There’s no exact answer that applies to everyone when it comes to how long it takes to get good at hula hooping. Everyone’s experience is unique and different.
So, I will tell you how long certain aspects of hula hooping took me to learn, and I will share my experiences as a hula hoop teacher for the past ten years as well.
First of all, there is more than one way to hula hoop. Hula hooping is not just hooping around your waist. There are literally thousands of moves you can learn to do with a hula hoop.
Having said that, let’s first cover the question:
How long does it take to get good at hula hooping around your waist?
For me personally, as a 30 year old (at the time) who was never able to hula hoop properly as a kid, it took me about three weeks of practicing daily with a big enough hoop in order to really feel waist hooping click. And boy what an incredible feeling that was!
I’ve seen some people catch on to waist hula hooping within a few minutes or hours, while others take longer, even years sometimes.
The best thing you can do to get good at hula hooping around your waist faster is to make sure you start out with the best sized hoop for your unique body. If you go check out our beginner hoops, you will see a chart that helps you pick your size.
How long does it take to get good at other styles of hula hooping?
I really want to take a moment to focus on what it means to be “good” at hula hooping. If by good you mean, able to execute many tricks flawlessly and transition effortlessly between them, I would have to say it takes years to get to that point unless you have several hours a day to dedicate to learning and practicing.
However, if your definition of “good” is more like mine, its more about how it makes you feel than how you compare to other hoopers. And you will feel very good from the first time you pick up your hoop. Especially with my guidance and the support of the Ruby community, feeling good while hooping will happen immediately.
But, let’s say you’re not trying to win any Olympic medals but you do want to build your own unique flow and you’re just trying to get a feel for how long that might take.
For me personally, from the first day I started practicing waist hooping until the moment when I felt like I had a good practice going where I could do several moves and flow between them somewhat gracefully, I would say was about a year.
When I started hula hooping, there wasn’t much in the way of online classes and there was nothing being taught in my local area. So most of what I learned I pieced together through random Youtube tutorials.
It took way longer to build my flow that way. I definitely recommend starting off with a good foundational course if you can. That way you’re not just shooting in the dark trying to find new moves to learn.
I have created my own online course, my Six Week Beginner Hula Hoop Challenge for All Body Types, as a way to help speed up the initial learning process so you can start getting creative and adding your personal flair earlier in your journey. My course touches on all the foundational moves needed to flourish!