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Thank you for registering for the Urban Poling Nordic Walking Online Instructor Course.

– About this course:

  • This course is divided into nine chapters and will take approximately 2.5 to 4 hours to complete. You can pause the course at any point and resume at a later time and also re-watch any of the sections.
  • Be sure you have your course manual and your Urban Poling Nordic walking poles available before you begin.
  • Be prepared for points where you will pause to practice using your poles (either outdoors or in a large gymnasium).
  • The course concludes with a 20-question certificate quiz. After successfully completing the quiz, you will receive an email with a link to download your certificate of completion.
  • Upon completion of the quiz, contact us at if you require a certificate for the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM).

– Instructors and guests:

Sarah Merkel & Barb Gormley

– Course Requirements:

Urban Poling poles Pen & Merker Training Space

– Course Agenda

Section 1: Background Information & Setting Up Your Poles
Section 2: Get to Know Your Poles
Section 3: The Urban Poling Nordic Walking Technique: How to Do It & How to Teach It
Section 4: Warm-ups, Cooldowns, Muscle Conditioning & High-Intensity Exercises
Section 5: The ACTIVATOR Poling Technique: How to Do It & How to Teach It
Section 6: Starting a Series of Classes
Section 7: Exercises for Older Adults
Section 8: Starting Your Business
Section 9: Final Steps to Certification

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Plant, Push Propel

Proper technique allows you to get the maximum benefit from your Urban Poles.  When in doubt go back to the 3P’s, Plant, Push Propel.  Start slowly, if you become confused, stop & begin again.

Barb Gormley, Director of Education



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