What Size Hula Hoop Should I Get?

by Mama Ruby
what size hula hoop should i get

If you’re worried about not being able to hula hoop, knowing what size hula hoop to get 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.

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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?

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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.

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.

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Beginner Hoop vs. Exercise Hoop: What’s the Difference?

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.

Regardless of whether you choose a beginner hoop or a weighted exercise hoop, you should go by our Quick Size Guide pictured above to choose what size hula hoop you should get.

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Briana Mangi at the Ruby Retreat; photo by Toastography

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.

(The Go Getter Starter Pack includes one beginner hoop, one lightweight HDPE hula hoop, and a set of minis to explore the world of doubles hooping.)

What Kind of Hooper Do You Want to Be?

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.

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Our sponsored hooper Dagny; photo by Toastography

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.

Hoop dance tip: invest in some good online hula hoop courses.  Getting the proper instruction from the beginning is way better than just taking a shot in the dark looking up random tutorials on Youtube. Take my Six Week Beginner Hula Hoop Challenge for All Bodies at your own pace, in the privacy of your home!

So I keep seeing you talk about two types of lightweight hoops, hdpe and polypro.  What’s the difference?

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.  They are both significantly lighter weight than PE tubing, which is the tubing used to make beginner and exercise hoops. 

The main difference between hdpe and polypro 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.

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For these reasons, I personally recommend hdpe over polypro for a beginner interested in hula hoop tricks and dance.  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.

 Our Go Getter Starter Pack includes a perfectly sized hdpe hoop for your unique body. 

What Size Hula Hoop to Get Also Depends on Your Goals

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.

  • Do you just want a new form of exercise added to your routine?
  • Are you interested in hula hooping for weight loss?
  • Do you want to learn tricks and dance?
  • Or are you more interested in just a simple meditative hoop practice?
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Sponsored hooper Betheny Marie; photo by Toastography

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.  If you are more interested in tricks and dance, you can start with a lighter, smaller hoop.

If you’re interested in all of the above, ideally you will want to start out with four hoops: a heavier beginner hoop to learn on-body hooping, a smaller hdpe hoop to learn off-body tricks and dancier styles, and a set of minis to explore doubles hooping.  We put together a perfect set of these four integral hoops based on your waist size in our Go Getter set.  

Chances are, you’re going to become addicted to hula hooping and will be trying all kinds of different sizes and tubings.

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86 comments

Lana Tamta November 15, 2014 - 1:48 am

Hi!

I’m interested in starting up hooping. I am about 5’3″ and roughly 108lbs. I cannot decide between a 38″ or something smaller. I know the bigger the easier to start with, but I’m kindof a small person so I’m not sure. Please let me know what you think, thanks!

-lana

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rubyhooping November 16, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Hey Lana! It honestly depends on whether you are able to waist hoop at all yet. If so, go with a 36″. If not, you should probably get the 38″. You are going to want that extra space to slow the rotations down. It makes it easier to learn.

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stephanie December 10, 2014 - 1:39 am

Hi,
I saw that you’re not doing orders right now but i was wanting to get one. i am a beginner, 5’9 about 206lbs. i’m hoping to get one that i can even get up. i couldn’t hula hoop as a kid. but it looks fun, and hopefully i can try to get some exercise out of it. what would you recommend for me?
thank you 🙂

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rubyhooping December 15, 2014 - 3:03 am

Hey Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by. For your body type I recommend starting with around a 40 or 42″. Remember, the bigger your hoop is, the easier it will be to learn to waist hoop on so don’t afraid to be generous on the size. 😉

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April April 21, 2020 - 9:52 pm

Hi,

I’m still a bit confused about sizing. I’m 6 feet tall and my waist is 36, but my hips are 46. I feel like I should go a little bigger than the starting point on the chart and go with a 42, but should I go all the way to the 44? I really want to learn for exercise. I don’t think I will be going further than that. Thanks!

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Mama Ruby April 21, 2020 - 11:20 pm

Hi April,
I think based on your waist measurement 42″ is a great choice. You should go by the smallest part of your waist. However, there is absolutely nothing to fear by getting a larger size hoop. There is absolutely no such thing as a hoop that’s too big, but it IS possible to get a hoop that’s too small. That’s because the smaller the hoop is, the faster it will move, meaning the faster you will have to move to keep up. If you are an absolute beginner with no prior hoop skills, I do think 44″ is also a great choice. In summary if you aren’t sure, always err on the bigger side of the two you’re looking at.

