ACTIVATOR™ Course for Rehab Professionals


Motivate your clients while significantly improving treatment outcomes for balance, core strength, posture, endurance; reducing impact on lower extremities and joints; and promoting functional gait patterns.

Learn how this dynamic evidence based patent pending tool is revolutionizing rehabilitation and is being used extensively in all continuum’s of health care and has many benefits compared to passive mobility devices such as canes, crutches and even walkers.

They have been instrumental in promoting an upright posture and a functional walking pattern compared to canes and walkers. In my opinion they facilitate rehabilitation and return patients to optimal function faster.”
Dr. Charles G. Fisher MD MHSc FRCSC, Past President of the Canadian Spine Society


  • Research Review – 200 studies on walking poles on PubMed
  • ACTIVATOR Poles & Technique
  • Seated, standing & Pre-Gait Exercises
  • Using the poles with orthopedic, neurology, older adults & spinal conditions
    Nordic walking/Urban Poling technique for managing diabetes & cardiac rehab
  • Videos of using the ACTIVATOR poles with different chronic conditions & innovative exercises with excerpts from leading physiotherapists including; Dr. Becky Farley PhD, Judy Boivin, Peter Vavougois,  Lisa Roberts, Cathy McNorgan and researcher Dr. Daniel Bechard
  • New Be-Balanced Section on innovative & effective exercises programs using tons of new sitting and standing exercises to specifically target balance and mobility.

Included in this course edition:

  • Certificate
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Online comprehensive Manual

Cost 269.99
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Online & Live Registration

▼ Live Course Dates

City Date & Time Location Presenter
Contact us at for onsite training.
 Montreal, QC

Sat, Nov 10th

9 am – 1 pm

Le Challenger Conference, 2525 rue Des Nations, St Laurent, Quebec

Bilingual combined Activator (La Marche Optima) and Urban poling (La Marche Sportive) course

Special CPA, OPPQ, APQ conference rate of $156.00 poles included
Limited spots available. Register by email to
 Peter Vavougios

Excerpt from the ACTIVATOR Course:

Note: Participants should only use this knowledge to work within their professional boundaries as determined by their association and college.

Going downhill

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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