It’s so important to make you sure get the right size hoop to ensure a wonderful hooping experience. The size hoop you should start out with depends on several factors. At Ruby Hooping, we make hoops of all sizes from teeny tiny to as tall as you!
If you go on Google and start reading other articles about how to pick a size for your first hula hoop, you’re going to see a recommendation I strongly disagree with. Many people will tell you to pick a hoop that, when holding it out in front of you, it reaches from the floor to your belly button. This is completely arbitrary and only works if your body is fairly small.
We have found over the years that height is only a small factor in this equation. For learning how to hoop around your waist, your height honestly doesn’t matter at all! What matters is how much space there is between your body and the hoop.
It is good, however, to consider 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 44″ 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 44″ hoop.
If you are smaller than I was, I recommend starting your hoop journey with a 38″ hoop.
We do offer all sizes ranging from 36″-44″ so you can find the perfect fit for you. If you’re not sure what to pick, remember that when it comes to starting hooping, you cannot go wrong with a bigger hoop. It’s possible to get a hoop that is too small to learn on, but no hoop will ever be too big to hoop with.
The exercise hoop is about two pounds whereas the beginner hoop weighs about a pound. Both are great for beginners, but the exercise hoop is geared more toward folks who want to tone muscle.
Reason for Hooping
What size hula hoop you should get will change if you are into it mainly for the dancing, tricks, and off-body moves. You don’t need a big heavy hoop if you’re not trying to spin it around your entire body.
Instead, go for a lighter hoop made out of HDPE or polypro. The only difference between these two materials is the polypro is a bit springer and moves faster. For this reason I personally recommend HDPE over polypro for a beginner. HDPE will move a little slower without the added weight of a beginner hoop, giving you the versatility you need for learning tricks and 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 enthralled by hoop dancing.
If you are primarily into hoop dancing, heres’s a tip: don’t just get on Youtube and look for random hoop tutorials. You can do it that way, but it’s a bit overwhelming and hard to know where to even begin.
I recommend Deanne Love’s very affordable online courses which give you a path to follow and a strong feeling of purpose as you progress through your journey.
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.