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Monaija March 31, 2015 - 9:04 am

Hey ruby I was wondering how well would the budget hoop work for beginners?

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rubyhooping April 1, 2015 - 2:38 am

They work perfect for beginners! Just make sure to choose the 3/4″ tubing! 🙂

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c ramouche April 20, 2015 - 10:59 am

This was very helpfully that you very much, I’m look to try a different kind of workout and heard about hula hooping an though why not give it a go i haven’t done it in many many years i also wanted to know how long were your workout and how long before you started to see changes i also to have a tone tummy.it’s a work in progress for me at the moment i just want to do something different and fun so hooping sound great.

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Kay July 17, 2015 - 11:33 pm

Hey I recently bought a hoop that is 42″ and weighs 2 lbs… Is this the average weight or do I have what is considered a “weighted” hoop?

Thanks! Your demos are very helpful!

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rubyhooping July 20, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Yes, two pounds is definitely a weighted hoop. That is plenty of weight for exercising 🙂 You wouldn’t want to go heavier, as it could cause injury to internal organs.

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Jessica Cleveland August 23, 2015 - 4:49 pm

I’ve been hooping with a walmart hoop for about 4 months now and I hoop for the art and tricks. I feel it’s just not the right weight or size. I’m 5’2 and 105lbs. I do have some muscle built up but only for certain moves I know. I practice everyday in hope to advance. I need to know the size and hoop to get.

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rubyhooping August 23, 2015 - 5:52 pm

Hi Jessica! Walmart hoops are typically about 36″ in diameter. So if you feel it is a little too big, I would try a 34″ or a 32″. If it feels too small, try a 38″ 🙂 The tubing thickness of a Walmart hoop is close to a 3/4″ OD tubing in polypro or HDPE. So I would go for a 3/4″ HDPE or polypro hula hoop somewhere in the range of 32″ to 38″ depending on how you feel about the size of the Walmart hoop 🙂

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Dominique August 28, 2015 - 12:37 am

I’m a beginner to hooping however I do know how to hoop I just don’t know any tricks yet I’m 5’6 10lbs what would you recommend

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rubyhooping August 30, 2015 - 8:30 pm

Hi Dominique! I would recommend a 38″ Beginner Hoop 🙂 Here’s the link:
https://rubyhooping.com/product/beginner-hula-hoops/

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SR September 30, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Hello, I am interested in what hoop I would need for being average body type and 5’3 ”. Ty.

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rubyhooping September 30, 2015 - 8:23 pm

I would go for a Beginner Hula Hoop in a 36″ diameter if you already know how to hula hoop and a 38″ if you need to learn still 🙂

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Lois January 6, 2016 - 10:46 pm

What size hoop would you recommend for a beginner that weighs 350lbs.?

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rubyhooping January 6, 2016 - 11:00 pm

Hey Lois! Thank you for reading! I would recommend a 44″ Weighted Exercise Hoop to begin your journey! Please let me know if I can help in any other way! -Linz

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How Heavy Should Your Hoop Be To Lose Weight Hula Hooping? - Ruby Hooping April 12, 2016 - 1:54 am

[…] We like a standard 38″ diameter for most adults unless you specifically request something different.  If you are very petite, you might like a smaller hoop, and if you are a bit on the plus-size such as myself, you might want your first hoop to be a bit bigger.  Feel free to message me on Facebook anytime or comment below to discuss the best size for you.  You can also read more in my article, What Size Hula Hoop Should I Get? […]

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Vanessa April 21, 2016 - 4:33 am

Hi I am interested in starting hooping but I have no idea what size to get I am 5’2 and weight 100 pounds?

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rubyhooping April 25, 2016 - 2:43 pm

I would recommend starting with a Beginner Hoop in 36″ diameter 🙂

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Ashley April 28, 2016 - 7:23 pm

I’m looking to buy a hoop, I’m 5′ 10 and weigh around 195. I have one very large, very heavy hoop that I learned on. After reading up on it I figured out that that’s why I haven’t been able to do any tricks with it (I swear it weighs like 10 lbs, the heaviest one I’ve ever come across). Anyhow I bought another that weighs about 2 or 2 1/2 lbs, but it’s Gold’s Gym brand and kinda flimsy but it’s better than the other one. I can waist hoop ok and would like something to learn tricks on, but am still pretty much a beginner. Would you recommend 40 or 38? Or would I need bigger than that even? As I said, I’m pretty tall but I have some practice. Also I love your website and I joined your Facebook group as well as am learning through your YouTube videos, you are an inspiration and I’m happy to be able to support you through buying a nice new hoop 🙂

