Praise for Nordic Body and Malin Svensson
Nordic Body’s Success Stories
These testimonials from our amazing clients speak to the success of our approach to staying fit and healthy past fifty and beyond.
"I love working out under Malin’s watchful eye. She knows how to give me an effective, carefully constructed workout with emphasis on functionality — as it should be at my age!"
"I have never been so consistent in working out and it has paid off. Malin has helped me get stronger while staying injury-free!"
Brad Stauffer, West Hollywood
“The Strong Body + Mind Program was eye-opening and motivational. I learned practical strength-training exercises that I could do on my own and even at home. Malin is a great teacher who gets down to business and stays steady through her training and coaching.”
Margaret French Isaac, Los Angeles
“Malin packed the day with practical information to jumpstart my fitness journey. From the hands-on experience of doing the exercises to the physiology behind the exercises, it was very comprehensive, and I left being able to implement her strategies at home including being able to overcome the mindset obstacles to achieve my fitness goals to live a fuller more dynamic life!”
Ruth Salk, Los Angeles
"I tell all my friends that Malin Svensson of Nordic Body saved my life. I am a 75-year-old woman, who had back surgery and neuropathy in my feet, and thus I could no longer play golf or do watercolor painting. Then I found Malin through friends my same age. After one session I knew that she was different from other trainers I had used. She is a consummate professional, who knows how to work with your aging body. She has helped me strengthen my muscles and improve my balance. I am now back to the activities I used to do and I look forward to every session – even though I really don’t like exercise! I am happy to refer her to all my friends.”
Charlene Gorzela, Los Angeles
"Malin’s Walking + Fitness Retreat has come at the most perfect time in my life. The balance of the 4 days was so much more than I expected – Malin has created a program that hits on all levels, i.e, spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I am in even more awe of her after this retreat. Malin is so caring – she makes everyone feel so special and that she is there “just for them”. I also encouraged family and friends to join this retreat and they are now new fans of Malin’s Walking + Fitness Retreat.”.
Kathy Sarreal, Los Angeles
“I was in my fifties when I decided to get back into shape. With Malin’s masterful training methods, she designed an impressive work-out for my needs. I have experienced several trainers at top-rated gyms, but not one could compare to how talented, enthusiastic, inspiring, conscientious and thoughtful Malin is.”
Marlene McQuirt, Studio City
"This Walking + Fitness Retreat came at the perfect time for me. I was in need of not only a fitness reboot, but an inner reboot as well. Besides getting a good start on my physical program, I also started a meditation practice to integrate into my life. Thank you, Malin!”
Tina Tomiyama, Los Angeles
“I’m 69, and have mild osteoporosis, and I do not want to take Fosamax for the rest of my life. My doctor suggests strength training – and Malin offers exactly that, with care to tailor the exercises to what someone of my age can reasonably do. As a non-exerciser for many decades, I know I need to make mental changes as well as physical. Malin’s Strong Body + Mind Program addresses both.”
Kathy Norton, Los Angeles
"Malin planned every bit of the Walking + Fitness Retreat to meet a need, inform an aspect of nutrition or health that can be taken to be used even after you leave for a new life practice. It is transforming and beyond expectations.”
Zachary Vieira, San Francisco
"Extremely well-planned and informationally and experientially rich. Every moment felt thought out and planned. I didn’t want to miss a minute because I’d miss a lot. I loved being introduced to Nordic Walking. It was tough and fun. Every time I pick up my Nordic Walking Poles and practice my workout plan, I will think of the group, the support and the warm + supportive experience I had at this Walking + Fitness Retreat.”
Lucie H., Chicago, IL
"The Walking + Fitness Retreat was very challenging especially hiking in the fascinating Joshua Tree National Park. The daily schedule paced smoothly as it included daily meditations, strength training, and fun social and thought-provoking activities. The food options were very nutritional. Malin is a great leader and motivator and facilitated a very rewarding retreat."
"I really enjoyed the Nordic walking challenge. Malin’s coaching was easy to follow and very motivational. I liked the fact that there were different levels taught in the videos, so I could do the level that was a best fit for for Me. The challenge also motivated me to exercise every day, and so did the FaceBook group. This was a fun and easy way to exercise and get fit.”
Jody Gittleman, Los Angeles
"From afar, Nordic Walking looks pretty intuitive, but you’d be surprised at how refining your technique really helps you realize the most benefit out of it. Malin talks you through all the finer points of finessing your technique to increase your speed, burn more calories, and avoid injury."
Matt Misetich, Manhattan Beach
"Malin, thanks for the “Introduction to Nordic Walking”. Not only was it informative, but it really did get me excited about doing Nordic Walking. I was 50/50 before – now I’m just about 100%. Very surprising how different and how much better I felt doing this than just regular walking! I walk about 2 miles or more every night, but after today’s class, even for the short distance, my whole body is sore, mainly my arms and shoulders – which is a good thing. It just proves that this is a true total body workout, without the need for hundreds of dollars worth of equipment. Nordic Walking might be tough to get into at first, in terms of style and “image”, but once you try Nordic Walking and feel the benefits one quickly gets over that because Nordic Walking is probably the best workout possible. As far as the technique, what really helped most was timing. Walking in rhythm might seem natural, but…well, I was surprised how Nordic Walking helped my body feel more “in sync”."
Laleh Amaya, Los Angeles
"We (my sister, my brother-in-law and me) have been taking the Nordic Walking class by Malin for the past couple of months and I feel that my body is changing and getting stronger all the time. I have done more than half a dozen half-marathons and the last one only 8 months ago, but this exercise has really strengthened my muscles – without joint pain! Malin is an inspirational instructor who is very passionate about her work and it shows every day. She is determined to make sure each and everyone has a perfect posture and technique to get the best benefits from the exercise. We hope to continue with our training with Malin and Nordic Body for a very long time."
"Malin’s personalized instruction and attention to my walking form have been invaluable and something I could not have achieved on my own. I notice my stomach fat disappearing and my posture improving as I feel my core muscles strengthening, all after my first week of Nordic Walking.”
Judith Fleisher, Century City
"I have fallen in love with this sport (Nordic Walking), think Malin’s the best, and have achieved so many benefits including the loss of a dress size! I never anticipated the tone and muscle I’ve built in my arms and shoulders as well as so many other benefits. Since taking lessons from Malin over 9 months ago, I’ve Nordic Walked almost every day! At my age, I’m thrilled to have found a safe, energizing, fun, and attention-getting exercise!”
Nina LaPage - Ottowa, Canada
"I appreciated Malin’s thorough and clear instructions on her videos. I love the thorough warm-ups and stretches. She is clear and precise so that we can all feel empowered to find the perfect method of Nordic walking. The pace of instruction and expectations were perfect for all levels of fitness so that beginners would not lose faith in their ability to learn the technique and for the more advanced participants, they got their challenge to always improve. Malin has positive energy for all of us to keep us moving forward with great tips. Malin was always checking in to see our progress and was prompt in replying to our comments on Facebook. She addressed us as a group and individually. It was great support for all. I would certainly recommend this program to other Nordic walkers.”
Jennifer Misetich, Manhattan Beach
"I’ve tried a variety of different activities, including running. What’s great about Nordic Walking is that it increases my heart rate practically without my knowing it. I’m getting the same sort of workout as running, but without the pounding on the skeleton, and without the exhaustion. Even after my first session, I can feel that my arms and shoulders have gotten stronger. Although new to Nordic Walking, Malin’s instructions and guidance helped me immensely improve my technique. Malin not only showed in a clear and effective way how to properly Nordic Walk, but how to incorporate it into my everyday lifestyle.”