I first heard about Solcana from a fellow coach who works there. I was looking for another job, and they suggested I check out Solcana. To be honest, I had never thought I would be into CrossFit and thought I would just stick to the strength. Then I took a CrossFit class and got completely hooked! It is an entirely new way of challenging my body and after every class, I feel proud of myself. Solcana has really challenged me to see what my body can do. I was really into powerlifting and bodybuilding before coming to Solcana. I still like doing those types of workouts, but I really like seeing what I can do with just my body. I think my greatest achievement since joining Solcana is getting the kipping pull-up! It took me forever to figure out how to do this movement and I still have work to do on getting the timing right. It is so impressive to me to see what all the athletes, myself included, can achieve. I’d love to be able to learn how to do a muscle up, which is something I never would have imagined I would want. I didn’t even know what a muscle up was until Solcana!
Solcana has introduced me to a part of the community I always longed to be a member of. I never really felt like part of the queer community, rather on the outskirts of it. Now, after starting at Solcana and getting to know the members, I feel like I am part of a community and it feels really great. I love that Solcana promotes folks to be themselves and that you are enough, exactly as you are. I never feel competitive with anyone in the gym but myself and I think that is an integral part of being part of a community. We live in a very competitive world and it’s nice to have a place to channel that energy in a more supportive, productive way. Building each other up and becoming stronger as individuals and as a community as a result.
I feel like my life outside of the gym has changed significantly. I engage more with people and I’m much more empathetic than I used to be. I think a lot of that has to do with the community at Solcana. I also feel like my body and mind feel better. Doing high intensity workouts has done a lot for me physically and emotionally. I experienced a lot of trauma as a kid and as a result, ended up with a lot of repressed emotions and C-ptsd. I feel like I have a place to channel some of that in a way that feels really productive and healthy. Solcana has felt really healing for me, which is something I wasn’t expecting, but am so grateful for!
Solcana has challenged me in a lot of ways physically, emotionally, and mentally. I think my biggest challenge has been adhering to a schedule. I’m really used to being able to workout whenever I want, and now I’m challenged to actually plan out my day! It’s challenged me to be more thoughtful about how I’m spending my time and fitting in that much needed self care. Self care for the win!
I love the monthly goal board Solcana has. It brings me a lot of joy thinking about what I would like my monthly goal to be and seeing other folks’ goals. My goals when I was first starting out were to show up and try to learn the basics. I feel like my goals are really similar now, though I am more interested in pushing my limits and showing up as a positive person in the gym. I want to be an example of change. There are a lot of folks in this community who have experienced trauma and oppression and sometimes all a person needs to be an advocate for happiness in their own life is for someone to believe in them. I have been lucky in that people have believed in me, even when I haven’t been able to believe in myself. I want to pay that forward and be a supporter for the folks in my life. I think Solcana is a really great place to do that, and set an example for others.