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My Story: Solcana Athlete Chelsea Gabrielle

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So much has changed for me since starting at Solcana in September 2015. I joined out of a weird competitive streak I have and then slowly remembered how much I disliked working out. Like, would do anything to get out of running--for example I switched to the keeper position on my soccer team to avoid running (but keepers can also legally slide-tackle in the keeper...


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Solcana Kids Classes 2017-18 Sign Up is Here!

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Hello! I hope you have been having a great summer! We are looking forward to bringing you another year of great programming and fun for kids ages 3-12 on Saturday mornings.    This year we are offering a new format. We will have three 6-week sessions throughout the school year for your family to choose from. Sign up for one, two, or all three of them.   Fall: Oct 14th...


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September Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our two September Athletes of the Month, Kelly Kohlbacher and Nicole Conti! Nicole Conti was probably the toughest sell I have encountered so far, and to my great joy she joined us and has turned out to be one of the most engaged, curious, and dedicated members of the Solcana family! She has a hip condition that led to surgery. After physical therapy, she wanted to lift...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Josh Clarin

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What would consider your biggest achievement since starting at Solcana? Becoming competent at squatting. I stopped focusing on how much I was squatting and focused on how I was squatting. This was a direct result of an awesome group of people at the gym who were doing the powerlifting thing at the time. The first powerlifting meet I ever did I was dq'ed on every squat attempt...


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August Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our August Athletes of the Month, Kristina Meanley and Kristin Nierengarten!   Kristina joined us in May of this year ahead of preparing for a physical law enforcement exam. Here is what we love about her: Gubby: I worked with Kristina Meanly before her big erg test and she blew it out of the water -- very committed -- and she has been working out since then...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Bill Heinze

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   I make a lot of mistakes. Most of the time, I’ve misplaced something: my wallet at an airport, my phone in my refrigerator, my master’s thesis on the day of my defense. Some of these mistakes are trivial, like I can just borrow a pencil that day. Some are funny, like getting briefly stuck in a bathtub, and some are a little more dangerous,...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Garrett Hoffman

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I was an athlete growing up - team sports mostly and I liked playing basketball and rugby. I was kinda good. It was kinda fun. But there was always crap that I didn't care for. Drama with parents and coaches (like jfc), travel with rugby, competitions for positions -- it's like I wanted to get better for me but it always turned into a competition...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Allyson Farrell

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I am a tall person. I have long limbs, and I am almost always taller than everyone around me. This has been my reality from a very young age. It’s not like I had a sudden growth spurt in middle school. I was the kid that couldn’t fit in the tiny chairs in kindergarten because of my long legs. My whole life I have had...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Cindy Kuehl

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I have a very simple tattoo on my left wrist. It reads “Inspire” with an arrow to remind myself to keep moving forward; especially when moving feels impossible. I’m reminded of this as I think about the strength that Solcana has brought into my life – mentally and physically. When I think about it, my path to Solcana has been a long, 33 year journey. The...


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June Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our June Athletes of the Month, Alyssa Ahlgren and Shelley Quade! We are so thankful to have you both in our community. Alyssa joined us in October last year, a former hockey player who was itching to get back into the gym. She made herself at home and got down to work, calmly crushing workouts left and right. Alyssa is up for any challenge...


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May Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our two May Athletes of the Month, Lindsey Hickman and Carolyn Bussey!   Lindsey Hickman has been a member since August 2015. She is not only a strong and talented athlete, she is a supportive training partner, member of our community, and an awesome ambassador for the Endurance program. Coach Ryan says "I never see her collapse on the floor after a workout. She is always up...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Shannon Bean

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“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” --JK Rowling The year I was 25 was quite literally the end of my life as I knew it.  That sounds hyperbolic, but it’s not.  Not long after my 25th birthday, my life began unraveling in ways I never could have imagined.  It all started with some weird medical symptoms: exhaustion, light-headedness, headaches, nausea.  A...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Heather Hoagland

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I’ve been trying to think how my Solcana Story is different from so many other Solcana Stories I’ve read here. Haven’t come up with anything yet. I’m not a very athletic person. I hid in gym class, and shunned team sports all through, well, my whole life. (Love horseback riding, however!)  I don’t feel too comfortable in my own skin most of the time, but I’m...


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April Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our April Athletes of the Month, Jeanne Schuld and Mary Souder! Jeanne Schuld is quiet, unassuming, and crushingly strong. She started at Solcana after relocating to Minneapolis from Rochester where she had been doing crossfit for a while. The first time I met her, she was the only person at my 5:30am class. The WOD was something long with a barbell and lots of burpees....


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Connor Lane

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What would consider your biggest achievement since starting at Solcana? To be totally honest, the biggest achievement since starting at Solcana was my first workout. I was in a really weird place with my body when I started Body Adapt. I knew that I wanted to make changes so I could feel stronger, but I was terrified of starting. I hadn’t worked out regularly since college,...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Karen Kingsley

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What would consider your biggest achievement since starting at Solcana? I’d say my biggest accomplishment is the fact that I joined a CrossFit gym at all! Oh, and jumping on a box! Doing CrossFit is absolutely the last thing I thought I would do. But when Alex Fink and Jeremy Burke both encouraged me to try Body Adapt, I listened. I didn’t say yes at...


