Linda, I took a brief pole walk lesson a couple of years ago. Have to confess I have not been as regular as I intended to be. I watched the your video and discovered that I was not doing it correctly . Thank you for the video. After watching it several times I took myself out into the sunshine and I think I have corrected my posture and management of the poles. It now feels more natural and comfortable. First day out I acquired sore back muscles, two days on I am no longer sore and am enjoying my walking. I am hoping I will get to the regular three times a week routine. Thanks!” Ann Taylor, Victoria, Canada

“Linda, your website is awesome-so much to learn from it (for a newbie) as well as a refresher for those of us who may need it. I’ve been Nordic walking every day for the past 2 weeks (prior to then I’d walk some days with and some without poles), but I’ve really felt a huge difference in my pace, strength and posture when using my poles – so now I don’t want to walk without them. The hills I walk around my neighborhood are so much easier to propel myself up with poles and I love it 😊.” Edna May, Calgary, Canada

Linda. I know you must see lots of people who are simply not getting the benefit they could because they are not using the poles correctly. So many just “lean” on them. I was using too much forward motion and not walking with a normal stride. The way you explained it in your video was great…angle the poles to the back and then  naturally incorporate them into your stride. Your description turned a light on for me. Now I feel more “connected” and efficient. Cheers!” Ann Pollard, Victoria, Canada

“What a wonderful surprise. I had the view going into pole walking that it was only for the senior population, boy was I wrong! It’s a great workout when done properly. Within an hour I felt like I had a very good grasp on the fundamental skill of nordic walking. After having been in a car accident a few years back I have been looking for some exercise that would strengthen my lower back – I found IT!! I love walking but pole walking is like gliding, it’s amazing. Come on out and try it, you won’t be disappointed. ”  Tiffanie, Victoria, Canada

“Nordic Pole Walking is so different than I had thought!  Linda is a great coach and full of enthusiasm.  I had a great time.  I would recommend everyone to try it out no matter what level of athleticism.” 

“Walking is boring.  This is fun!” Bill E. Victoria, Canada


NORDIC WALKING IS “DO-ABLE” by anyone who can walk, and is kind of addictive once you get the hang of it. Anything new has a learning curve. First step: start. Second step: keep going.

What a show off! My photo at Victoria Sports History Wall.
I was inducted into Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame in 2019.

QUESTIONS? Contact LINDA SCHAUMLEFFEL, Hall of Fame Olympian, car accident survivor,  Nordixx Canada MASTER Nordic Pole Walk Instructor, Linda4success@shaw.ca  (250) 920-4005  

Yes, that’s me!


Elegant, in alignment, powerful yet relaxed,  easy on the feet/knees/hips, and using 90% of the body’s muscles for maximum calorie burn and health benefits.  IT SHOULD LOOK EASY, RELAXED, EFFORTLESS.  You can’t see that 90% of my muscles are working, and that the “workload” is actually huge!  It is a very unique exercise. Like every new skill it takes time/practice to make it look smooth and easy.

Note:   The key point to focus on in this video is that my ELBOW swings to the back with every swing.  See how the heel of my hand is pressing down on the strap and continues to press down all the way to the back of the swing.  You will learn how to relax your hand while putting pressure on the strap.  Eventually your strength and technique will improve so that you push the strap RIGHT TO THE BACK; then the pole tip responds by lifting itself up and replanting.  I am completely relaxed and have learned how to apply force effectively.  Look at how relaxed my hands are.

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  1. CONVENIENT:  Just walk out your front door and start!
  2. FEELS GOOD:  easy on knees, shoulders/neck, hands, feels powerful and flowing.
  3. AFFORDABLE:  Poles are $91.  1-3 Learn Classes recommended. ($20/class).   Nordixx poles  ($79.95 + shipping + tax)
  4. QUICK RESULTS:  Uses 90% of the body’s muscles. Posture, LDL, BP, insulin, sleep, hip size start changing in 20-30 days.
  5. FUN FACTOR:  breathe in nature, see the sights, socialize with fellow pole walkers, participate in events from time to time.

NORDIC WALKING IS “DO-ABLE” by anyone who can walk, and is kind of addictive once you get the hang of it.

OUR VISION STATEMENT IS “to create a community-based legacy of health through fitness with Nordic pole walking”.  Why just walk (using 45% of your muscles) when you can learn to Nordic pole walk (using 90% of your muscles).  FITNESS, REHAB, or FUN, Nordic pole walking has a place for you!

Questions?  Contact Linda4success@shaw.ca

 (INSPIRE MAGAZINE ARTICLE…  http://www.seniorlivingmag.com/articles)



Shaw TV VIDEO CLIP on “THE DAILY” with Dan Kahan

This is a video taken in 2012 before I became a master instructor with Nordixx Canada.  I saw the potential of this exercise….   I think Dan did a masterful job to take 70 minutes of film about me and Nordic Walking and condense it into this segment.  Thanks Dan!   

Also note that at that time I was using HIKING/TREKING poles with the loop straps because I didn’t know about Nordixx poles yet.  I impressed myself to see that even then I knew the importance of the upper arm swinging back. 

Another note:  in rowing you race in the qualifying heats and either end up in the top six called the Grand Finale, or the next six called the Petite Finale, or be eliminated.  In the Olympic Games my boat made a tiny error and we ended up in the Petite Final which we won, coming 7th place overall.  Relative to the winning East German time in the Grand Finale, we were one second slower, which would have earned us a second place finish in the Grand Finale, beating the powerhouse (and steroid fueled) Romanians, and Russians.    Enjoy.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTnGZSbQ49k