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September Athlete of the Month - Marlee Leebrick-Stryker

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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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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AN ELITE TEAM OF MAVERICKS

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AN ELITE TEAM OF MAVERICKS By: Lauren Anderson I think it's hard to ask for help. Especially when it's something I don't want to do. And something I'm not good at. And ESPECIALLY when it's a weak spot in my personal bravery threshold. In fact, by a cruel twist of irony, I think the hardest time to ask for help just might be the time we need it...


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WHEN WE METABOLIZE THE CRIES

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WHEN WE METABOLIZE THE CRIES By: Lauren Anderson One thing that I don't think gets talked about enough is how emotional a workout can be. And I know what you might be thinking: But wait Lauren, isn't that like, the ONLY thing you talk about on this blog? And yes, you are correct about that. I talk about the emotional side of my fitness journey the most because I think...


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THE DESTINY OF A JEDI

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THE DESTINY OF A JEDI By: Lauren Anderson So, I recently started recording this podcast called “Wrong About Everything” (Shameless plug! But you can find it on all major podcast outlets! Wink!) It's a political podcast featuring two republicans and two democrats talking about the week's news etc. Except it's “funny” and everyone on the podcast are actually friends. Despite our political differences. The very first show I recorded...


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Solcana BIPOC Scholarship 2020

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Apply to Solcana Fitness' BIPOC Scholarship! 7 Black, Indigenous and people of color athletes will be chosen to participate in a 5 week long BIPOC (Em)Power class with a year long unlimited membership at Solcana Fitness. Applications Open: Friday January 10th, 2020 Applications Close: Friday January 31st, 2020 11:00pm Selections Notified: Toward the end of the Week of February 3, 2020 Class Dates & Times: February 18th, 2020- March...


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Beginner Olympic Weightlifting Meet

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Our annual Beginner Olympic weightlifting meet is Saturday, May 16th. Register Here! It’s a great chance to get on the platform to test your best snatch and clean & jerk in a welcoming, positive environment that is catered to the beginner athlete. “But K, I’m not good at Olympic weightlifting, and competition just isn’t for me.”... you may be thinking. Hear me out, but I...


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QUICK! CHANGE EVERYTHING! RIGHT NOW!!!

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QUICK! CHANGE EVERYTHING! RIGHT NOW!!! By: Lauren Anderson It's no surprise that I got a beef with New Year's Resolutions. The advertising around this time of year is relentless. And rightly so, I suppose! You would be a fool not to use this time to get people into your doors, or into a new deal, and into the next great thing. For example, I am writing this blog for...


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Solcana Spring Challenge 2020

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The Solcana Spring Challenge is beginning February 3rd. I want to tell you a little more about it, but if you want to cut to the chase you can sign up right here. For this years challenge we will test a spicy little workout we concocted, then spend a cycle training those specific skills, followed by a retest on April 3rd. The workout is designed to be...


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