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WEEK 64: Change Is Hard

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CHANGE IS HARD By: Lauren Anderson Last Wednesday at the gym, I got lost in thought during a particularly grueling 50-calorie-row portion of the Met Con. (Met Con is short for metabolic conditioning. Or as I like to call it, the “exercise-y part. Not the weight-lifty part.”) I know it doesn't seem like much, but in order to burn one calorie on those machines, the average gym goer...


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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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Episode #33: Periods and Periods

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A delightful and information-packed episode from Hannah and Lucia this week! Learn what the correlation between athletic ability and our monthly menstrual cycles means, how it influences a person’s body and what some primary nutrition steps are to begin to regulate the system if PMS is affecting you. Have ou tweeted us yet… @solcanapodcast ?! Why not?  ...


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Week 63: Bit By Bit

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If there is one chore I hate doing above all others...it's the dishes. I hate hate hate doing dishes. That's crazy right? The dishes? But that's one of the easy ones! I know, I know. But I still hate it. I think it's because it's so endless. Every single day, every time I eat, there are dishes to be done. And it doesn't get any better...


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Episode #32: Natalie Davis

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Welcome our guest today Natalie Davis, colonic hydrotherapist and owner of her own badass colonic studio, Move Colonics. Learn why making sure you’re fully pooping is so integral to your health, what the first step before a change in diet REALLY is for happy bowels, and why Natalie is not so woo-woo and way into the science of rehydrating the gut.   No challenge this week! Go...


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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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February Mobili-Buddy of the Month: Adam Quick

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This month, Adam Quick shares his story of how after a mobility class he feels like that "annoying person that’s happy all the time and you feel like you want to punch them but subconsciously it’s really just because you want to feel that good, too." Read on to find out how he did it ... What first drew you to adding mobility into your routine? I always had...


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WEEK 62: Seduced By The Ex

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SEDUCED BY THE EX By: Lauren Anderson If any of you are like me, you have some exes in your past. People that you once loved, or thought you loved...or maybe it didn't even get that far. (And face it, that's probably why it had to end.) My point is, we all got history right? And whether I am the breaker-upper, or the break-up-eee, I know that these...


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Episode #31: Muscles & Muscles

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Don’t forget to follow us on facebook and Twitter@ Solcanacast on ye old FB and @solcanapodcast on the twitter. Get at us! This week we talk in microfractural detail about muscles–how to grow ‘em, how to feed ‘em, how to make ‘em big, how to make ‘em strong, and how there’s a difference between all of that. Oh yeahhhhhhhhh!  ...


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WEEK 61: Try a Little Tenderness

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I woke up early on inauguration day. Turning off the alarm and peaking outside the window, it was gray and foggy. I rolled back over and snuggled into my bed. I didn't want the day to start, and I don't know what to expect from the future, but if there would've been an “opt out” button on that day, I would've pressed it. Insult and injury...


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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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Episode #30: Sarah Super

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Join us for this super special episode with Sarah Super, the creator of Break The Silence, one of 30 trauma-sensitive yoga instructors and so, so, so much more. Come learn her story, how it informs her work and how we can all learn from supporting trauma-sensitive environments–and what this means. #breakthesilence breakthesilence.org No challenge this week!...


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WEEK 60: When You Assume...

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Hopefully you've all heard that old adage, “When you assume, you make an ASS outta U and ME.” Get it? Assume? Ass-U-Me. Of course you get it. Because you're all super smart smarties. (I mean duh! You're reading this blog. Of course you're geniuses.) It's a classic. An old tried-and-true saying that AP English professors across the land relish in telling their new pupils. Well, I'm bringing...


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Episode #29: Pee & Pee

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Mmmhmm–pee pee! This week Hannah and Lucia dive into the wonderful world of pee–what is it? Where is it? What do we do with it (hint: some people drink it. We do not advise this!), and what does it mean if we pee during times when we don’t intend it, like during workouts or when we sneeze? Tune in to listen. And don’t forget to...


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InBody Testing at Solcana Fitness January 30th

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Hey folks, Lucia here! Monday, January 30th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM Body Knowledge will be here at Solcana Fitness with InBody body composition testing. We'll be hosting InBody every 6 months to provide this service in the hopes that those who enjoy seeking out body composition testing will be able to obtain: Consistent testing methods Enough time between sessions to track changes In my opinion, there are...


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Open Team Challenge 2017

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We are in the last week of this cycle, which means it is time to start thinking about the next cycle, which starts next week! You will notice that this current cycle bleeds quite a bit into the next one, but with one main difference: this cycle we will be focused on prepping for and competing in the CrossFit Open. The CrossFit Open is an international competition...


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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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Episode #28: Ketosis & Kyphosis

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Welcome welcome, 2017! We’re checking out our K words this week and learning about these special, special… states! If you’ve been curious about these “oses”, now’s your time to buff up on what exactly ketosis does, who can use it, and how kyphosis affects, well, most everyone! Tweet us @solcanapodcast and let us know what’s up–who do you want us to interview next? What’s a...


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Pay it Forward in 2017

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Happy New Year wonderful community! 2017 is going to be quite the year. A year where sitting by idle will not suffice as there will be many changes ahead. We have to do our part to speak up and act out for the causes and people we love and believe in. That's why we're going to keep the Pay it Forward opportunity going into the new...


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Mobili-buddy of the Month: Laurel Turek

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Laurel is one of the most dedicated, committed, and heart felt athletes and all around humans I've ever met. If you have had the pleasure of working out with and/or mobilizing with Laurel, you know she is deserving of both Athlete AND Mobili-buddy of the Month simultaneously. It is an honor to highlight her this month and share her story with you.   What first drew you to...


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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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WEEK 58: The Hole in the Marble

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THE HOLE IN THE MARBLE By: Lauren Anderson Last summer one of my very dear friends Heather went to Florence. On her epic adventure she got to see one of the most famous pieces of art in the history of our world. The statue of David, by Michelangelo. The statue is renowned for being this symbol of strength, defiance, and pride. His body is beautiful. His face, divine....


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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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WEEK 57: Ho Ho--OH NO!

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HO HO-- OH NO By: Lauren Anderson When I was about 11, my loving grandparents gave me an exercise video for Christmas. I remember opening the present (one of many... they always spoiled us rotten) and my face falling, and quickly trying to fix my mortification by feigning surprise and delight. It was a Denise Austin movie, and it was by all turns—hilarious. But at the time, I...


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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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Episode #27: Grains & Gains

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Ahhhh, those good old grains. WAIT. ARE THEY GOOD? Should they be BAD? Isn’t Paleo how everyone should eat? Why am I saying should so much?? Well hey. Let Lucia settle your stomach (ew) and give you something to mull on as you’re munching on those grains. Later, Hannah helps us all hop aboard the #gainztrain and take a ride into GainzTown together. Jump on,...


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Mobili-Buddy of the Month: Becky Kane

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Wonderful community, As a means to share the many gifts mobility has to offer to our community, we will be highlighting a Mobili-Buddy each month! Becky Kane graciously accepted the opportunity to be highlighted as our first. Here is what she has to say about her experience with mobility, athleticism, and how incorporating gentleness and patience with her body has benefited her in the gym: What first drew you...


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WEEK 54: Lips, Hips, Down To My Tips

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LIPS, HIPS, DOWN TO MY TIPS By: Lauren Anderson   Winter craziness is in full swing, even if we don't really have much snow to prove it. Each morning I've been waking up stiffer and stiffer, pouring a cup of coffee and executing my day. It's been a lot of the same, and I haven't been as social as I usually am, because I've been working so much. I've...


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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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