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rubyhooping April 28, 2016 - 7:44 pm

Hey Ashley! Since you already have waist hooping practice and you already have two large, heavier hoops, I would recommend buying a lighter weight hoop that is more suitable for learning tricks. When you get into the “lightweight” hoops (HDPE and polypro) you generally have two choices- 3/4″ tubing and 5/8″ tubing- the 5/8″ is super skinny and the lightest material we offer, so I would not choose it yet. 3/4″ tubing should be perfect for you- it will be MUCH lighter weight than your current hoops but still substantial enough for your skill level. I would recommend a 36″ diameter. You’re gonna want it a little bit smaller for some trick practice but not too small. So my final answer is 3/4″ 36″ HDPE. The reason I choose HDPE for you is because it’s more durable than polypro although equally lightweight, so it will withstand all the dropping and throwing you’ll be putting it through as you learn 🙂 Here’s the link to the HDPE Hoops: https://rubyhooping.com/product/advanced-hdpe-hula-hoop/

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Ashley April 28, 2016 - 7:47 pm

Thank you so much! For promptness and helpfulness!

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Tori May 27, 2016 - 9:12 pm

I’m looking for a hoop to buy, I’m 5’1″ and 195 lbs. what diameter hoop should I get? Also I’ve been waist hooping since I was little so I’ve got the hang of that but I want to start doing tricks so how does that factor into what hoop I should get? Thanks!!

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Charlie June 18, 2016 - 1:58 pm

Hello i’ve been hula hooping for around a month to strengthen my core and can do 10mins per day with the weighted one but i feel like the hoop is too small as it doesn’t go up to my belly area. I’m 5’11 so I was wondering what size hoop you recommend? Thanks.

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rubyhooping July 6, 2016 - 1:32 pm

I usually recommend a 38″ for “average size” adults. If you’re petite go for a 36″, if you’re curvier like me, go bigger!

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Emma August 21, 2016 - 8:57 pm

Hey, I am 5’6 and weigh about 135 lbs. I want to start hooping more for dance than weight loss or exercise. Any recommendations one which hoop I should purchase first and any brands/materials that work best for beginners?
THANK YOU

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rubyhooping August 21, 2016 - 10:58 pm

Hi Emma! If you are not able to hoop around your waist at all yet, I would definitely recommend starting with a Beginner hoop which has a little extra size and weight to it to make learning easier! For your body size I would recommend a 38″ to start! If you also want a lighter weight, smaller hoop to practice tricks that are more well suited for a smaller hoop, I would also recommend getting a 36″ 3/4″ lightweight HDPE or Polypro! You will eventually be able to hoop on body with this hoop too but it’s good to have both of these options available when just starting out! If you can only choose one, choose based on whether you can already hoop around your waist. If you can, get the lighter weight 36″ 🙂

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Sam November 3, 2016 - 6:26 am

Hey Ruby, thank you for this handy guide! I’m actually trying to buy a hoop for a friend as a Christmas gift. However, he’s a very tall, slim gentleman. He’s 6’2″ with a 32″ waist. I’m not really sure what to do with that information. He’s so tall most of my math says to get him a larger diameter hoop, but the 32″ waist says veer smaller. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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rubyhooping November 3, 2016 - 12:12 pm

Hi Sam, happy to help! We generally base hoop size off of waist size more than anything else. Height only becomes a factor for very short people who may have problems with the hoop hitting the ground on certain off-body moves. For your friend’s waist size, I would recommend a 32″ beginner hoop if he has never hooped before. You can find the link here: https://rubyhooping.com/product/beginner-hula-hoops/
If he has experience hooping, I suggest going for a lighter weight HDPE hoop also in 36″ diameter. On this one you will need to also choose tubing thickness and I recommend 3/4″. Here’s the link: https://rubyhooping.com/product/advanced-hdpe-hula-hoop/

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Di February 25, 2017 - 10:50 pm

Hi, I’m 5’10, 143lbs, my waist inch is 28 or 29 inches. What size hoop would you recommend?

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rubyhooping February 26, 2017 - 12:10 am

Hi! I would recommend starting with a 36″ Beginner Hoop!

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Carrie March 22, 2017 - 12:24 am

I’m 4’9 and weigh 120 I use to hula hoop as a kid and was pretty good at it. I bought one at the dollar store and can’t seem to keep it up. I’m thinking it might be too small. Would a 38″ work better for me

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rubyhooping March 22, 2017 - 6:07 pm

Yes 38″ is the perfect size for you to start with Carrie! Have you looked at our beginner hoops?

