How to battle winter – February 10, 2017

How to battle winter – February 10, 2017

David Staples from the Edmonton Journal interviewed me about Nordic Walking to highlight how we can embrace winter living in Edmonton. Catch my talk at Pecha Kucha on February 16 about Nordic Walking.

Edmoton Journal article below:

David Staples: How to battle winter (even at the risk of looking dorky)
Winter is king in Edmonton, the champion of all seasons. It makes us cower, shake, whine and scurry for shelter.

Urban Poling at 97 Years Young!

Bea Huser actively Urban Poles at the tender age of 97 years young.  She lives in Cloverdale and enjoys walking over to the Muttart Conservatory as well as on the trails near the North Saskatchewan river.  


Edmonton Instructor Course

SAGE sponsored the Urban Poling Instructor course on May May 30.

Check out our new Urban Poling Instructors posing in front of the Fountain in Churchill Square in Edmonton, AlbertaEdmonton Urban POling Instructor

Wellness Morning

Come and enjoy a morning devoted to YOU!

When:  September 19, 2015

Where:  Cloverdale Community League Hall

What:  One hour of YOGA/Mind Body, followed by a refreshment break then One hour of Urban Poling through the Muttart grounds and paths throughout the River Valley.

Contact for more information:  1-780-268-3488

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New Urban Poling Instructor Course in Edmonton

DSCF0645Edmonton Urban Poling Instructor Course

Date:  Saturday, May 30 from 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Place:  SAGE (Senior’s Association of Greater Edmonton)  Edmonton  15 Sir Winston Churchill Square  NW

To register and for more information:

Or phone:  1-877-499-7999

Would You Make A Good Urban Poling Instructor?

If you’re passionate about health and wellness, love the outdoors and enjoy teaching people new skills, then this is a perfect opportunity for you!

Becoming a Certified Urban Poling Instructor is ideal for:

group exercise instructors kinesiologists
personal trainers aspiring business owners
teachers walking/hiking enthusiasts
chiropractors  health care professionals
recreational therapists workplace wellness coordinators
parks and recreation employees activity coordinators

What You’ll Learn

The process for learning Urban Poling/Nordic walking is not complicated.

In order to develop confidence and leadership you simply need to learn the bio-mechanics, clinical research and program development in order to achieve maximum community-based teaching benefits.

Our unique and comprehensive instructor certification courses give you all the materials, tools and support you need to quickly and effectively start your own Urban Poling programs in your local community.

Completing our Instructor course will qualify you to instruct others in all aspects of Urban Poling/Nordic Walking.

This course teaches the Rutlin technique developed 22 years ago by Tom Rutlin, the original pioneer of Nordic walking in North America.

The technique has been extensively researched and is highly effective in strengthening the core muscles and upper body.

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Instructor/Leader Courses

AFLCA Exercise Theory Course. October 24, 25 & 26. Location: The Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton, Alberta. Contact: Susan – 1-780-268-3488 for more information.  To register call the Royal Glenora Club guest services at 1-780-482-2371 or Garnet Brown 1-780-482-2371

AFLCA Aquatic Exercise Leader Course: November 14, 15 & 16. Location: Royal Glenora Club, Edmonton, Alberta. Contact Susan at 1-780-268-3488 for more information. To register contact the Royal Glenora Club guest services at 1-780-482-2371 or Garnet Brown at 1-780-482-2371.

Urban Poling/Nordic Walking Instructor: 2 AFLCA CEC – Continuing Education Credits awarded for this course. September 7, 2014. Location: Percy Page Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. 9- 1:30 p.m. Contact: Susan at 1-780-268-3488 for more information.  To register visit Urban Poling.  

Learning the muscles of the  body activity!
Learning the muscles of the body activity!  AFLCA Exercise Theory Course.  


Alberta Fitness Leadership Association


AFLCA Trainer of Fitness Leaders,  AFLCA Resistance training specialty leader, Older Adult, Aquatic Exercise Specialization,  and Group Exercise Specialization with cycling designation. 

TRX certified instructor.

Urban Poling/Nordic walking Instructor/Trainer.

