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Solcana Brand Ambassador: Patrick Stephenson

Patrick Stephenson (@patiomensch on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) | He, him & his   What type(s) of community work do you engage in? Well, I’m all about bikes AND bike community! FOR STARTERS: I’m the co-founder of 30 Days of Biking, a pledge to ride your bike every day in April and share your adventures online with the hashtag #30daysofbiking. There’s no required distance for this pledge (around the block counts just as much as a century ride) and we don’t want you to feel guilty or bad if you miss a day — it’s just about getting on your bike and documenting all the fun you have. We’ve built a community of more than 12,000 people around the world, including especially big followings in Spain, Belarus and Ukraine. Our 2016 kickoff ride for Minneapolis–Saint Paul was enormous, with 600 people in attendance.I like using the big group excitement around 30 Days of Biking to fundraise for good causes. Collectively in 2016, our group raised $15,000+ for World Bicycle Relief. We’ve also fundraised for Full Cycle Bikes, which provides bikes and bike internships to homeless youth, and to Free Bikes 4 Kidz, which gives bikes to kids in need! FOR SECONDERS:I’m the co-founder of the Joyful Riders Club, an off-shoot of 30 Days of Biking that meets for social rides, once a month, year-round. (Though in April we meet once a week.) My partner Mario Macaruso and I are all about creating an environment that’s welcoming to riders of all skill levels and speeds. Everyone can keep up with these rides! And everybody gets a free beer at the end courtesy of Surly Brewing THIRDSKI:I’m currently working on launching a podcast called “Let’s Ride!” whose aim is to hold up a mirror to Twin Cities bike culture. Producer Chris Roberts, co-host Emily Smoak, and I want to speak with movers and shakers in the Twin Cities bike community, get their stories out through high-energy conversation, and transport the lessons we’ve learned here to bike communities around the nation and the world. Our goal is to be the #1 bike podcast for riders everywhere! I used to host a podcast called Pedal Hub, from MPR News, that you can find at http://mprnews.org/pedal-hub. What is your experience with group fitness before Solcana? Pre-Solcana, I’ve worked out at three group fitness gyms. I find group fitness super invigorating, whether you’re encouraging the person next to you, counting on someone to keep YOU accountable, or exchanging high-fives after an especially tough workout. I can work out on my own, but I’m less accountable to myself than I am to other people, and I find working out with a community is WAY MORE rewarding. Why not build friendships while you’re getting fit? Heck yeah. At AX Fitness, the last gym I joined, a highlight was that I organized a Saturday morning coffee — sometimes, getting hyped on coffee together after we boxed was even better than the workout. It’s about friendship. Why Solcana? Why now? I first experienced Solcana Fitness through an event that Hannah and Kate O’Reilly organized for the Joyful Riders Club. We worked out together in a group and I LOVED it. As I get older, it’s more important to me to find environments and places that accept me as I am — no shame, all positivity — and I got that vibe from Solcana immediately. It was a very welcoming spot and I felt SAFE there, right away, not put under a microscope. I need that more and more in my life. In addition to that, I’m finding that JUST biking isn’t enough for me. I miss the group fitness environment and encouragement, and I miss getting that full-body experience that a Cross Fit–type workout offers. I’ll admit that I’m a little intimidated about joining, but I’m also eager to get started. This ambassador-ship program came along at the RIGHT moment for me. You have a free Saturday with no obligations, what do you do? Well, my Saturdays have changed quite a bit lately, with my wife being pregnant with our first baby! We’ve been doing a lot more relaxing, sleeping and idling together. I’m really enjoying these relaxed Saturdays of just sitting around, maybe walking to Rise, the new bagel shop in our neighborhood, for a breakfast sandwich, and maybe then also going for a walk along the river or to the supermarket. If I’m in the mood for an active Saturday, I’m all about spending the ENTIRE day out on my bike, starting with a ride to a donut and coffee shop, and ending with dinner and some beers. The Twin Cities feel like a playground in the summer, just this incredible place that’s packed with amazing things to do. I love it. What is something you want everyone to know about you? I grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, an oasis community surrounded by vast Saudi Arabian desert and owned by the oil company my parents worked for. I’m grateful for the international perspective this experience gave me, especially in times like these when one side of the poltical spectrum is so intent on demonizing and otherizing Muslims. I’ve often been shy about talking about this experience, for some reason, but I’m owning it lately because it’s so central to who I’ve become. The New York Times recently did a photo feature on our community: Anytown, U.S.A. — in Saudi Arabia Oh yeah, and this too: I’m gonna be a dad soon!

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Problem 23: Poutine

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Last night, I went to Red Cow in North Loop by myself. My plan was to sit down at the bar and write this blog, but the happy hour fates had other plans. I opened the menu to the back page, and in an almost aggressive manner, the word poutine threw itself towards my mouth-hole. For everyone reading at home that have never been touched by...


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Solcana Brand Ambassador: Patrick Stephenson

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Patrick Stephenson (@patiomensch on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) | He, him & his   What type(s) of community work do you engage in? Well, I’m all about bikes AND bike community! FOR STARTERS: I’m the co-founder of 30 Days of Biking, a pledge to ride your bike every day in April and share your adventures online with the hashtag #30daysofbiking. There’s no required distance for this pledge (around the block counts just...


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WEEK 86: Conquering The Anderson Curse

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CONQUERING THE ANDERSON CURSE By: Lauren Anderson My Dad went college, but never finished. And I'll tell you why... Astronomy 101. The legend begins with my Dad going to school when the draft for Vietnam was in full effect. His status as a college student saved him from the having to put his name in, but only if he remained a registrant. Fresh out of high school, and...


