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Will you share your hoopin secrets with me?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

 Basically I can't afford a member at the Y so I bought a $5 hoop at walmart!  As a child I could NEVER figure out how to hula hoop but I am starting to get it. I can have it going for about.... 3 minutes sometimes orngbiggrin.gif   Can anyone give me some tips? Like, for learning the basics, but also are there any tricks you can do with a hoop? At festivals I have seen people kick it back up when it falls but I think that's it.

 

 

 

 

I hope this is the right place to post this, Fitness and Weight Managment looked to be all about loosing pounds and challenges.  

post #2 of 28

i have no advice, but had to click your thread out of interest . . . sounds like fun!

post #3 of 28

The kids hoops at Target are really hard to hoop with, so if you can make that work you're doing a great job. 

 

I started hooping a little over a year ago, my friend's dd taught me how, then I started making hoops.  If you google you can find tutes to make your own, larger hoop.  There are videos on youtube to help with techniques & tricks and work outs.  :)

post #4 of 28

Check out hooping tricks on youtube, or someplace like hoopnicity. There are some great videos out there. (Did you know you can set kevlar wicks into a hoop and spin fire with it? Fun!!! [With safety training, of course.] There are clear hoops with LEDs inside them for night hooping, too. Gorgeous.)

 

If you're just starting, a bigger diameter is your friend. The hoop I started on is ridiculously large, but that slower rotation gives you more of a chance to figure out how to move to keep it going. If you're in the southern New England area, I can point you toward some good hoop groups and stores.

 

I started hooping around the waist, and then worked on shimmying the hoop up to my neck and back down again without losing it. Or shimmy it down to your hips and back up. With small hoops, you can hoop around your wrists and arms, and around your ankles. There are a lot of dance and poi moves that can be done with hoops, too. It's great to play with it -- there really aren't any rules, as long as you're not hurting yourself.

post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 

Yay thanks ladies!!  I'm in Georgia, didn't realize people get together for hoop groups!! I'll check that out, and the videos, I am so excited!! biggrinbounce.gif  Making my own would be so fun, I'm glad you mentioned that!  The super funky ones I always see are probably handmade ones

post #6 of 28

The website Hooping.org is a great resource, and a place to go to find local hooping meetups too.

 

 

Three minutes is awesome, especially with a kid's size hoop from Wal-Mart!  I agree with the PPs who said to get a home-made or storebought adult size hoop if possible, it makes a HUGE difference!  I spent about $25 on hoopmaking materials from a hardware store and had enough supplies to make several hoops. There are lots of online directions about hoopmaking and lots of websites that sell ready-made hoops too.

 

I've been hooping for just a few months but I'm totally hooked and in love with it! There are lots of YouTube videos that teach different tricks, I learned shoulder/chest hooping from YouTube and also a trick called the Vortex.  I also got a book and DVD from the library called Hooping: A Revolutionary Fitness Program  and bought Hoopnotica DVDs from Amazon.  The DVDs are great, but YouTube has been my best resource and it's free :)

 

I love what Earthmama says:

 

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 It's great to play with it -- there really aren't any rules, as long as you're not hurting yourself.

 

post #7 of 28

Hooping.org is great!

 

http://www.hoopcity.ca/ is also a great community and she offers online classes. She being Safire - you can find her on YouTube as well. 

There's also http://www.hoopinguniversity.com/members/starsofhoopdance  which has classes.

 

The HoopPath DVD is great for basics.  Just watching folks videos is a great way to get ideas.  My favorite folks to keep an eye on are Baxter, Rich Porter (Isopop), Brecken Rivera, Hoopalicious (Anah Reichenbach), Ann Humphreys.  They all have videos up on YouTube.  Most of them have their own websites.

 

YouTube is full of online tutorials.

 

I got my first hoop through Superhooper.  It is still my fave. :)

post #8 of 28

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abS1dLxAH44

 

That's one of the first hooping videos I ever watched.  :D

post #9 of 28

I love hooping! I watched a lot of youtube videos for particular tricks (am still learning). The smaller hoops are great for fitness, the larger hoops are great for dancing / tricks. Heavier and larger hoops are are easier to maintain. The light small hoops are the most challenging. Have fun!

post #10 of 28
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abS1dLxAH44

 

That's one of the first hooping videos I ever watched.  :D

That was great! Flashes me back to my RAVING days. Just got butterflies.
 

 

post #11 of 28

toss the hoop you bought and make one! add water to weight it even (be prepared for a sore stomach at first).

homemade ones are sooo much better for tricks etc...heavier sturdier you can tape them in your own designs...time to bust out my hoop!

post #12 of 28

Definitely check out all the websites above. I would definitely get a heavier fitness hoop. Warning - it's addicting!!! My motto is a woman cannot have too many hoops. Have fun!!!

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Originally Posted by AdinaL View Post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abS1dLxAH44

 

That's one of the first hooping videos I ever watched.  :D


I get too do a workshop with Hoopalicious in a couple of weeks - I'm too excited!! I wanted to go to Hoop Camp this year but can't afford it.

 

A few years a got I tried to start a hooper thread in Tribe, but it never took off. I wonder if there are lots of hoopers on here?
 

 

post #14 of 28

I use a pre-made weighted hoop I bought in Chinatown to exercise - does that make me a hooper? iIf so, I would totally join a tribe.

 

Off to check out all these links . . . .

post #15 of 28

I'm currently in the middle of making DD (2) a hoop of her own. It is so hard around here to find the right size tubing though. Also as far as making your own, what do people decorate theirs with? I have tons of different colors of electrical tape but I want some fabric like some of the really pretty ones I have seen at festivals and what not. I'm trying to figure out where to get some of that stuff..

 

Yes a hooping tribe would be awesome!

post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by Ldavis24 View Post

I'm currently in the middle of making DD (2) a hoop of her own. It is so hard around here to find the right size tubing though. Also as far as making your own, what do people decorate theirs with? I have tons of different colors of electrical tape but I want some fabric like some of the really pretty ones I have seen at festivals and what not. I'm trying to figure out where to get some of that stuff..

 

Yes a hooping tribe would be awesome!


http://www.identi-tape.com/

 

I have a horrible time finding the right size tubing.

 

post #17 of 28

I second the identi-tape.  Great selection.

 

post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by Hoopin' Mama View Post




http://www.identi-tape.com/

 

I have a horrible time finding the right size tubing.

 

I actually special ordered it from home depot one time because they didn't have the right size irrigation hosing...I used it all up though so now it's either order more or deal with what they have in stock...the sales guy looked at me like I had two heads trying to explain why I wanted a very specific size!

Love the link too!
 

 

post #19 of 28

OMG I had no idea this had become such a trend! (forgive me, I'm in Germany where I'd bet no one is hooping!)

 

I love hula hooping! I have always been really good at it too. It's like the one thing I have an uncanny talent for. I can swing a hula hoop around for an endless amount of time. I even considered trying to set the world record! Besides having to stop for pee breaks I could seriously hoop for hours on end. I also taught myself some tricks. This was in the days before the internet even.

 

I haven't hula hooped in years. BTW I realize there is a difference b/w hula hooping and what you all are talking about. I was using the old-fashioned hula hoops. I've never tried one of the bigger heavier ones, but I'd love to!

 

ETA: Here is a picture of me and my best friend with some hoops (we didn't know the guy in the chicken suit BTW). Soon after this picture was taken, we tried to take the hoops into a concert but they wouldn't let us!

 

hoops.jpg

post #20 of 28

After seeing this thread, I spent well over an hour watching hooping videos on Youtube.  I ordered stuff today to get started and can't wait to try it.

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