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July Athlete of the Month: Matthew Rubbelke

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 fitness activities as a runner, swimmer and musical theater performer (you may have seen him at the Ordway, Children’s Theater or Theater Latte Da!). He’s currently training for a marathon and teaches adult swimming classes at the Y. “Matt has a bright, uplifting presence. I've enjoyed having him in class and when I've had the chance to workout with him. He's good humored, always working hard and encouraging. He has this quiet intensity that is easy to feed off of and feel energized by! Not to mention, he's a running BEAST!” says Coach KK. Matt serves as one of the cleaners at Solcana and works hard to keep the gym clean. During quarantine he’s been a regular at Biceps and Bros. Previously he most often attended 6:30am Crossfit, but regularly tackled Friday night’s Fun Times with Ryan challenges. When things are open you can find him at the Lowry, Parlour or Pizza Luce. While sheltering in place, he’s enjoyed sipping Old Fashioneds on his rooftop with his partner Tommy. Capricorns are known to be diligent, so perhaps that's why he likes playing Animal Crossing. Coach Garrett Hoffman says “I always get so excited when Matt’s name pops up on the zoom! A smile from Matt will make even the baddest of days better. His energy is so caring and wholesome. Matt works his tail off in Biceps and Bros and his work ethic and strength are a definite inspiration to me.” Thanks for being a member of the Solcana community Matt!

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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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My Story: Solcana Athlete Lara Friedman-Shedlov

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Growing up, I was far more of an academic achiever than an athletic one. (In junior high, I was voted “little Einstein” by my classmates. True story.) I was terrible at most of the school gym class activities, and my friends were mainly the kids I knew from choir, theater, and uber-geeky clubs like “Future Problem Solving” (yep, it’s a thing). I did not particularly...


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January Athlete of the Month: Nick Cross

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Nick Cross was one of Solcana's first members and has been a consistent staple of the 5:30am class since 2014. Coach Jeff fondly remember's Nick's start: "his very first class was just him at 5:30 am. It was an outside workout and a guy in the alley offered to sell him some shoes. He kept coming to those early morning classes." When talking about Nick, the words...


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[Em]Power Sessions for New Year 2020!

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Our [Em]Power Series are affordable 5-week classes built for folks who want to engage with a small cohort of people to focus on specific, individualized goals. We offer sliding scale pricing for all our [Em]Power classes. Beginner 🥳 A 5-week program for folks who are new to exercise and haven't been to the gym in a while (or ever). Feel supported and loved in the body you...


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The Macro Challenge in a Nutshell

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In January we are hosting a Macro Challenge at Solcana! The macro challenge is an opportunity to learn about tracking carbohydrates, fats and proteins as a method of nutrition management. Tracing your personalized macronutrient numbers can you help you reach any nutrition goal, such as gain muscle, lose fat, balance hormones, increase energy or even manage illness and chronic fatigue. Here are the nuts and bolts of...


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Part-Time Coach for 5-week fitness program

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Who We Are: Solcana Fitness is a 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. We are the gym for people who feel like they don’t fit in at other gyms. One piece of our mission is to make our facility more accessible...


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COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE

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COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE By: Lauren Anderson I better come clean. This is hard for me, and honestly I would rather be writing about anything else today. I want to tell you all a triumphant tale of me overcoming something small but significant. I want to share a win. But I don't have that story today. I woke up this morning and it was as if I...


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