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September’s Athlete of the Month is the one and only Marlee Leebrick-Stryker! Marlee has been a member at Solcana for a year and a half.

According to Coach Kk, “Marlee started off as an athlete who wanted to improve their technique and strength for derby, due to an injury. Since starting, I’ve watched them expand their desire to be a better derby athlete into being the best athlete they can be no matter what sport they are participating in. I love watching Marlee learn, because they are full-throttle involved in the moment. They are so immersed in the process and it is delightful to watch and experience.”

Marlee is eager for feedback and does her best to implement it, making her a joy to have in class. Coach Garrett H says “Marlee is so fun! She is always working super hard is dedicated to developing good technique and strength! She’s definitely one of the most coachable athletes I’ve had the pleasure to work with.”

“Marlee is so hyped on getting everyone to try skating, and even brought me her quad skates so I could try it out! She is also the best ambassador for the gym and brags about us to everyone,” Coach Hannah says. “I remember when Marlee first started, everything was brand new and she felt like she just couldn’t get the movements right. Now, after really committing to her virtual workouts, she is back in the gym and moving the barbell with EASE!! I am so impressed by her tenacity and dedication. She has the ability to try something, be bad at at and just be ok with taking the steps and pursuing it until she gets it right.”

Coach Eric adds: “she is sooooo sweet to train with! It’s clear that she works hard + makes space for people + listens well + is super supportive and down to give everything a go!

Thanks for sharing your joyful approach to fitness and to life with us, Marlee!

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