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Prenatal Fitness Workshop

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March 21st, 9-11 am With coach Hannah Wydeven Register Now 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 go over each trimester and how to best modify your workouts, plus...


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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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Recap Open 20.3

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20.3 was a fun little repeat of 18.4 and it was a fun one to do again! This time I saw a lot of people really challenge themselves on the deadlift weight, and do some incredibly difficult pushup reps. Great work!   Congratulations Pat!! Pat almost made it to the first set of handstand walking, which is very impressive. The second weight for the platinum deadlift...


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Recap 20.2

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Great job on the second workout everyone! This one was sooooooo loooooooong. 20 minutes felt epic, and not in a good way. There was also a vastly different number of reps between Silver and Gold/Platinum, so I would say we had a variety of experiences in this one! Check out those incredible scores! It's also fun to see some names on the top 20 that...


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Recap Open 20.1

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20.1 was an absolute lung-burning, leg trashing, burpee-heavy workout. It was so inspiring to watch everyone tackle this one head on. I saw some folks really challenge themselves to go a little faster, do a few more reps, and it was a beautiful thing. Let's check out the results: Kira was the only person to finish this workout! Her burpees are wicked fast, and even...


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October Athlete of the Month: Aaron Rutzick

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  Aaron is so kind to everyone in the gym. He calmly comes in, cracks a few jokes, calmly kicks ass through the whole class, and calmly goes off to SAVE LIVES! - Coach Jeff Aaron will often talk about how fit and able other people are while being one of the most able athletes himself.  Aaron will absolutely crush workouts and then commiserate with everyone that...


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September Athletes of the Month

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Congratulations to our September Athletes of the Month, Rachel Peterson and Bruno Lima! Rachel Peterson is a superstar of the 5:30am class. She has worked quietly and consistently to build her strength and skills with very impressive results. When she first came to the gym, she had one of those kinda scary squats(!), but she has trusted the process, taken it one class at a time,...


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Open Team Challenge 2020!

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This year, CrossFit HQ has moved the CrossFit Open to October. So this year we get a double dose of the Open! Now is the time for you to register to be part of the 2020 Solcana Open Team Challenge, AKA the most fun time of year. What is the Open? The CrossFit Open is an international competition that happens annually. Starting this year it will occur in...


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July Athletes of the Month

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Welcome to July, it's getting hotter and we have lots of summer fun planned for you, so get in here and enjoy the good company and the A/C! We are so excited to announce our July Athletes of the Month, and it's been a long time coming for both of them: Pat McCann and Sasha Yunginger!   Pat McCann is the best rower in the gym. He...


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June Athletes of the Month

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Happy June, everyone! So many reasons to celebrate this month: It's summer, it's Solcana's 5th birthday, and it's PRIDE month! This month we are recognizing two very special athletes, Ruben Soto-Acosta and Ry Macarayan! They are both inspiring people who have been working hard so give them a high five when you see them around! Ry is nominated by Coach Jenn: "Ry is a body adapt...


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May Athletes of the Month

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Spring is finally here! Congratulations to our May Athletes of the Month, Katie Fritz and David Bradley!   Katie Fritz told us that she always saw herself as a solo exerciser before Solcana, but she took a chance on us and has been really putting herself into everything she does here. Coach Jerik says "Katie started at Solcana as part of the Outdoor Program, and appears to...


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Spring Oly Cycle

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The 2019 Open is done! Congrats on making it through. Everyone did an awesome job and I saw a LOT of people do things they thought they couldn’t. If you take a year at Solcana and zoom it way out, you’ll see that the end of the Open coincides with a solid Olympic-centric cycle. This is because we have the beginners weightlifting meet in May,...


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Recap 19.5 + 2019 Open Season

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19.5 is over, and that is officially a wrap on the 2019 season! In my humble opinion, 19.5 was pure torture. 20 minutes of lung-burning, arm-killing torture. Glad it's done! Even at 35# doing ring rows I was ready to throw in the dang towel about 6 minutes in. Great job to everyone who completed this and all of the other open workouts! I had...


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Recap 19.4

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19.4 is over and hopefully that means we are done with burpees this open season! This workout was super fun. I don't think I have ever seen an open workout before with built-in rest. That added component really pushed people to burn through the first part as fast as possible, to leave as much time remaining for those harder skills. It was also really amazing...


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19.3 Recap

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Another week down, and we over halfway done with the Open! I don’t know about all of you, but 19.3 was the hardest for me so far. Those weighted box step-ups were something else. I was so super impressed watching so many people try a really challenging variation of the pushup. Some people got their first few handstand push-ups, and for most people the hand-release...


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Recap 19.2

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What a fun week! 19.2 was a repeat of 16.2, and it was a great opportunity to see folks hit new heavy numbers on their clean. Plus, a handful of people actually finished the workout, which was really cool to see. This workout was particularly hard because it combined a high-rep gymnastics movement (toes to bar), a difficult skill (double-unders), and heavy weights (squat cleans)....


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Recap 19.1

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The first CrossFit Open workout 19.1 is in the books! What an excellent way to start the season off, with a simple yet painful burner. A lot of you challenged yourselves to use a heavier ball than usual and a higher target than you are used to, and that was really incredible to see. I personally did the workout in a mostly empty gym in...


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February Athletes of the Month

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Welcome to February! This month is short but winter is starting to feel long. This time of the year I'm grateful for the warmth and sweaty cameraderie inside of the gym, as well as bright sunshine when the temps are frigid. It's also time to announce our February Athletes of the Month, Katie Paro and Brad Evans! Coach Hannah nominated both of these athletes and...


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Open Team Challenge 2019

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It's crazy to think that the 2019 Open is rapidly approaching! Now is the time for you to register to be part of the 2019 Solcana Open Team Challenge, AKA the most fun time of year. What is the Open? The CrossFit Open is an international competition that happens yearly in February and March. It’s an opportunity for CrossFit athletes across the world to test out their...


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