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May Athletes of the Month

Spring is finally here! Congratulations to our May Athletes of the Month, Katie Fritz and David Bradley!   Katie Fritz told us that she always saw herself as a solo exerciser before Solcana, but she took a chance on us and has been really putting herself into everything she does here. Coach Jerik says "Katie started at Solcana as part of the Outdoor Program, and appears to be good at everything. She sometimes expresses doubt in herself, but she will ALWAYS try. Then she knocks it out of the park." Coach Kaitlin adds that "Katie Fritz has an unflappable, fun attitude. Even when she's intimidated by a workout or a movement, she goes "all in" and does the best she can. She's one of the strongest people I know. I also think Katie is a great classmate to peers as well. When I've been in class with her and super nervous she's been there with a lil joke or word of encouragement." Katie is an awesome person and a parent to two kiddos with partner Erin Walsh, thereby making them one of the cutest families to ever walk through the gym doors. We are so glad you're all part of the family!               David Bradley has only been with us for a little over a year, but he has made so much progress in that time. He came in with a lot of experience in crossfit but was very open to us coaching him and correcting some habits that he had picked up. David has quietly worked hard on his form and gymnastics. He takes cues really well and has made tons of improvement in his oly technique and pull-ups. He's always humble, and super supportive of other athletes in the gym. He works extremely hard and never sandbags anything. He is competitive with himself but he's always excited for other people's achievements. Also, he has a cool accent and he always has a funny answer to the QOD. Coach Marijke adds that he has excellent bus etiquette! David is also a PhD candidate in economics at the UMN, and is graduating this spring, which makes his consistency at the gym all the more impressive. Congratulations, David! We have loved having you here!

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Recap 19.1

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The first CrossFit Open workout 19.1 is in the books! What an excellent way to start the season off, with a simple yet painful burner. A lot of you challenged yourselves to use a heavier ball than usual and a higher target than you are used to, and that was really incredible to see. I personally did the workout in a mostly empty gym in...


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ALLEGORICAL GRAPEFRUIT

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ALLEGORICAL GRAPEFRUIT By: Lauren Anderson When I first started working out at Solcana, I did a food challenge to reset the inflammation in my body. If you've been following this blog from the jump, you probably remember a pretty steep learning curve. I learned so much about food, and nutrition, and even how to cook! I learned the great effect sugars had on my body. I don't think...


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FORBIDDEN LOVE (a love letter to my body)

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FORBIDDEN LOVE (A Love Letter To My Body) By: Lauren Anderson Dearest Body, I know it's been a while since we've spoken like this my love, but what better time to rekindle the flame than on St. Valentine's Day? Alas, life has kept me from spending more time with you than I wish. But fear not ma cherie, for my affection for you is stronger than ever. It...


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A CHANGE IN DENSITY

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A CHANGE IN DENSITY By: Lauren Anderson About a week ago, it occurred to me that it had been 3 months since I'd seen one of my closest friends. Months! How does that happen? Well I s'pose, life, school, work, being and adult, etc etc. All that boring stuff that gets in the way of having fun... sigh. After a few texts and some calendar checks, we managed...


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February Athletes of the Month

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Welcome to February! This month is short but winter is starting to feel long. This time of the year I'm grateful for the warmth and sweaty cameraderie inside of the gym, as well as bright sunshine when the temps are frigid. It's also time to announce our February Athletes of the Month, Katie Paro and Brad Evans! Coach Hannah nominated both of these athletes and...


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TAKING THE TIME IT TAKES

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TAKING THE TIME IT TAKES By: Lauren Anderson   When my grandpa and grandma passed away, I inherited all their watches. My grandparents were dapper to be sure, but also modest. These watches effectively had no value, but to me, they were priceless. Shortly after I acquired these treasures, I decided to have a fashion moment and wear them all on one wrist on one day. The effect was...


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IT'S THE CLIMB

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IT'S THE CLIMB By: Lauren Anderson For the past few days, I keep catching myself humming an old Miley Cyrus song from 2009. I know! I'm as surprised as you are. Cause honestly, I didn't even know that I had those lyrics rattling around in my head. I've never bought an album. But some stars are just ubiquitous I s'pose. I won't keep you guessing either--there's no big song...


