1. Lana Tamta says:

    November 15, 2014 at 1:48 am


    I’m interested in starting up hooping. I am about 5’3″ and roughly 108lbs. I cannot decide between a 38″ or something smaller. I know the bigger the easier to start with, but I’m kindof a small person so I’m not sure. Please let me know what you think, thanks!


    • rubyhooping says:

      November 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Hey Lana! It honestly depends on whether you are able to waist hoop at all yet. If so, go with a 36″. If not, you should probably get the 38″. You are going to want that extra space to slow the rotations down. It makes it easier to learn.

  2. stephanie says:

    December 10, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I saw that you’re not doing orders right now but i was wanting to get one. i am a beginner, 5’9 about 206lbs. i’m hoping to get one that i can even get up. i couldn’t hula hoop as a kid. but it looks fun, and hopefully i can try to get some exercise out of it. what would you recommend for me?
    thank you :)

    • rubyhooping says:

      December 15, 2014 at 3:03 am

      Hey Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by. For your body type I recommend starting with around a 40 or 42″. Remember, the bigger your hoop is, the easier it will be to learn to waist hoop on so don’t afraid to be generous on the size. ;)

  3. c ramouche says:

    April 20, 2015 at 10:59 am

    This was very helpfully that you very much, I’m look to try a different kind of workout and heard about hula hooping an though why not give it a go i haven’t done it in many many years i also wanted to know how long were your workout and how long before you started to see changes i also to have a tone tummy.it’s a work in progress for me at the moment i just want to do something different and fun so hooping sound great.

  4. Kay says:

    July 17, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Hey I recently bought a hoop that is 42″ and weighs 2 lbs… Is this the average weight or do I have what is considered a “weighted” hoop?

    Thanks! Your demos are very helpful!

    • rubyhooping says:

      July 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Yes, two pounds is definitely a weighted hoop. That is plenty of weight for exercising :) You wouldn’t want to go heavier, as it could cause injury to internal organs.

  5. Jessica Cleveland says:

    August 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve been hooping with a walmart hoop for about 4 months now and I hoop for the art and tricks. I feel it’s just not the right weight or size. I’m 5’2 and 105lbs. I do have some muscle built up but only for certain moves I know. I practice everyday in hope to advance. I need to know the size and hoop to get.

    • rubyhooping says:

      August 23, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Jessica! Walmart hoops are typically about 36″ in diameter. So if you feel it is a little too big, I would try a 34″ or a 32″. If it feels too small, try a 38″ :) The tubing thickness of a Walmart hoop is close to a 3/4″ OD tubing in polypro or HDPE. So I would go for a 3/4″ HDPE or polypro hula hoop somewhere in the range of 32″ to 38″ depending on how you feel about the size of the Walmart hoop :)

  6. Dominique says:

    August 28, 2015 at 12:37 am

    I’m a beginner to hooping however I do know how to hoop I just don’t know any tricks yet I’m 5’6 10lbs what would you recommend

    • rubyhooping says:

      September 30, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      I would go for a Beginner Hula Hoop in a 36″ diameter if you already know how to hula hoop and a 38″ if you need to learn still :)

    • rubyhooping says:

      January 6, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Hey Lois! Thank you for reading! I would recommend a 44″ Weighted Exercise Hoop to begin your journey! Please let me know if I can help in any other way! -Linz

  7. says:

    April 12, 2016 at 1:54 am

    […] We like a standard 38″ diameter for most adults unless you specifically request something different.  If you are very petite, you might like a smaller hoop, and if you are a bit on the plus-size such as myself, you might want your first hoop to be a bit bigger.  Feel free to message me on Facebook anytime or comment below to discuss the best size for you.  You can also read more in my article, What Size Hula Hoop Should I Get? […]

  8. Vanessa says:

    April 21, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Hi I am interested in starting hooping but I have no idea what size to get I am 5’2 and weight 100 pounds?

