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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Outdoor Barbell Classes

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With the stay-at-home order lifting May 18th, we are able to host small outdoor barbell classes. We are super excited to get our hands on some barbells again, and we are sure you are too. We are starting off slow, only offering a few classes per week so we can nail this process, and will be building up the number of classes we can offer...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do the Macro Challenge with Coach Kristina!

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Since starting my own Crossfit journey in May of 2017, nutrition has been a major focus as part of my training regimen. For the longest time, I wanted to believe that, as long as I exercised I could eat whatever I wanted. To an extent, I still believe that to be true. However, portion control has been a struggle of mine for as long as...


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Why Macros?

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If you are anything like me, the transition around New Years brings up a lot of issues around food shame and guilt. Diet culture teaches us that each new year we should resolve to be smaller, take up less space and finally meet our goal of being skinny. It's so frustrating to constantly be in and out of the cycle of dieting. A few years...


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Recap 20.5 & End of the Open!

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Congratulations everyone! Another year of the Open is done. I personally really enjoyed the workouts this year, and I will definitely be retesting them in another 6 months to see how I do. 20.5 was particularly epic, as some people got their very first pull-ups and it was AMAZING to watch. Congratulations Nate on winning the workout this week! So incredible to be able to do...


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Recap 20.4

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So far 20.4 has been my favorite workout of the year. I didn't expect to love it because it was another 20 minute grinder, but I loved doing it and even more so, I loved watching people do it. There were so many clean and jerk PR's! Pat and Garrett tied for first this week! Both of them got through the 185# clean and jerks...


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