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April Athlete of the Month: Carrie Bain

"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. Carrie performs around town every so often and I would highly recommend going to see her." Also of importance: she is Jenn's dog Louie's #1 auntie and babysitter. "Carrie is so funny, and even in the face of COVID she brings so much joy to the people around her. When she walks into a class everyone lights up because they look forward to spending time with her. She is patient and kind, but also wields a sardonic wit that just gets me in the right spot," Coach Hannah says. "She recently dealt with a back injury and felt like she was losing her gains, BUT we worked together on some form stuff and she worked really hard to perfect her positions. Then she PR'ed her deadlift!!! It was so cool to see. Carrie is a gem and we are so lucky to have her." Coach KK adds "I love how Carrie can make any challenge into an opportunity. She’s made the transition from Body Adapt to CrossFit and blossomed into a full on badass strength athlete. She participated in Sampson’s impromptu Powerlifting meet and absolutely crushed it. It’s so cool to see her take on new movements and make smart choices for her body. I adore her." After the Powerlifting meet she felt like she had more in her, so retested within a week and PR'ed her deadlift at that point. Carrie can strict press 110#s, so she’s basically a super hero and well deserving of the title Athlete of the Month! Thanks for all your hard work Carrie!  

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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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Workout from Home With Us!

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This is a crazy time. We are all stuck at home trying to flatten the curve, but also going a little stir-crazy. Over at Solcana we are also trying to keep our small business going. To address both those needs, we are now offering virtual fitness classes! For the last week we have been testing these classes with our current members, and now we are...


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My Story: Solcana Athlete Margaret Perry

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Growing up, I was always acutely aware of the space my body took up. I dreaded my annual doctor’s appointment, where I would be lectured yet again on how I needed to exercise more. I felt like an anomaly among the women in my family, who were all so enviably small. I took solace in being a high achiever academically; sure, I may have come...


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Virtual Classes At Solcana

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We are so excited to bring you some live digital content. This quarantine may have us at home, but that doesn't mean we can't stay well together. We will be offering live digital classes every day of the week, plus we will post the recorded class so you can watch at your convenience later in the day. Here are the details about how it will...


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Solcana is Closing in Response to COVID-19

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After the Governor's announcement yesterday, we have decided to close our doors for two weeks, until April 1st. We will be closing today, March 17th after the 5:30 pm classes. Ideally at that time we will be able to open again and hold classes in our beautiful space. As the situation is fluid, we will keep communicating with you as the days go on about our plans...


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COV-19 Prevention Efforts At Solcana

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Here at Solcana, we will continue to operate business as usual until we hear otherwise from the Minnesota Department of Health. Our recommendations for our athletes are as follows: People with compromised immune systems and folks over 60 should not attend classes or events at the gym. If you have been or are currently sick please stay away until you are AT LEAST 48 hours symptom-free. You...


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FIRE IS A FICKLE BEAST

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FIRE IS A FICKLE BEAST By: Lauren Anderson They say that cooking by a fire is a skill unique unto itself. Because not only do you have to manage the food you're attempting to cook, you have to cater to the fire's needs as well. Too low of flame and the food won't cook. And if it does, it will take FOREVER. Too hot and you can burn the...


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THE GATEKEEPER AT THE FOOD TABLE

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THE GATEKEEPER AT THE FOOD TABLE By: Lauren Anderson   I was fortunate enough to attend a lovely party last Sunday, put on by some wonderful people. The day was bright and brisk, the company was excellent, and the food table was LOADED. Everything you could possibly want for a brunch-esque style soiree. Multiple egg-bakes, fresh jam, croissants, a cheese tray “FOR THE GODS DAWLING”. Party-goers piled their plates,...


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Why YOU should sign up for the Beginner Meet

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Why you should sign up for the Beginner Olympic Weightlifting Meet By Mike Grewe When I first started doing CrossFit in 2017, I was completely new to almost every movement, especially Olympic weightlifting. I was not really involved in sports growing up, and had also struggled with my body image; as a result, my confidence in even being able to do these movements was very low. However,...


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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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DON'T SH!T IN MY POOL

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DON'T SH!T IN MY POOL By: Lauren Anderson I'm not really much of a journal-er... if you can believe that. I love to write, and I do it all the time. But writing a daily journal is something I've never been able to keep up with. Generally the only time I DO journal is when I'm really, REALLY sad. Like bitter-teenage-hopeless- angst-type sadness. If you go back and...


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IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S ME

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IT'S NOT YOU IT'S ME By: Lauren Anderson So, this weekend I thought I was losing my mind. Let me explain. We were doing the show, same as it ever was, and in the middle of the first act on Saturday, I could swear all the music got slower. Like, I could swear by it! We had a full house that was laughing and engaged. It was great! And...


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Spring Challenge Cycle

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The Spring Challenge cycle has begun! I just wanted to give a quick rundown of what to expect. Since the primary focus of this cycle is to improve upon our Spring Challenge scores, you can expect to see lots of stuff related to movements in that workout. We will be hitting toes to bar work HARD, including hopefully breaking any bad habits we've developed in the...


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HEALING WHILE DOING

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HEALING WHILE DOING By: Lauren Anderson I remember when we were little kids, my mom broke her foot. Or maybe it was her leg? Honestly? I can't really remember. But I know it was bad, and it put my mom out for many weeks. It didn't take long for the infrastructure of the household to break down. I was really little and even then I thought, “Wow. Mom does...


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INCOMPLETE WITHOUT MEAT?

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INCOMPLETE WITHOUT MEAT? By: Lauren Anderson So... after all the heart scare talk from last week, I've been thinking a lot again about what I'm eating and why. Natch. (If you're just tuning in... Let me bring you up to speed. I thought I was having heart attacks for the last month or so. I was too scared to go to the doctor for a long time. But...


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Prenatal Fitness Workshop

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This class is not currently offered. Please check back at a later date to learn about the next available class. Learn the basics of fitness during the prenatal period. Whether you are currently pregnant or want to become pregnant, this workshop is designed for you. We will learn about breath work, core control, pelvic floor health and how to prepare for the postpartum period. We will...


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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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Welcome Eric Canlas!

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Welcome Eric Canlas to the coaching staff! Eric will be coaching the [Em]Power BIPOC class that starts in March, built for our incoming scholarship recipients for 2020. Eric is awesome and we wanted to give you the chance to get to know them in their own words before they start working with us. Quick Facts:  Pronouns: They / Them  Taurus Sun + Aquarius Moon + Sagittarius Rising ...


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Press Release: Solcana Fitness Refer-a-Friend Program to Benefit Youth Who Are Experiencing Homelessness

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Solcana Fitness, a Minneapolis-based, queer-friendly, social-justice minded, feminist gym recently launched a membership referral program that underscores its deep commitment to strengthening the community in which it operates. As a part of its new refer-a-friend initiative, for every referral who signs a 6 or 12-month contract, Solcana will donate $50 to Avenues for Youth, a Hennepin County-based social impact organization that empowers youth ages 16-24...


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