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The Urban Poling Instructor Course is a comprehensive course (offered both live and online) that teaches course participants the practical skills of Nordic walking.

Learn about the dynamic ACTIVATOR Program prescribed as best practice for rehabilitation centres, clinics and community programs.

Urban Poling is one of the best forms of fitness and way to regulate blood glucose, as it uses 90% of the muscles while providing both cardiovascular and strength training.

Live Virtual Courses and Conferences

Wednesday October 21, 2020
LIVE INSTRUCTOR CONFERENCE
for Trainers & Fitness professionals

Recorded Courses

ACTIVATOR COURSE
Finding Balance
Recorded version
 ACTIVATOR COURSE 
for parkinson’s
Recorded version
ACTIVATOR COURSE pre/post hip and knee – surgery & spinal stenosis
Recorded version
VIRTUAL NATIVE AMERICAN
conference
Recorded version
*CCU certificate provided upon completion of these recorded courses

Events Calendar & Webinars

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  • Instructor Course – Online
    18:00 -19:00
    2020.01.13

    Urban Poling welcomes you to become a part of our ever-growing team of instructors. Urban Poling Inc. has proudly trained over 4,000 instructors in Canada for the past 14 years and in the last two years in the UK, Ireland, Australia and USA. The Urban Poling Instructor Course is a comprehensive course (offered both live and online) that teaches course participants the practical skills of Nordic walking and how to teach Nordic walking to others. You will learn everything you need to know about the Urban Poling Nordic walking technique and be provided with all the materials, tools and support you require to provide one-on-one sessions, group classes and educational demonstrations. Topics covered include:

    • The Urban Poling Nordic walking technique
    • How to teach the Urban Poling Nordic walking technique
    • Correcting poor technique
    • Warm-ups, cool-downs, high-intensity exercises and muscle conditioning
    • An introduction to the ACTIVATOR poles and walking technique
    • Starting a series of classes
    • Starting your business
    • and more

    This course is ideal for: group exercise instructors, personal trainers, recreation/wellness directors, diabetes educators, health care professionals, teachers, walking/hiking group leaders, and aspiring small business owners. I found the course very informative and comprehensive, and the instructor was excellent. She made the course fun and interesting. I have been to a lot of courses and this one was one of the best. Nordic walking truly does give a great workout! – Kristine, Waterloo, Ontario The best prepared and supported online course, I have ever taken– Margaret Parsons, Ontario Course includes:

    • 1 pair of Urban Poles (reg. 99.99)
    • Wholesale pricing on poles and accessories
    • Monthly instructor newsletter
    • Certificate for Continuing Education Credits (CECs) from 9 associations; canfitpro (2 for course + 4 for practicum), Canadian Centre for Activity & Aging (CCAA), Ontario Fitness Council (OFC) (4), British Columbia Recreation & Parks Association (BCRPA) (4), Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Association (SPRA) (4), Manitoba Fitness Council (MFC) (3), Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) (3) Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) & YMCA/YWCA upon request.
    • The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “Urban Poling Inc.” meets the criteria ACSM Approved  Provider status from (2019 – December 2022). Approved Providers and their content reflect the concepts of their respective organizations and do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of ACSM. Provider-ship # 843871.
    • ACSM approved provider-ship of this program does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

    Cost: 269.99. Contact us at info@urbanpoling.com for student rates and onsite group training

    Time Required:  This is a 2.5 to 4 hour course.  The online course can be completed on your own timeline.   You will receive a link via email along with a special password to view the course on your computer.   Course chapters consist of videos and PowerPoint Presentations with audio.

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  • Live Webinar – Active Living with Stroke – Survivor + Caregivers Programs
    13:00 -14:00
    2020.01.15

    Learn how Nordic walking can be a great tool for people recovering from a stroke. We’ll be presenting research-backed benefits of Nordic walking and showing how an Urban Poling program can be used for support groups, caregiver programs and also for Next Steps walking groups in malls.

    Find out why therapists recommend the patented evidence-based ACTIVATOR Poles to facilitate a more even walking pattern compared to canes. Additionally, people with stroke have reported feeling more like an athlete when using poles instead of a cane!      