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Carrie March 22, 2017 - 6:34 pm

Ok Thank you. No not yet I will have to check them out.

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rubyhooping March 22, 2017 - 6:37 pm

You’re welcome! Here’s the link:
https://rubyhooping.com/product/beginner-hula-hoops/

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Josie May 15, 2017 - 3:42 am

Imprsseive brain power at work! Great answer!

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Larissa May 24, 2017 - 6:04 am

Hey! I’m looking into the weighted ones for exercise and I already know how to hooks hoop. Which size should I get? I’m petite, 5’3 and 130lbs and about 29″ waist (above belly button) and 30″ waist (below belly button) Should I get 38 or 36? Thank you! 🙂

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Larissa May 24, 2017 - 6:05 am

*hoola hoop

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rubyhooping June 14, 2017 - 1:16 pm

I would recommend a 36″! 🙂 I think I spoke to you via email, but I wanted to reply to this post for other readers as well.

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Mary Sobieski June 8, 2017 - 9:21 pm

Hi, Ruby. I’m a beginner hooper at 5′, 115 lb and interested in core strengthening. Since my waist is 35″ would you recommend the 38″ hoop or a larger one?

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rubyhooping June 9, 2017 - 1:21 pm

Hey Mary! 38″ should be absolutely perfect for you, great job finding the appropriate size 🙂

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Missy June 14, 2017 - 3:10 am

Hi, I love your website, so informative. I could hoop really well as a child, I could even do a few tricks. So I thought it would be fun and a why to exercise…wrong, not fun, but I get plenty of exercise from pick up off the ground. Whew. I am 6 ft and 270 but extra hips and backside, and waist is about a 38″. I brought a 42″ weighted exercise hoop from Walmart.
I am frustrated. But my spouse is 6’6 and a 34 waist is great at it.
I mean if I get a 44″inch hoop does two inches really make that big of a deal?
Or just keep pick it up and starting again.

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rubyhooping June 14, 2017 - 1:15 pm

Hi! Thank you so much for checking out my website! Honestly yes a 44″ would be easier to learn on as opposed to a 42″. Every little bit counts. The larger the hoop is, the more space you have between your body and the hoop, so the hoop moves slower, giving your body more time to react and thus keep the hoop going. I would recommend even going for the upsized hoop option and get a 48″ or so. It certainly can’t hurt anything to go bigger–the bigger the better, I always say, when it comes to hooping, especially when your main goal is for exercise and fun. We do have an option under our “Extras” tab to add additional length to your hoop. I’ve been hooping for five years now and I use all different sizes, but just recently I made myself a 50″ hoop (3/4″ PE tubing) and I am in LOVE with it!!! It’s big enough that I don’t have to constantly worry about dropping it, but it’s still an absolutely amazing workout that will get you sweating and tone your core muscles. Also I would highly recommend getting a very grippy hoop because that also helps keep it from slipping. So in conclusion I would say try out this listing for our Super Grip Hoop (https://rubyhooping.com/product/super-grip-practice-hula-hoop/ – choose the 3/4″ PE 100psi tubing) and upgrade it to a larger size with this add-on listing (https://rubyhooping.com/product/upsize-my-hoop/). Hope this helps!!! Feel free to ask more questions. We love to help get new hoopers started. -Linz

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Maggie June 20, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Hello,

I just ordered a hula hoop on Etsy. I originally ordered a 42″ because everyone says “bigger is better” for beginners, but I got nervous and messaged them asking them to make it 40″ instead. I had a 38″ homemade one before and couldn’t keep it up very well (it didn’t have grip tape, so I think that was a lot of the problem). I finally spend the money on a good hoop. My question is, do you think that I will be ok with this size hoop? I’m 5’3″ and 198lbs. I’m hoping to lose some weight to start, then get into the fun stuff 🙂

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rubyhooping June 20, 2017 - 8:07 pm

Maggie, you should be able to work with a 40″ hoop. Bigger is definitely always better for beginners when it comes to hooping around your waist. For tricks and other dancy stuff, sometimes smaller is better. However, all hoopers need at least one large hoop in their collection. Happy Hooping! Make sure to check out our Shop next time you want to buy a hoop!

