I really enjoy making hula hoops because:
- It’s not messy
- It doesn’t require many tools
- It doesn’t take very long
- Anyone can do it!
Okay, I realize the line between need and want is a fine line. So the word “need” is being used loosely here. There are just certain things we need as hoopers!
If you’re new to hooping but already know it will be a life long obsession, this list is for you.
Or, if you’re looking for some great gift ideas for the hula hooper in your life, this article should help you out as well.
photo of Liz Barber by Toastography
If you’ve ever seen a hula hooping video go viral on Facebook, it might remind you of back when you were 10 years old and could hula hoop forever, and then you wonder, “Well why can’t I hula hoop anymore?”
And then you feel really old.
Because you mistakenly assume that you either have to be a 10 year old kid or in extremely good physical shape to learn how to hula hoop.
Honestly, I’ve heard it all. All the reasons why people think they can’t hula hoop.
The truth is, none of these are valid reasons for not hula hooping.
I’m 35. I never could hoop in my life until I was almost 30 years old.
If you are an expecting mom wondering “Can I hula hoop while pregnant?” you are not alone. We get this question all the time! We decided to get answers for you from our community.
Ruby Hooping interviewed several new moms who hula hooped throughout their pregnancy and after giving birth also! Read on to hear all about their experiences and to see their beautiful pictures of hula hooping while pregnant.
Short answer: YES. Yes gurl, you can hula hoop if you are fat, skinny, tall, short, young, or old!
When I started Ruby Hooping five years ago, I was a, shall we say, curvy woman who had been writing about plus-size fitness for a few years. I had made it my mission in life to show the world that we curvy ladies can do anything we set our minds to, and that we should not allow our physical size to be an excuse not to live life to its fullest.
Got the indoor hooping blues? Stormi Kammer, sponsored hooper at Ruby Hooping, has some words of wisdom about how to keep the hoop fire burning all winter long.
A note from Linz: Yes, Florida hoopers, we know you’re all rejoicing that you can finally hoop outside. Yaaaaay for you guys 😉 For the rest of the world, we’re all super bummed that mother nature is not going to be making it easy for us to hoop freely for the next several months.
One of our customers said….
We receive this question at least once a week! So, Ruby Hooping has invited hoop dance instructor and speaker Missy Cooke to write a guest blog post for this topic! So can you hula hoop with a back injury? The answer is YES!
Here at Ruby Hooping, one of our favorite things to do is talk about all the wonderful hula hooping benefits we all enjoy as part of this beautiful lifestyle. We asked our Street Team member Stormi Kammer to write us an article about how hula hooping helped her to quit smoking forever!
One of the most frequent questions I get from people who see me out at a park with my hula hoops or see me posting videos on my Facebook page is: “Is hula hooping good for you?” The answer is a resounding YES! I asked my brand new sponsored hooper, Alisa Willcox (aka Iris Dragonfly) to write me up an article giving her take on this subject!
We sponsored six hoopers in 2014. Jackie Adams is one of them. She is a force to be reckoned with in the hooping community, and practically a household name in the Curvy Hoopers world! We are so proud to have her on our team! Watching her journey unfold has been inspiring for many, so we asked her to write a blog post about her experiences with hula hooping. This is what she came up with.
Whether you have gotten to know me in real life, on Facebook or just through reading my posts here at Ruby Hooping, I am sure I have given you hooping advice many times. Probably more than you even asked for! That’s what I do.
Yes my darling, come closer, for I am whispering those sweet words you’ve been longing to hear! Go ahead and treat yourself to that LED hula hoop you’ve been having recurring dreams about. Don’t wait until you’ve been hooping for some randomly selected amount of time. Why put yourself through that? The thought of being without my LED hula hoop is traumatic. You don’t deserve that.
Whether you are interested in making hula hoops or buying them, figuring out what type of hula hoop tubing you want can be pretty confusing, especially to beginners! There are quite a few types of hula hoop tubing available today, and each kind of tubing generally comes in different sizes.
Here is our easy to understand guide to all the types of tubing used for making hula hoops.
If you’re new to the concept of hula hooping for exercise, you may be surprised to find out that hula hooping burns as many as 600 calories per hour! That’s the equivalent to an hour of Zumba or even jogging!
You may have tried to learn how to hula hoop as a child and, if you were anything like me, you failed miserably. But if you think you can never be a hooper, think again! If I can learn, anyone can.
If you’re worried about not being able to hula hoop, knowing what size hula hoop to buy is the best way to ensure you will be successful.
Trust me, I know how confusing it is to figure out what size hula hoop you need to start. When I first started hooping, I did exactly what most people do: I bought a hoop on a whim in the toy section at Walmart, rushed home, tried it out and couldn’t get the hang of it at all.
That’s when I started researching online. I felt completely overwhelmed by information about hoop weights, diameters, and even tubing sizes.
