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My Story: Solcana Coach Kristina Meanley

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My journey starting CrossFit came about when I decided to apply for a career in law enforcement one year ago. Before then, I didn't really know anything about the sport. I did a Google search to find a place where I could learn how to use and train on a Concept 2 Rower so that I could pass a physical readiness exam. Thanks to my...


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May Athletes of the Month: Rachel and Ross

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Congratulations to our two athletes of the month for May: Rachel Schoepf and Ross Wolf. I giggled a lot about the fact that Ross + Rachel were selected this month (get it? Friends?!), but that is not why they were both chosen. These two incredible athletes have become major assets around the gym, and it's time we honor their awesomeness. Rachel came to us because she...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Eli Coffin

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Solcana has given me a life I never thought I could achieve, one where working out is not about plowing through the hard and the painful, but rather building blocks to a happier relationship with my body. It wasn’t always this way. My mental health has always run my life. From disordered eating, body dysphoria, and being surrounded by others who also suffered from negative body...


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March Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our two amazing Athletes of the Month, Steph James and Max Poessnecker! Steph is one of those surprising people who seem quiet and reserved on the surface until they just knock you over with their badassery. Over the last two years, Steph has worked consistently, with a curiosity about movement and about her own body that has allowed her to push through some challenging...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Sara Lewenstein

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I came to Solcana in May because I was feeling, for lack of a better word, crappy about myself. I had top surgery in December 2016. After top surgery, I thought everything would be different. I thought I was going to automatically love my body because it would finally look the way I knew in my head it was supposed to look. But I still...


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February Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our February Athletes of the Month, Rica Highers and Bradley Machov! Rica Highers brings a fierceness and brilliance that is undeniable. She has embraced crossfit as a practice, and balances her drive and discipline with an attitude of mindfulness, patience, and self love. She pushes herself hard and holds herself to high standards, but she also takes time to celebrate herself and fellow athletes...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Amelia English

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Last week I played Getting to Know You Bingo at a meeting – that game where the bingo grid is full of things like “I’m the middle child” and “I play an instrument” – to help strangers learn little facts about each other. One of the squares said “I’m an athletic person” and I caught myself skimming over it because it wasn’t the square about...


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January Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to Hallie Olson and Mike Grewe, our January Athletes of the Month!   Hallie Olson walked in the door one day in August and said "I'm here to sign up" and she has become a staple at the gym since then. Hallie is someone I am always happy to see in class. She is honest, gentle, and hilarious. If you ever need to be encouraged through a...


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December Athletes of the Month

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Shevaun Church and Katie Burgess are two of the most fascinating people you'll ever know. They are both the type of people who like to constantly learn new things, and are willing to try anything. Shevaun is a woo-woo goddess. She is a magical skin-care guru as well as a food-lover. She is always thinking about ways to improve her gut health, experimenting with how food...


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November Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our November Athletes of the Month, Martha Williams and Marit Peterson! Coach Jenn Schaal nominated Martha: "She's been a diligent crossfitter since body adapt and I love seeing the progress she's making (even though i haven't coached her since BA). Seriously, her consistency is awesome!" Coach AJ adds "Martha is awesome to coach. She’s been consistent in her evening attendance and been working on her squat form which...


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My Story: Solcana Coach Melissa Ho

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As a child I was very active. I was that kid that parents would have to go out looking for because they lost track of time climbing trees, building forts, or knocking on all of the doors to get a baseball game going in the cul de sac. During recess you could find me playing soccer, dribbling a basketball across the court, or running to...


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October Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our October Athletes of the Month, Elizabeth Wrigley-Field and Jane Sumner!   Elizabeth Wrigley-Field joined us back in April. She was looking for a new gym and had done some powerlifting training, but had taken a break for a while and was looking to get stronger. She is now a staple of the Solcana powerlifting team and she also hits up mobility classes with astounding consistency. In addition...


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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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