3JFitness offers Nordic walking, for all abilities.
We are a caring supportive community promoting outdoor sociable activities around Berkshire and the UK.
Tone up, reshape and get fitter with 3JFitness way! Age younger, stronger, healthier and happier with our Nordic Walking sessions. It’s outdoor fun with giggle power and pole power! We actively encourage you to natter on the hoof. This is a fitness activity like no other!
Nordic walking is an exhilarating cheeky exercise in disguise without the huff n puff. Increase the calorie burn by 40% by adding poles to your walk and work your upper body AND lower body at the same time! Nordic walking is a technical fitness walk and with the correct instruction and class engagement you will be giggling your way to a fitter happier you. Release the endorphins, the body’s own laughter chemicals and feel stress just melt away. We also use BungyPumps which increases the calorie burn up to 75% and really works the upper body with 4kgs of resistance.
You are YOUnique – don’t lose your sparkle! Our members love how they can escape the chores and daily pressures of life and enjoy quality Me-time with new friends, outdoors.
Exercising in the great outdoors has so many benefits so why not come along to your local walk and you will be given a warm and friendly welcome; starting your journey of well-being with a group of like-minded, passionate and supportive people
We help you reach your fitness and health goals. It could be from encouraging you to complete an hour of our Gentle Paces session through to taking part as a Nordic walker participant in the Reading Half Marathon.
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Warning: Nordic walking does have a health warning – it is seriously addictive and will mean that chores will be left to others. You will forget all sense of time when you are absorbed in the beauty of Mother Nature’s outdoor gym. Chattering is positively encouraged which sadly means you will be burning even more calories as you natter on the hoof.
Janine discovered Nordic walking in 2009 when she decided to take part in long distance events. Her first ultra marathon was the Forces March, billed as 5 marathons over 5 days. She did this dressed as a 6ft duck and for the Veteran’s Charity. She continued to use Nordic walking for fitness and keep her weight and blood pressure down. She loved the all over body conditioning and toning from the Nordic poles and at the same she could be exercising her five dogs and be outdoors. She has also been a keen open water swimmer, kayaker and backpacker.
Janine has also been a Scout leader and Duke of Edinburgh leader using her abundant knowledge of wilderness survival, camping and hiking to teach young people how much fun can be had outdoors.
Since 2010 she has mentored and coached many people to aspire to weight loss and fitness challenges. She has also taken on a few more challenges from 5km barefoot runs to 24 hour solo ultras.
In 2016 she pursued her dream to be an outdoor fitness instructor specialising in Nordic walking and to help others discover this cheeky exhilarating exercise and to get fit for life, with giggles. 3Jfitness was initially started as a part time business alongside her office job and it soon became apparent that Berkshire was hungry for Nordic walking. Her client membership grew quickly. Now she wants more people to learn more about Nordic walking, it’s appeal, its fantastic array of health and fitness benefits.
In 2017 she launched Canicross running and Nordic walking, or rather Pawdic walking, with your dogs; getting fit with your dog wearing special harnesses that keep you and your dog safe. Janine has five dogs, all rescues. Four are Lurchers and one is a little Jack-chi! Janine loves dogs; Annie and Tag are often out with her. She is also an endurance junkie and combines Nordic walking as a cross fit training for her ultra running. She will be running London Marathon 2018 for the first time.
Her team building events and girl parties have been successful and more of those will also be offered alongside the regular workout walk classes and adventure walks. Janine will help you discover your inner sparkle; Nordic walking isn’t just an exercise but a way of life.
Amy Ferguson – Trainee Instructor
Meet Amy, our principal Walk Leader. She has been Nordic walking with 3JFitness since June 2016. She has an interest in walking as a positive mental attitude therapy. When time allows she will be specialising in wellbeing counselling with Nordic walking. She is Mum to a lively four year old. She is also keen to introduce a Llama to the team to carry our thermos flasks of tea and cakes. She is a vivacious bubbly character with a wicked sense of humour. Amy looks after our morning walks and social diary.
Charlotte Passman – Walk Leader
Maria Kaley – Trainee Instructor
Maria started Nordic walking with 3JFitness as part of the “This Girl Can Nordic Walk” Festival organised by Janine, in July 2016. Maria had already been Nordic walking in Germany but had not learned the technical aspects to really make use of this wonderful way to get fitter.
Maria has also enjoyed the social aspect of the 3JFitness community. She has thrived on the wellbeing support and rediscovering herself as a person, not just a Mother and wife, loving the total Me-Time escape from routine and daily pressures.
She is now in training to be an Instructor and will be growing our East Berkshire and North Hampshire group through 2018.
Carla Lankester – Walk Leader
Carla has been Nordic walking since January 2017 and despite initial knee issues she has gone from strength to strength. We have cheekily nicknamed her our “Lean Mean Mile Munching Machine” as she loves to stride out. She also enjoys coaching people to reach their own potential and believe in themselves.
Carla supports our Challenge series teams. She also enjoys golf and is amazed at how she can walk more efficiently and strongly when out playing. Hills are no longer an issue, but “good friends”.