Welcome to the Urban Poling Academy – dedicated to fitness & wellness and health care professionals.
Our Academy is dedicated to providing the highest standards of education in our programs.
We are proud to be the only company in Canada to have a CEC (continuing education credit) fitness course approved by 10 health and fitness associations with over 3,000 graduates.
Our courses are available across Canada – online, live or onsite. Contact Us directly for onsite training.
Fitness & Wellness Instructors: If you are passionate about health and wellness and you want to teach a fun, energetic and highly effective low-impact activity for weight management, core strengthening, balance and posture for your business, fitness centre, workplace wellness program or school, you’ve come to the right place!
Health Care Professionals: The ACTIVATOR poles are revolutionizing exercise and gait retraining programs. Find out how to use the evidence based ACTIVATOR poles co-designed by our occupational therapist (8 features to increase safety and effectiveness) for individual & group sessions at a hospital, rehab centre, private clinic, home-care, retirement or LTC. Backed by over 114 independent studies (scroll down to see all of our Health Care Professional Training Courses).
Fitness & Wellness: Instructor Training
Urban Poling (Nordic walking) Instructor Certification (live, online and at your centre upon request)
Urban Poling is a fun and addictive low-impact activity for people of all ages and fitness levels. Learn how to teach this fantastic fitness activity with this practical and comprehensive course. Wholesale pricing for programs.Learn More
Urban Poling Refresher Course
A quick skills update for those who completed the Urban Poling Instructor Course a few years ago. Join us again for ONLY $50! Includes Certificate for CECs. Contact Us to register.
Secrets of Success, Level 2 (audio course with downloadable script)
Learn tips from our top instructors on promoting your class and adding variety to your programs. FREE for graduates of our Certification Course.Learn More
Coming Soon – Urban Poling – Train for a 5K or 10K Event, Level 2 (online)
Learn how to structure an effective 10-week training program to motivate & challenge your clients and bring them back after they’ve learned the basic technique!Learn More
Coming Soon – Exercises Galore!
20+ fun exercises with Urban Poles for providing variety to your programs & improving strength, balance and ROM, plus warm-up and cool-down sessions.
Health Care Professional Training
Urban Poling ACTIVATOR course for Rehab and Wellness Professionals
Did you know that there are over 100 independent studies available on PubMed that identify the benefits of walking with poles as it pertains to key factors for rehab? These benefits include improved core strength, posture, balance and confidence for walking, reduced impact on lower extremities, and improved gait patterns.
The ACTIVATOR poles and technique were co-designed by our occupational therapist and are recognized as a highly effective evidence-based rehabilitation tool that clients are excited to use compared with other walking devices. The course covers the research, design, techniques and exercises for improving core strength, balance, ROM and pre-gait skill.Learn More
ACTIVATOR Fall Prevention Course (live and at your centre)
Includes our full ACTIVATOR wellness course as a foundation, plus seated, standing and pre-gait exercises for fall prevention based on the Otago research study on falls.Learn More
NEW-Urban Poling walkUP with Diabetes Package for Community Leaders
For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education
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