* Tony & Joanne Burke
Nordic Fitness Ireland is a family owned; family run business, based in Dysert O’Dea, Corofin. Established in 2017 it is run by husband-and-wife team, Tony & Joanne Burke. They have trained well over 200 people in fitness walking, many of whom have achieved goals they never thought possible. Their customers travel regularly from Galway and Limerick as well as Clare for their weekly classes and walks. Groups from Roscommon, Dublin, Cork and the UK have enjoyed residential weekend courses.
Initially providing tuition in Nordic Walking they have now extended their programme for 2021 created Walks for All. This is a comprehensive walking programme which is suitable for all levels of fitness and you do not need to use poles.
Walking is one of the best ways to stay fit and maintain mental wellbeing and is suitable for everyone. Joanne & Tony have many years of experience of walking. Tony has completed numerous ultra-marathon events as well as climbing Everest in 1993 as part of the first Irish team to do this. He worked as an IT programme manager for many years and has now developed their Walk for Work programme. Joanne came to exercise later in life but has since completed several marathons, a triathlon and numerous other running and walking events, so knows that anything is possible at any age. She was a nurse for nearly 40 years and fully aware of the importance of looking after both physical and mental wellbeing. Both are qualified fitness walking and Nordic Walking instructors gaining their qualifications through the YMCA, Nordic Walking UK and British Nordic Walking.
2020 was a challenging year which they have successfully navigated and have built up a loyal group of locals who participate in the walking programmes, which include both outdoor walking events and online classes.
During this latest lockdown period they are offering FREE online classes in walking fitness to help motivate individuals to kickstart 2021. These are proving to be very popular with people joining from UK, Canada, Denmark as well as all around Ireland.
Saturdays is Nordic Natter day where everyone enjoys their own walk followed by a virtual coffee and catchup together. Guest speakers are invited to tell us about their walking experiences or useful information about walking. To date there have been talks about walking in Italy, The Lake District, The Camino, using poles for longer events and Walking Apps. This Saturday (January 16th) come and find out more about the Walks for All Programme.
Check our website for details and to book.