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December Athletes of the Month

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Shevaun Church and Katie Burgess are two of the most fascinating people you'll ever know. They are both the type of people who like to constantly learn new things, and are willing to try anything. Shevaun is a woo-woo goddess. She is a magical skin-care guru as well as a food-lover. She is always thinking about ways to improve her gut health, experimenting with how food...


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Fall Challenge Winners!

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Finally putting a wrap on the Fall Challenge, and I wanted to share the winners, as well as some overall stats from the challenge in general. Below are the most improved lifts, most improved beep test and top overall. You can see that the most improved lifts take into account WILKs score, which is found using a formula that takes into account your body weight....


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New Cycle: Heading Into 2018

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The Fall Challenge was a phenomenal success. People made huge PR's on their push press, front squat and power cleans. More than that, I saw a ton of improvement on overall form and technique. Also, I had the pleasure of witnessing so many of you re-attempt the Hendrickson Beep Test (despite how painful it was the first time around), and saw so many people add...


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Problem 27: Cleaning out my locker

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The last day of school was always a difficult one for me. Amid the exchange of AIM screen names and promises to keep in touch over the summer, there was that daunting task: cleaning out my locker at the end of the day. In fifth grade, I found the remote control to the family TV that was missing since winter. In high school, I remembered...


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November Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our November Athletes of the Month, Martha Williams and Marit Peterson! Coach Jenn Schaal nominated Martha: "She's been a diligent crossfitter since body adapt and I love seeing the progress she's making (even though i haven't coached her since BA). Seriously, her consistency is awesome!" Coach AJ adds "Martha is awesome to coach. She’s been consistent in her evening attendance and been working on her squat form which...


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Problem 26: New Clothes

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So, I feel like I should start this blog with an update, or a confession rather. I still haven’t gotten rid of my skinny clothes. But listen, it’s on my to-do list. My ever-expanding, constantly-in-the-back-of-my-head to-do list. I write one every morning, now, and it’s helpful but I have noticed some items just get written out of habit, and not necessarily intention. I’m hopeful that...


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Problem 25: The Trail at Hand

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The tent of women next to me had been talking all night. Somehow, I fell asleep for about an hour, only to wake up to one of them saying, Shut up. But she wasn’t saying it to make her friend be quiet. No, she was just saying it as a statement of disbelief. To which her friend responded, No, you shut up! I checked my phone....


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Erin's Journey: The Essential You 101

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Hello everyone and welcome to my first ever blog post! I’m Erin, loud and proud member of Solcana for six wonderful months and loving every moment of it, even on heavy wall ball days. My most recent endeavor at the gym is the Essential You 101 class and the built-in 21 day nutrition challenge.   For the past couple of years I’ve been battling some pretty severe and inconsistent pain in...


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Fall Challenge 2017

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It's that time of year, Fall Challenge time! The Fall Challenge is an opportunity to establish accountability, work towards a specific goal, and be part of something the whole community is doing. This year the Fall Challenge is: 1 RM Front Squat 1 RM Push Press 1 RM Power Clean The Hendrickson Beep Test That's right, this challenge is a FOUR-PART extravaganza of strength and endurance. Next week, sep 18th - 25th,...


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September Mobilibuddy: Shelley Quade

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What first drew you to adding mobility into your routine? I’ve always enjoyed yoga, so I was excited to try out Solcana’s version. What was your first mobility experience like? It was nice. More relaxed with longer poses than other classes I’d been to. I definitely felt the focus was on rejuvenating my muscles rather than working them. What are the benefits you've noticed from incorporating mobility? Increased flexibility, which...


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The Solcana Pledge

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Our most recent #comeasyouare project was a huge success, and we ended up with over 100 photos of you awesome people looking powerful at the gym. My favorite part of this project was seeing so many of you reflect on the struggles of showing up in your own body, as well as the triumphs of owning who you are. To follow up on this project,...


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Solcana Brand Ambassador: Amalia Nicholson

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Amalia Nicholson (she/her) @amalianicholson What type(s) of community work do you engage in? I work in the advertising + film community, primarily. When I'm not working, I'm still working... But on launching a super cool podcast called Borrowed Interest with a couple other rad ladies of color in advertising! We're going to take a critical and fun look at what it's like to be a person of...


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Problem 24: The Voice In The Back

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A promo picture of my co-star and me, for our current Fringe show. * I was sitting at cafe by myself last week, when Lauren published her latest blog (which you should totally read, if you haven't already). And, per usual, it was amazing and I envied everything about her: the writing style, the confidence, but most obvious, her general Lauren Anderson-ness. What I wasn’t expecting, though,...


