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On the Other Side

I’m not really sure we’re “on the other side” of the pandemic fully, but we are at least on the other side of the 2020/2021 quarantine. The 16 months of living differently has had an impact on all of us, regardless of what comes next. While most of the changes Covid19 brought along with it…
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Dodging Diet Culture

We do this move in Moxie Boxing called “dodge,” and I cue it by talking about ducking out of the way of an imaginary opponent. The move gets your heart-rate up, strengthens your glutes, quads, and calves, wakes up your abductors and adductors, and can be silly and fun. I wish avoiding Diet Culture was…
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Do I have to?

Do I have to? Short answer…no.


All Winter 2021 Classes PWYC

Thanks to our generous donors all HCEC Winter Classes are offered on a PWYC basis! Check our schedule to find a PWYC class and plan your visit.

Hip Circle Remote Streaming Class

Sweat Separately, Stand Together

Sweat Separately, Stand Together It has been a whirlwind of a March and I am beyond proud of the community we’ve built at Hip Circle. Some lessons/observations that have come out of our shift to virtual classes: Community Matters – While we know community is important, so much so that it’s a key part of…
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Hip Circle Race Against Hate Finishers

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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Incoming Women US Senators

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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