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JUNE MOBILI-BUDDY OF THE MONTH

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Introducing June's Mobili-Buddy of the Month: Ikraan Omar Ikraan has a consistent presence in the mobility room and it shows! Her athletic movements and lifts have improved significantly over the past several months thanks to her hard work and dedication. Thank you, Ikraan, for sharing your mobility story with us. What first drew you to adding mobility into your routine? I realized I was always sore and tight...


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Josh Kaplan's Journey in the Essential You 201

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Well, friends, I’m proudly wrapping up Essential You 201--just in time to enjoy all of the excellent Memorial Day weekend food! For those of you who didn’t read my last blog post, you can find it here. If you are feeling too lazy to click the link, here’s a quick background: Essential You 201 is a six week class with a four week dietary challenge....


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Josh Kaplan's Journey in the Essential You 201

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Hello. My name is Josh. I’m an improv theatre artist, drummer, and proud Solcanaut. For those of you that don’t know me, I’m otherwise known as Hannah Wydeven’s husband and Petey’s dad. I’m also currently enrolled in the Essential You 201 with Lucia Hawley, NTP over in our Solcana Wellness Center. It’s been a roller coaster so far, and I’d love to share some of...


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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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May Mobili-Buddy of the Month

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It's my pleasure to introduce Nate Maertens as Solcana's Mobili-Buddy of the Month! Thank you, Nate, for sharing your wonderful insights and presence with us in and out of the mobility room. We are lucky to have you. What first drew you to adding mobility into your routine? Feeling old! (Seriously though, it was probably Laurel's incessant proselytizing about how awesome the mobility classes are.) What was your...


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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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April's Mobili-Buddy of the Month, Melissa Ho!

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Introducing April's Mobili-Buddy of the Month, Melissa Ho! Melissa has been a consistent, strong and grounding presence in the mobility space for the past several months and we couldn't be happier to have her here as part of our Solcana Fam. Check out what she has to say about her mobility practice and Solcana Wellness! What first drew you to adding mobility into your routine? Before mobility, my body was...


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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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March Mobili-Buddy of the Month: Kate O'Reilly

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Solcanauts! I have a very exciting announcement to make. Not only is Kate O'Reilly our Mobili-Buddy of the Month, she is also going to start teaching mobility classes here at Solcana! Her first class is Thursday, March 2 at 12:40pm. She will be teaching Monday's at 10:40am and Thursday's at 12:40pm. Read on for her story and insights regarding mobility! What first drew you to adding obility into your...


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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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Problem 10: Adulting

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As the 11:30 class started last week, we circled up and Coach Hannah asked the go-around question. What type of email inbox person are you? I tried my best to stall while telling everyone my name and preferred gender pronouns, but finally, I had to admit that I thoroughly go through my email about twice a year. Which was totally a lie. Truthfully, I did it...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Adam Iverson

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I came to Solcana as a photographer. I responded to a request to shoot a throwdown. I knew that Crossfit was an exercise program with a reputation for getting people into exceptional shape, and what I saw at the competition put that athleticism on display. I was sold. I wanted to be in exceptional shape. I came to Solcana as an ultra runner. I run for...


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February Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our two February Athletes of the Month, Ikraan Omar and Kira Hasbargen! Ikraan has made a home at Solcana and always greets everyone with an infectious smile and a bright and enthusiastic "hi!"  She shows up consistently. She is a strong advocate for her health at 16 - and she has made an impact on her family's health as well. Ikraan has a great attitude and...


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February Mobili-Buddy of the Month: Adam Quick

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This month, Adam Quick shares his story of how after a mobility class he feels like that "annoying person that’s happy all the time and you feel like you want to punch them but subconsciously it’s really just because you want to feel that good, too." Read on to find out how he did it ... What first drew you to adding mobility into your routine? I always had...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Eik

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Ideally, home is comfort.  It’s comfort and peace and relaxation.  Home is escape.   That being said, I’m not referring to the buildings where our mail is sent.   As a high school teacher and a human being who generally tries to pay attention, I understand that many people don’t have the luxury of letting their hair down at the place where they go after school or...


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Problems 5 & 6: Boys and New Year's Resolutions

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Problem 5: Boys Last spring, I was at practice for Solcana’s Olympic Weightlifting team, when I got a text message from my boyfriend. The team had just finished warming up, beginning our sets. I went to check my phone to see what weight to start with, when I read the words, I need to talk to you. I froze (which was ironic because the snow was finally...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Meghan Casey

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My journey to Solcana was the result of a series of meant-to-be’s. After my dad died, I went in search of something to give me a sense of community with my fellow humans. I took Everyday Improv at Brave New Workshop and fellow athlete Taj Ruler was my instructor. Taj’s advice for those learning about improv was to see improv, lots and lots of it....


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Mobili-buddy of the Month: Laurel Turek

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Laurel is one of the most dedicated, committed, and heart felt athletes and all around humans I've ever met. If you have had the pleasure of working out with and/or mobilizing with Laurel, you know she is deserving of both Athlete AND Mobili-buddy of the Month simultaneously. It is an honor to highlight her this month and share her story with you.   What first drew you to...


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January Athletes of the Month: Laurel Turek and Alex Fink

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Happy New Year! I am pleased as punch to announce our two January Athletes of the Month, Laurel Turek and Alex Fink! Laurel Turek is a lover and a fighter who is conducting her own personal renaissance. Years ago she survived a crash that resulted in a hip replacement and changed the course of her life. Laurel does not allow physical limitation to hold her back, and in...


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Problem 4: Food

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My journey with food has been a wrought one, and you don’t have to look farther than my mother’s cheese drawer (see Problem 2: Coming Home) to see why. Growing up, and honestly still today, my eating habits are led by my taste buds and brain’s pleasure center more than anything else. As a kid, I ate so much pineapple that my tongue burned from all of the citric...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Amy Highness

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I started coming to Solcana exactly one year ago. I had been following a home-based fitness program with some success, but I had hit the limit of my self-motivation and knew that if I wanted to push further I needed to find some external accountability and enthusiasm. I had given up on conventional gyms years before, always feeling like a hamster on a wheel in...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Pat Tracy

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“It’s time to email Hannah,” I sweatily muttered to myself. It was a snowy February evening, and I was running on a treadmill in my old apartment building’s exercise room. This “fitness center” was more of a glorified utility closet, housing a bunch of random gym equipment. Shockingly, using a broken elliptical and QVC’s infamous Ab Slide for 30 minutes a day wasn’t an inspiring method...


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Problem 3: Clothes

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It all started with the dressing room, sometime around 6th or 7th grade, most likely in late August. My mother Jeannie and I were back-to-school shopping, and we grabbed all the same sizes that we did the year before: adult medium. (I was too mature for Gap Kids.) Stepping out of the dressing room, however, she identified the muffin top in the room and said, “Lift...


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Mobili-Buddy of the Month: Becky Kane

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Wonderful community, As a means to share the many gifts mobility has to offer to our community, we will be highlighting a Mobili-Buddy each month! Becky Kane graciously accepted the opportunity to be highlighted as our first. Here is what she has to say about her experience with mobility, athleticism, and how incorporating gentleness and patience with her body has benefited her in the gym: What first drew you...


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December Athletes of the Month

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I am quite pleased to announce our December Athletes of the Month, Lauren Hansen and Ben Capistrant! One thing they have in common is love of a stylish workout ensemble. Let's dive into the details. Lauren became a Solcanaut last May. The first time I met her, she said she was here because she wanted to work on getting stronger. I did not realize at the time just...


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