The Best Hula Hoops for Plus Size People

by Mama Ruby
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It can sometimes feel like the hula hoop community forgets about us bigger folks.  It’s like going to the mall and all the stores only have clothing up to size large.  Yo, can I get some XXL up in here?

I almost didn’t become a hooper because a blog post like this one did not exist in 2012.

I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I had never found out that there are hula hoops for plus size people out there. Hooping has had such a hugely positive impact on my life. 

But when I first started researching hula hooping on the internet, all I could find was thin people hooping and hula hoops made for thin people.  It was discouraging to a big girl like me. 

A lot of bigger people think they can’t hula hoop, but we can! And it’s soooo fun. 

I don’t want any of you fabulously curvy ladies and gents to miss out on your own unique hula hoop journey because you can’t find any information on hula hoops for plus size people.  We have made it our mission to make sure there is plenty of visibility for all body types in the hula hoop community. 

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I’m about to drop all the knowledge you need to become a plus size hooping superstar.

First, let’s talk about hoop size.

What size hula hoop is best for plus size hoopers?

To some degree, that answer will vary based on your unique body, and the style of hula hooping you are interested in. But the bottom line is this: to hula hoop around your waist, bigger people need bigger hula hoops.

It’s pretty simple really!

When I started hula hooping my waist was 42″.  I first tried a hoop I found at my local Walmart, which are usually 34″ in diameter.   That was a disaster.  I don’t even think it went around my waist twice before clammering to the ground. 

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That was definitely not what size hula hoop a plus size chick like me should be using to learn.

I tried various sizes after that, all the way up to 44″ – which ended up being my perfect size for starting out hula hooping.  It was big enough to give my body time to respond to it. 

The bigger the hoop is, the more space there is between you and the hoop itself, meaning the rhythm of it going around your waist will be slower and much easier to sustain.  

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Great, but where do I find a hula hoop for a plus size person?

Right here at Ruby Hooping, boo. It’s so important to us to make sure everyone who wants to, regardless of size, can hula hoop.  That’s why we hand-make beautiful hula hoops custom sized all the way up to 55″ diameter.

Read more about hula hoop size here: What Size Hula Hoop Should I Get?

Are weighted hula hoops necessary for plus size bodies?

Although not absolutely necessary, weighted hula hoops are helpful for plus size peeps. Here’s why:

  • A weighted hoop functions like a large-diameter hoop in that it also moves slower than a smaller or lighter hoop.  In the same fashion as a large hoop, a weighted hoop gives your body more time to respond and react to keep the hoop from falling down
  • Bigger bodies tend to push the hoop harder, which can cause a lightweight hoop to wobble and bounce too much, making it difficult to learn. 

Let’s address what a weighted hula hoop is exactly.  And that will vary depending on who you ask, but generally, a hoop that weighs more than about 12 ounces would be considered weighted by most hoopers.  Our beginner hoops weigh about a pound, so they are considered weighted.  

We also offer a two pound option for those who prefer a little more substance.  Both are excellent for beginners.

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Both our beginner hula hoops and our two pound “weighted” hula hoops are made with a moderately heavy tubing called polyethylene manufactured for irrigation purposes.   There are no actual weights added to the hoop.

One to two pounds is all the weight you need to enjoy the benefits of a weighted hula hoop. Anything heavier than that and you risk injuring internal organs and severe bruising.  You can read more about this topic in our article How Heavy Should Your Hoop Be to Lose Weight Hula Hooping?

Other Kinds of Hula Hoops for Plus Size Peeps

There’s a lot more to hula hooping than just hooping around your body, and plus size hula hoopers should explore all of it! Lightweight hula hoops open up a whole new universe of dance and self expression.  

There are literally thousands of tricks you can learn to do with your hoop, many of which are executed with your hands and are considered off-body.  When you employ this style of hoop dance, the ratio between your waist size and your hoop no longer matters.

This means you can hoop with whatever size hula hoop you want no matter what size YOU are!   Just because you have a bodaciously curvy bod doesn’t mean you always have to use a big hoop.

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This is a picture of me with my favorite set of pink twins that are 25″ inches each.  Yep, hula hoopers sometimes spin multiple hoops at once! 

We make hula hoops in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and thicknesses.  Our favorite lightweight hula hoop material is HDPE.  It’s affordable, durable, vibrant, and responds especially well to plus size bodies.  And it comes in a ton of gorgeous colors.  

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Honestly the sky is the limit when it comes to hula hooping and that’s a huge part of the appeal.  There is just so much room for self expression and creativity! 

Once you become a hooper you will begin to amass a large collection of plastic circles.  You will want to try every size, and have a hoop to match all your favorite outfits.  It is a never ending journey that will bring you so much happiness and fun.

