In this video, you will learn how to use your Nordic Walking poles to jump over an obstacle.
For more videos to help you take your Nordic Walking further, take a look at the other videos in our series!
Learn to jump higher and further with the help of your Nordic Walking poles by watching this short tutorial video!
Music : ALTER K
Voice-over by volunteer: Scarlet Sherriff & Rebecca Large
Practising jumping over an obstacle
In this video, you'll learn how to jump over an obstacle
If you're a beginner, we advise you to practise this exercise with a more experienced companion.
Using the poles for support, you can clear wide obstacles, such as puddles, ditches and many others.
You can make a clearing jump in three steps: driving the poles into the ground, taking off using the straps for support, and landing.
First step: driving the poles into the ground
To prepare for your jump, drive the batons into the ground far in front of you, placing them slighly wider than shoulder width apart
When you come to push down on the poles, you can use the straps on the grips for support
Second step: the takeoff, using the grips for support
Following on from your last movement, jump over the obstacle, pushing down on the grips and keeping the palms of your hands turned towards the ground
To make this jump, put one leg out in front of you and give a strong push off with your back leg
Your jump should be high enough and have enough momentum to allow you to clear the obstacle
Thirdly: the landing
Upon landing, soften the impact by slightly bending your knees
Get your feet back down on the ground, one after the other
Don't land with your feet together, because that will hinder you immediately returning to your stride
You can roll your shoulders forward as you land so that it's easier to resume moving in a forward direction
Now you know how to jump over an obstacle, feel free to incorporate this exercise into your walks. Over to you!