Testimonials

"When I answered an ad on the internet to try Nordic walking I never thought that my life would have changed beyond belief. Less than 3 years ago I was overweight and unable to walk more than 1 mile. Now I can easily manage an 8 to 10 mile walk, feel so much fitter and the scales do not lie what with the slimming world and my Nordic walking I am 4 stone lighter and have a new lease of life in my step and a whole load of us walk together and I am happy to say we are friends and everyone in the group is supportive. This year alone with Mercian Nordic walking I have been to Cornwall in the south and Saddleworth in the north plus loads of walks in between finishing the years trip to the Somme walking the battlefields in October. I can barely believe it but what I can say to all of you who read this and are thinking of getting fitter, look no further, come and give it a try. Search out now and if you live around Bromsgrove Worcester and Wyre forest check out Mercian Nordic Walking and find yourself a beginners course. That's what I did and I have never looked back"

— Lynne B

"I have never found an exercise activity that I really enjoy before, but now I have found myself on a fit for life course and take part in muscle strength and endurance classes too.

I have walked and exercised twice a week with Ian and have taken advantage of the numerous walks all over our beautiful countryside.

As you can see from the picture, it has changed me - dramatically, even banishing my double chin!

I want my story to inspire people to get active. Nordic walking might look a bit strange but the poles offer upper body resistance thereby working 90% of your muscles.  It has, quite simply, changed my life.

I feel fitter, healthier and have more energy, all achieved by going for a purposeful walk.

The walks range from easy to very hard and you can choose your level”


— Kathy T

What a brilliant way to keep fit. Fresh air, good company , lots of laughs and feeling fitter and stronger after every session. Looking forward to the social events as well especially the Halloween walk. Naturally enormous praise has to go to Ian who provides excellent instruction related to everyday activities which makes it so much easier to understand and put into practice.

— Gerry and Sharon D

Such a fabulous day. Wonderful walk with lovely people. Feeling blessed that I've finally found an exercise that I enjoy xxx Definitely visiting the Cow shed again to have a mooch round the craft centre.

— Jo R

I absolutely LOVE this activity, if, like me, you can't bear being in gyms listening to grunting beefcakes and ghastly music, and love spending time outdoors getting oodles of fresh air, then give this a go. Within 4 weeks I feel noticeably stronger and faster and I'm aiming to be able to walk AND talk rather than gasping my last eventually. I can also see glimmers of a svelte silhouette in the distance too having lost a dress size already (and that's despite my daughter treating me to a cream tea this week!) Everyone I have met has been so friendly and supportive and Ian is a great group leader, always encouraging and motivating and ensuring that everyone has fun.

— Clare P

After some initial reservations my nordic walking friend eventually persuaded me to try it out - I wanted to get fitter , lose some weight and get out and meet new people - the gym just didn't do it for me. I really enjoy all the sessions - the instructors are an innovative bunch who each offer different types of sessions depending upon fitness level and ability - in my case I just enjoy the variety. I've enjoyed sunshine , been soaked to the skin , seen Sanders Park via a head lamp at night and endured Ians' scary stories whilst walking through Bromsgrove church yard at night.�� I feel fitter , have more stamina and basically Nordic Walking makes me feel good.

— Debbie T

I initially started a learn to Nordic walk class as a way to get fitter for my hobby of dog agility training. After the introduction course and two walks I already felt as if I had better muscle strength. Then I started Ian's Tuesday circuits class and I can't praise this class highly enough. The group is friendly, welcoming and supportive. I have never enjoyed an exercise class until this one, Ian's training is fun and hard work. I have even improved my agility training and won two rosettes in competitions! At one competition my son commented that I was actually keeping up with my dog :-). Would recommend this to anyone.

— Tracey C

What a great way to exercise. Over the last few years I have had serious knee injuries, (broken knee cap, ruptured patella tendon) needless to say I was restricted as to forms of exercise. I recently started the fit for life course, which beats going to a gym any day of the week. Ian is a great instructor, who makes the sessions fun, without the competitive element. I would recommend everyone to give it a go, sociable, fun and in the fresh air, what more can you ask for?

— Tracy L

Just attended my first Ultimate Nordic Circuit session with Ian Northcott in Sanders Park in Bromsgrove and it was really excellent. Great workout in the fresh air, Ian configures the session so it suits all levels of fitness. Ian achieves exactly the right balance of support and challenge. So much more enjoyable than the gym! Will certainly be returning.

— Chris O

I have just done my passport sessions in 3 weeks with Ian. I have been very spoilt with 1:1 training from Ian. (Which meant no slacking ! ) One word for the sessions ......AMAZING My confidence, motivation and self belief has rocketed and my night time walks ( I work nights) have paid off. Much to my colleagues amusement !! And enabled me to see different wildlife as I go Heart felt THANK YOU to Ian for the support. I will see you on future walks

— Kathy T

Brilliant- great walk leaders, great fun, great for mental wellbeing and a bit of weight loss never hurts! Lots of laughter whilst getting fit Try it!

