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April Athlete of the Month: Amanda Lovelee

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Hooray for the April Athlete of the Month - amazing Amanda Lovelee! Amanda joined the gym in January 2019. Coach Kk says "Amanda’s spirit is so bright, encouraging and fun. From the moment she walked in the gym, she’s given workouts her all. She’s passionate, creative and I love watching her dedication to learning new movements and correcting old movements. I can’t say enough about how...


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March Athlete of the Month: Allison Heist

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We've got so much love for March's Athlete of the Month: Allison Johnson Heist! Allison joined Solcana in January of 2018. You'll usually see her in the mornings, but her dedication means you'll find her at 5pm when her schedule requires it. She lives close by with her husband Kevin and "a super cutie little son," according to Coach Hannah. "She became a mom right...


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February Athlete of the Month: Lily Thiboutot

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Congratulations to Lily Thiboutot, Solcana's February Athlete of the Month! Lily joined Solcana in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic as a way to create accountability and community for her fitness.  Coach Garrett Hoffman says "Lily and I met in 2004 (!) and she has been an incredible force of good and hope in my life since the beginning. When she joined Solcana I was...


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January Athlete of the Month: Rachel Moritz

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Our first Athlete of the Month for 2021 is the wonderful Rachel Moritz! Rachel and her wife Juliet joined Solcana in early 2019 after their child Finn took our classes, and has stuck with us through all the pivots of 2020 - including showing up online consistently week after week! You'll most likely catch her in the morning or noon classes, but she is committed to...


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December Athlete of the Month: Riley Haberland

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December's Athlete of the Month is the wonderful Riley Haberland! Riley has been a part of the morning workout crew for over two years. If you've not made it to a 6am or 6:30am class you've missed out on a serious lifting buddy and some serious laughs. Coach Jeff says "I met Riley doing Ragnar trail in 2018. Right away, I knew they needed to be a...


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November Athlete of the Month: Matt Decuir

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Congratulations to Matt Decuir, November Athlete of the Month! Matt has been a Solcana member since day one, consistently showing up with a smile on his face. Matt's affability has helped set the tone of the gym for so many members. Coach Jerik says "Matt is a fantastic ambassador for the gym community. Since we opened, I think any time there has been someone new in...


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September Athlete of the Month - Marlee Leebrick-Stryker

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September's Athlete of the Month is the one and only Marlee Leebrick-Stryker! Marlee has been a member at Solcana for a year and a half. According to Coach Kk, "Marlee started off as an athlete who wanted to improve their technique and strength for derby, due to an injury. Since starting, I’ve watched them expand their desire to be a better derby athlete into being the...


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My Story: Bradley Machov

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I originally wrote this post three months ago. It slotted in nice and easy as the next in a long string of “My Story” posts on this blog, and the first since COVID-19 shut down, well, everything. Then George Floyd’s murder woke up me, and millions the world over, that nothing about this is nice and easy. It hasn’t felt right to take up space...


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August Athlete of the Month: Heather Stratton

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August's Athlete of the Month is Heather Stratton! Heather's been a Solcana member for over a year and is committed to putting in the work of her fitness journey. Coach Garrett Hoffman says "Heather is an incredibly consistent and dedicated athlete whose drive and motivation are enviable! I love watching Heather as she constantly strives to improve her form on each and every movement." Heather lives in...


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July Athlete of the Month: Matthew Rubbelke

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Congratulations to July’s Athlete of the Month, Matthew Rubbelke! As Coach Hannah says, "Matt is the kind of person you immediately want to get to know. He is warm and open, and makes you feel special right away! He is an incredible energy to have in class and probably won "best smile" in his high school superlatives." Matt joined Solcana last fall to supplement his existing...


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May Athletes of the Month: Ewan Scotto and Josh Humphrey

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With so many amazing athletes showing up to online classes, we have to celebrate two for May! Congratulations to Ewan Scotto and Josh Humphrey - both super consistent athletes who are stepping up to home workouts. Coach Hannah says  "now that we are virtual, Ewan has totally embraced this time in their fitness journey and even brought their partner Elly on board for classes. It's...


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April Athlete of the Month: Carrie Bain

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"Hello?!" Carrie just uttering "hello?!" is enough to get giggles out of her fellow athletes. Spend a whole workout with her and you're sure to laugh. Coach Jenn says "I knew Carrie before she came to us and I am SO GLAD she is here. She took body adapt and beginner strength and then transitioned to CF. She’s such a bright light and her humor is incomparable....


