~Written by Rose Colleran~ “I’m just too busy to____ (you fill in the blank that is most appropriate for you.)” How often do you fail to accomplish things in your life with the excuse of being too busy? Activities like exercising regularly or planning (and then eating) healthy meals are frequently dropped from the ‘to-do’ list due to this excuse. Everyone is endlessly busy these days. Yet, some people manage to squeeze in more than others. For example, I have friends who are mothers, work full time and recently competed in Iron Man Triathlons (events which require 2o hours or more of training per week at the peak of the training programs). Now, these women are amazing and no doubt extremely dedicated and driven, but how did they find the time to achieve their goals while others struggle to even get started? In my opinion, there are two major reasons: priorities and planning. Priorities ~ Before you can make exercise and healthy eating a part of your normal routine and lifestyle, you first need to make these activities a higher priority in your life than the things that stand in the way. When I think about why some people find it difficult to achieve...

Congratulations to the Teixeira Family - Bob, Shelia, Katie and Ellie - for earning the January Members of the Month at Reebok CrossFit Medfield. A day does not go by without seeing at least one of them at the gym. The entire family is so passionate about staying fit, playing sports and living an active lifestyle. They are an inspiration to any family! Bob, Shelia, Katie and Ellie, thank you for being such an integral part of our community! RCFM Staff...

Every Day is a New Opportunity ~Written by Rose Colleran~ Are you one of the millions who made a New Year's resolution last month?  Here we are a month later.  How have your resolutions fared?  Unfortunately, even with the best of intentions about 20% of people go back to their old ways within a month. Mid-way through the year it's likely that over 50% of those who made resolutions have given up on their goals. BUT...

A New Year’s Resolution Worth Making ~Written by Rose Colleran~ “Eat your veggies!” is a statement mothers everywhere have been proclaiming for years. Yet only 25% of Americans eat the recommended servings per day. In 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, which encouraged people to fill half of their plates with vegetables. In response to this maternal request and MyPlate recommendation, a lot of adults are still answering with the statement as they did when they were a child: “I don’t like vegetables.” OK. But, here are some reasons why you should consider trying them again now that your palate is more developed and you are a wee bit older. First, let’s start with the top-ranking New Year’s resolution year after year: you want to lose weight. If the fact that the nutrients in vegetables are highly critical to your short term and long term health has not been enough motivation, how about the fact that you can eat very large portions of them for a fraction of the calories you would consume with other foods. For me, satiation (feeling full) is very important. If you too have a difficult time...

Can you learn to be thankful? ~Written by Rose Colleran~ November kicks off the hectic holiday season. In a few days it will be Thanksgiving which is quickly followed by endless amounts of holiday preparation and parties in the month of December. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and to forget the key purpose of Thanksgiving: giving thanks and being thankful. This year, I want to encourage you to take a moment to be thankful for your body and your health. Women, in particular, often have a really hard time being thankful for and appreciative of their bodies. They may look in the mirror each day wishing for a different reflection to appear. Some are very restrictive about their food intake and spend hours exercising in hopes of seeing something different when they look in the mirror again the next day. Others eat healthy and exercise due to a sense of guilt rather than a desire to nurture and be healthy. How can we transition away from being driven to eat right and exercise by negative motivations and start focusing on the more positive desires of nurturing and caring for ourselves? Perhaps, like many things in life, it takes...

Brooke has been a member at Reebok CrossFit Medfield from the day we started.  Her passion for CrossFit, hard work and constant smile on her face do not go unnoticed by the coaches or our members.  She is another great example of why we love our community at RCF Medfield so much.  Brooke your are an inspiration to our team and our members.  Thank you! Congratulations Brooke!  ...

Where’s My Six-Pack? Did that title catch your attention? No, I’m not in a disoriented drunken stupor looking for more beer. I’m referring to those evasive six-pack abs. You know, the ones you always see plastered on magazine covers (or on your CrossFit coaches) and that you have been coveting and working towards off and on since your teen years. You may have begun to wonder if the people you see with those ripped midriffs are just genetically superior beings (in the case of Spencer, Luis and Brian – that’s a possibility!) or whether you are not doing the right exercises to be the envy of your neighborhood pool party next summer. For better or for worse, the answer may be a little bit of both. Generally, the average person has not been approaching the search for the six-pack in the most effective way. I have clients comment that they are doing tons of core strengthening exercises, but their abdomen doesn’t appear to be getting any firmer or more defined. You may hate to hear this, but the fact is that you can do crunches all day long, but if you have fat around your abdomen, you are never going to see...