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Amy Shaves June 26, 2017 - 7:58 pm

Hi I’m would like to start hooping to keep fit I’m 13 stone and 5ft 8. What size hoop should I buy and should I look at one with a weight
Thank you
Amy

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rubyhooping June 26, 2017 - 8:10 pm

Hi Amy! I would recommend one of our Beginner Hoops in a 40″ diameter. Here is the link:
https://rubyhooping.com/product/beginner-hula-hoops/

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Kris October 16, 2017 - 5:25 pm

Hi Ruby !
I’m 5’7 and 390lbs. Love your website! I’d love to hoop and I’m gonna prove it’s possible for people my size.
What size hoop would you recommend? Do you also ship to Europe? I’m 50 years old and I’m a beginner. Although I could hoop when I was a kid.
Thank you 🙂
Kristina

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Mama Ruby October 16, 2017 - 6:26 pm

Hello Kris, thank you for your comment. I would definitely recommend one of our larger hoops to start off with!! The bigger the better honestly! You can choose any beginner hoop and then choose the upsize my hoop option to get a 55″ diameter which I would definitely recommend for you! We absolutely do ship all over Europe and the world!
Beginner hoop: https://rubyhooping.com/product/beginner-hula-hoops/
Upsize my hoop: https://rubyhooping.com/product/upsize-my-hoop/

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Cassie December 21, 2017 - 1:43 am

Hi Ruby! I’m trying to get into hooping and in your opinion for a 4’10, 85 pound gal who can’t even waist hoop yet (oops mediocre girl over here hehe) what size hoop should I be getting? I ultimately want to do on body and off body tricks. Mahalo from Hawaii!

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Mama Ruby December 21, 2017 - 2:26 am

Hi Cassie! Sounds like a 36″ Beginner Hoop would be perfect for you to start with. 🙂 Here’s the link: https://rubyhooping.com/product/beginner-hula-hoops/

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Ash March 28, 2018 - 12:55 pm

Hi! I’m 5’1.5” and around 97 lbs, with a 25” waist. I have no experience hooping. Do you think a 36” hoop is a good option or too small? I also hope it’s not too big to start with because I want to learn tricks. Thanks!

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Mama Ruby March 28, 2018 - 5:24 pm

36″ is actually a great size for you to start off with. It will be small enough to learn lots of tricks but big enough to do waist hooping too 🙂 I would recommend a 3/4″ HDPE from this link: https://rubyhooping.com/product/advanced-hdpe-hula-hoop/

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Ash March 28, 2018 - 9:15 pm

Thank you! 🙂

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Kristelle March 29, 2018 - 8:04 pm

Hi! I’m 5’4.5″, around 165lbs, with a 35″ waist. What size should I get? I have no experience and am in search for the perfect first hoop for me. I don’t know if it helps but I would love to learn both on and off body tricks. Thanks!

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Mama Ruby March 29, 2018 - 8:13 pm

Hi Kristelle! I love the way your name is spelled 🙂 For your waist size I would recommend starting with a 38″ Beginner Hoop. You will be able to learn all your on body stuff with this hoop as well as plenty of off body tricks. But if you have it in your budget you could do the Go Getter Starter Pack which will have a beginner hoop as well as a smaller lighter hoop that will be perfect for learning some of the tricks that are not ideal with the heavier beginner hoop- plus a set of minis to start playing with doubles hooping 🙂
Here’s the link to just the beginner hoop (get a 38″ or 40″): https://rubyhooping.com/product/beginner-hula-hoops/
Here’s the link to the go getter pack: https://rubyhooping.com/product/go-getter/

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Kristelle March 29, 2018 - 8:39 pm

Ahh thank you! also thank you so much for replying so fast. I will most definitely look into both links for sure!

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Mama Ruby March 29, 2018 - 8:40 pm

Great! You’re welcome. Let me know if you have more questions.

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Kristelle March 30, 2018 - 12:07 am

Awesome, thank you Ruby!

Lindsey July 27, 2018 - 4:39 am

Hello! I was wondering what type/size hula hoop would be best for me! I’m 5’10” and 120lbs. I already know how to hula hoop as well as a few tricks ( done with a cheaper hula hoop from a store, but it’s a bit heavy to do certain moves) I was hoping to learn some more tricks and find a hoop size that would be good for hooping both on and off the body. Thanks in advance!

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Mama Ruby July 30, 2018 - 12:09 am

Hey Lindz!!! I would recommend a 36″ 3/4″ HDPE or polypro hoop 🙂 Perfect for both on and off body.

