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August Athlete of the Month: Heather Stratton

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 south Minneapolis with her wife and fellow Solcanaut Daphne and their dogs, Tansy and Pecan. Check out their sweet fitness dungeon! Outside of Solcana, Heather keeps active with swimming, biking and tap dancing. This fall she's attending law school, and we're sure her focus and drive will find success in whatever she tackles. Coach Hannah says: "Heather started with us in [Em]Power Strength 1.0 and 2.0, and always took her lifting very seriously, focusing on her form and never jumping up in weight until she was ready. She easily transitioned into other classes and is now an absolute beast at every workout she does. Something that has always impressed me about Heather is her ability to get out of her own way. She is not stubborn, and when she hits an obstacle she never lets herself get mentally blocked for long. When you offer her a little push or coaching she receives it with open arms and will try anything.  She has an incredible work ethic and knows that little stuff adds up. Also she is funny and sweet and always so kind. I love Heather so much!"" Heather had an ankle injury last winter and watching her recovery was amazing. She never complained and took the time to work on the small stuff until she saw progress and now is back to full strength. That tenacity got her through lock-down fitness; we all know zoom-fatigue is real yet Heather showed up (and continues to show up!) online day after day for virtual work outs throughout the ups and downs of 2020. Coach Jeff sums up Heather perfectly: "She attends consistently, works hard, and is so positive and coachable." Indeed. Make sure to cheer Heather on next time you get to work out beside her!

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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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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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