.. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going” Jim Ryun
..."You are only one walk away from a good mood"
..."It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday"
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.
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."
Classes start promptly.
Should you be delayed in traffic or other reasons, please text 20 minutes ahead of time.
Schedule & Rates
Monday, Jan 8th, 2024 Wednesday, Jan 17th, 2024
Mondays 6:30 pm (±75 mins) Wednesdays 5:30 pm (±75 mins) Bloor West Village – George Chater Park (behind J.C. Salon Bloor/Windermere)
2 Month Membership
Feb & March 2024
1 X week $110 (7 classes) 2 x week $220 (14 classes)
(Note no classes March 11th, 13th March Break)
Individual class $18
Email to register for desired dates
Note: 1. Classes may be cancelled with limited notice depending on Public Health Advice and restrictions. 2. Classes will run subject to a minimum sign-up of 5 participants.
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
Introduction and Refresher Walk Technique Class
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