  9. Ashley says:

    April 28, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I’m looking to buy a hoop, I’m 5′ 10 and weigh around 195. I have one very large, very heavy hoop that I learned on. After reading up on it I figured out that that’s why I haven’t been able to do any tricks with it (I swear it weighs like 10 lbs, the heaviest one I’ve ever come across). Anyhow I bought another that weighs about 2 or 2 1/2 lbs, but it’s Gold’s Gym brand and kinda flimsy but it’s better than the other one. I can waist hoop ok and would like something to learn tricks on, but am still pretty much a beginner. Would you recommend 40 or 38? Or would I need bigger than that even? As I said, I’m pretty tall but I have some practice. Also I love your website and I joined your Facebook group as well as am learning through your YouTube videos, you are an inspiration and I’m happy to be able to support you through buying a nice new hoop :)

    • rubyhooping says:

      April 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Hey Ashley! Since you already have waist hooping practice and you already have two large, heavier hoops, I would recommend buying a lighter weight hoop that is more suitable for learning tricks. When you get into the “lightweight” hoops (HDPE and polypro) you generally have two choices- 3/4″ tubing and 5/8″ tubing- the 5/8″ is super skinny and the lightest material we offer, so I would not choose it yet. 3/4″ tubing should be perfect for you- it will be MUCH lighter weight than your current hoops but still substantial enough for your skill level. I would recommend a 36″ diameter. You’re gonna want it a little bit smaller for some trick practice but not too small. So my final answer is 3/4″ 36″ HDPE. The reason I choose HDPE for you is because it’s more durable than polypro although equally lightweight, so it will withstand all the dropping and throwing you’ll be putting it through as you learn :) Here’s the link to the HDPE Hoops: http://rubyhooping.com/product/advanced-hdpe-hula-hoop/

  10. Tori says:

    May 27, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I’m looking for a hoop to buy, I’m 5’1″ and 195 lbs. what diameter hoop should I get? Also I’ve been waist hooping since I was little so I’ve got the hang of that but I want to start doing tricks so how does that factor into what hoop I should get? Thanks!!

  11. Charlie says:

    June 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Hello i’ve been hula hooping for around a month to strengthen my core and can do 10mins per day with the weighted one but i feel like the hoop is too small as it doesn’t go up to my belly area. I’m 5’11 so I was wondering what size hoop you recommend? Thanks.

    • rubyhooping says:

      July 6, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      I usually recommend a 38″ for “average size” adults. If you’re petite go for a 36″, if you’re curvier like me, go bigger!

  12. Emma says:

    August 21, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Hey, I am 5’6 and weigh about 135 lbs. I want to start hooping more for dance than weight loss or exercise. Any recommendations one which hoop I should purchase first and any brands/materials that work best for beginners?

    • rubyhooping says:

      August 21, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Emma! If you are not able to hoop around your waist at all yet, I would definitely recommend starting with a Beginner hoop which has a little extra size and weight to it to make learning easier! For your body size I would recommend a 38″ to start! If you also want a lighter weight, smaller hoop to practice tricks that are more well suited for a smaller hoop, I would also recommend getting a 36″ 3/4″ lightweight HDPE or Polypro! You will eventually be able to hoop on body with this hoop too but it’s good to have both of these options available when just starting out! If you can only choose one, choose based on whether you can already hoop around your waist. If you can, get the lighter weight 36″ :)

  13. Sam says:

    November 3, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Hey Ruby, thank you for this handy guide! I’m actually trying to buy a hoop for a friend as a Christmas gift. However, he’s a very tall, slim gentleman. He’s 6’2″ with a 32″ waist. I’m not really sure what to do with that information. He’s so tall most of my math says to get him a larger diameter hoop, but the 32″ waist says veer smaller. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    • rubyhooping says:

      November 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Sam, happy to help! We generally base hoop size off of waist size more than anything else. Height only becomes a factor for very short people who may have problems with the hoop hitting the ground on certain off-body moves. For your friend’s waist size, I would recommend a 32″ beginner hoop if he has never hooped before. You can find the link here: http://rubyhooping.com/product/beginner-hula-hoops/
      If he has experience hooping, I suggest going for a lighter weight HDPE hoop also in 36″ diameter. On this one you will need to also choose tubing thickness and I recommend 3/4″. Here’s the link: http://rubyhooping.com/product/advanced-hdpe-hula-hoop/

  14. Carrie says:

    March 22, 2017 at 12:24 am

    I’m 4’9 and weigh 120 I use to hula hoop as a kid and was pretty good at it. I bought one at the dollar store and can’t seem to keep it up. I’m thinking it might be too small. Would a 38″ work better for me

  15. Larissa says:

    May 24, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Hey! I’m looking into the weighted ones for exercise and I already know how to hooks hoop. Which size should I get? I’m petite, 5’3 and 130lbs and about 29″ waist (above belly button) and 30″ waist (below belly button) Should I get 38 or 36? Thank you! :)

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