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November Athlete of the Month: Matt Decuir

Congratulations to Matt Decuir, November Athlete of the Month! Matt has been a Solcana member since day one, consistently showing up with a smile on his face. Matt's affability has helped set the tone of the gym for so many members. Coach Jerik says "Matt is a fantastic ambassador for the gym community. Since we opened, I think any time there has been someone new in his class, Matt has immediately befriended them. I imagine he has made a lot folks’ first class experience much more pleasant just by immediately offering up a friendly exchange." Coach Garrett experienced the Matt-Welcome first hand; "I feel so lucky to have Matt as a member of this community. When I started at Solcana as an athlete, Matt was the person who made me feel comfortable enough to come to the scary Friday night classes (they weren’t actually scary, so I’m glad Matt encouraged me to attend)." Outside of the gym, Matt is a software engineer and entrepreneur. He's always working on interesting projects, from an Instagram account reviewing frozen pizzas to The Invisible Network - his company that matches employers and job hunters anonymously. Matt came to the Twin Cities from Seattle seven years ago, following his (now) wife Marjike who moved a year prior for school. They just bought a house in South Minneapolis and we're so thankful they've stuck around! "Matt is one of the kindest people I have ever met. He’s also really strong and super good at taking care of himself when he needs to," says Coach Jeff. Matt is the type of athlete who makes a schedule and sticks to the days of the cycle to put in the work for specific movements. Coach Hannah says "Matt is such an integral part of Solcana it's hard to imagine this place without him. He has helped me so many times with technology and spreadsheets and is responsible for scoring The Open every year. I don't know what I would do without him. He and Marijke have been part of the Solcana family since before we opened - they even got engaged here!!! I will never forget watching Matt propose to Marijke with a pizza. In terms of his time as an athlete, he has gone through so many different injuries and physical setbacks, and always taken them in stride, working around his body to make the workouts suit him. He's never dropped off on his health because of an obstacle. He takes part in so many of our social events and is always a smiling, cheering face at gym functions. We love Matt!!!" Coach Garrett H wraps it up well: "Matt is both motivated and motivating in the gym. Having him in class is always a pleasure. He works hard and smart and knows his body and limitations. He carefully considers and implements feedback from coaches and strives to improve his movements and lifts. He’s a class act, that one. What a great dude."

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Name: Amanda Leeman Pronouns: She/Her Where are you from originally? Richfield, MN How did you get involved in fitness? I was always athletic as a kid, I played hockey growing up (14 years to be exact) and dabbled in softball, cross country, lacrosse. When I found CrossFit, it was because I was bored with body building and wasn’t getting any stronger…. I guess I just always wanted to lift...


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November Athlete of the Month: Matt Decuir

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Congratulations to Matt Decuir, November Athlete of the Month! Matt has been a Solcana member since day one, consistently showing up with a smile on his face. Matt's affability has helped set the tone of the gym for so many members. Coach Jerik says "Matt is a fantastic ambassador for the gym community. Since we opened, I think any time there has been someone new in...


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New Cycle News

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Hello everyone! Coach Jerik here. I just wanted to put some word out about the next programming cycle so you know what to expect. As you may know, the Pull-Pull Challenge starts next week on October 26th and ends November 25th. To coincide with this, our next cycle of programming indoor classes is going to focus heavily on the two movements included in the challenge: the...


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Solcana is hiring a Part-Time Virtual Fitness Coach

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Part-time Virtual Fitness Coach Who we are: Solcana is a Minneapolis-based, queer-friendly, social-justice minded, feminist gym designed for folks of all fitness levels and backgrounds. Our mission: to offer high-quality, rigorous fitness to people in an accepting and supportive environment. Solcana is a place where everyone with an open heart can learn, thrive and grow in an inclusive community.   What We Are Looking For: We are looking...


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30 day Pull-Pull Challenge!

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The 30-day pull-pull challenge is guaranteed to get you feeling strong and EXCITED! 30 days to add 10+ lbs to your 3 RM deadlift, and 1+ reps to your strict pull-ups. Oct 26th - Nov 25th 3 Rep Max Deadlift Max effort single set Strict Pull-ups $59 registration fee includes: + 5 extra indoor classes in that 30 day period + 2x per week at home programming + Nutrition content focused on increasing...


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Fit From Home: JOY & CONNECTION Series

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I am so thrilled to announce an addition to our Fit From Home program: JOY & CONNECTION with Lauren Anderson & Jess Finney Joy & Connection is a 12-week small-group program for people who are ready to break away from diet culture and embrace the awesomeness of their body. The program is COMPLETELY ONLINE so folks can stay safely at home, and still get access to high-quality...


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September Athlete of the Month - Marlee Leebrick-Stryker

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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...


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My Story: Bradley Machov

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I originally wrote this post three months ago. It slotted in nice and easy as the next in a long string of “My Story” posts on this blog, and the first since COVID-19 shut down, well, everything. Then George Floyd’s murder woke up me, and millions the world over, that nothing about this is nice and easy. It hasn’t felt right to take up space...


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August Athlete of the Month: Heather Stratton

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August's Athlete of the Month is Heather Stratton! Heather's been a Solcana member for over a year and is committed to putting in the work of her fitness journey. Coach Garrett Hoffman says "Heather is an incredibly consistent and dedicated athlete whose drive and motivation are enviable! I love watching Heather as she constantly strives to improve her form on each and every movement." Heather lives in...


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Hey everyone! Coach Jerik here. I just wanted to give everyone an update on what to expect via programming in the immediate future. We will finally have some access to the rig with indoor class which is really going to open up what we can do, as well as being able to do some metcons outside with equipment (rowers!) and continuing our online offerings.   Indoor Class:...


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July Athlete of the Month: Matthew Rubbelke

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Congratulations to July’s Athlete of the Month, Matthew Rubbelke! As Coach Hannah says, "Matt is the kind of person you immediately want to get to know. He is warm and open, and makes you feel special right away! He is an incredible energy to have in class and probably won "best smile" in his high school superlatives." Matt joined Solcana last fall to supplement his existing...


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Updated Membership Structure

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As we continue to experience the changes that COVID brings, we at Solcana are working hard to make sure our members get what they need and that our membership offerings reflect the needs of the greater community. We are moving to a new pricing model, and I want share it with you in detail so you understand how it works. Current members will be able...


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Outdoor Barbell Classes

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With the stay-at-home order lifting May 18th, we are able to host small outdoor barbell classes. We are super excited to get our hands on some barbells again, and we are sure you are too. We are starting off slow, only offering a few classes per week so we can nail this process, and will be building up the number of classes we can offer...


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May Athletes of the Month: Ewan Scotto and Josh Humphrey

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With so many amazing athletes showing up to online classes, we have to celebrate two for May! Congratulations to Ewan Scotto and Josh Humphrey - both super consistent athletes who are stepping up to home workouts. Coach Hannah says  "now that we are virtual, Ewan has totally embraced this time in their fitness journey and even brought their partner Elly on board for classes. It's...


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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Working Out in My Basement Next to the Water Heater

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In the past few weeks I think we’ve all realized that working out during a global pandemic is not necessarily ideal. Having a gym at your disposal has a lot of perks: You have a wide selection of equipment, high ceilings, you don’t have to worry about noise, and in Solcana’s case you have lots of programming options at your fingertips. Being suddenly confined to...


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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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