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Robin Oakley your favourite Nordic Walking LeaderNordic

Robin Oakley Accredited Nordic Walking UK Instructor

...at Heartwood Forest, Sandridge, St Albans, Herts. (see Heartwood Forest Blog)
To book a session call 0777 1807 068 or email robin@xatho.com

It was £8 per one hour session, but now £25 for 4 weeks (continuous block) with Robin Oakley, expert Nordic Walking UK qualified leader (fully insured and first aid trained!)

Meet at the Heartwood Forest car park, it's well signposted on the left as you leave Sandridge on the B651 going towards Wheathampstead. (Just past Tara's Retreat care home, postcode AL4 9DQ).
Nordic Walking with Xatho at Heartwood Forest

A fun, no sweat, session for all ages and levels. With all the safety and sociability of a group.

Poles are supplied, walking shoes are best but a walking boot is fine. Trainers are OK too, just no open toed shoes (or high heels)! It can get muddy (when wet) so overtrousers are good if you have to dash back to a smart office. On top, a shirt, fleece and thin windcheater (raincoat) should suffice, but dress for the weather. Some walkers bring water but it's not essential.

It's a mixed ability group sometimes a mix of experience and beginners. However we work together and eager beavers loop back to maintain the group. You'll be shocked to know Robin is over 50, and at a guess the age range runs from 30's to 80's and is predominantly women,

Generally research indicates that regular exercise like this is good for you it will make you fitter and happier. A new report seems to indicate it's especially good for arthritis.

Please email me first if attending.
For more information / enquiries please click here (to email) or call/text on 0777 1807 068

The boring bit: if attending you need to complete the linked PAR-Q form. It's a PDF and just 50k.

...to suit you I also run one to one sessions to meet your needs at only £30 per hourNordic Walking with Xatho around Rickmansworth

For more details please click here (to email) or call/text on 0777 1807 068

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Nordic Walking Background

Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do…. twice as effective!

Nordic Walking uses poles to in order to add two major benefits to walking

  • The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs

  • The poles help to propel the walker along – this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!

Nordic Walking with XathoNordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.

Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and FUN!

Nordic Walking technique MUST be learnt correctly if the participant is to get the most out of the activity – the full Health technique that ensures the whole body works efficiently is only taught by NWUK qualified Instructors.


Nordic Walking is unique in that it provides benefits for everybody from those with medical problems to the super fit.

Whatever age, fitness level or goal, - Nordic Walking is suitable, effective and enjoyable.

Physical Benefits

  • Tones the upper and lower body at the same time

  • Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles

  • Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking

  • Reduces the pressure on knees and joints

  • Great for the Heart and Lungs

  • Ideal for neck, shoulder and back problems

  • Poles propel the walker along, making it easier to move faster then normal without feeling the effort.

  • It is one of the most effective cross training techniques for athletes and sports people who require ultimate cardiovascular and endurance conditioning.

Other Benefits

  • Can be done anywhere – no need for hills, country paths or even snow!

  • It appeals to all ages and fitness levels.

  • No need to wear special exercise clothing

  • It’s very sociable; participants can chat as they go!

  • It is easy to learn and to keep up.

  • It combines exercise with the nature which has been proven to boost mood.


Nordic Walking Group with Xatho

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Robin Oakley is a Registered Exercise Professional Robin Oakley Nordic Walking Accredited Instructor Robin Oakley member of the Fitness Industry Association Robin Oakley member of Canoe England UK Athletics Robin is a Leader in Running Fitness  Robin Oakley member of the RYA Robin Oakley trained with Fitness Industry Education

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