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October Athlete of the Month: Jessica Tokunaga

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Our October's Athlete of the Month is Jessica Tokunaga! Jess and her husband Brian joined Solcana a little over a year ago after moving here from the Bay Area. "In the gym Jess is super consistent, a hard worker, and always open to feedback from a coach. I love seeing her in my classes and I am so grateful when I see her name on my...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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