The Best Hula Hoops for Plus Size People

by Mama Ruby
what size hula hoop plus size

This post has been updated for 2022.

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.

what size hula hoop for plus size

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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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?

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

Relle May 11, 2020 - 1:04 am

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

Mama Ruby May 13, 2020 - 3:12 am

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

Relle May 15, 2020 - 3:34 am

Thank you so much!!! 🙂

Linda May 26, 2021 - 7:17 am

Hi I would like to purchase a hoop bit I am fat and do not know what size to buy. Could you please assist me.

Mama Ruby May 27, 2021 - 12:22 am

Hi Linda, you can go by your waist measurement. Click Here to see our beginner hoops and you will find a chart with what diameter hoop to choose based on your waist size. Measure the smallest part of your waist and go by that number. If you have more questions please email me at – thanks!

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!

Mama Ruby April 4, 2020 - 1:35 am

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

Bre May 13, 2020 - 9:47 am

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

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 🙂

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!

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!

Shayna Rodriguez May 24, 2020 - 5:40 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

Sarah December 28, 2020 - 8:27 am

Hello I’m 5’5-6″ and I weight 240. I need help on hoop size for core exercises. I’m a beginner and have not hooped since I was a child. I also heard anything bigger than 42 inches is extremely bad for the spine. What hoop should I purchase? Also do you have custom animal print tapes?

Mama Ruby December 28, 2020 - 6:59 pm

Hi Sarah! The thing about the 42″ hoop is definitely false. Hoopers use hoops all the way up to 60″ and beyond without problems! The main issue can come from hoops that are way too heavy, like ones often sold in the exercise sections of big box stores. You really only need about 1-2 pounds to get a good workout with an exercise hoop. I would definitely recommend our exercise hoop and your diameter will depend on your waist size. You can find a chart at the following link to help you choose a hoop based on your waist measurement. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Go Here

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!

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

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

Mama Ruby September 21, 2020 - 5:22 pm

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

Nscott November 28, 2020 - 4:26 am

My waist is a 56 and I would be a beginner what size hoop would you recommend for me?

Mama Ruby November 28, 2020 - 6:01 am

Hey there! I would say you’ll do great with a 55” beginner hoop! ❤️❤️

Brad Emery December 3, 2020 - 2:32 am

Hi There, Mama Ruby! 🙂

I’m looking to try out hooping, but I’m AMAB and most of my fat is visceral (round belly, no loose fat below). So, my actual waist is significantly larger than my hips.

I’m not actually clear on whether I should be keeping the hoop more around my waist (about 55″) or my hips (about 44″). Consequently, I’m not sure which to base the hoop size on. Please halp, and thank you!

Mama Ruby December 3, 2020 - 2:37 am

Hi Brad! I would recommend splitting the difference, so I would suggest you try a 50″ hoop. The hoop will naturally want to gravitate towards the narrowest part of your core area, so it may be that the hoop stays on your hips more than your waist. However you are going to want to know how to hoop on all parts of your body including your waist and hips so a hoop that is still large enough to work for your waist too is the best plan of action. That’s why I recommend choosing a hoop that is a great middle ground between your two measurements. Normally for a 55″ waist I would recommend anywhere from a 50 to a 55″ hoop so I think you’ll be fine with the 50″. However if you are looking for your journey to start out as easy as possible then it can’t hurt to get the 55″. One thing about hooping, and this goes for ALL body types, is that there is no such thing as a hoop that is too big, but you could end up with a hoop that is too small. Hope this helps and feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

Brad Emery December 3, 2020 - 3:28 am

Thank you! A friend of mine recommended Ruby Hooping to me, and I can’t wait to get started! 😀

Kate May 28, 2021 - 3:10 pm

I used to Hula Hoop but I have put on a lot of weight. I am so happy to find this page and I can’t wait to try out a plus-size hoop! Love the inclusivity.

Mama Ruby May 29, 2021 - 7:15 pm

Awesome!!! Thank you so much for your comment, Kate.

Amber May 6, 2022 - 3:37 pm

Hi! I am 5,3 and 250 lbs. What size do you recommend?

Mama Ruby May 6, 2022 - 4:18 pm

Hey there! It kinda depends on your waist measurement since people have different shapes and such. I would say base it off your clothing size if you aren’t sure. For example when I started hooping, I wore about a size 22 in pants and I learned on a 44” hoop. If you need more help, feel free to reach out anytime at for a quick response.

Amber May 6, 2022 - 4:33 pm

Great! I wear between a 22-24 pant size. I haven’t hooped since I was probably 10, however, I work out 5x a week doing cardio/weights/yoga, etc. I don’t know if that matters for this. Lol I made the mistake of not researching and buying one from Amazon that was 38in and 3.6lbs that was definitely too heavy!

Mama Ruby May 6, 2022 - 4:47 pm

Yeah I am not a fan of the extra heavy hoops either! 38” may be a little small though! Just all around, not ideal. I would say go for a 44” or so in our beginner hoops! The fact that you work out regularly will help a lot with building the muscle memory for hooping!!!

Amber May 6, 2022 - 5:12 pm

Perfect! Thanks so much for your help!

Mama Ruby May 6, 2022 - 5:15 pm

No problem!!!

Melanie May 16, 2022 - 6:04 am

Hi I’m interested in beginning hula hooping. I weight 126lbs, I’m 4’11 and I’m a size 8 in pants. What size hula hoop do you recommend getting?

Mama Ruby May 16, 2022 - 2:18 pm

Hey there! I would recommend starting out with a 38” size beginner hoop or if you already know you can hoop around your waist easily I would recommend starting with a 36” 3/4” lightweight hdpe hoop. If you need more help let me know!


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