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How To Get Fit Without Even Realizing It

You might think that changing your ways in order to improve your health is difficult, but if you break the process down into smaller steps, transforming your lifestyle (and your body) becomes much easier. Here are our recommendations for simple, effective lifestyle changes that will positively impact your health.

5 Lifestyle Changes that Will Help Beat Your Addiction

The trouble with addictions is their ability to invade all elements of your lifestyle. When addicted to a behavior, substance, or action, it becomes interwoven into every facet of life itself. When a person decides that their addiction is unwanted, it is not simply a matter of choosing to give that addiction up.

Weightlifter Wisdom Can Help You Get Out of Debt

The gym is not just a school of fitness — it’s also a school of life. Several of the thought processes and ideologies of physical fitness also apply to life outside of the gym, like your financial fitness. We’ve come up with four; how many others can you think up?

Five Cross-Training Exercises that are Easy on the Joints

Cross-training can be a great way to add variety to your training. That being said, sometimes certain exercises can be painful. If you are working through an injury, or just starting up after a long break, it’s important to find exercises that are good for your overall health, but not painful.

How to Make Your Rest Days More Restful

Working out can certainly take a lot out of you. If you’ve just started a new CrossFit program or are a long-time exercise veteran, you’ll want to make sure your body is getting enough rest on the days you don’t go to the gym. You’ll bounce back much more quickly, and you’ll be ready to get back to working out before you know it.


At CrossFit Black Bear we provide you with the tools, and knowledge needed to live a healthy lifestyle, both inside and outside the gym. Serving Orono, Old Town, Bangor and Brewer Maine! 5 minutes from the University of Maine (UMaine).

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Old Town, ME 04468
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  • Check out Coach Lauren's latest program! Read her story and give her page a follow @athletesedgemaine
Reposted from @athletesedgemaine -  A little #tbt today! ⏲️ And Coach Lauren's story from athlete to coach.
I played soccer my entire life. It was how I defined myself for many years. Growing up I dreamed of playing at the collegiate level.
My junior year of HS I tore my ACL. I thought I was finished. I had surgery and with the help of some incredibly supportive people, and many hours in the weight room,  I played again my senior year of high school. And I was recruited and received a scholarship to play soccer in college! I was living my dream!
Fast forward a few month after my freshman season at my university and I tore my ACL AGAIN! Same knee. It was devistating. My surgeon said I wouldn't play soccer again. I remember putting on a brave face, but then completely breaking down in front of my college coach when I told him I had to quit.
It was after that conversation that I was recruited by the track team at my university. I took the opportunity and raced the 100m, 200m and 400m for one season. It was incredibly challenging but I'm glad I didn't back down. .
Ultimately, I decided not to continue running track - but rather made the decision to get in the gym, get as strong as I could, and play soccer my senior season. I wasn't ready to let go of that part to of who I was.
My senior season, I won my spot back onto the team, but had to switch positions. I had played left striker my entire career - but found myself playing as a left center back. It was a tough transition, but a position where I could make a difference for my team.
We had an incredibly successful season - winning our conference and playing in the first round of the national tournament.
My experience with injury and battling back is what motivates me to help athletes today. Without my supportive coaches and trainers I wouldn't have achieved what I did. I want to be the coach that builds you up and gets you physically and mentally strong. I want to be the coach that is just as excited about your success as you are.
Welcome to the team. #athletesedgemaine - #regrann
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  • Proud coach moment!! This young woman has been working her butt off in the gym and it has shown over this past weekend at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championships! Now onto the outdoor season! #AthletesEdgeME
Reposted from @emmamichelllle -  @cfblackbear check out this New England’s transformation- 
#bouldershoulders are not the only #gains between these photos- I am stronger mentally than ever, and the list of goals smashed between 2018 #newenglands and 2019 is long. Last year, I squeaked into New England’s and was ranked 3rd to last. Today, I competed in the top flight of girls and was originally ranked 12th; I ended up making finals, throwing a new #schoolrecord and #pr of 38’8.75” and finishing as the 7th best shot putter in New England.

If you had asked the athlete in the second photo if she’d return, she would’ve said “hopefully”. If you’d asked her if she’d finish top 10, she would’ve laughed. If you’d told her she would compete NEs having committed to her dream college, she would’ve cried tears of joy. 
Life is funny, and sad, and really hard. I’ve had some of my most lost moments in the past few weeks and to be able to look back and see how much I’ve learned and grown puts things into perspective. I am a process, and sometimes that process results in stoked moments like today. - #regrann

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