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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HURRAY… 2024!

It’s time to get outside to exercise.

What I know for sure is that exercise is one of the three most beneficial actions we can do for our health and spirit! (Exercise, Sleep, Food) Exercising is easy and within our control. Nordic walking is the greatest, most do-able total body exercises for the widest range of people! If you can walk, you can Nordic walk. People like Nordic walking for three reasons: it is convenient and affordable, anybody can do it, and it uses 90% of the muscles for the biggest fitness benefits. Go fast or slow, Nordic walking delivers countless results!

DID YOU KNOW? …there are 4 levels of Nordic walking: 1) rehab, 2) mobility, 3) fitness, 4) competitive. Although I help people with mobility, I specialize in Nordic walking for lifetime fitness! People wonder why lessons are required; it is because you need to LEARN A NEW MOVEMENT that the weak muscles are not used to doing. Doing the movement correctly is important because you are going to repeat this movement approx 500 times every 10 minutes. This gives you great posture and a core of steel, eliminating most body pain. Doing a movement repetitively and less than optimally will set up the body for future discomfort and problems. Learning good technique at the start sets you up for years of great health results. I have distilled it into three do-able steps. This precise start plus regular practice guarantees your great results for a lifetime.


6-week course – March 19 to April 23: Learn to Nordic Walk with Linda Schaumleffel at Vic West Community Center. Go here to register: The class fills fast so register now!


Private Nordic walk lesson with Linda Schaumleffel at your location/time. This lesson will teach you the skill and get the right poles in your hands, so that you can be fit for a lifetime. Book now. Saturday or Sunday appointments are possible, as well as weekdays. $80. Bring a friend…$60 each.


FREE INTRODUCTORY NORDIC WALK LESSON: likely a Sunday at 10:30am OR 1:30pm near Quadra and McKenzie, in Victoria BC. Interested? To pre-register click here. and tell me your best time 10:30 or 1:30. This is for people who have never Nordic walked before and is FREE.

Do you live in Mill Bay or Shawnigan Lake? Contact who is gathering people interested in a lesson.


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PRIVATE LESSONS available at your Greater Victoria, Sidney, Langford locations. Have one private lesson, borrow my poles, and feel what it does for your body. ($80). If you like the first lesson, get some poles from me, practice your new skill, and then have a second lesson 2 weeks later. Then this fitness skill will last a lifetime! Nordixx poles with the essential “glove strap” that makes it easy, are available for $91/pair from me. Contact me for more information:


People who want to increase their exercise, grab poles and use the their poles in the intuitive “forward reaching” style. If this gets you out walking more regularly and gives you a greater sense of balance, it is worthwhile! HOWEVER, for those people who take the time to learn the classic “back pushing” Nordic style, their BENEFITS ARE DOUBLED including twice the calorie burn, straighter posture, and a strong core! FOR MOST PEOPLE THIS BACK PUSHING STYLE IS NOT INTUITIVE, AND IS A BIT CHALLENGING TO LEARN SINCE THE MUSCLES REQUIRED ARE CURRENTLY WEAK. Sabine, above, makes it look easy! (She is sooo fit!) Investing in a lesson or two is the most effective way to learn this skill and reap the most benefits for life! Contact me at


“Thank you Linda! You are an amazing instructor and a person I admire. Thank you for getting me back on track. I am excited to making Nordic Pole Walking part of my regular routine.” Pat H Victoria, Jan 2023.

Recently I did a google search for info on Nordic walking and was pleasantly surprised by the more enlightened articles.

The first report was by CNN that cited the University of Ottawa Heart Health Institutes study that proved Nordic Walking creates better results than the very popular High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Researchers had 130 patients in a 12-week training program performing either 60 minutes of Nordic walking on an indoor track; 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous continuous training (e.g., cycling or rowing); or a 45-minute HIIT workout.  Read CNN report here

Conclusion? Nordic walking created best results! Compared to the other exercises, Nordic walking is more enjoyable, more convenient, and more do-able by more people.