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Solcana Brand Ambassador: Kory LaQuess Pullam

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Kory LaQuess Pullam. He, Him, His What type(s) of community work do you engage in? I do a fair amount engagement with the community through the arts. Also, workshops and Improv clinics with youth are things that I have found myself giving my time to.. Why Solcana? Why now? It's a perfect time for me to join Solcana because I want to take better care of myself. I like...


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August's Mobili-Buddy of the Month: Kira Hasbargen

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Kira has been a steady, consistent and fun presence in the mobility classes! Thank you, Kira, for always showing up and taking the time to balance your efforts in the gym with gentle, restorative movements. Read on for what Kira shared about her mobility experience...   What first drew you to adding mobility into your routine? Growth. Physically, my body was getting tired and stiff from CrossFit and Beginner...


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Solcana Brand Ambassador: Hector "The Big Gay Mexican" Chavarria

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Hector Chavarria (He/Him) @biggaymexican What type(s) of community work do you engage in? I am a performance artist known as The Big Gay Mexican, tell your friends. My work has been seen in various cabarets and social events throughout the Twin Cities. There is so much fat-shaming, homophobia, and racism flooding the Internet, primarily in social media. The reason I began Big Gay Mexican was because I...


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Max-out week + End of Summer Mini-Cycle

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This week we are finding our 1 rep max for back squat, bench, deadlift and snatch. Such an exciting time! Remember to make sure you get those numbers tracked into WODify and keep them in your memory bank for the future. If this is your first (or hundredth) time maxing out, here are my suggestions going into this week. Don't repeat an old number. Warm up...


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Problem 23: Poutine

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Last night, I went to Red Cow in North Loop by myself. My plan was to sit down at the bar and write this blog, but the happy hour fates had other plans. I opened the menu to the back page, and in an almost aggressive manner, the word poutine threw itself towards my mouth-hole. For everyone reading at home that have never been touched by...


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Problem 22: The Comeback Theory

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The Biggest Loser was my second favorite show growing up (the first being Wheel of Fortune, but that’s because I’m a widowed grandmother trapped in a gay man’s body). Every week, my mother and I would sit and watch while we ate dinner, and then dessert, and then fistfuls of buttered popcorn. We would ogle at the spectacle, maybe in part wishing that one day,...


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July's Mobili-Buddy of the Month: Hope Hansmeyer

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Introducing July's Mobili-Buddy: Hope Hansmeyer! Thank you for sharing your insights regarding the many benefits of mobility both in and out of the gym, Hope. We are so grateful to have the time with you that we have! What first drew you to adding mobility into your routine? Initially, it was because it was incorporated as part of the Body Adapt program. I was establishing new routines in...


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Mobility Schedule Updates

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Hello Solcana Fam! I am really excited to let you know we're adding some more options to our mobility schedule for you. In addition to our current schedule, we will be adding 5:00pm Mini-Mobility classes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday starting next week! Wednesday will also have a Mini-Mobility class at 11am for the day-time folks. We will look into adding more day time classes if there...


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June 27 Photo Shoot: #comeasyouare

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Hello Brilliant Community, We have been so moved by the participation and energy around the #comeasyouare campaign and are excited to introduce the next phase to our community and are requesting your help. The next phase is going to be about celebrating and honoring the many incredible things our bodies can do now and the powerful things we are working towards. It's also about leaving room for...


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Yoga Nidra Workshop with Kate O'Reilly

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Lower stress and tension and deepen your healing with yoga nidra! On the third Tuesday of every month, Kate will teach a Restorative Yoga Nidra class during the 6:40PM mobility class through August. Yoga nidra is also known as yogic sleep. It is a type of guided meditation that guides you into a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleeping. It is a state in which the...


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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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2017 Solcana 5k and 10k (and ice cream)

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I can’t believe it has already been a year! The season of the 5k is upon us. This year we’re having our Third Annual Solcana 5k and it’s bringing a (new, first-ever) 10k with it. For those of you who haven’t experienced the Solcana 5k before, it’s a fun experience for all fitness levels. You can complete the course however you like. In the past we’ve...


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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 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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Come As You Are

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Homies, Friends, Buddies, Fellow Athletes, Mindful Mobiles: Listen up!  We have something exciting in the works and we can't wait to get you all involved. Beginning on May 1st, we are going to be welcoming each and everyone of you to #comeasyouare! Quick rundown of what that means, followed by some deets: Who - YOU! What - an opportunity to engage with our community and beyond by promoting the fact...


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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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