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Hoop Dreams

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A group of self-proclaimed “whippersnappers” meet up for hula hooping at Patterson Park.

GROUP THINK.

The first rule of Baltimore Fit Club is to talk about Baltimore Fit Club—especially on http://www.Meetup.com, a social networking site that helps like-minded locals find each other and plan events. Founded in January 2013, BFC is a club for anyone interested in leading an active lifestyle. Whether it’s playing basketball or soccer, biking the BWI Trail or walking to benefit charity, fitness enthusiasts of all levels can find a group of committed workout buddies by simply showing up and sweating. As an added benefit, Meetup organizers and fellow members often post supportive notes on each other’s profiles between exercise dates.

There are dozens more Meetups springing up around Charm City, from happy hikers to dedicated runners and oodles of yogis. Baltimore Yoga Village frequently hosts a mixed-level hatha Meetup complete with live chanting and music.

One of the most unique groups? Baltimore’s Playground, devoted to the lost art of recess (think four square, freeze tag and double dutch), hosts regular hula hooping sessions in Patterson Park. Here’s a chance to reconnect with your inner child and work that core at the same time. As a reward for your hard work, these “kids” often grab drinks when play time is over. http://www.meetup.com

PUNCH DRUNK.

Get in your best fighting shape ever—even if you’re just fighting gravity—at Knockout Fitness in Federal Hill, where trainers lead wannabe Mayweathers through boxing combos on heavy bags, footwork sessions and conditioning drills meant for a champ. Monster tire flipping anyone? The club offers Boxfit (a hybrid of kickboxing and circuit training), Boxing 101, Spartan Training, a Legs/Core class and even Kids Boxing. This fall, check out the special women’s self-defense session, nutrition workshops and a six-week boot camp. You’ll be a knockout in no time! First class is free. Single class, $15. Monthly memberships begin at $65. 1108 Light Street, 443-703-9260, http://www.knockoutfitnessmd.com

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