The second article made me laugh…

In this article it stated that the common method of Nordic walking had changed recently to include three steps: upright posture, arms/legs swinging in harmony, and pushing the pole behind the body! Anyone who has taken a lesson from me in the last 10 years knows that these three steps have ALWAYS been what I teach! Where people struggle in their ability to do these three steps is because their muscles are currently weak, and they don’t know what to focus on to learn. But why persist and get the technique right? To straighten posture, strengthen core, and use 90% of muscles which activates 90% of the mitochondria, which turn on the internal switches of health. Hahahaaaa….I’ve always been ahead of the game!


CONVENIENT:  Just walk out your front door and start!

FEELS GOOD:  Easy on knees, shoulders/neck, hands, feels powerful and flowing.

AFFORDABLE:  Nordixx Poles are $79.95 + shipping + tax.

QUICK RESULTS:  Uses 90% of the body’s muscles. Posture, LDL, BP, insulin, sleep, hip size start changing FAST.

FUN FACTOR:  Breathe in nature, see the sights, socialize with fellow pole walkers, explore new areas in your vicinity, participate in events from time to time, go slow, go fast, race….


This woman from England explains the difference really well. Thanks!

To learn about the three different kinds of poles, click on START HERE tab above and watch video.


By adding poles to walking with good Classic NORDIC style, where the elbow swings behind the body, you instantly use twice the muscles and burn twice the calories. By exercising 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.


STEP ONE: You need comfortable durable poles with the right strap that is needed for Nordic style walking. I’ll get quality poles to you quickly regardless of where you live. They are just like the ones I use! Email me at to order. I’ll get great poles off to you the same day, and when you get them, let me set up a Zoom session so I can make sure the poles are set up perfectly for you.

STEP TWO: Learn the correct technique, then you can reap all the benefits as you enjoy this exercise for the rest of your life, and avoid possible pitfalls that give you injuries or make you want to quit. CALL ME FOR A PRIVATE LESSON AT YOUR HOUSE; LEARN RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, AND AVOID FRUSTRATION… SET YOURSELF UP TO AVOID PROBLESMS AND GET MAXIMUM RESULTS. PS I’VE GOT THE GOOD POLES! The tipping point for creating fitness and health results is when you Nordic walk a minimum of 3 x 30 minutes each week. It feels so good that as you get fitter, to Nordic walk 50-60 minutes 3-5 times a week, will start to feel normal.

NOTE: If you live in Victoria, BC, you can book a private lesson with me and buy your poles directly from me. CONTACT ME AT

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 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 was particularly suitable for exercise during Covid 19 distancing measures. Our need for fitness never ceases, no matter what is going on!

AS WITH EVERY NEW SKILL, THERE IS A LEARNING CURVE. Your job is to be patient and practice 3X week. When the fitness and health benefits start showing up, you too will become a raving fan of NORDIC WALKING! When you use correct technique, Nordic walking feels harmonious and connected; you will look forward to doing it. The tipping point for creating fitness and health results is when you Nordic walk a minimum of 3 x 30 minutes each week. It feels so good that as you get fitter, to Nordic walk 50-60 minutes 3-5 times a week, will start to feel normal.

NORDIC POLE WALKING IS A BIG WORKOUT! With the Classic Nordic Style that I teach, in 10 minutes each arm pushes back about 500 times. In 30 minutes your arms, triceps, shoulders, back, and core muscles have contracted about 1500 times. This is the formula for building fitness. How is it possible to do 1500 repetitions? Inch by inch. That’s the beauty of Classic Nordic Style pole walking. Each swing of the arms is easy, and you do lots, because it feels good and is fun. Why aren’t you Nordic walking?

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NORDIC WALKING FEELS GREAT!” When you take the time to learn the Classic NORDIC WALKING skill properly, at the end you too will say, “Nordic walking feels great!” Others will look at you and exclaim how ELEGANT you look.

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

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

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.  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.  For me, walking in the evening between 8 and 10 can be very peaceful and quiet. 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 . TAfter watching it several times I took myself out into the sunshine and 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 believed that pole walking 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. ”  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.” 

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.

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IN VICTORIA, BC, CANADA. WANT TO LEARN TO NORDIC WALK THE CLASSIC WAY? I am still giving private lessons, selling poles, replacing worn out boot tips and gloves straps.


Hall of Fame Olympian, car accident survivor,  Nordixx Canada MASTER Nordic Pole Walk Instructor,  (250) 920-4005  

Yes, that’s me!

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.