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My Story: Solcana Athlete Chelsea Gabrielle

So much has changed for me since starting at Solcana in September 2015. I joined out of a weird competitive streak I have and then slowly remembered how much I disliked working out. Like, would do anything to get out of running--for example I switched to the keeper position on my soccer team to avoid running (but keepers can also legally slide-tackle in the keeper box, so that was also a good reason). After some of those gentle nudges that Coach Hannah is so good at, I eventually began to drag myself to the gym. Dragging soon became walking and the walking became running to find out what the workout was that day (I never look at the workout ahead of time I am incredibly good at psyching myself out). This was two years ago now!! I can honestly say my enthusiasm for getting strong and moving my body has never been higher since I joined. To be affirmed that I get to move my body in ways that feel good for me, and to be challenged when *some people* know I could probably put more weight on, has been such a joy--it’s one of the reasons I kept at cleaning the gym through this past Year of Never Ending Commitments. I know being a part of Solcana/doing positive things for my body is something I'm committed to long-term. My feeling of being strong (strong for me right now is showing-up in class when I am real tired or sore, being present, and grounding myself) and connecting with others working on what strength looks like to them is what I wish working out has always been. To make a long and definitely boring story about how much I overcommitted myself this past year brief, I’ve been pretty consistently working 12+ hour days 5-6 days a week for the better part of a year. Between starting a welding program at MCTC, two full-time jobs, cleaning the gym, and remembering to pack myself lunch, it was hard to hold onto the other parts of myself. The exhaustion and frustration that came from that experience (now 1.5 weeks behind me) pushed me to consider what values I was really living out and putting time towards. It came with some hard internal work and challenging life events. Being a part of Solcana--even in the background these past several months--has helped keep me connected to what’s important to me. It's having time to build relationships with other people. It's remembering that moving and being aware of my body is essential for me. It's having the energy and presence to show-up either physically or with my actions from afar. It's remembering that taking care of myself isn't always comfortable, and for me, it's rarely done alone. Taking care of myself is putting my energy into things that keep me afloat (like taking care of my body and putting time and work into relationships!) but also to support amazing work that is being done by radical organizers and artists, to listen, and to continue delving into recognizing and challenging the harm white supremacy and capitalism continues to do and how I am implicated in that every day. Long-ass days with little room to myself doesn't lend itself well to most of these, for me and I've had to make some really hard choices in the past couple weeks. Some things don't change; I still think burpees are the devil's design, I still hate running, and since I've been out of the routine for so long I'm trying to get my rhythm going again. Learning patience seems to be a never-ending task for me.Through Solcana I've found some amazing people I'm humbled to consider friends and cook for, people who are so willing and excited to affirm my accomplishments during my first year of welding, and even more people who are joining who I'm grateful to know already and am excited to see (hopefully) more regularly. And if you need something welded or fixed, you know where to find me!

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WEEK 95: The Led Zeppelin Phase

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THE LED ZEPPELIN PHASE By: Lauren Anderson Okay, full disclosure? I'm about two Proseccos deep right now. Am I drunk on some hefty pours of sparkling white Italian wine? No. But I feel...how should I put it...loose? So maybe this is the perfect place to be in to tackle an issue that feels like a personal mountain. The diet industry. In the past few weeks, I've learned that 4...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Chelsea Gabrielle

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So much has changed for me since starting at Solcana in September 2015. I joined out of a weird competitive streak I have and then slowly remembered how much I disliked working out. Like, would do anything to get out of running--for example I switched to the keeper position on my soccer team to avoid running (but keepers can also legally slide-tackle in the keeper...


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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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WEEK 94: BackSquat That Thing Up

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BACKSQUAT THAT THING UP By: Lauren Anderson Four months. It's been four stupid months of healing for this gal--- and my tiny little wrist injury. I don't know if any of you recall, but early in May I twonked my wrist lifting a tote bag with a pair of jeans in it. Wait... not from weightlifting you say? NOPE. From trying to tidy up my apartment. (Injury added to the...


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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 93: A State Fair State of Mind

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A STATE FAIR STATE OF MIND By: Lauren Anderson Let's talk for a minute about FOOD GUILT. I typed that out in all caps because FOOD GUILT is an all caps kinda thing. It can make or break any event, dinner, day, snack, child-parent interaction, grasp on reality...You name it! For those of you lucky ones that don't experience what I'm calling FOOD GUILT, let me break it down....


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September Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our two September Athletes of the Month, Kelly Kohlbacher and Nicole Conti! Nicole Conti was probably the toughest sell I have encountered so far, and to my great joy she joined us and has turned out to be one of the most engaged, curious, and dedicated members of the Solcana family! She has a hip condition that led to surgery. After physical therapy, she wanted to lift...


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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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WEEK 92: A Scandal in Brunch-landia

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A SCANDAL IN BRUNCH-LANDIA By: Lauren Anderson I don't know how it happened. But it did. Quite possibly one of the most embarrassing things I've ever had to go through happened this last weekend, and I figured I'd tell you all about it. Did I debate whether or not I want the whole internet to know my shame? You bet your booty I did. But I landed on...


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WEEK 91: The Class Of Then and Now

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THE CLASS OF THEN AND NOW By: Lauren Anderson This past weekend was my high school reunion. It was everything it ought to be. One part awkward, one part fun. One part was exciting, one part bittersweet. There were lots of baby and kid pictures being shown, with parents ranging from joyful to exhausted, sometimes in the same breath. There was a little bragging and a little excusing from...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Josh Clarin

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What would consider your biggest achievement since starting at Solcana? Becoming competent at squatting. I stopped focusing on how much I was squatting and focused on how I was squatting. This was a direct result of an awesome group of people at the gym who were doing the powerlifting thing at the time. The first powerlifting meet I ever did I was dq'ed on every squat attempt...


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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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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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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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WEEK 89: Gotta Gotta Get Up To Get Down

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GOTTA GOTTA GET UP TO GET DOWN By: Lauren Anderson “1...2...3...4 Get your booty (woman) on the floor. Gotta gotta get up to get down. Gotta gotta get up to get down.” - Coolio. It's a funk tradition older than funk itself. You can't get down on the dance floor unless you get up outta your chair first. I mean, it's just science. And even if you haven't thought about Coolio...


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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 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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Week 88: Beware of The Big White B!tch

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BEWARE OF THE BIG WHITE B!TCH By: Lauren Anderson A while ago, I was meeting a friend for dinner. They were standing outside the restaurant and watched while I crossed the street. It was heavy traffic, around rush hour, so attempting to be a pedestrian during these times is always an exercise in caution. I work downtown, and live in uptown so I'm always crossing traffic. So when...


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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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