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June Athlete of the Month: Matthew Rubbelke

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Congratulations to June’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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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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Winter Cycle

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Well, the Crossfit Open is over. 2019 was a bit wild with TWO Open seasons in one year, but it is finally on the shelf for another year. So what’s next?   Normally we have an annual Fall Challenge, but the weird double Open this year sort of messed that up. Not wanting to double down on a gym-wide challenge AND the Open, we’ve decided this year...


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November Athletes of the Month

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Welcome to November, and congratulations to this month's Athletes of the Month, Beth Hilliard and Krystal Harper! Beth is thoughtful, kind, empathetic and endlessly loving toward other people. She has so much heart to give and she is not stingy about it. She moved here from Arkansas (I am almost positive), and immediately joined the gym because she knew she wanted to keep this style of...


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Recap 18.3

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Well, it was bound to happen eventually, a workout with a very difficult technical movement - the muscle-up. In this case, 18.3 was also paired with another difficult movement, the double under. I know a lot of people really struggled with this one, it presented a serious challenge. That being said, I saw some incredible things happen, like first-time muscle-ups, first time doing double-unders in...


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Solcana Kids Classes 2017-18 Sign Up is Here!

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Hello! I hope you have been having a great summer! We are looking forward to bringing you another year of great programming and fun for kids ages 3-12 on Saturday mornings.    This year we are offering a new format. We will have three 6-week sessions throughout the school year for your family to choose from. Sign up for one, two, or all three of them.   Fall: Oct 14th...


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WEEK 90: Potential Rigor Warning

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POTENTIAL RIGOR WARNING By: Lauren Anderson A few Christmases ago, my mom, my step dad, and myself were about to head over to my step-grandparents house to celebrate. We had been tasked with bringing a dish to share. My mom got this great recipe for cold cheese tortellinis that you dip in this special sauce. It was a twist on finger food and they were delicious. Since it was...


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August Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our August Athletes of the Month, Kristina Meanley and Kristin Nierengarten!   Kristina joined us in May of this year ahead of preparing for a physical law enforcement exam. Here is what we love about her: Gubby: I worked with Kristina Meanly before her big erg test and she blew it out of the water -- very committed -- and she has been working out since then...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Bill Heinze

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   I make a lot of mistakes. Most of the time, I’ve misplaced something: my wallet at an airport, my phone in my refrigerator, my master’s thesis on the day of my defense. Some of these mistakes are trivial, like I can just borrow a pencil that day. Some are funny, like getting briefly stuck in a bathtub, and some are a little more dangerous,...


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July Athletes of the Month

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This month we have two magical unicorns as our Athletes Of the Month: Drew Stever and Alicia Tatley. Both of these two super humans started with us at the same time and came in excited to get to work. Since then they have become an integral part of our community, both jumping head-first into the gym challenges and events, as well as using their extra...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Cindy Kuehl

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I have a very simple tattoo on my left wrist. It reads “Inspire” with an arrow to remind myself to keep moving forward; especially when moving feels impossible. I’m reminded of this as I think about the strength that Solcana has brought into my life – mentally and physically. When I think about it, my path to Solcana has been a long, 33 year journey. The...


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June Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our June Athletes of the Month, Alyssa Ahlgren and Shelley Quade! We are so thankful to have you both in our community. Alyssa joined us in October last year, a former hockey player who was itching to get back into the gym. She made herself at home and got down to work, calmly crushing workouts left and right. Alyssa is up for any challenge...


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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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WEEK 71: My Birthday Suit

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MY BIRTHDAY SUIT By: Lauren Anderson It's that time of the year again. In a few days it will be my birthday. I will have made another orbit around the sun. I've always been one of those annoying people that absolutely love my birthday. Maybe it's the springtime, maybe it's being spoiled as a kid, but I can't help it! I love my birthday, and I love this...


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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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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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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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My Story: Solcana Athlete Nick Cross

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Hi, my name is Nick and I’m a runner.  I’ve been a runner since 8th grade. I ran Track & Field from 8th grade through high school, adding Cross Country in college. I continued to run “competitively” until a few years ago when I was unable to recover from injury. I had that dastardly Plantar Fasciitis and it took me almost 3 years to completely...


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Farewell, Christina!

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Christina Gee has been quietly showing up to the 9:30am classes for over a year now. She is kind and quick to smile, and she is secretly very funny. When she started doing crossfit, she was pretty much starting from ground zero. She has been patient, open, and eager to learn and I have watched her change and grow so much since then. She has continued...


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October Athletes of the Month

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October marks the start of a new cycle at Solcana, and it's also time to recognize our October Athletes of the Month, two incredibly consistent, dedicated athletes: Gina Sabbia and Garrett Hoffman!    Since Gina joined us in July 2015, she has worked her butt off to master challenging movements, fine-tune positions in her lifts, and become stronger and more stable. These things have not always come quickly or...


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Sign up for the Solcana Fall Challenge!

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Hey Friends, the fall challenge begins on the week of October 3rd, which is right around the corner. If you haven't already read Hannah's post on the challenge (and if you haven't, make sure you do!) then here's a quick breakdown of why you should sign up: you will be in the running to win prizes for most improved, spirit of the challenge, and best overall score you will...


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September Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our September Athletes of the Month, Jess Finney and Brianna Regan! Both athletes have been with us since December, and since then they have made indelible impressions on the Solcana community. Coach Hannah described first meeting Jess: "she told me 'I know I am strong and can do anything, I just need a coach that understands that I can do a lot with this body'. That alone is...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Danielle Gray

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Solcana has helped redeem my love for fitness. Allow me to explain. I pursued and attained a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and began working in the fitness field while finishing that degree. It didn’t take long to experience how vain the fitness field could be. There were spoken and unspoken pressures to look a certain way, which was conveyed as “thin but toned” if...


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