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Margaret Perry

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Growing up, I was always acutely aware of the space my body took up. I dreaded my annual doctor’s appointment, where I would be lectured yet again on how I needed to exercise more. I felt like an anomaly among the women in my family, who were all so enviably small. I took solace in being a high achiever academically; sure, I may have come...


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March Athlete of the Month: Mimi Amelang

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Mimi joined Solcana in 2017 with a strength training interest, looking to lift more seriously on a Powerlifting team. She's become a staple of the Solcana lifting community; attending meets, challenging herself and supporting her fellow lifters. Mimi focuses on Strength and Power Lifting, attending CrossFit and Mobility classes to support her training. Coach Jenn says to "watch Mimi stretch sometime - it is so...


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February Athlete of the Month: Mike Carri

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Mike Carri came to Solcana in early 2019 for [Em]Power Strength, and quickly became a fixture of almost every class. He dives in to everything from Active Mobility to Olympic Weightlifting, frequently taking two classes a day to chip away at each area he wants to improve in. His dedication moved him quickly from a novice to a Game Day competitor. According to Coach Marijke,...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Lara Friedman-Shedlov

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Growing up, I was far more of an academic achiever than an athletic one. (In junior high, I was voted “little Einstein” by my classmates. True story.) I was terrible at most of the school gym class activities, and my friends were mainly the kids I knew from choir, theater, and uber-geeky clubs like “Future Problem Solving” (yep, it’s a thing). I did not particularly...


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January Athlete of the Month: Nick Cross

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Nick Cross was one of Solcana's first members and has been a consistent staple of the 5:30am class since 2014. Coach Jeff fondly remember's Nick's start: "his very first class was just him at 5:30 am. It was an outside workout and a guy in the alley offered to sell him some shoes. He kept coming to those early morning classes." When talking about Nick, the words...


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December Athlete of the Month

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Congratulations to December's Athlete of the Month - Molly Van Avery! Since joining Solcana, Molly has been a consistent presence at mid morning CrossFit classes. She shows up with an incredibly kind, supportive and enthusiastic attitude. Molly embraced the Open, tackling workouts with a smile regardless of the challenge. For the 20.5 heat she took part in all the 10lb wall balls were taken so she...


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AOTM November 2019: Jenessa White

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Congratulations to our Athlete of the Month: Jenessa White! I had to check several times to make sure that Jenessa had not already been athlete of the month, because she is such a huge part of the fiber of Solcana that it seems preposterous that she has not already gotten this nod. In the past she has won the Spirit of the Open award for being...


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October Athlete of the Month: Aaron Rutzick

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  Aaron is so kind to everyone in the gym. He calmly comes in, cracks a few jokes, calmly kicks ass through the whole class, and calmly goes off to SAVE LIVES! - Coach Jeff Aaron will often talk about how fit and able other people are while being one of the most able athletes himself.  Aaron will absolutely crush workouts and then commiserate with everyone that...


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My Story Athlete Highlight: Emily Herman

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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...


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September Athletes of the Month

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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,...


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June Athletes of the Month

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Happy June, everyone! So many reasons to celebrate this month: It's summer, it's Solcana's 5th birthday, and it's PRIDE month! This month we are recognizing two very special athletes, Ruben Soto-Acosta and Ry Macarayan! They are both inspiring people who have been working hard so give them a high five when you see them around! Ry is nominated by Coach Jenn: "Ry is a body adapt...


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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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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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March Athletes of the Month

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Welcome to MARCH! It may look like a moonscape outside right now but the promise of spring is in the air! I am thrilled to announce our Athletes of the Month for March: Sparkle Jones and Martin Van Boekel!     Sparkle started with Body Adapt about a year ago and has shown SUCH consistency in showing up and doing the work! Coach Hannah says "Sparkle is one...


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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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"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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My Story: Solcana Athlete Ashley Taylor-Gougé

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I can’t believe it’s been a year already. It’s been a year since my early morning trial workout with Morgen and even more notably it’s been a year since I walked into a Wednesday evening Powerlifting Team training for the first time. Folks were working on the bench press. I was all sorts of lost, but Coach Sampson explained it to me and I gave it a try. I mean, you get to lay down, it couldn’t be that bad! (It wasn’t At the time I had only lifted casually at the YWCA after spending most of the year recovering from some minor hip issues. I would deadlift and squat alone; sending videos of my progress to a couple of friends who would do their best to help me virtually. They were my safety net, but I knew I wasn’t going to...


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