Portsmouth Method


The Portsmouth Method is an ongoing community revitalization project combining fitness, behavioral health, and economic development for individuals with substance use disorder.

Our goal is to combat the substance use disorder epidemic by teaching others how to create and implement a unique relationship based fitness program that acts as a force multiplier to a behavioral health/counseling organization.

“They have a proven track record and work alongside their success stories everyday. Their work and community is inspirational and life-changing. If you have been touched by the opioid crisis, and want to learn how to help, come to Southern Ohio and learn the Portsmouth Method.” – Dr. Tom McCoy


Since 2018 PSKC CrossFit has partnered with a non-profit behavioral health agency, The Counseling Center (TCC) to offer CrossFit classes to their clients. Currently PSKC CrossFit conducts 25 classes/week at two Health & Wellness Centers (HAWC) owned by TCC.

To date, we have had over 22,000 (and counting) individual sessions through our classes. What started with one class a day a few times a week has grown into a program that offers a total of 5 client and staff classes at two separate facilities, a full time Health Coach, 3 former clients that have become trainers, a total of 5 people that have earned their CrossFit Level 1 trainer certificate, 3 separate entities that employ up to 12 people, annual fundraisers and community competitions, and multiple national and media articles including NBC Today Show, Boston Globe, Fox News, Rolling Stone, and New York Times.

“What an incredible day! Incredibly helpful, it far exceeded expectations. This program is the perfect solution for localities dealing with the opioid epidemic.” – Chris McKlarney – Giles County Administrator


We offer seminars at our facility in Portsmouth, Ohio multiple times a year. During the seminar we cover the following areas:

Program Goals:

  1. Our goal is for each participant to experience and participate in a Portsmouth Method CrossFit class. By working out alongside people in recovery in order to foster better conversations and communication. 
  2. Gain an understanding of the basics of behavioral health treatment for people with substance use disorder (SUD). 
  3. Gain of an understanding of SUD, how and why people become addicted, and what to expect when working with people with SUD
  4. Understand the Portsmouth Method philosophy of combining CrossFit and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Explore psychological coaching tools, programming/equipment considerations, and lesson plans that are unique to a Portsmouth Method class. 
  5. Review strategies for developing a partnership/relationship with a local Behavioral Health Center (BHC) and a path forward on how to stand up a program. 
  6. Understand the business mechanisms (pricing, contracts, proposals, terms/conditions) involved in developing the business partnership. 
  7. Evaluate possibilities of long term employment for clients utilizing your gym as a hub of economic development.

Cost = $1000/participant

Private Seminars and Group Discounts Available by Request

If you would like to learn more about the Portsmouth Method or attend an upcoming seminar please email us here for registration and payment information.