In this video, you will learn how to climb up onto obstacles to add variety to your Nordic Walking sessions.
Make sure you watch the next video in our Nordic Walking program to learn to get down from obstacles too!
Climbing up onto obstacles such as fallen tree trunks or tall rocks is a useful skill when Nordic Walking. Learn how with this simple tutorial!
Music : ALTER K
Voice-over by volunteer: Scarlet Sherriff & Rebecca Large
Practicing Climbing Obstacles
In this video your will learn how to climb up onto obstacles.
Once you've perfected this exercise, you will be able to incorporate fun challenges into your sessions, such as climbing tall rocks or fallen tree trunks.
Climbing obstacles is done in four steps: planting the poles, preparing to jump, the jump itself, and landing.
Let's begin with planting the poles.
Plant your poles in front of you at the base of the obstacle, a little wider than shoulder-width apart
Now let's look at the preparation for the jump.
Bring your take-off foot forward and position it between your poles.
The wrist straps are your support points when jumping.
Next, the jump.
Push off with your front leg whilst pushing down on your poles
At the same time, bring your back foot in front of you to place it on top of the obstacle.
While jumping, your chest should be leaning slightly forward.
Finally, the landing.
Bring the leg you used to jump up, and place it next to the other one. Make sure you stay balanced by planting your poles in front of you, over the obstacle.
Throughout the exercise, you should always have at least two support points, be it your feet or your poles
There you go! Now that you know how to get up, you only need to get back down!