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Weight Wait Don't Tell Me

Weight Wait Don’t Tell Me By Malik Turley “Have you lost weight?”  Wait. “You’ve lost weight, you look great!”  Wait.  “Girl, you’re getting skinny!” Weight. I made a significant change in my life fourteen weeks ago. This change has had (is having) a profound impact on me physically and mentally. The impacts are visible. The…
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March/April SERIES

Take advantage of SERIES pricing for all of our weekly classes! You commit to the same class each week for 6 to 8 weeks (depending on the class schedule), we give you a discount! There is power in committing to yourself, and we are rewarding you for making time – every week – to move…
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Excitement Is In the Air (almost)

Excitement Is In the Air (almost)By Malik Turley The news (on my Facebook feed, anyway) is full of excitement about the women newly elected to serve in the House and the Senate, and the announcement of a woman running for president. I want to be excited, too. I’m not – yet. Don’t get me wrong…
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Gray Hair, Do Care – 2018 Body Positivity Photo Shoot

With one day to spare, we squeezed in our 2018 Body Positivity Photo Shoot on Sunday, 12/30/18. Instead of focusing on a policed item of clothing (like bathing suits, shorts, and sleeveless tops), we went a different direction this year. Gray hair is something women are taught to fear (much like anything deemed to be a…
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Give Yourself a Gift

Holiday Stress? Give Yourself a Gift Susan Emery My boss frequently uses the expression “Be a duck.  Let it roll off your back, “ to make sure thefrequent change, intense pressures, and weighted emotions that come at our team daily don’t throw off our ability to perform or distract from our priorities.  This is a…
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Howard Street

Howard Street by Betsy Wilson When Hip Circle decided to move from our cozy space off Main Street to our spacious new Howard Street home, I was excited about the possibilities that the extra square feet would create: more classes, additional programming, more people.  And, holy cow, did the center turn out great! Since then,…
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Introducing SERIES

There is power in committing to yourself, and we are rewarding you for making time – every week – to move your body in the company of other strong women. Starting in 2019 we are offering SERIES pricing for all of our weekly classes! You commit to the same class each week for 6 or…
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Call for Participants – 2018 Body Positivity Photo Shoot

If you… …identify as a woman AND …are choosing to let your gray hair grow, our 2018 Body Positivity Photo Shoot needs YOU! Women are given many signals NOT to let their grays show and we think it’s time to shift that narrative. If you’ve got a full head of gray/silver/white hair or just the…
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Memberships Available

**In honor of Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday we are, for a limited time, offering up our memberships online through 11/30/18.** It is through our members’ commitment to their own personal goals that we achieve our center’s goals. Consider joining our strong member community in making empowerment accessible to ALL women. Hip Circle Empowerment…
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8 Weeks – A Holiday Survival Guide

In this moment of calm before the storm of holiday let’s take a moment to focus on something really important. You.   Yes, you.   You are likely the first “thing” to move down on the priority list in the face of holiday meals, decorating, gifts, and events. Your needs for time to yourself often…
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Your Body is Amazing

Our bodies really are amazing – the things they can do, what they can withstand, the variety in how they’re put together all on the same basic theme. If anything else this amazing came into our life, we’d celebrate it without question. We’re pretty ungrateful to our bodies, though. As a people, we spend way…
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Total Body Awareness – Listen…even to your own ear

Awareness campaigns, events, and visible pink lights on landmark Chicago buildings help keep specific epidemics and health threats present in our mind, but the special theme months also become part of the noise of our busy lives. Calendar reminders, emails, social media, text messages, phone calls, and streaming videos have filled our eyeballs, fingertips, and…
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