It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what hula hoop to get.  Start with our Go Getter Starter Pack, which comes with FOUR hoops: a nice big and moderately heavy beginner hoop, a lighter weight hoop for learning off-body tricks, iand a pair of twins for learning double hula hoop tricks!  Plus we’ll make them for you in your favorite color!

Always remember that your hula hoop practice is yours alone no matter what size you are or what size hoop you use.  There are no rules so just do what feels good and enjoy the journey! 

Want to learn how to hoop from me? 

Yay!! I am so excited to be your teacher!  Sign up for my new Six Week Beginner Hula Hoop Challenge for All Bodies and I will see you in Day 1 🙂 

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19 comments

Christopher Baldock June 15, 2019 - 2:43 am

Hi. I get that as an obese hooping starter I should probably go for a lightly weighted (not too weighted) big hoop, but I’m still confused as to how big. My waist is 52 inches and I’m very unfit with back ache. Please help. What size and weight should I go for?

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Mama Ruby June 17, 2019 - 5:43 pm

Hey Christopher! I would recommend a 55″ hoop! The best price for this size is our Big Mama Hoop which is a no frills, wonderful beginner hoop. Click Here to Shop Big Mama Hoops

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Relle May 11, 2020 - 1:04 am

Hi. I’m 5’3 and about 389lbs so what size hoop would you recommend?

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Mama Ruby May 13, 2020 - 3:12 am

I would go for the 50″ to learn on body stuff such as waist hooping etc 🙂

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Relle May 15, 2020 - 3:34 am

Thank you so much!!! 🙂

Summer April 3, 2020 - 5:20 am

Great article! Thank you for writing this! I’m excited to start hula hooping again! I loved doing it when I was little! Stopped doing it as I grew up. Now, when I babysit, I try to hula hoop, but I can’t do it anymore. I also gained A LOT of weight over the past year. I had a baby. We’re talking like 80+ lbs!!
Your article made me want to try hula hooping again. Because now I know knowledge as to why hula hooping was not working for me. & How to fix me not being able to hula hoop. So thank you so much for writing this! Have a Wonderful life! You Rock!

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Mama Ruby April 4, 2020 - 1:35 am

You are very welcome!!! Thank you so much for commenting Summer!

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Bre May 13, 2020 - 9:47 am

I’m 5’6″, size 22/24
, about 328 lbs. What size hoop should I be using?

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Mama Ruby May 15, 2020 - 3:38 am

I would recommend somewhere in the neighborhood of a 44″ to a 50″ hoop. 44″ if you have previous hoop experience. Go bigger if you are all the way brand new 🙂

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Count May 23, 2020 - 3:46 pm

Hi, my waist is currently 43 inches.
I was previously told to measure from the ground to my belly button and then add on two inches. That method puts me at a 44″ hula hoop.
But, after reading your advice it seems like I should get a 45″. Could you please verify for me. I don’t want to order the wrong size! Thank you in advance!

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Mama Ruby May 23, 2020 - 4:17 pm

Hi there! I would definitely go for a larger diameter than 44”. There is no such thing as a hoop that is too big. The belly button measurement is bad misinformation that gets spread around. It doesn’t work for us plus size chicks I would go for a 46” if I were you!

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Shayna Rodriguez May 24, 2020 - 5:40 pm

Hi I believe im about 5’4 and 250 pounds what size hoop would you suggest ?

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Mama Ruby May 24, 2020 - 5:50 pm

Hey! It really depends on your waist measurement but I would guess a 50” hoop would be perfect for you to learn on body hooping.

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Shenequa Green June 4, 2020 - 4:24 am

Hi my waist is 44″ and my size is 20/22. I am brand new to hooping. I am confused on whether I am to get a beginner hoop or weighted hoop as I need to lose weight and strengthen my core due to lower back pain.

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Mama Ruby June 4, 2020 - 7:31 pm

Hello! I would definitely recommend the weighted hoop!! Either are a great choice tho. I would try a 48″ diameter.

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Jo June 10, 2020 - 3:36 pm

Hi there, my waist size is 63″. Would it be possible for me to find a fitting hoop? Thank you for this great and inspiring website!

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Mama Ruby June 10, 2020 - 3:46 pm

Absolutely! I would love to get you into the right size hoop for you! Just email me to discuss a custom order at rubyhooping@gmail.com

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Connie Lee September 6, 2020 - 8:51 pm

I’m like all the other comments. I too am interested in purchasing a hoop. Primarily for exercising. I’m 6’0 360-lbs with a 53” waist.
I’m anxious to make the purchase and continue my weight loss journey. Should I purchase a custom size hoop. Looking forward to your response. Thanks

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Mama Ruby September 21, 2020 - 5:22 pm

Hey Connie! I would recommend a 55″ beginner hoop!

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