Nordic walking uses two specially designed poles to work the upper body while walking (like cross country skiing). The poles are used by the arms to match each step taken. Nordic walking is a great cardio workout that increases your heart rate without increasing your perceived rate of exertion. During regular walking, 70% of muscles are used compared to 90% used during Nordic walking. Though simply walking faster can result in a similar heart rate effect, people who cannot or do not walk fast will certainly benefit from this club-like class.

Discounted for Members

  • Age 15+
  • Level: All
  • Limit 8 participants per class
  • Cost for members: $12 per 30-minute class, $16 per 45-minute class, $20 per 60-minute class
  • Cost for non-members: $18 per 30-minute class, $22 per 45-minute class, $26 per 60-minute class

A Typical Class

Instructors teach the simple elements of Nordic walking as participants head out on various routes and end back at the Y.


  • Increased oxygen consumption
  • Increased calorie burning (up to 450 per hour!)L
  • Utilizes 90% of body’s muscle
  • Increased heart rate

Tips + Preparation

New to class? Arrive a little early so our instructor can give you some pointers

Equipment Needed

  • Nordic walking poles
  • The Y provides all equipment for this class

Attire and What to Bring

  • Lightweight clothing, appropriate for day’s weather conditions including light gloves and waterproof jacket for cold and wet weather and sunscreen/sunglasses in summer
  • Wear several light layers of clothing rather than heavier, thicker clothing
  • Comfortable walking or training shoes