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September Athletes of the Month

Congratulations to our September Athletes of the Month, Rachel Peterson and Bruno Lima! Rachel Peterson is a superstar of the 5:30am class. She has worked quietly and consistently to build her strength and skills with very impressive results. When she first came to the gym, she had one of those kinda scary squats(!), but she has trusted the process, taken it one class at a time, respecting the pace of her own progress. Now she has a squat to be proud of! Coach Kaitlin put it this way: "Rachel doesn't expect perfection right away; she has put in small steps toward a more effective way of moving. She loves to learn how to move based on what her body needs." Rachel has gotten so strong and moves so well, and we can see that she is on her way to doing kipping pull ups soon! She has also taken up going on super long walks. She recently walked from St. Paul to Stillwater. She also walked around Nokomis, Harriet, Bde Maka Ska, and Isles on a whim, which is so cool! Rachel, we love you and we are so glad you are part of the family.   Bruno Lima has been recognized as Athlete of the Month for his can-do attitude and his friendly presence in the gym. He shows up, puts his shoes on and is all-in. He wants to learn and he balances his learning with practice. Bruno is open to feedback, but he also doesn't give up if he doesn't understand and he takes things a step at a time. He is so consistent, kind, and quietly very funny. Coach Kaitlin says "I've had so many good conversations with Bruno and he's always open to feedback and actively seeks me out when he wants tips on form. He's got so many triathlon shirts, and I want to know all of the stories behind them!" Bruno is a microbiologist at the University of Minnesota Dental School. Keep up the amazing work, Bruno! You are an inspiration to everyone around you.

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THE HORSE AND THE PLASTIC CHAIR

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A CROSSFIT-SIZED CAPER

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May Athletes of the Month

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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...


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PASS THE JOINT...HEALTH

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PASS THE JOINT...HEALTH By:Lauren Anderson I was over at my Mom's house for dinner on Sunday. After dinner and dishes were done, we went outside to take her two dachshunds, Paco and Rosa, out for their nightly walk. They do their business, (like they do), and my mom starts talking to the dogs, in that VERY SPECIFIC excited way that adult humans who love their dogs talk to...


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THE EMPTY CLAY POT

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Spring Oly Cycle

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April Athletes of the Month

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Welcome Spring, and congratulations to our April Athletes of the Month, Pat Staiger and Margaret Perry! "Pat joined us after doing CF at another gym for a while, and once he tested the waters with us, he was hooked" says Coach Hannah. "He is now an integral part of our community and I can't remember what it was like before he was here. Pat is a...


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THE SMALL MAGIC OF DOING LITTLE THINGS

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THE SMALL MAGIC OF DOING LITTLE THINGS By: Lauren Anderson A few years ago after my brother Kevin died, the family decided to dedicate a bench to him at the Minnesota Zoo. He loved animals, and they loved him. He just had a way with them. I come from a deeply animal-loving family. The zoo was something we did together and still do, even though we're all adults...


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Recap 19.5 + 2019 Open Season

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19.5 is over, and that is officially a wrap on the 2019 season! In my humble opinion, 19.5 was pure torture. 20 minutes of lung-burning, arm-killing torture. Glad it's done! Even at 35# doing ring rows I was ready to throw in the dang towel about 6 minutes in. Great job to everyone who completed this and all of the other open workouts! I had...


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“BE NOT AFRAID OF GOING SLOWLY...” By: Lauren Anderson I woke up groggy this morning. Not sure why, but I was. As I lumbered out of bed into upright standing position, I stood there for a sec, wiping my face and not moving. Then the voice in my head started. “C'mon Anderson, let's go.” I've written about the voice in my head many times before, and thankfully this morning...


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Recap 19.2

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