Intro to Urban Pole Walking- Core toning with urban poling!

Instructor: Eileen Scully, Certified Urban Pole Instructor
Private introductory lesson: $60
Semi-private introductory lesson: $30
If interested in a group workshop, contact Eileen by phone at 613-858-8177 or by email at
We have loaner poles for you to use for your intro lesson!

WHAT IS URBAN POLING? Watch this video for a brief preview:

Urban pole walking uses special poles designed to engage the muscles of your core, upper body and legs providing a total body workout. Pole walking was first introduced in Finland as an off-season training method for the national cross-country ski teamWidespread in Europe and becoming popular in Canada since the mid-nineties, urban pole walking is a wonderful activity for people of all ages and abilities. They provide gentle toning and strengthening for people recovering from injury, chronic conditions, postnatal conditions and for people who simply want to get into great shape while enjoying the sunshine!

Benefits of urban pole walking!

  • Provides a full body workout (involving 90% of your body’s muscles!)
  • Activates and tones your core muscles
  • Maintains whole-body bone density
  • Reduces joint stress (especially in the knees, feet and hips)
  • Increases your heart rate and caloric expenditure (the perceived exertion is similar to that of normal walking, but you burn 30% more calories!)
  • Improves overall physical fitness
  • Improves your posture, balance and co-ordination
  • Increases the range of motion in your shoulders and hips
  • Improves lymph system function Increases upper body muscle usage (by 95% compared to walking without poles!)
    *Reference: Sarah Weller, Kinesiologist (BCAK), Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP), Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist

Urban poling is safe and beneficial for the following:

  • low back pain
  • arthritis, painful hips and knees
  • neck and shoulder pain
  • arterial heart disease
  • osteoporosis
  • pregnancy and postnatal conditioning
  • diastasis rectus abdominus
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • bladder problems
  • weight loss
  • lymphedema
  • breast cancer rehabilitation
  • peripheral neuropathy of the feet
  • Parkinson’s
  • post breast cancer surgery
  • persistent pain syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • depression, anger, fatigue and mood disturbances


The lessons will held at Fairmont park on Fairmont Avenue at the gazebo located next to the large play structure. There is free parking on Fairmont Avenue.

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Registration is required. To register, please call Eileen at 613-858-8177 or email

Payment is required at the time of registration to reserve your place. Payments can be made by e-transfer or by cheque: 

1. E-transfer to “”;   Password   “coreconnections”  (no spaces all lowercase) or,
2. Mailing a cheque payable to Core Connections Physiotherapy at the following address:
363 Richmond Rd. Ottawa ON, K2A 0E7


What to bring?
Poles, water, rain gear/dress in layers for the weather

What type of poles should I buy?
We strongly recommend Urban Poles ( poles). Unlike hiking poles, urban poles have a ledge that the walker pushes downward into which helps to activate the core and trunk muscles, as well as small rubber boots or paws on the bottom that the walker pushes against to propel forward.

Where can I buy the poles?                                                                                     
You can purchase urban poles from Eileen at the workshop ($115, tax included). Please let Eileen know in advance if you would like to purchase them from her at the workshop. The poles are also sold at Bushtaka ( for the same price.

Why take lessons? 
Proper instruction in the beginning will help ensure you are getting the most from your technique to achieve the optimal benefits.