Malin Svensson – founder and president of Nordic Body Inc.
Originally from Sweden, Malin Svensson came to the United States in 1989 with a Masters Degree in Physical Education. A former nationally ranked track and field athlete with 25 years experience in the health and fitness industry, Malin is an International Fitness Coach/Author/Speaker. She is the founder of Nordic Walking USA and president/owner of Nordic Body Inc. committed to inspire people at any age to get fit and stay fit naturally the Nordic way to enjoy a healthier, longer life with quality by providing 360 degree caring support from online coaching to retreats, private sessions and community group classes. As a Personal Fitness Trainer she is certified by NASM and NSCA and as an International Nordic Walking Coach she was certified by INWA (International Nordic Walking Association).
In association with the popular UCLA Extension program, Malin taught her signature course entitled: Alternative Fitness, which fulfilled in part the graduating requirements for the Certificated Program in Fitness Instruction, of which she also was a Consultant.
As the first INWA (International Nordic Walking Association) Master Trainer in North America, she introduced Nordic Walking to America in 2002. “Outdoor Adventures – Nordic Walking” (Human Kinetics May 2009) is the title of her first published book. Malin’s second published book, of which she is a co-author, is called Lifetime Outdoor Pursuits (Human Kinetics July 2010). She is the author of the Nordic Walking Instructor Manual for North America, co-author of the INWA (International Nordic Walking Association) Instructor Manual and in both manuals she created the breakdown of the Nordic Walking technique into 10 Steps.
Malin has been featured as a walking and fitness expert on CBS Los Angeles and in LA Times, The NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, Body + Soul, All You, Weight Watchers, Organic Spa Magazine and Fitness magazine. She has been invited to lead Nordic Walking seminars and events at fitness conventions including IDEA, Evolution Fitness Conference and ACSM. To date, she has conducted Nordic Walking seminars and presentations (keynote speaker) throughout North America, Europe and New Zealand and Japan. Malin is considered to be one of the leading authorities in Nordic Walking in the world.
For 12 years she was one of the three INWA International Coaches in the world and served on the Educational Committee. In January 2014 she resigned to launch (at the IDEA World Convention Aug 14, 2014) the Nordic Body Academy, empowering novice and experienced fitness professionals to fast track their fitness business by offering business programs, educational workshops and a network of like-minded fitness professionals.