Christopher Gouldsmith - Chris Cross Ski Fitness

New classes with Chris for The Big Retreat 2020 


 What is it?

Nordic Walking is an activity that can be used for fitness development, relaxation, exploration, social activities, rehabilitation, weight loss, general enjoyment and competitive sport. Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience. With a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross-country skiing, Nordic Walking becomes a genuinely whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic running. More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.


Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full body workout, which means that you:

  • burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles
  • release tension in the neck and shoulders
  • improve your posture and gait
  • strengthen your back and abdominal muscles
  • reduce the impact on the joints
  • Help trim and tone

....And because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer.



Firstly, you ask, what is Roller Skiing?

Well… Designed in the 1930s and created as a summer exercise, Roller Skiing became a crucial alternative training method for the Cross-Country Skiers during the summer months. During the 50’s, Cross-Country Skiing was recognised as a serious sport and so for the next 20 years, people experimented with the skis on wheels. 1970’s see Roller Skiing, as a sport in it’s own right.

To date, Roller Skiing is recognised worldwide with individuals and small teams competing across the globe.

Throughout my years of experience, I have noticed that this is an amazing sport that is greatly unappreciated and I would like to highlight the benefits of this sport, both physically and mentally.

The skiing techniques used in Roller Skiing are very similar to the on-snow equivalent, Cross-Country Skiing. Roller Skiing is not only useful for both racers and recreational skiers, but as a means of practising technique and as a specific mean of gaining and improving fitness. It provides a totally ski-specific training medium that exercises both upper and lower body.



What is it?

Ski bounding, particularly with poles, is one of the most effective whole-body exercises a competitive cross-country ski racer can do to prepare during the pre-winter season as another training method. The motion closely imitates classic skiing and is a progression from Nordic walking, Ski walking which leads on to more intense workouts, accommodating for higher levels of fitness. Although hill bounding can be used for many type of workouts, it is best utilized for higher intensity work such as lactate threshold and V02 max sessions. To focus on strength and explosiveness, shorter intervals focused on getting maximum distance with each bound. Generally used on steep and/or long up hills.


The whole-body, cross country skiing-like motions are central to get the most out of hill bounding. Cardio, strength, and technique come together in these sessions and they should be a regular part of a Nordic Skiers training plan.

Whatever stage you are at, we inspire others to take on their next challenge.

A little bit about Chris ....

Some may say I am bit mad to attempt some of the Challenges I have under taken but it’s what I do. Pushing my mind and body into unknown territories, and beyond limits.

Some of these are:

  • Help train a British Team to tackle the Arctic Circle Race (3 day cross country ski, survival race, camping in extreme temperatures up to -46).
  • Running 10 marathons in 11 days, in memory of my Identical Twin brother
  • Roller Ski LEJG solo event (Average 45 miles for 19 days)

I am over the moon to be able to raise so much money over the years and highlight the great work of some amazing charities. I do not seek praise for my efforts, but instead hope to raise awareness for people who battle through the everyday challenges without a fuss. I am sure they too have moments when they want to give up with the challenges they face on a daily basis. Not all disabilities are visible.

My challenges gave me an insight that really hit home. Throughout the duration of them, I thought of others who don’t have an alternative option other than to get on with everyday tasks, that most people wouldn’t contemplate as being challenging.

I have set myself massive goals and no one could stand in the way of me completing them. Some people had been very negative, trying to put me off but I choose to block it all out. There were only two things that were going to stop me. My mind set or physical injury. We are all capable of setting out on our own journey and accomplishing our own goals. It may not be as physically active or on the same scale as mine, but if you believe you can, you will. Take that leap and stick to it! Explore what you may achieve and become. Keep positive and stay on track.

There are some amazing people out there and I am lucky to have crossed paths with only a handful of them. I class myself as a Normal-ish guy…….guess not with what I’ve achieved in the eyes of others. Ok “Unique” is a better word but I mean anyone is capable of achieving greatness. They yet have to unlock it. It makes me happy that I am able to assist and give some kind of support to others too and this reflect within my values of my business. Whatever stage you are at, we inspire others to take on their next challenge.

Who knows what is around the corner or what will happen in the future, as it may be that we may need assistance or help, relying on these charities.

Don’t let things limit you, be who you want to be.

I do intend to set up a Roller ski group within Pembrokeshire, so we will be gathering any interest to be able to proceed for future development. So please get in touch if you are. Or if anyone who is interested in more information or would like me to help them with a challenge they have coming up, I am more than happy to give some support to head you in the right direction.








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