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My Story: Solcana Athlete Chelsea Gabrielle

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 box, so that was also a good reason). After some of those gentle nudges that Coach Hannah is so good at, I eventually began to drag myself to the gym. Dragging soon became walking and the walking became running to find out what the workout was that day (I never look at the workout ahead of time I am incredibly good at psyching myself out). This was two years ago now!! I can honestly say my enthusiasm for getting strong and moving my body has never been higher since I joined. To be affirmed that I get to move my body in ways that feel good for me, and to be challenged when *some people* know I could probably put more weight on, has been such a joy--it’s one of the reasons I kept at cleaning the gym through this past Year of Never Ending Commitments. I know being a part of Solcana/doing positive things for my body is something I'm committed to long-term. My feeling of being strong (strong for me right now is showing-up in class when I am real tired or sore, being present, and grounding myself) and connecting with others working on what strength looks like to them is what I wish working out has always been. To make a long and definitely boring story about how much I overcommitted myself this past year brief, I’ve been pretty consistently working 12+ hour days 5-6 days a week for the better part of a year. Between starting a welding program at MCTC, two full-time jobs, cleaning the gym, and remembering to pack myself lunch, it was hard to hold onto the other parts of myself. The exhaustion and frustration that came from that experience (now 1.5 weeks behind me) pushed me to consider what values I was really living out and putting time towards. It came with some hard internal work and challenging life events. Being a part of Solcana--even in the background these past several months--has helped keep me connected to what’s important to me. It's having time to build relationships with other people. It's remembering that moving and being aware of my body is essential for me. It's having the energy and presence to show-up either physically or with my actions from afar. It's remembering that taking care of myself isn't always comfortable, and for me, it's rarely done alone. Taking care of myself is putting my energy into things that keep me afloat (like taking care of my body and putting time and work into relationships!) but also to support amazing work that is being done by radical organizers and artists, to listen, and to continue delving into recognizing and challenging the harm white supremacy and capitalism continues to do and how I am implicated in that every day. Long-ass days with little room to myself doesn't lend itself well to most of these, for me and I've had to make some really hard choices in the past couple weeks. Some things don't change; I still think burpees are the devil's design, I still hate running, and since I've been out of the routine for so long I'm trying to get my rhythm going again. Learning patience seems to be a never-ending task for me.Through Solcana I've found some amazing people I'm humbled to consider friends and cook for, people who are so willing and excited to affirm my accomplishments during my first year of welding, and even more people who are joining who I'm grateful to know already and am excited to see (hopefully) more regularly. And if you need something welded or fixed, you know where to find me!

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Solcana Brand Ambassador: Hector "The Big Gay Mexican" Chavarria

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Hector Chavarria (He/Him) @biggaymexican What type(s) of community work do you engage in? I am a performance artist known as The Big Gay Mexican, tell your friends. My work has been seen in various cabarets and social events throughout the Twin Cities. There is so much fat-shaming, homophobia, and racism flooding the Internet, primarily in social media. The reason I began Big Gay Mexican was because I...


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Max-out week + End of Summer Mini-Cycle

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This week we are finding our 1 rep max for back squat, bench, deadlift and snatch. Such an exciting time! Remember to make sure you get those numbers tracked into WODify and keep them in your memory bank for the future. If this is your first (or hundredth) time maxing out, here are my suggestions going into this week. Don't repeat an old number. Warm up...


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Solcana Scholarship Winners

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I am so excited to announce that we picked our scholarship winner(s)! We raised $1980 to sponsor an athlete for a full year. We had over 20 applicants, and in the end we just fell totally in love with two people, so they are both coming on board! Eli and Karina are two folks that I am thrilled to welcome to the Solcana family. I hope...


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WEEK 87: The Glamorous Life

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THE GLAMOROUS LIFE By: Lauren Anderson When I first became a full-time actor at the Brave New Workshop, I was asked to take on some other duties as well as acting and writing in the shows. In addition to doing what I was hired for, I was also in charge of creating an archival system for the vast amount of 50+ years of theatre history and media...


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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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