— Elaine H

I recently joined for this activity and I have to say I love love love it. What better way to get fit, meet new friends, have a laugh and learn a fantastic new set of skills than in the great outdoors. Massive thanks to Ian and the gang for welcoming me to the crew and ensuring that part of my initiation was to go viral with the 'Running Man' warm up. I would recommend this activity to anyone, any age, shape, size or physical ability. Come and give it a go.

— Tracy O

What a brilliant way to keep fit. Fresh air, good company , lots of laughs and feeling fitter and stronger after every session. Looking forward to the social events as well especially the Halloween walk. Naturally enormous praise has to go to Ian who provides excellent instruction related to everyday activities which makes it so much easier to understand and put into practice.

— Gerry D

Where do I start...it has to be with a great big smile on my face! :) I absolutely love this Sport/Activity, it is just fantastic! I had no idea what to expect when I booked onto the 6 week progressive fitness course that ran November into December, 1 hour each week in Sanders Park. I was hooked from week 1. Then did training to get passport enabling me to book on any of the walks and there are loads to choose from. Have done 2 walks so far, the 3 miler from and back to the Queens Head, followed by a coffee and a good natter in the pub, and the Grafton Manor 5 Miler starting and ending in Sanders Park. Have now done two sessions of the Trek Fit which is a bit of everything, walking plus breaks for various exercises along the way. Have met some really lovely people, now starting to feel like one of the gang. Ian has to be the most enthusiastic and encouraging person I have ever met, so passionate about what he teaches. My fitness used to consist of gym based classes such as pilates and yoga, I have never done anything particularly cardio based and was worried whether I would manage, but I did, and I can already tell that my overall fitness is improving. If you are wondering whether to give it a go, please do, it is just brilliant!!!!

— Julie H

A big thank you to Ian.  You have been a real inspiration to me and I’m sure the other students on the course.  So give yourself a big pat on the back.

— Rosemary C

Had a great time learning nordic walking plus some muscle strengthening exercises.  Why pay gym memberships when you can be outside exercising under the expert guidance of Ian Northcott.  Top bloke who thankfully likes to have fun too.  Highly reccommended.

— Bev N

I really enjoy nordic walking.  Ian is a great instructor and the bonus is I have lost 8lbs and 1.5 inches off my waist”.

— Marilyn T

What a great way to exercise. Over the last few years I have had serious knee injuries, (broken knee cap, ruptured patella tendon) needless to say I was restricted as to forms of exercise. I recently started the fit for life course, which beats going to a gym any day of the week. Ian is a great instructor, who makes the sessions fun, without the competitive element. I would recommend everyone to give it a go, sociable, fun and in the fresh air, what more can you ask for.

— Tracey L

Since completing my Nordic Walking training course in Bromsgrove last July, I have noticed various benefits - but not just the obvious ones of becoming fitter, stronger, losing weight and reshaping the body’s contours. These physical effects can be quite quick to appear and the rhythmic movement of using Nordic poles is almost hypnotic with the aim of propelling the body forwards at each step, taking some of the strain from knees and ankles. Efforts to improve technique, with guidance from the instructor, enable the upper body, arms and shoulders come more into play giving a fuller body workout compared to normal walking. For those who wish, there are options to include extra muscle or interval work as well as a fit for life course to further increase physical strength and stamina. For those less able or returning to fitness, there are wellbeing walks. All of these activities are not restricted to younger people as evidenced by regular attendance of participants of more mature years. There are walks and courses at weekends and summer evenings to accommodate those who work weekdays. Something for everyone. In addition to these invaluable physical benefits, the effects of Nordic Walking are visible on a more psychological level, promoting enjoyment of life in the great outdoors, in spite of our variable weather. The physical effort involved promotes a sense of achievement, with apparently less strain on the lower joints than normal walking without poles. Once training is completed, and a Freedom Passport obtained, participants can book onto group walks in the local countryside or even further afield at times, where the social aspect of the activity comes to the fore. A chance to chat with someone new. Refreshment or meal stops during or at the end of walks provide opportunities to form new friendships. Some walks and activities require team effort or themed walks provide opportunities to laugh together and take photos of our antics. A great sense of fun and quite a bit of banter! I have seen and felt change in the mental wellbeing of some participants and myself, where there had previously been depression, anxiety or stress. Interaction with other people, sharing life stories, experiences or laughter in the sunshine or the rain and mud can be a real tonic to the soul. For me personally, it has enabled me to deal with and recover more quickly from stressful situations and encouraged me to advance my fitness to another level. I hope that I will enjoy all its benefits for many more years to come. I would encourage anyone to give Nordic Walking a try whether just a Taster session or the full Learn to Nordic Walk course. Well worth the effort and it may be the ideal route to obtain fitness along with enjoyment of the countryside and the company of like-minded souls. Enjoy!

— Jan S