Being Fit? What’s it all about?

DCIM101GOPROThat’s it, the last bank holiday of the year before Christmas has been and gone.  The weather on the bank Holiday Monday was beautiful and I was lucky enough to spend some time at the Clifton Observatory and Giants Caves.  I haven’t been there since I was a child, I would highly recommend it if you have some free time.

The Giants Caves was quite an experience, you enter it through the observatory and then walk 61 meters down some precarious stairs to a balcony which gives you stunning views across the Avon Gorge and Bristol.  

Don’t worry this is not a post about my weekend.  You may be wondering where I am going with this and what it has in relation to fitness…

The journey down to the caves, and back up again, got me thinking about and questioning “what does it mean to be fit?” “How do we as individuals define our level of fitness?”

The Oxford dictionary defines fitness as:

“1. The condition of being physically fit and healthy. 

2. The quality of being suitable to fulfil a particular role or task” 

Quite often there is a stigma attached to fitness. I hear the phrases “Wow, they’re so fit”’ or “I wish I was that fit” and “I’m not fit enough to do that!” 

But what does that mean? What are we comparing it to? If a persons goal is to compete at the CrossFit Games, Complete an Ironman or compete in a weightlifting competition then there is going to be a required fitness level. Does that mean as someone who works in an office, on a building site, or as a parent we should be aiming for the same level of ability. Be able to squat 200kg, run a marathon or complete a set of muscle ups…No!

Your level of fitness should be a completely individual thing and based around your own goals. It must be judged on your ability to fulfil a particular role or task. This could be to take your children swimming, to run a local 5KM or even to just be happy, confident and feel great.

In the definition of fitness we saw that it states being fit requires a conditioning of our health. This means we should be working on our mental and physical condition, to the aim of our own needs. 

Being healthy and fit should be about having the ability to be active with your friends, family or Children; being able to make the most of the opportunities that come your way without having to be worried if you can complete them. We should all have the ability to pick something up without pain or breathlessness and even be able to walk 61 metres down a short flight of stairs without having to stop to get your breath.

Quite often I think the bigger picture of health and fitness is forgotten, overlooked or even blurred. There are lots of reasons why people stay fit but I think what should always be remembered is that as an individual you are creating a better and healthier quality of life for you and your loved ones.  

This is something we promote at CrossFit Portihead, YES we have some members who’s goal it is to compete in CrossFit or Weightlifting. But the majority of our members are here to get fitter and to improve the quality of their health and fitness by coming to our classes, having fun and being supported by qualified coaches. Those giants cave stairs are no challenge for us!

If you’d like to see how we can help with your health and fitness. Why not come along and try one of our free taster sessions!

Click here and enter your details to be contacted about trying a free taster session and improving your fitness

July Introductory Course – Starts Monday 4th July – Sign up now

Intro Course at CrossFit Portishead

Intro Course at CrossFit Portishead

Here’s your chance to sign up to CrossFit Portishead 4 week introductory course.


So what is the On-Ramp?  What can you expect from it?

The aim of the On-Ramp (Introduction) course is to give you an exposure and teach you the Fundamental movements, plus a host of other movements that will appear in our main CrossFit Classes.  During this time, your movement patterns will be assessed which will enable us to effectively work on your skill development, especially when you start in our main classes.

Upon completion of the On-Ramp and by the time you reach the Main Classes, we would like to think you can confidently , safely and efficiently carry out the movements.

The Fundamental movements we cover are as follows:

Air Squat, Front Squat, Overhead Squat, Shoulder Press, Push Press, Push Jerk, Deadlift, Power Clean and Power Snatch

We will also introduce you to:

  • The Kettlebell, which will be utilised as a stability and conditioning tool;
  • Gymnastic work, which will help train your midline stability;
  • Plyometrics, such as box jumps and skipping;
  • Olympic Lifting, where we will cover the Snatch and the Clean + Jerk.

The On-Ramp is also an excellent opportunity to make new friends as over the course of the 8 sessions you will all be training together. The sessions take place on Monday and Thursday evenings at 8:00pm. The cost of the on-ramp session is £60

So, what are you waiting for.

Start your journey to a new and better you by signing up to our next On-Ramp course.


We look forward to seeing you at the Box soon.

FREE Pull Up program and Kipping Workshop – Tuesday 28th June at 8:00pm

Kipping Workshop and get our FREE pull up program 

CrossFit Portishead Coach and Gymnastics Specialist Maddie will be running a kipping workshop on Tuesday 28th June at 8:00pm

If you have attended one of these session before you will know that the coaching and technique work that is covered is invaluable in helping you to develop a more efficient kip.  

We have put together a number of tips + a FREE (That’s right, FREE!!) pull up program which can be downloaded.

Check out these 4 Tips for developing your kipping technique

Tip 1

Don’t run before you can walk.  Focus on building your upper body pulling strength before attempting the more complex gymnastic movements 

>> Click here to receive our FREE pull up program to help you develop your upper body strength <<

Tip 2

Core, Core, Core!!  Having good control of your core muscles will enable you to move efficiently when kipping – Can you hold a hollow body position both on and off the bar?  Whats a hollow body hold – Check this picture…

Hollow Body Hold

Tip 3

Hips!! – Once you have developed you upper body pulling strength and have great control of your core, its time to focus on driving those hips up and to bar to enable that weightless feeling that you should get with a efficient kip.

Tip 4

Relax – Let the momentum of the kip take you through the movement – Focus on keeping your arms relaxed, not breaking at the hips and maintaining core control.

CrossFit Portishead is running a kipping workshop on Tuesday 28th June starting at 8:00pm.  The workshop is open to absolutely anyone who wants to improve their gymnastic skill work.

The workshop costs £15 and places are limited so if you want to book your place, click the link below:


Good luck with the FREE Pull Up program and we look forward to seeing you at the workshop.