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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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WEEK 85: Physician, Heal Thyself

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PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF By: Lauren Anderson So I did it. I finally went to the doctor to see about my wrist. You know, that vital body part that affects virtually everything I try to accomplish in a day? Yeah. That one. If you've been following along, you know I hurt my right wrist a little over a month ago now, (NOT at the gym either-- I was picking...


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Problem 22: The Comeback Theory

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The Biggest Loser was my second favorite show growing up (the first being Wheel of Fortune, but that’s because I’m a widowed grandmother trapped in a gay man’s body). Every week, my mother and I would sit and watch while we ate dinner, and then dessert, and then fistfuls of buttered popcorn. We would ogle at the spectacle, maybe in part wishing that one day,...


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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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WEEK 84: Red White and IKEA Blue

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RED WHITE AND IKEA BLUE By: Lauren Anderson It's the Fourth of July today, and while I hope most of you are at a barbeque, or riding on a boat, or sleeping in, I just had to take a minute and drop by and share a story fitting for this day. Although America's history is complicated and violent, and the present isn't much better as of late, still...


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July's Mobili-Buddy of the Month: Hope Hansmeyer

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Introducing July's Mobili-Buddy: Hope Hansmeyer! Thank you for sharing your insights regarding the many benefits of mobility both in and out of the gym, Hope. We are so grateful to have the time with you that we have! What first drew you to adding mobility into your routine? Initially, it was because it was incorporated as part of the Body Adapt program. I was establishing new routines in...


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July Athletes of the Month

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This month we have two magical unicorns as our Athletes Of the Month: Drew Stever and Alicia Tatley. Both of these two super humans started with us at the same time and came in excited to get to work. Since then they have become an integral part of our community, both jumping head-first into the gym challenges and events, as well as using their extra...


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Mobility Schedule Updates

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Hello Solcana Fam! I am really excited to let you know we're adding some more options to our mobility schedule for you. In addition to our current schedule, we will be adding 5:00pm Mini-Mobility classes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday starting next week! Wednesday will also have a Mini-Mobility class at 11am for the day-time folks. We will look into adding more day time classes if there...


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WEEK 83: MEASURING UP

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MEASURING UP By: Lauren Anderson About a month or so ago, Solcana acquired a new piece of gym equipment. It's called the Peg Board, I'm pretty sure. But I like to think of it as “Wall Cribbage”. It's essentially a big board that's been mounted to the wall with a bunch of holes in it, that just perfectly fit these two 'pegs'. Using mostly your arms, you scale...


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Solcana Scholarship

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To donate: http://squ.re/2tc82g4 To apply: http://bit.ly/2sIKcHo Right now at Solcana we are raising money to fund a scholarship membership.This scholarship opportunity has been afforded to us by our generous members and friends, who have donated their money and time to make this scholarship possible. We have raised $830 of the $1980 needed to cover a whole year of membership for someone. If you would like to donate, the donation page...


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WEEK 82: If You're Going Through Hell, Keep Going

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IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL...KEEP GOING By: Lauren Anderson The other day, my stomach didn't feel so hot. Like, not in the stomach ache kinda way, more like the, um-better-not-be-too-far-from-the-bathroom kind of way. So I did what my stomach told me and I stayed close to the bathroom. Sorry, I promise I am going somewhere with this... In between jaunts to the throne, I laid myself down and watched...


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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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Fasting | Solcanacast: Episode 48

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This week we’re diving deep into the subject of fasting, answering YOUR questions on the subject. Learn what different types of fasting are, who can add it in, and what some considerations are for deciding to integrate this useful tool into your dietary strategies.   The post Fasting | Solcanacast: Episode 48 appeared first on NoisePicnic Podcast Network....


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WEEK 81: The Noodle To Beet

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THE NOODLE TO BEET By: Lauren Anderson Cooking. That thing I attempt to do from time to time now, that I swore I never would. I still don't enjoy it all that much... but let's face it, the benefits far outweigh the costs. Cause there's the actual nutritional benefits, of knowing EXACTLY what you're eating, and the actual literal cost. It's cheaper to eat at home, right? My wallet...


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Amy Kuretsky, Health Coach, L.Ac.: Tarot for Yourself | Solcanacast: Episode 47

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Amy Kuretsky is BACK on the show to show us how to pull tarot cards for yourself! Get into this intuitive practice and you may never go back. How? Why? Better listen to find out!   www.amykuretsky.com www.hollysimplestudio.com Minneapolis event: Tarot Under the Moon: Facebook Event The post Amy Kuretsky, Health Coach, L.Ac.: Tarot for Yourself | Solcanacast: Episode 47 appeared first on NoisePicnic Podcast Network....


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June 27 Photo Shoot: #comeasyouare

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Hello Brilliant Community, We have been so moved by the participation and energy around the #comeasyouare campaign and are excited to introduce the next phase to our community and are requesting your help. The next phase is going to be about celebrating and honoring the many incredible things our bodies can do now and the powerful things we are working towards. It's also about leaving room for...


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Yoga Nidra Workshop with Kate O'Reilly

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Lower stress and tension and deepen your healing with yoga nidra! On the third Tuesday of every month, Kate will teach a Restorative Yoga Nidra class during the 6:40PM mobility class through August. Yoga nidra is also known as yogic sleep. It is a type of guided meditation that guides you into a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleeping. It is a state in which the...


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