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January Athlete of the Month: Rachel Moritz

Our first Athlete of the Month for 2021 is the wonderful Rachel Moritz! Rachel and her wife Juliet joined Solcana in early 2019 after their child Finn took our classes, and has stuck with us through all the pivots of 2020 - including showing up online consistently week after week! You'll most likely catch her in the morning or noon classes, but she is committed to getting her work outs in and shows up at all times to move her body. Coach Kk says "Rachel is a staple in outdoor Matthews Park! I appreciate her can-do/make this movement work for ME attitude. I love that she takes on any workout with an appreciation for her body and what it can do. I’ve seen Rachel grow from her first workout at Solcana into a confident, wonderful athlete." Coach Garrett Hoffman adds "Rachel is a great example of an athlete who listens to her body and modifies as needed. During outdoor workouts when we have new athletes who are nervous, I always cue them to watch Rachel because she is a great example. She asks questions when she isn’t sure of something. Rachel (and Juliet!) are fixtures at Biceps and Bros - talk about consistency! Rachel is funny, kind, and always a pleasure to coach." Rachel and her family live nearby in the Seward neighborhood. Anyone who's done a virtual workout with them is definitely jealous of the sweet rope swing inside their house! Rachel is a published poet and author, and does cool work designing exhibits for museums. She is currently learning how to play the banjo. "Rachel and her wife Juliet and their kid Finn are just an awesome addition to our Solcana Family. Rachel comes off as quiet when you first meet her, but once you get to know her she is funny, sincere and curious about others. She is just a wonderful, supportive person, and she makes everyone around her feel good just by being there. I've seen her step up many times to support a new person in class and make them feel welcome, in small acts like partnering with them, cheering them on or simply making friendly conversation," says coach Hannah. "Rachel also follows her own pace in classes and sets a great example for how to make a workout your own. She doesn't hesitate to modify as she needs or drop weight if necessary. She sets the standard for how to be consistent in your workouts without worrying about trying to show off for anyone else. I am so grateful to know Rachel and lucky to have her as part of the Solcana fam!!"  

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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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