INWA Nordic Walking Instructor
I have been teaching, consulting and coaching in non-fitness contexts (most recently as a Part-time Lecturer in Art History & Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester), but my interest in Nordic Walking goes back to training as a ski instructor in Germany in 1996/97 (my license is approx. BASI Alpine Ski Level 2 Instructor equivalent). I began Nordic Walking in the summer of 2004 with my local ski club, as a social off-season activity, and have been Nordic Walking ever since - 15 years in total! I qualified as an instructor with British Nordic Walking in July/August 2016.
I am a firm believer in the health benefits of Nordic Walking: since my active skiing days it has helped me through being diagnosed with degenerative arthritis (left knee) and with MS, as well as during and after pregnancy. I am passionate about passing on the benefits, including all the fun!
Teaching Nordic Walking to a wide range of people and seeing the massive difference it has made to their health, fitness and wellbeing - as well as experiencing the improvements it has brought to my own health - has deepened my interest in how exercise can help people manage a variety of health conditions. That's why I qualified as a Level 3 Exercise Referral Specialist in 2018.
We founded a community group, South Manchester Nordic Walkers, in March 2019 to make Nordic Walking accessible to even more people in South Manchester. Watch this space!
Alongside Nordic Walking, I have started teaching chair-based exercise classes and I thoroughly enjoy it.
Having lived and worked in Manchester since 2004, I currently live in Withington with my husband and daughter.
Marion's Fitness Qualifications
INWA Nordic Walking Instructor
Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Walking
Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
TQUK Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
What does NordicFit+ stand for?
Affiliated with an internationally recognised body
Your instructor is trained by British Nordic Walking CIC (a Community Interest Company/social enterprise) to the standards of the International Nordic Walking Federation (recognised in over 40 countries).
Your instructor abides by the British Nordic Walking Code of Conduct and the INWA Code of Ethical Practice.
Your instructor is committed to high-quality teaching based on the latest international research into the technique and health benefits of Nordic Walking, kept up-to-date by regular CPD training.
Caring about health and wellbeing of the local community
NordicFit+ works with Maggie's Manchester, buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Walking Festival, Greater Manchester Moving and Manchester City Council to get the community active, to enhance people's physical, mental and social wellbeing, and to increase the use of local parks and green spaces.
Professional, open, friendly and inclusive
NordicFit+ aims to help people of all ages and fitness levels achieve fitness and wellbeing according to their individual goals, while promoting and passing on the benefits of Nordic Walking as an all-encompassing fitness concept, improving physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Your instructor has experience teaching patients diagnosed with, or recovering from, the following conditions:
Hip and knee replacements
Upper and lower back pain
Functional Neurological Disorder
Breast cancer and other types of cancer
Type 2 diabetes
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Hypotension (low blood pressure)