WALXhampstead is a boutique fitness walking club, offering a range of WALX classes on Hampstead Heath and at Alexandra Palace. We’re a team of dedicated, caring instructors and our WALX members are enthusiastic and welcoming.
WALXhampstead is run by Martin Christie. Martin brought Nordic walking into the UK in 2003, founded Nordic Walking UK and has personally trained over 3000 instructors. Formerly Exercise with Friends, he and his team have been running Nordic walking classes in Hampstead since 2010, offering a range of day, evening and weekend group and private WALX classes for all abilities, with a particular focus on the postural, fitness and strength benefits of Nordic WALX.
The WALXhampstead instructor team specialises in specific areas of health and fitness, whether that’s providing the best support and instruction for those with medical conditions or challenging the fittest clients with Total Body WALX. Significantly, class sizes are managed so you receive individual attention in every session (making sure you exercise at the level that’s just right for you) yet large enough to get all the social benefits of exercising – talking and walking is very much part of the activity!
Our aim is that you be encouraged to work slightly harder than you would if on your own, that you are motivated by your instructor and also by the other members with you, and the beautiful surroundings. In short, we want you to actively look forward to coming to your WALX classes, miss them when you’re away and to feel the physical, mental and social benefits in every session so that you get the results you want.
Come and join us to try it out for yourself!
Martin brought Nordic walking to this country in 2003, forming Nordic Walking UK and creating the education programmes for over 5000 instructors nationwide. He introduced Nordic walking to Hampstead in 2010 and continues to deliver classes, train instructors and develop fitness walking programmes for national roll out.
The next step on this journey is the development of WALX – reaching those who prefer to exercise outdoors, whether for fitness, health – physical and mental – or rehab … with Nordic walking poles or without.
Martin owns, manages and delivers classes for WALXhampstead. He has surrounded himself with a fantastic team of instructors and aims for WALXhampstead to be the premier fitness walking club in the country.
Sarah has been a keen Nordic walker since 2012 and loves working-out in nature, walking in any weather – even in the mid-winter on Hampstead Heath or Ally Pally! Nordic walking has made her fitter, stronger and more relaxed, as well as giving her new and lasting friendships with local people she might not normally meet.
Developing from being a Nordic walking participant to becoming a qualified Nordic Walking UK Instructor, Sarah understands the challenges of starting a new exercise programme. She’s no push-over, though, and balances her caring support for the newcomer with challenge for those who like to push themselves harder; her classes offer different levels of intensity to suit everyone.
Phyllis ditched her gym membership in 2016 and decided to become more active, outdoors. She started Nordic walking in 2016 and became a Nordic Walking UK Instructor in 2018. Nordic walking has helped to improve her fitness and has developed her love of the outdoors.
As an experienced reflexologist, Phyllis is committed to aiding the healing, health and wellbeing of her clients and herself. Specialising in Wellbeing WALX, and focusing on the social and health benefits of exercising outdoors, Phyllis feels she can really make a difference.
Daniel has worked in the fitness industry for many years, with a passion for exercise since childhood. He has taught a wide variety of fitness classes and still enjoys boxing and weights, but discovered a love of walking a few years ago. As a personal trainer, Daniel brings his expertise to create exciting and challenging Nordic and Total Body WALX.
Daniel combines his time personal training and delivering WALX with his work as a professional singer.
Izzy has been instructing since 2010. She has a passion for health and fitness and loves to give clients the experience of exercising in a fun and social environment. Formerly a gymnast, now a runner, she became hooked on Nordic walking after seeing what a great full body workout it could provide – boosting cardio fitness, whilst being low impact and using the body’s natural movements.
Izzy is an advocate of interval training as a fast and effective way to build fitness and she makes use of these techniques in her group classes. In one-to-one sessions, she is able to deliver more individualised programmes, specifically tailored to the fitness goals and needs of the client.
As well as teaching Nordic walking, Izzy is also a freelance personal trainer and nutritionist.
By the way, Izzy doesn’t really look like her image (much) but she admires the environmental work of the artist: http://www.seppo.net/e/. Image used with thanks.
Diana has been a Nordic Walking UK Instructor since March, 2013. Over the years, she has added more qualifications in order to help clients with medical conditions, including osteoporosis, joint replacement and arthritis. Alongside her Nordic walking, she works with elderly clients to prevent falls by improving balance, fitness and muscle strength. “The longer I teach, the more convinced I am of the huge health and wellbeing benefits of structured outdoor exercise in a group. Nordic walking is infinitely adaptable to the needs of individual clients and can be enjoyed in any environment for many years.”
Sue has been Nordic walking since 2014. After clocking up 36 years’ experience as a PE teacher, she was looking for a new activity to take up in her retirement. Loving being outside, she tried Nordic walking in Hampstead and was hooked, quickly progressing to becoming a Nordic Walking UK Instructor.
Sue believes Nordic walking is an activity that has something to offer everyone. As an instructor, she will encourage you to achieve your goals whether you want to improve your fitness, set yourself a challenge, relax and enjoy the changing seasons, or just walk and talk and make new friends.
Whilst enjoying year round WALX on the Heath, Sue leads our regular longer Explorer WALX through the greener parts of London and the surrounding countryside, and organises our trips abroad and to other parts of the UK.
Michelle has been leading walks as part of the Hampstead team since 2010; she is a Nordic Walking UK Leader and WALX Guide and is passionate about helping others enjoy being active and making new friends. With a strong personal background in sport, Michelle played table tennis to county standard and is a professional tennis coach. She is married with two daughters.
Sarah started Nordic walking in February 2014 after retiring from a long teaching career. She is a Nordic Walking UK Leader and WALX Guide, and works with Sue to organise and run longer Explorer WALX in and around London, as well as organising trips further afield (in 2019 to Prosecco, Italy; in 2020, snowshoeing in the Austrian Alps). She has always loved walking and is passionate about the health and social benefits of Nordic walking and exercising outdoors, in general. Sarah enjoys a challenge and will always push herself. She enjoys supporting and encouraging others to achieve their aims.