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SOFT POTATO OR A HARD EGG

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SOFT POTATO OR A HARD EGG By: Lauren Anderson The summer between 3rd and 4th grade I signed up to do a weeklong dance camp with the Parkettes. The Parkettes were the high school dance team and I thought they were EVERYTHING. I was so excited. Not only would I get to learn real life dance moves from real life dancers, but I would also get a tee...


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Open Team Challenge 2019

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It's crazy to think that the 2019 Open is rapidly approaching! Now is the time for you to register to be part of the 2019 Solcana Open Team Challenge, AKA the most fun time of year. What is the Open? The CrossFit Open is an international competition that happens yearly in February and March. It’s an opportunity for CrossFit athletes across the world to test out their...


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COME AS YOU ARE

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COME AS YOU ARE By: Lauren Anderson When I was getting dressed on New Year's Eve night, I had some things to consider. I had a show to do that night, so I knew I had to be able to do improv in whatever I chose to wear. And then later on that night I would be going to a house party with a small (albeit wonderful) group...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Jane Sumner

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I joined Solcana in April 2017, when I was twelve weeks pregnant. If you’ve ever been pregnant, known anyone who was pregnant, or somehow gotten sucked up in the (awful) social conversation surrounding pregnancy, you probably know two things. First, you’re not supposed to try new physical activities because you might hurt yourself or the fetus. Second, lots of people have Opinions -- Strong ones!...


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2019 Open Cycle

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Happy New Year! As we head into the new year, we are also heading into a new programming cycle. This cycle is our 2019 Open Prep Cycle. In our year-long macrocycle, this time of year is our "performance" cycle. The rest of the year we are in cyclical strength training cycles, and now is the time of year where we put all of that training...


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January Athletes of the Month

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! All of you athletes are the reason we are here, and we're thrilled to be on your journey with you for another year. Thanks for lighting up these rooms with your energy and your sweat and hard work and for making Solcana such a special place! Congratulations to our January Athletes of the Month, Kate Anders and Teresa Schuld! Kate...


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"ACTION IS THE ANTIDOTE TO DESPAIR"

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“ACTION IS THE ANTIDOTE TO DESPAIR” By: Lauren Anderson I was recently helping a dear friend move out of their house. The reason for the move was because of a divorce which resulted in a series of huge life changes. Luckily my friend had enlisted quite a few other friends to help, so we able to adopt the very efficient “BUCKET BRIGADE” system! It was genius, because everyone was...


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"The Space In Between" by Lauren Anderson

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Hi. Lauren here. You know, once in a while, there are some rare mornings when I wake up, without being prompted by my over-active bladder. I lie there nestled in my bed, and realize I am awake just moments before my alarm starts its round of annoying beeps and boops. And on these rare mornings, I am not bothered by the loss of those precious few...


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THE CALMING NEON ORANGE ROPE

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THE CALMING NEON ORANGE ROPE By: Lauren Anderson When I was little, my parents brought us to Paul Bunyan Land in Northern Minnesota. We rode rides and watched dancing chickens and got our pictures taken with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox. Pretty much having the greatest time a kid could have at a kitschy Minnesotan theme park. And just when I thought the day couldn't...


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Fall Challenge Results

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The Fall Challenge has officially wrapped! This year was incredible, we had so many athletes complete the challenge and really put everything they had into those final test out days. Testing your lifts and metcons for 3 days in a row is so rigorous, and you all really rose to the challenge in a way that testifies to your internal strength as well as your...


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POC Scholarship Applications Open for 2019!

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This year we were able to make enough money on our Black Friday sale to sponsor 10 athletes of color for a full-year membership with us in 2019! We are so excited to do this again. Last year we gained some incredible athletes and we are so thrilled to add even more. A couple of important changes to our process this year: All selected athletes will...


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Fundraising Effort: Shopping With Dignity Program

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As we approach the holiday season, Solcana Fitness wants to give back to our community by supporting Good in the 'Hood's Shopping with Dignity Program. Last year, nearly 1,000 families that included more than 2,500 children, had a merrier Christmas because of this program. Our friend Kira is helping to run this awesome effort! How does it work? Unwrapped donations are placed at seven host sites where parents...


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