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March Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our two amazing March Athletes of the Month, Megan Gramlow and William (Bill) Heinze! Megan is a talented artist who creates gorgeous leather goods and she's also a therapist outside of the gym. Inside the gym she was shy at first, but she has really opened up and found her place here. She is so strong and fearless, and she always moves deliberately and sets a great...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Sarah Nelson

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My biggest achievement since starting at Solcana would probably be my attitude towards working out. I've never thought that I could have that much fun while working out, and I think it's because of the acceptance and friendship that I found at Solcana. My drive to be more active has changed and it really surprised me. I never thought that I could do Olympic lifting, but...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Adam Iverson

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I came to Solcana as a photographer. I responded to a request to shoot a throwdown. I knew that Crossfit was an exercise program with a reputation for getting people into exceptional shape, and what I saw at the competition put that athleticism on display. I was sold. I wanted to be in exceptional shape. I came to Solcana as an ultra runner. I run for...


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February Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our two February Athletes of the Month, Ikraan Omar and Kira Hasbargen! Ikraan has made a home at Solcana and always greets everyone with an infectious smile and a bright and enthusiastic "hi!"  She shows up consistently. She is a strong advocate for her health at 16 - and she has made an impact on her family's health as well. Ikraan has a great attitude and...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Eik

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Ideally, home is comfort.  It’s comfort and peace and relaxation.  Home is escape.   That being said, I’m not referring to the buildings where our mail is sent.   As a high school teacher and a human being who generally tries to pay attention, I understand that many people don’t have the luxury of letting their hair down at the place where they go after school or...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Meghan Casey

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My journey to Solcana was the result of a series of meant-to-be’s. After my dad died, I went in search of something to give me a sense of community with my fellow humans. I took Everyday Improv at Brave New Workshop and fellow athlete Taj Ruler was my instructor. Taj’s advice for those learning about improv was to see improv, lots and lots of it....


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Olympic Weightlifting Seminar February 5th at Solcana Fitness

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With the Crossfit Open season approaching, and the Solcana Beginner Weightlifting Meet coming up later this spring, now is the time to start polishing up your Olympic lifts under the eye of an experienced weightlifting coach and build a technical foundation so that you can express your strength in the snatch and the clean and jerk. We will be hosting an Olympic Weightlifting Seminar at Solcana Crossfit on...


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January Athletes of the Month: Laurel Turek and Alex Fink

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Happy New Year! I am pleased as punch to announce our two January Athletes of the Month, Laurel Turek and Alex Fink! Laurel Turek is a lover and a fighter who is conducting her own personal renaissance. Years ago she survived a crash that resulted in a hip replacement and changed the course of her life. Laurel does not allow physical limitation to hold her back, and in...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Amy Highness

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I started coming to Solcana exactly one year ago. I had been following a home-based fitness program with some success, but I had hit the limit of my self-motivation and knew that if I wanted to push further I needed to find some external accountability and enthusiasm. I had given up on conventional gyms years before, always feeling like a hamster on a wheel in...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Pat Tracy

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“It’s time to email Hannah,” I sweatily muttered to myself. It was a snowy February evening, and I was running on a treadmill in my old apartment building’s exercise room. This “fitness center” was more of a glorified utility closet, housing a bunch of random gym equipment. Shockingly, using a broken elliptical and QVC’s infamous Ab Slide for 30 minutes a day wasn’t an inspiring method...


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December Athletes of the Month

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I am quite pleased to announce our December Athletes of the Month, Lauren Hansen and Ben Capistrant! One thing they have in common is love of a stylish workout ensemble. Let's dive into the details. Lauren became a Solcanaut last May. The first time I met her, she said she was here because she wanted to work on getting stronger. I did not realize at the time just...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Kaitlin Korbitz

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Growing up, I never thought my physical strength was special.  Physical strength meant big, meant fat.  Fat was a bad thing.  My grandpa would call me “rolly-polly” and chubby when I was little.  To this day, I can recall those moments and the emotion I felt.  I was ashamed; I didn’t try to be fat.  I didn’t realize I even was fat until people called...


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November Athletes of the Month

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It’s November already, and it’s time to announce our two Athletes of the Month, Ericka Stewart and Sarah Wordelman! If you don’t know Ericka Stewart, you still have probably heard about her gargantuan bench press--just one of the noteworthy things about her. I am always impressed by Ericka's huge heart, how welcoming and supportive she is toward new people, and how she keeps things in perspective...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Nick Cross

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Hi, my name is Nick and I’m a runner.  I’ve been a runner since 8th grade. I ran Track & Field from 8th grade through high school, adding Cross Country in college. I continued to run “competitively” until a few years ago when I was unable to recover from injury. I had that dastardly Plantar Fasciitis and it took me almost 3 years to completely...


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