CSEP-CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)

Fitness Leader Training Courses:

Contact me regarding facilitating a leadership training course for Aquatic Exercise or  AFLCA Theory of Exercise courses.  1-780-268-3488  or


Susan’s work as an Alberta Teachers’ Association Instructor has taken her throughout Alberta and British Columbia over the past fifteen years.  She has passionately presented workshops at professional development days, conventions, and conferences.  Her facilitation practice includes over twenty years of work as an Master Learning Facilitator for the National Coaching Certification Program of Canada.


Her teaching career has included a variety of curriculum areas such as Physical Education, French, Language Arts, Drama, Math, Science, Social Studies and English 30.  In recognition of her dedication to the profession, she was awarded a National “Moving to Inclusion” award which is given in recognition of best practices in providing inclusive physical education environments for all students.

Susan earned her Master of Education degree from the University of Alberta in Adult and Higher Education, and presently is coaching people to reach personal success through her business as a Personal Trainer.  Her recent contract with the Alberta Centre for Active Living involves work as a content expert in knowledge translation and writing articles for the Healthy U government website.

In order to practice what she preaches, Susan has maintained her health and fitness by running in the Boston, New York, San Francisco and Chicago marathons, competing in the World Masters Games in 2005 in Edmonton, and Australia in 2009 in which she won one gold medal and three bronze medals.

She was a member of the Canadian National Agegroup Triathlon Team that competed at the World Long Course Triathlon in Perth, Australia in 2009.  She is currently training in road cycling for the Canadian National 55+ Summer Games.    As a C.S.E.P. Certified Personal Trainer, and an A.F.L.C.A. Trainer of fitness leaders, she supports people as they strive to reach their wellness goals.

She cherishes her family that consists of two children and one husband.


Gerry York Moving to Inclusion Award.  A National award given in recognition of best practices in providing inclusive physical education environments for all students, regardless of ability.  Presented in Ottawa, June 1999.Excellence in Teaching award.  Sponsored by the A.T.A.  (1998-99)

Q.D.P.E. school award.  Presented to Canadian schools that meet the criteria for quality daily physical education programs.

A.T.A. Educational Bursary.  Master of Education research project. May 1997.

Gold Medal.  World Masters Games 10km. Road Race Event.  July 2005.

Bronze Medal.  World Masters Games ½ Marathon Road Race. Oct. 2009.

Qualified and competed in the 2008 Canadian Ironman, 2010 Chicago, 2007 New York Marathon and 2004 Boston Marathon.

Canadian Team Member of 2009 Long Course Age Group Triathlon in Australia.


Annette Cartwright at the finish of the New York Marathon.
Annette Cartwright at the finish of the New York Marathon.

“I highly recommend Susan to help you meet your fitness goals.  She trained, coached and motivated me to qualify for the Boston Marathon by running a 3:40:16 marathon.”  Annette CartwrightRunner and AFLCA leader since 1987

Lorne wins a podium spot at the Drayton Valley 100!
Lorne Trudgian with me at the Drayton Valley 100!

“Susan was recommended to me by the Alberta Triathlon Association.  She was my personal Trainer for an entire year to prepare for the 2012 Canadian Ironman.  Because of her previous Ironman Achievements and serious dedication and commitment to her clients, I can highly recommend her to any serious athlete who wants to reach their training goals whatever age or fitness level.  Her training and support was key in seeing my dream come true.”  Lorne Trugian, Drayton Valley, Alberta.

“After having 2 open heart surgeries and a pacemaker implanted, I gave up on all sports!  Our family has a history of extra weight on the butts and thighs.  I decided to fight this lower bulge and asked Sue to develop a plan to help me.  WOW!! Did she ever develop a plan that worked for me!  In ten weeks I was down 12 pounds and 2 pants sizes.  I have never felt better in my entire life and have Sue to thank for this! !   Thanks Sue…you ROCK!!!!!    Nieta World

“I am a professional with a busy schedule and have trained in various sports and martial arts over the years as well as in a gym with a personal trainer.  I found Susan to be very knowledgeable and an excellent source of motivation for me to return to a high level of fitness and physical well-being.  She has given my program an excellent degree of variety and tailored it to my needs.  I would recommend her to anyone looking to improve, tailor or maximize their routine.” Dr. Anthony Train

“Susan has the magic combination of expertise and communication skills, the essential qualities of a consummate professional educator.  She shared with authority and good humor the strategies of an exercise regimen suited to our particular needs and our lives are better for it.” Thank you Susan!  Peter & Karen McFarlane