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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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Why Macros?

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If you are anything like me, the transition around New Years brings up a lot of issues around food shame and guilt. Diet culture teaches us that each new year we should resolve to be smaller, take up less space and finally meet our goal of being skinny. It's so frustrating to constantly be in and out of the cycle of dieting. A few years...


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Recap 20.5 & End of the Open!

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Congratulations everyone! Another year of the Open is done. I personally really enjoyed the workouts this year, and I will definitely be retesting them in another 6 months to see how I do. 20.5 was particularly epic, as some people got their very first pull-ups and it was AMAZING to watch. Congratulations Nate on winning the workout this week! So incredible to be able to do...


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Recap 20.4

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So far 20.4 has been my favorite workout of the year. I didn't expect to love it because it was another 20 minute grinder, but I loved doing it and even more so, I loved watching people do it. There were so many clean and jerk PR's! Pat and Garrett tied for first this week! Both of them got through the 185# clean and jerks...


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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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Recap Open 20.3

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20.3 was a fun little repeat of 18.4 and it was a fun one to do again! This time I saw a lot of people really challenge themselves on the deadlift weight, and do some incredibly difficult pushup reps. Great work!   Congratulations Pat!! Pat almost made it to the first set of handstand walking, which is very impressive. The second weight for the platinum deadlift...


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Recap 20.2

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Great job on the second workout everyone! This one was sooooooo loooooooong. 20 minutes felt epic, and not in a good way. There was also a vastly different number of reps between Silver and Gold/Platinum, so I would say we had a variety of experiences in this one! Check out those incredible scores! It's also fun to see some names on the top 20 that...


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Recap Open 20.1

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20.1 was an absolute lung-burning, leg trashing, burpee-heavy workout. It was so inspiring to watch everyone tackle this one head on. I saw some folks really challenge themselves to go a little faster, do a few more reps, and it was a beautiful thing. Let's check out the results: Kira was the only person to finish this workout! Her burpees are wicked fast, and even...


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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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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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Open Team Challenge 2020!

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This year, CrossFit HQ has moved the CrossFit Open to October. So this year we get a double dose of the Open! Now is the time for you to register to be part of the 2020 Solcana Open Team Challenge, AKA the most fun time of year. What is the Open? The CrossFit Open is an international competition that happens annually. Starting this year it will occur in...


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July Athletes of the Month

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Welcome to July, it's getting hotter and we have lots of summer fun planned for you, so get in here and enjoy the good company and the A/C! We are so excited to announce our July Athletes of the Month, and it's been a long time coming for both of them: Pat McCann and Sasha Yunginger!   Pat McCann is the best rower in the gym. He...


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New Programming Cycle July - October

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Hey everyone! I wanted to take some time to break down what to expect in the next chunk of programming because it will be slightly different from what we typically do this time of year.    When creating a block of programming, one of the top priorities should be what is called specificity. Specificity in an exercise sense just means that the elements included in your training...


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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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Spring Oly Cycle

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The 2019 Open is done! Congrats on making it through. Everyone did an awesome job and I saw a LOT of people do things they thought they couldn’t. If you take a year at Solcana and zoom it way out, you’ll see that the end of the Open coincides with a solid Olympic-centric cycle. This is because we have the beginners weightlifting meet in May,...


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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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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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Recap 19.4

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19.4 is over and hopefully that means we are done with burpees this open season! This workout was super fun. I don't think I have ever seen an open workout before with built-in rest. That added component really pushed people to burn through the first part as fast as possible, to leave as much time remaining for those harder skills. It was also really amazing...


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19.3 Recap

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Another week down, and we over halfway done with the Open! I don’t know about all of you, but 19.3 was the hardest for me so far. Those weighted box step-ups were something else. I was so super impressed watching so many people try a really challenging variation of the pushup. Some people got their first few handstand push-ups, and for most people the hand-release...


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Recap 19.2

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What a fun week! 19.2 was a repeat of 16.2, and it was a great opportunity to see folks hit new heavy numbers on their clean. Plus, a handful of people actually finished the workout, which was really cool to see. This workout was particularly hard because it combined a high-rep gymnastics movement (toes to bar), a difficult skill (double-unders), and heavy weights (squat cleans)....


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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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