    Our ACTIVATOR Poles can improve various outcomes for people with strokes including: increasing movement of the affected arm and leg, improving arm swing during walking, increasing weight-bearing of the affected leg, as well as improving balance and posture. This webinar will also cover how to use the ACTIVATOR Poles for effective and enjoyable bilateral seated, standing and pre-walking exercises for individual and group exercise programs.

    Date: January 15, 2020
    Time: 1-2pm EST
    Presenter: Mandy Shintani, OT and Gerontologist
    Cost: Free

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  • Instructor Course Live – Burnaby/BC
    09:30 -13:30
    2020.01.18

    This course is ideal for: group exercise instructors, personal trainers, recreation/wellness directors, diabetes educators, health care professionals, teachers, walking/hiking group leaders, and aspiring small business owners. I found the course very informative and comprehensive, and the instructor was excellent. She made the course fun and interesting. I have been to a lot of courses and this one was one of the best. Nordic walking truly does give a great workout! – Kristine, Waterloo, Ontario The best prepared and supported online course, I have ever taken– Margaret Parsons, Ontario Course includes:


    Saturday, Jan 18, 2020
     from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

    Fortius Sport and Health Centre,
    3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, BC
    Cost: $269.99 (includes poles)

     

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  • Webinar – Comparison to Canes and Walkers (recorded)
    15:00 -16:00
    2020.01.22

    Change of Practice – ACTIVATOR Poles in Comparison to Canes & to Reduce  the use of Walkers and Crutches when appropriate.

    Recently, ACTIVATOR Poles were the focus of 8 international and national conference presentations/posters on this change of practice.  Watch this 15 minute webinar on the research of the ACTIVATOR Poles and several videos demonstrating the use of the ACTIVATOR Poles with clients with orthopedic, spine,  amputee and neurological conditions compared to other traditional mobility devices.   Learn how patented ACTIVATOR Poles & technique were designed for increased safety and effectiveness for rehab to promote; improved posture, bilateral balance, normal gait pattern and increased core strengthening.  Examples of dynamic seated, standing and pre-gait exercises will be shown as well as our new ACTIVATOR2 Poles for taller clients (up to 6 ft 4 inches).

    Presenter:  Mandy Shintani, Reg OT(BC) & Gerontologist
    Developer of ACTIVATOR Poles & Technique & International Presenter.  Co-owner of Urban Poling In

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  • Webinar – Internationally Renowned Activator Poles (recorded)
    18:00 -19:00
    2020.01.23

    This webinar will explain the development of the patented ACTIVATOR Poles and associated technique by a Canadian therapist to fit the needs of rehabilitation. As well, a brief overview of 9 studies on the Activator Poles currently underway in Canada and the renowned Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in the UK will be provided. The pros and cons of traditional mobility devices will be explained as well as the contraindications for the use of walking poles. The use of ACTIVATOR Poles as a motivating and highly effective tool for seated, standing and pre-gait exercises will be described.

    Outline:

    By the end of the webinar, participants will:

    • Learn 10 researched benefits of walking poles.
    • Be able to perform the 4 steps of the Activator technique designed for balance and stability.
    • Understand the differences between walking poles compared to (or in conjunction with) canes, crutches and walkers.
    • Learn how  Activator Poles are used with neurology, orthopedic, geriatrics and spinal conditions
    • Learn 5 sample innovative seated and standing exercise with poles
    • Bilateral Exercises for Parkinson’s, BI and Stroke now found in PT-Helper App

    Presenter:

    Mandy Shintani has practiced as an occupational therapist for 30 years and is a Gerontologist.  She is an international conference speaker and recently presented at the 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Newcastle, Australia and the National Fall Prevention conference in Toronto, Canada.

    Fourteen years ago, she developed the ACTIVATOR Poles (patent) and technique specifically for rehabilitation.  The Poles are prescribed extensively across Canada as part of best practices for mobility & active living and are the focus of 9 current studies in fall prevention, dementia, posture and mobility.  5,000 therapists and instructors in Canada have completed the course she developed on the use of Nordic walking poles for fitness and rehabilitation. She has been featured numerous times in national media in Canada and was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

     

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