Since my last post on hooping, I've gotten quite a few questions on where to start so I wanted to address some of them here!
Let me preface this by saying this: I really am a newbie at this but every hooper has been where I am, every single one. So if it seems intimidating to you, don't think about it like that. The art of hooping is a journey. It's not a race, a competition, it is SO-sooo far from those things. The journey is yours, yes, you will meet (insanely amazing + awesome) hoopers on the way, they will help you, encourage you, inspire you, but this is your disco, babe... dance it up! So here is a bit of my journey centered around your questions!
What kind/size/weight of hoop should I get?
This is something I struggled with the night I ordered my first hoop! Everybody's preference is different, right now I have 3 hoops that I seem to change out frequently while practicing. I started out with a 160psi at 42 inches. About a month in, I felt that I needed to get something a little lighter. With the help some sweet hooper friends, I opted for a standard 100psi, that is also 42 inches but will shrink down to 38 inches when I feel ready (which I don't yet!) I am still picking up my 160psi when I want the hoop to go slower or if I am just exercising & not working on moves.
The third hoop is a 42 inch Polypro (which is what I am using above!) from SuperHooper.org which I've been picking up more & more to practice moves & tricks, it's lighter & easier to handle, especially when you are working on arm-centered moves! Awesome thing about these too, is that you can cut them down when you feel you are ready.
Do you do it for exercise?
Yes, it burns anywhere between 300-600 calories an hour & it doesn't feel like exercise because it's so much fun, you forget that you are sweating & out of breath until you take that first chug of water & you're like, holy shit! But it's so much more than that. Likened it to Yoga, it's meditative, calming & challenges you. I've been hooping with my eyes closed to feel the hoop hitting my body, noticing where it lands, to find my flow, it relaxes me.
I've also been taking my hoops with me everywhere & they are fun magnets, people MUST try it & once they do, they want one of their own!
I can't dance, can I still hoop?
Oh hellyes you can! I love to dance but I have a feeling that you lovelies that think that you "can't" dance will be happily surprised at how much the hoop helps you to move in ways you didn't think you could. It acts almost like a dancing partner which in turn makes moving less scary, kinda like pairing up with a friend to brave a new adventure. I'm serious when I say that the hoop is one of my newest BFFs.
YES! Again, your preference, I created a playlist on Spotify that I pick from when I'm hooping, I gravitate toward a handful of songs on this playlist, it's a learning process like anything else, pick music that feels good, that you can find your flow in. This playlist can get you started though:
Moves, where do I start?!
I suggest learning to move in the hoop first. Keeping it up in the current (the direction the hoop is spinning) that feels most comfortable to you & then working on your reverse current, twisting inside the hoop in both directions, walking forward & backwards while hooping. From there, YouTube is an incredible resource for finding hoop tutorials, I've pinned a few of them here on my : Hooping Love Board!
In need of some Hoop Porn?
Hooping.org... FTMFW! Articles, photos, tutorials galore, multiple times a day! ACE!
Lara from SuperHooper.org's Pinterest page, um, WOW-YES!
I need more Hoop Porn in my life, I'd love to know where you go to get your fix!
Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comments below, I'd be happy to answer them the best I can!
All this hoop talk & I'm dying to hop in, so I think I'm gonna go do that, it's gorgeous outside today!!
I ♥ Autumn!