I wrote this article to make it easy to figure out what size hula hoop to get, no matter what your body type or skill level. I want you to have full confidence in choosing a hoop size for your first real hula hoop.
It’s so important to make you sure get the right size hoop when you’re just starting out, to ensure a positive and exciting hooping experience. When people try to learn with a hoop that is too small, they often give up too quickly, not realizing they just need a different size hoop.
To make matters even more confusing, there is some misinformation out there on what size hoop to start with. Some say to choose 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. Since I happen to not be fairly small, this problem has been pretty obvious to me from the get go.
Think about it like this: would two women, both 5’7″ with relatively similar belly button heights, use the same size hoop, even if one weighed 130 pounds and one weighed 250 pounds?
Of course not. The space between your body and the hoop is the most important aspect of learning how to hula hoop. If the hoop is too small, it will move very fast around your waist, meaning you better boogie like you’ve never boogied before or that hoop is going south, fast.
A larger hoop slows down the rotations and gives you time to actually feel the rhythm and move with the hoop. This is truly the best way to really get to know the art of hooping.
Here is a video I made recently to show you how different size hoops interact with our bodies. I started off this video with a tiny 19″ mini hoop, then I use a 30″, 35″, and 44″, and finish with a 55″ 3/4″ beginner hoop. You can see that on-body hooping becomes much easier for me with the 44″ and up. That’s because I am a tall, large person.
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Now I will share with you a chart I’ve created. These sizes are my best recommendations based on my five years of experience helping people get fitted for their first hula hoop.
I want to emphasize one thing. Remember that when it comes to starting hooping, you cannot go wrong with a bigger hoop. It’s entirely possible to get a hoop that is too small to learn on, but no hoop will ever be too big to hoop with.
I know you’ve seen both of these terms thrown around and are trying to figure out if they are interchangeable or if these are two different kinds of hula hoops.
The answer is that they are quite similar, but the exercise hoop is slightly heavier than the beginner hoop. Both beginner and exercise hoops are heavier than lightweight hdpe or polypro hoops, which are used primarily for dancing and tricks.
Beginner hoops are geared toward learning the basics of hooping, and you need a large diameter and moderately heavy tubing to do that. But you don’t need anything heavier than 1 pound, which is about what our beginner hoops weigh, to learn everything imaginable with a hula hoop.
Exercise hoops are also somewhat heavy, about 2 pounds total, so they weigh about twice as much as a beginner hoop. These hoops are for people who are only hooping for exercise and are most interested in toning muscle.
All styles of hula hooping are great exercise and burn plenty of calories, and different styles of hooping can help you focus on your goals. For example, spinning two hoops is a great workout for your arm and shoulders. Exercise hoops are particularly useful for core workouts.
What size hula hoop you should get will vary 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.
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 using my big beginner hoop, I quickly became enthralled by hoop dancing.
So, my second hoop was a slightly smaller diameter, lightweight hdpe hula hoop. It was about 4 inches smaller in diameter than my first hoop, and made of 3/4″ tubing so it felt a little thinner in my hand. It was the perfect size to start exploring some off body tricks that were not as easy to execute on the bigger hoop.
I just want to be clear and tell you that these two types of tubing are very similar. They are both lightweight and make a great choice for hoop dance and tricks.
The main difference between these two materials is that polypro is a bit springer so it moves a little faster. Hdpe aborbs more impact so it tends to move a little slower. Polypro is also more likely to crack or break, especially in cold temperatures, whereas hdpe can withstand more force and is less susceptible to winter weather.
For these reasons, I personally recommend hdpe over polypro for a beginner. Hdpe can better handle all the drops and throws that will inevitably happen when you first start. It also moves just a tad slower without the added weight of a beginner hoop. giving you the versatility you need for learning tricks and dance.
Choose an hdpe hoop that is 2-4 inches smaller than your beginner hoop, and always select 3/4″ tubing. It will be thinner than your beginner hoop but still substantial enough for learning.
There is one more thing to consider when choosing what size hoop to get in addition to your body type.
Think about why you want to hula hoop and what your goals are.
Let’s expand on these questions a little bit.
If you are mainly just interested in hooping on your body, without tricks and flashy stuff, or if you want to start hula hooping to lose weight, go by our quick size guide earlier in this post.
If you are more interested in tricks and dance, you may only want a lighter, smaller hoop.
If you’re interested in all of the above, ideally you will want to start out with two hoops. One beginner hoop which you will choose based on our size guide, and one lightweight hdpe hoop which you would get about 2-4″ inches smaller. I leave about two inches of wiggle room in there because this is not an exact science. Personal preference does play into it a little bit.
Chances are, you’re going to become addicted to hula hooping and will be trying all kinds of different sizes and tubings.
If you’re interested in how to lose weight hula hooping, the size and weight of your hoop are very important factors to consider.