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Nordic Fitness Walking

Intro to Nordic Fitness Walking

Total Body Fitness

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Nordic walking with poles is a great way to exercise on your own or with others. It’s fun, effective, and easy to get started. Developed in Finland by cross-country skiers as summer fitness training, it provides an excellent full-body workout. Regular walking uses 45%-50% of your muscles; Nordic walking uses 90%. Health benefits include improved cardiovascular function and increased calorie burning, muscle strength, coordination and stability.  Whidbey Island is the perfect place to Nordic walk!  Learn more about this sport at Whidbey Island is the perfect place to Nordic walk!

Bring: Water bottle, cloth face covering for check-in, hand sanitizer, weather-appropriate attire (layers), comfortable walking shoes. Please note:  the walking technique and poles differ from those used in trekking.  Borrow the specially designed poles for the class sessions, then, if desired, purchase later to carry on.

Instructor: Volunteer instructor, Cathy Haworth, is certified as a Basic Nordic Walking Instructor through the American Nordic Walking Association, then recertified with Nordixx Canada.

Location: South Whidbey Sports Complex Picnic Shelter

Rain-Out Plan: Check your email 1 hour before class if weather is uncertain. We will reschedule to the following week if weather is very poor.

Min 2/Max 4

Tue/Thu | Oct 5-7 | 1:00-2:15pm | $30

COVID-19 Safety and Health Screening

* Temperature Check Participants must take their own temperature shortly before arriving at the program. Stay home if you have a fever.

* Stay home if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (not attributable to another condition such as seasonal allergies) in the 72 hours prior to the program such as: a fever of 100.4 or higher; cough; sore throat; chills; loss of taste or smell; muscle or body aches; respiratory illness or difficulty breathing; or headache. If you fall ill, please let us know. If you reply to one of our health screening questions in a way that needs more clarification, we’ll have you step to the side while we get the rest of the folks checked in, then chat with you.

* Stay home if you or anyone in your household been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

* Keep your distance and maintain at least 6′ distance from others.

* Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon arrival and departure. Refrain from touching your face.

* Cloth Face Coverings required at check-in. Not required while outdoors and physically distant.

* Privacy Upon arrival we may ask you some basic health questions about symptoms and exposure. If you would like to discuss anything in a more private way, please call us or email before the program starts. If we are made aware that a participant, volunteer or staff person tested positive for COVID-19, fellow participants and staff who have been exposed will be notified, while maintaining privacy.

* Loaner/borrowed equipment will be sanitized or quarantined between users.

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The Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness – CANCELLED

Achieve your goals with operant conditioning!


Achieve your fitness goals by learning and applying the principles zookeepers use- Operant Conditioning, Enrichment, and Conservation. Set your goals, develop a plan, reward yourself, have fun, and create a positive impact on the planet. Learn more about Operant Conditioning here:

Instructor Pattie Beaven was a zookeeper for 15 years, is CrossFit Level 1 Certified and has a Personal Trainer Certificate.

Location: SWPRD Building, Room 111

Min 2/Max 10

Mon | Feb 5–26 | 5:30–6:30pm | $25


Head Start Fitness Challenge – Cancelled


Get a jump-start on developing healthy eating and fitness habits before the holidays hit us. In this 8-week program attend nutrition classes and fitness seminars as well as group workouts. Join this group and make your wellness a priority! Learn healthy substitutes for favorite holiday treats. Discover exercises and workouts that motivate you in fun and positive ways. Meal plan, recipes, and workouts provided to all participants. Start your holiday season with a new, better you!

Location: Parks & Rec Bld, Room 111 & Community Park Picnic Shelter

Instructor: Pattie has 15+ years experience working with animals and has developed a program focusing on the same principles of positive reinforcement, behavior modification, and enrichment. Her motto is “Eat clean, live green, train positive”. Pattie believes working out should be the highlight of your day, and seeks to make it as fun and engaging as possible. She is a certified personal trainer and coach.

Sun/Mon/Wed/Fri | Oct 29-Dec 22* | 5:30-6:30pm | $150

*Except Nov 24