At Ruby Hooping, we have made many custom-sized hula hoops. We find it is a wonderful way to spread the hoop love, because if your hoop is perfectly sized for your body, you are sure to have a wonderful hooping experience.
We have found over the years that body type is only one of many factors that go into determining what size hula hoop you need. We also consider things like why you want to hula hoop and what you hope to achieve with it (weight loss, core strength, dance, and meditation are just a few different reasons why people hoop!). Let’s go through the things you should think about when wondering what size hula hoop to get.
While body type isn’t the only consideration, it is definitely a big part of the equation. When I started hooping, I weighed around 270 pounds. I’m 5’10″, so that put me in a size 20 or so in clothing. My first hoop was a cheapie I bought at Walmart on a whim. I believe it was around 36″ in diameter.
I ran back to my office with it after lunch was over and immediately tried to hoop. I could not keep it up at all. I was so discouraged until I did some research and discovered that the larger your hoop is, the easier it is to hoop! When your hoop is larger, each rotation around your waist is slower, giving your body more time to react and keep the hoop from falling.
I decided I wanted to conduct extensive research using various hoop sizes, so I immediately bought a ton of supplies and my life as a hoop maker was born, just like that. The first hoop I ever made was 42″ in diameter, just perfect for a plus-sized beginner like me! So if you’re a bit chunkier around the waist like I was, I recommend starting with a 42-44″ hoop. If your body is of average size, I recommend starting your hoop journey with a 38″ hoop. You can get whichever size you choose on a Beginner Hoop, an Exercise Hoop, or any of the beautiful hoops in our Specialty Boutique! All of these hoops are made with a heavier tubing that is perfect for beginners.
Some hoop makers recommend starting out with a hoop that comes up to about halfway between your waist and chest. While I have used this measurement in the past and came out with successfully sized hoops, I think it may have just been luck. My experience with hoop making has helped me to conclude over time that your hoop size should be based on the size of your waist, not your height.
Reason for Hooping
As I said earlier, the other thing you want to consider when asking yourself “What size hula hoop should I get?” is why you are interested in hula hooping in the first place. What do you want to learn or gain from hula hooping? Many folks are drawn to it for the fun and unique opportunity to burn calories without treadmills and stairclimbers. Others are enthralled by the beautiful art of hoop dance.
When I first started hooping, it was primarily to add another form of exercise to my weekly routine, but as soon as I started to get good at waist hooping, I quickly became interested in hoop dancing. I learned many hula hoop tricks by watching tutorials on Youtube. It wasn’t long until I was ready to downsize to a smaller hoop. When dancing with a hula hoop, you need a hoop that weighs less and is more responsive to your every touch. A beginner hoop, because they are larger, can be a little heavier than preferred when executing some off-body tricks.
So, What Size Hula Hoop Should I Get?
?Just to recap: if you already know how to hula hoop and you are looking for a hoop to dance with, I recommend ordering a hoop that is two to three inches smaller in diameter than the hoop you learned on. However, if you still need to learn how to hula hoop, you should start with a Beginner Hoop and move on to a lighter, smaller Advanced Hoop if you ever decide to start hoop dancing and/or learning hula hoop tricks.
I hope this helped! As always, thanks for reading.