• Speed Walk

    ...for your health!

  • Speed Walk

    .. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going” Jim Ryun

  • Speed Walk

    ..."You are only one walk away from a good mood"

  • Speed Walk

    ..."It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday"

  • Speed Walk

    ...for yourself!

Welcome to Speed Walk Toronto!

I am super excited to share with you my passion for Speed Walking as a true form of exercise.

Why Speed Walking?

Those of you who have done speed or power walking know the benefits. Those who are new to the sport I can guarantee you will find it as challenging as any fitness class. Speedwalking engages the whole body but WITHOUT the “impact” on your joints that running causes. Once you learn some techniques involved with speedwalking you can continue with this well into your 80’s without injury to your joints.

There is a specific technique to speed walking both in the stride and use of your arms to control speed. The more you work your arms, the faster your feet will go. We will work on taking shorter strides, building stamina and adding steps to our workouts.

My program will accommodate all levels of fitness with the goal to give guidance and support to everyone so that they can reach their full potential. Whether you are a veteran of speed walking or a beginner, my classes will guarantee to keep you challenged.

About Me

I have always strived to stay healthy by exercising and was thrilled over 5 years ago to get hooked on speewalking/powerwalking. This is a fantastic low impact cardio sport to get you in shape and to keep you in shape.

I am passionate about healthy eating and exercise and recently became certified as a CanFitPro Personal Trainer Specialist. My moto is “eat real and get walking”.

My career has spanned from a Hotel Assistant Manager to presently Teaching Kindergarten as an Early Childhood Educator. Both careers have involved meeting adults and children from all walks of life who have and continue to teach me new things. I believe we are never too old to learn something new.

I have completed many 8km, 10km and 1/2 marathon races as a “Speed Walker” in Canada, the U.S. and Iceland.

I’m very excited to coach speed walking, to motivate others to get fit, to build speed and to support everyone reaching their goals. 

90% of North Americans spend their awake hours indoors. Get out and walk!

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going” - Jim Ryun

"You are only one walk away from a good mood" - The Huffington Post (Oct 2016)

"It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday."

Class Information

Tuesday & Thursday

6:30 – 8:00 pm (Koffea Espresso Bar 257A Willard Ave).

Saturday

8:30 – 9:30 am (High Park outside the Grenadier Restaurant).

I am a big believer of enjoying the outdoors. There is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing – so I walk and coach outdoors in all types of weather.

Classes are 60 or 90 minutes long and will start with a 10-15 minute warm up walk and stretch. This will be followed by an interval training format with both hills and flat terrain ending with a cool down and stretch. No two classes tend to be exactly the same and will vary depending on the route planned for that class.

All classes start promptly so if you anticipate being late you can text me in advance and if possible I can let you know which route the class will be taking so you can catch up with us. Once class starts as a courtesy to everyone I won’t be checking my phone.

There are no opportunities for a make up class.

Schedule & Rates

Fall 2019

Start dates:

Sat, Sept 7th, 2019 – 8:30a.m.-9:30a.m.
Tues, Sept10th, 2019 – 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.
Thurs, Sept 12, 2019 – 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.

Choose if you would like to walk 1, 2 or 3 times per week.

(See special 4 month price below)

Option 13 X per week

$225 (21 classes)

Sept & Oct OR Nov & Dec

Option 2 –  2 X per week

$150 (14 classes)

Sept & Oct OR Nov & Dec

Option 3 – 1 X per week

$90 (7 classes)

Sept & Oct OR Nov & Dec

SPECIAL 4 Month Rate 

Sept 7th – Dec 19th

Option 4
3 X week – $400 (save $50)

(42 classes)

Option 5
2 X week – $275 (save $24) 

(21 classes)

Drop in Rate $15/class

NOTE NO CLASSES ON:
Thurs, Sept 29th
Tues, Oct 29th
Thurs, Oct 31st

Payments can be made via e-transfer, cheque (payable to “C. Montgomery”) or cash (note that all payments are non-refundable & non-transferable).

To register please use the contact form below indicating which option you prefer.
Please e-mail using the contact form below to experience a free trial class.

Clothing & Safety

Comfortable clothing and running shoes (yes even in the snow we wear running shoes). If the weather outside is icy and particularly snowy a pair of Yaktraks will help reduce the risk slipping and injuries, providing great stability for outdoor walking.

Usually a good guideline is to wear one layer less than you would for heading to the grocery store – this is after all a workout and you will get your heart rate going. Please remember for safety in the darker months of classes to wear reflective clothing and lights.

Safety is my number 1 concern. If conditions do not allow for a full 60 or 90 minute class it will be shorted. If extreme weather conditions are such that participant safety is a concern the class will be cancelled completely in which case I will notify you in advance.

Please email me with any questions.

 

Walk Friendly Events

1. FREE
Introduction to Walk Technique Mini Class
We will be reviewing good form & walking tips.

When: Tues, Sept 3rd and Thurs, Sept 5th
Time; 6:30p.m.
How Long: 45 minute class
Where: Event starts from Koffea Espresso Bar- 256A Willard Ave

Sign up: Email using below contact form

2. Scotia Bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – October 20th, 2019

Testimonials

If you are interested in a great outdoor cardio workout then Charlotte will help you become a stronger walker while perfecting your form. She will teach you the fundamentals of power walking, and will also include strengthening exercises, speed work, interval and hill training. Her classes are always fun and varied and true friendships are formed with the other participants. Regardless of whether you are just beginning to power walk or chasing a PB at your next race, I would recommend you join Charlotte so she can help you achieve your goals. - Lynne B., Scarborough

Congratulations Charlotte on your new venture, you are a great coach and I enjoy walking with you! - Ann M., Toronto

Charlotte is passionate about walking. You see this from her enthusiastic participation in power walking classes, focused efforts in races and encouragements to friends to take up walking as an exercise form. She has taken this interest further by becoming a certified fitness coach and now by launching SpeedWalkToronto. Charlotte is a fantastic and dedicated coach. She is engaging and you always feel great at the end of her class. Kudos Charlotte on your new venture. - Ed G., Scarborough

COME AND ENJOY THE NEIGHBOURHOOD!

Classes start and end outside of Timothys Coffees of the World, 2402 Bloor St W, Toronto (north side of Bloor St. W. and Armadale Avenue)

We walk in parks, along rivers, the lakefront and in quiet residential neighbourhoods.

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