How To Hoop
First, Get The Right Hoop
Adult hoops for beginners are larger, heavier, and MUCH easier to use than the small plastic hoops from the 50s. There are multiple ways to hula hoop, spinning the hoop at your waist and pushing from front to back or side to side. The video below demonstrates front to back waist hooping, how to walk and spin while hooping. Test drive different size hoops to see what works best for your body and ability. Hoop size and how to hoop details below.
On its edge a hoop should be about a palm width below your breasts, or higher if your waist or your body size is larger. Hoop size varies from person to person and the hoop move you attempt. New hoopers are often intimidated by very large hoops. However, larger, heavier hoops take longer to spin around your body, providing more time for you to figure out how to keep the hoop whirling.
Larger Hoops Can Be Easier
The added weight of a larger hoop spins more steadily than using lighter hoops. Many hoopers use multiple size hoops to practice different moves. A new move, such as shoulder hooping is easier to learn with a larger hoop. Once you master the move, you will be ready to practice what you've learned with a smaller hoop.
Off-body moves that require the hoop to spin around your hand or above your head are easier to master with a smaller, lighter hoop instead of a large, heavy hoop. Every hooper is unique and prefers his or her own special size and weight hoop for the type of workout or dance they choose to practice. waist.
How To Hoop
Hoops are able to spin around your body from the momentum you provide by rocking back and forth pushing your hip and belly forward, slightly shifting your weight as it spins around your waist. Every time the hoop hits your stomach, pushing your belly forward keeps the hoop in motion. Contrary to the circular motion implied by the word "hula," the movement that keeps the hoop spinning is a forward push motion of your hip rather than a circular hip movement.
Some people find a front to back hip motion with one foot in front of the other is easier to control the speed of the hoop. Others prefer moving their hips side to side. Whatever feels right and works best for YOU to keep the hoop whirling around your waist is the goal. Over time, you will begin to mix and match both front-to-back and side-to-side movements as you explore your own hooping technique.
Front-to-Back Waist Hooping
With one hand on each side, hold the hoop horizontally so that it touches the small of your back. Wind up by holding the hoop and turning your body in one direction to give the hoop an energetic spin around your waist in the opposite direction (most people prefer spinning the hoop in one direction over another). Push your belly/hip forward pushing firmly each time the hoop crosses your stomach, shifting your weight back and forth, forward and back. Keep both feet on the ground as you push your belly/hip forward with each revolution of the hoop, slightly bending and straightening the forward leg, shifting your weight, rocking front to back on each push of your hips. The push of your hip back is as important as the forward push.
Stand inside the hoop and place your feet hip distance apart and bend your knees a little. With one hand on each side, hold the hoop horizontally so it firmly touches the small of your back. Wind up and turn your body in one direction and give the hoop an energetic spin around your waist in the opposite direction. Move your hips side to side, pushing the hoop as it passes over each hip. Remember to keep your hands and elbows above the hoop.
Most people favor spinning the hoop in one direction over another. There is no right or wrong direction. Typically right-handers flow the hoop counter-clockwise to the left, and left-handers flow the hoop clockwise to the right. Your favored direction is referred to as your "first direction" or your "in-flow."
Burning Man Hooping
Since 2003, the annual Burning Man festival of arts and freedom in the northern Nevada desert has been a hotbed (literally!) of hooping, providing an uninhibited and clothing-optional forum for hoopers from all around the world to share tricks, techniques, and energy. Fire Hooping is encouraged!
Hooping has now found its way into mainstream gyms and studios as a fun and effective form of exercise. Classes can be found all across the US as more and more people rediscover that exercise can be entertaining!Tips:
- Avoid moving your hips in a circular motion. This will slow down the hoop.
- As in all exercise, it is best to exercise both directions to equally balance and tone your muscles as you hoop.
If the hoop continues to fall to the floor while waist hooping, you might need to start with a larger hoop until you find the right point to push into your hoop as it whirls around your waist.
Recover Falling Hoops in MotionIf the hoop begins to fall below your waist, there are a few ways to recover:
- Bend your knees to get beneath the hoop while pushing your hips really fast to coax the hoop back up to your waist. Keeping your shoulders back will help keep the hoop from falling as you bend your knees.
- Turn your body in the direction of the flow of the hoop while pushing hips really fast.
Correcting Drooping Hoops
When the hoop droops to one side or another, you might be leaning to one side more than another, or pushing your pelvis/hip too hard on one side of your body. To level the flow of the hoop, correct your posture by standing up straight. If that does not work, adjust the position of your feet. If one foot is in the front, switch the back foot to the front.
Finding Hoop Lessons
There are many ways to learn to hoop: take classes, watch online tutorials, read books about Hooping, attend hoop gatherings, etc. Should you wish to find a teacher or more online lessons, search the internet by typing in your city and state and any combination of hoop words, such as Hula Hooping, Hoop Instructors, Hoop Tutorials, Hoop Dance Lessons, etc. Below are a few sample online lessons.
- Hooping University