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My Story: Solcana Athlete Amelia English

Last week I played Getting to Know You Bingo at a meeting – that game where the bingo grid is full of things like “I’m the middle child” and “I play an instrument” – to help strangers learn little facts about each other. One of the squares said “I’m an athletic person” and I caught myself skimming over it because it wasn’t the square about me. I’m not an athlete, right? Before I came to Solcana I didn’t know a barbell from a dumbbell. I hadn’t tried to run a mile since high school gym class fifteen years ago. I wasn’t sedentary, I walk or bike all the time and I lug stuff around at my day job, but “athletic” is not how I saw myself. From an early age I avoided anything sportsy and even with the indoor stuff I did, my body was always a thing to struggle against. My ballet teacher told me my hips were too wide to be a professional ballerina. My piano teacher told me my hands were too small to be a pianist. My theater teacher said my voice and shape meant I wouldn’t be a serious actor, only fairies and silly roles for me. My loose wide joints were useful when I found yoga, but chronic pain from tears in my hip stymied my practice. I joined Solcana six months before hip surgery. I learned so many new movements and felt myself getting stronger daily. Then my doctor dislocated my hip and stapled my labrum together and put me on six weeks bedrest. I learned how to walk again. I hobbled back in to Solcana and started over, relearning how to do each movement. I was frustrated with how hard simple movements were, but the friendly faces and gentle, encouraging coaches kept me coming back. I’m not a goal setter, but I decided to show up every day I could and to keep trying. Some days I surprise myself with how many pounds I can lift or by climbing up a rope – something I’d never done before in my life and mastered this fall! Other days I surprise myself with how impossible things seem. I can’t jump rope for more than a dozen times without tripping. My hip recovery is a slow process and there’ve been many bumps and lumps along the way. I am still working on accepting my body’s limitations (and abilities!) but there’s no place I’d rather learn to be an athlete than Solcana.

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My Story: Solcana Athlete Amelia English

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Last week I played Getting to Know You Bingo at a meeting – that game where the bingo grid is full of things like “I’m the middle child” and “I play an instrument” – to help strangers learn little facts about each other. One of the squares said “I’m an athletic person” and I caught myself skimming over it because it wasn’t the square about...


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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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