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Safety Protocols at Solcana

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This month is filled with fear, anxiety and anger as we and the world watch the Derek Chauvin trial unfold. The city collectively continues to mourn the murder of George Floyd, and call for some semblance of justice, with the trial, with policing in general and with the fate of the memorial on 38th and Chicago. We fully expect and support protests that are happening...


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April Athlete of the Month: Amanda Lovelee

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Hooray for the April Athlete of the Month - amazing Amanda Lovelee! Amanda joined the gym in January 2019. Coach Kk says "Amanda’s spirit is so bright, encouraging and fun. From the moment she walked in the gym, she’s given workouts her all. She’s passionate, creative and I love watching her dedication to learning new movements and correcting old movements. I can’t say enough about how...


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2021 Solcana Invitational Wrap Up

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Well, we made it! Five weeks of events and many, many more weeks of training to work towards them. So many PRs! So many expectations surpassed! Our first Invitational was a blast. It was so cool to see everyone push themselves to the next level. Let's talk about event 5's results. We wanted the final event to be a real doozy. For virtual, this meant burpees of...


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Programming Update

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Hey everyone, just wanted to give you a little update on programming. Prior to the Invitational we worked on lots of foundational things related to what would eventually be our weekly events. As we got closer, and then even during the Invitational, we focused on those movements specifically. In training this is called "specificity." As you approach a goal, you want your training to become more...


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2021 Solcana Invitational Event 5

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Indoor Event 5 For all in-person events, we will be testing during class on Thursday and Friday. You may attempt both days and submit your best score. Event 5: 10RM Back Squat You will have 15 minutes to establish a 10 rep max in the back squat. Once the bar has left the rack, the set has begun. It may not return to the rack until the set is...


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Solcana Invitational Event 4 Recap

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We are in the home stretch! Great work everyone. Event 4 - wow what a ride! A lot of folks did not expect gymnastic movements - SURPRISE!!! We have been working a lot on handstands, grip strength, and our cores. We're definitely primed for some bodyweight strength. For indoor we did handstand walk or hold, along with a max hang. Scores were combined total of the two, with...


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2021 Solcana Invitational Event 4

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Indoor Event 4 For all in-person events, we will be testing during class on Thursday and Friday. You may attempt both days and submit your best score. Event 4: Max Handstand (walk or hold) + Max Hang from Bar You will have 15 minutes to establish a score for both the handstand and the hang. You can make unlimited attempts at either movement within the 15 minute window.  For...


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Solcana Invitational Event 3 Recap

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WE'RE STILL AT IT!!! 🔥🔥🔥 Event 3 of the Solcana Invitational is done and WOW my pecs are sore. The bench press is something we've been working on for a long time. We wanted a pressing variation in the events, but with all the overhead stuff going on in the Turkish Get Ups, a regular should press seemed redundant. Enter: The Bench Press. Beloved by some. Begrudgingly...


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2021 Solcana Invitational Event 3

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Indoor Event 3 For all in-person events, we will be testing during class on Thursday and Friday. You may attempt both days and submit your best score. Event 3: 3RM Bench Press For the 3RM bench press, the bar must start in the rack. Once the bar leaves the rack, the set has begun. The bar must come all the way down, making contact with the chest. Arms...


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Solcana Invitational Event 2 Recap

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GOING STRONG! Event 2 of the Solcana Invitational was a doozie! Thanks to everyone who participated, you all rocked it. Those of you that did it know: The Turkish Get Up really is truly a full-body lift. On top of that, it tests your balance, stability, mobility, endurance, so many things! Shout out to everyone who put up a big Turkish Get Up PR, or folks new...


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2021 Solcana Invitational Event 2

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Indoor Event 2 For all in-person events, we will be testing during class on Thursday and Friday. You may attempt both days and submit your best score. Event 2: 1 RM Turkish Get-up The Turkish get up is considered complete when you’ve done a rep on both the right and left side, without a break in between. The TGU begins once the weight is extended above the body,...


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Solcana Invitational Event 1 Recap

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...annnnnnnd we're off! Event 1 of the Solcana Invitational was awesome! Thanks to everyone who participated, you all did such an awesome job. We chose the clean for our first indoor movement because it's a great combination of power, mobility, stability, speed, and squat strength. A real bang for your buck! We've been slowly working our way from the power clean up to the full clean and...


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March Athlete of the Month: Allison Heist

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We've got so much love for March's Athlete of the Month: Allison Johnson Heist! Allison joined Solcana in January of 2018. You'll usually see her in the mornings, but her dedication means you'll find her at 5pm when her schedule requires it. She lives close by with her husband Kevin and "a super cutie little son," according to Coach Hannah. "She became a mom right...


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2021 Solcana Invitational Event 1

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Indoor Event 1 For all in-person events, we will be testing during class on Thursday and Friday. You may attempt both days and submit your best score.    Event 1: 1 RM Clean The clean must begin with the bar on the floor and end in a standing position with both hands on the bar and bar resting on the shoulders.  The movement can be a full clean or power...


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The Solcana Invitational

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Hello everyone! For many years, we've done an annual event (the Open) and we've always had a blast with it. Obviously, this year we're in a weird position. In the past we've toyed with the idea of creating our own event. Given that we're still navigating a pandemic coupled with no longer being affiliated with the company that handles the Open, 2021 seems like the perfect...


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February Athlete of the Month: Lily Thiboutot

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Congratulations to Lily Thiboutot, Solcana's February Athlete of the Month! Lily joined Solcana in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic as a way to create accountability and community for her fitness.  Coach Garrett Hoffman says "Lily and I met in 2004 (!) and she has been an incredible force of good and hope in my life since the beginning. When she joined Solcana I was...


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January Athlete of the Month: Rachel Moritz

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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...


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Programming Update

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Programming Update Hello everyone! Coach Jerik with a quick programming update. Let’s face it: 2020 has been unpredictable. This will potentially continue into 2021. From a programming perspective, this can be difficult because it makes it hard to work toward a big, overarching goal. There’s nothing more frustrating than putting in a bunch of work toward something, only to have the gym have to close again. Here’s...


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Re-Opening Holiday Schedule

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We got word from the Governor yesterday that we can re-open. We can't offer classes until January 4th, but until then we plan to offer open gym hours. Here is what you need to know about open gym: We can only have 4 people in the space at once to accommodate the 12' rule. We ask that you limit your attendance to 2x per week. If...


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December Athlete of the Month: Riley Haberland

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December's Athlete of the Month is the wonderful Riley Haberland! Riley has been a part of the morning workout crew for over two years. If you've not made it to a 6am or 6:30am class you've missed out on a serious lifting buddy and some serious laughs. Coach Jeff says "I met Riley doing Ragnar trail in 2018. Right away, I knew they needed to be a...


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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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