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Empowered By Poles - Ann's Story

Meet One Amazing Lady

Ann contacted us at Nordic Fitness Ireland after her physio had suggested she should learn to walk with poles. Ann hadn’t known where to start but took to the internet to find out about buying some poles and came across our website.

After a telephone conversation with our instructor, Joanne, Ann booked in for a private lesson. Not able to drive herself from Galway she organised for her carer to bring her to Clare.


Planning Goals

When Ann arrived for her first lesson she was walking with one stick and had poor posture. It was clear her balance was not good. Following assessment it was decided that stability poles would be the best to help Ann achieve her goal of walking up a hill close to her family home in Donegal. The picture and message received on the right shows how she achieved this just a few weeks after that first lesson.

Empowered by the Poles

Ann told me how she felt empowered by her poles. She is more able to walk independently and finds it much easier getting in and out of taxis.

They make her feel more able to achieve other things too and managed to realise another goal of swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.

She reported walking up and down to the beach and feeling fantastic as she immersed herself into the water.

Ascent of Malin Head

Ann was able to walk up the final steep part to Malin Head to meet cyclists who had just cycled from Mizen to Malin and look how wonderful she looks with her poles.

Always Determined

Ann’s determination is phenomenal, from struggling to walk with a single stick to now walking for 40 minutes a day she is always trying to do better. On a recent walk a friend was amazed at how well she was walking, with great upright posture and a smile on her face.

Ann you are one amazing lady and a true inspiration.