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Florence Parker April 5, 2019 - 7:53 pm

I love your site! I used the links to buy the tubing to make a beginner hoops from PE. Now I want to order HDPE tubing so I can make some of that type. I’m having a hard time finding HDPE tubing. Do you have an online source or a hardware store you buy HDPE? I have 7 kids and they each want one and I can’t afford to buy them pre-made. Thanks!!

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Mama Ruby April 5, 2019 - 7:55 pm

Do you want white tubing or colored?

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Jessie May 16, 2019 - 1:10 am

Hello. I’m 5’4 and weigh 235 lbs. What size hoop would you recommend? I have no experience and I would love to learn basic tricks and hopefully work my way up. Any advice? Thank you! 🙂

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Mama Ruby May 16, 2019 - 2:53 am

Hey Jessie! It would depend on your waist measurement if you want to get the best possible size for your body! I would get a hoop that is about 2 to 4 inches larger in diameter than your waist! So if you have a waist that is 40 inches I would recommend a 42” or 44” hoop. ❤️

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sharon January 16, 2020 - 12:23 am

Hello,
I wish I had seen your website before ordering my hula hoop from Amazon. It’s 2.5 and is so different from the one I had when I was much younger. This one rubs against my skin and hurts my tummy. I’ve just started so I probably need to get used to it, but deep down I feel I won’t enjoy it because of that pain. The one I had eons ago was a simple hula hoop (I think it was plastic) and did not hurt at all. I could hoop for hours and never felt the slightest pain.
I might return the one I bought.
What would you recommend? My waist is 26-30, am 5 feet 5 inches tall. My goal is to just add another routine to my fitness. I do Zumba and swim once a week, including weight training.
Look forward to your suggestions!
Thanks,
sharon

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Mama Ruby January 17, 2020 - 12:09 am

I would recommend starting out with one of our 36″ beginner hoops, which weighs about a pound give or take. 2.5 pounds is unnecessarily heavy especially for someone of your size. Hooping would be a great addition to your current workouts! Here is a link to our beginner hoops: https://rubyhooping.com/product/beginner-hula-hoops/

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Michelle February 26, 2020 - 2:58 pm

When you say waist do you mean the area that folds when you lean to the side. That spot is so much smaller then my gut/hip area I am afraid I will end up with a too small hoop if I go by it. What do you recommend? My true waist is 38 inches but my widest part more on my hips is like 45 and a half.

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Mama Ruby February 26, 2020 - 6:24 pm

Yes, waist refers to the smallest part of your waist. However, you can NEVER go wrong ordering a larger hoop, but you can possibly make a mistake ordering one that is too small. That’s because the larger the hoop is, the easier it us to use. When it is too small, your body won’t be able to move to a fast enough rhythm to keep it up. This has to do with how much space is between you and the hoop. So, when in doubt, size up. For a 38 inch waist at the smallest part with larger hips I would go for a 42″. 38 is on the high end of the range for a 40″, but the next size up would do you just fine as well which is the 42″ and that way you won’t run into the problem of it possibly feeling too small. This is not an exact science, but I think if you follow my advice you won’t regret it!

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Elaine Allen July 7, 2020 - 5:16 pm

Hi Ruby,
I’ve been thinking about doing some hula hooping to get some exercise in. I’m finally under 300+lbs. I’m about 280 now, 5’1” tall and my waist is 53”. Exercise is really not my thing (ask my husband) – lol! But I used to love dancing. I just turned 66 (eek!) and have a not so great knee that needs to be replaced. They won’t do the replacement until I lose more weight, thus the push to exercise. I thought hula hooping would be good because I could burn calories, strengthen my core and not stress the knee too much. What size hola hoop do you suggest I get? Have not hula hooped since I was a kid, so basically a beginner here.
Thanks for your help.

Elaine

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Mama Ruby July 7, 2020 - 6:51 pm

Hey Elaine! Congrats on your weight loss! I think hula hooping is the perfect choice for you. Now if you want to mainly hoop around your waist, I would suggest a 55″ hoop. You can get this in our Big Mama listing or any of the beginner hoops. Now if you are interested in learning off-body moves such as hand tricks, etc, then I would suggest a smaller, lighter hoop, about a 32″. You can get both of these hoops in my current sale. Just click here to get my Six Week class (online and available any time – it’s not a live class but a collection of videos you can watch as many time as you want), plus the big waist hoop and the smaller off body hoop. If you have more questions feel free to reply here or email me at rubyhooping@gmail.com.

Barbara Mayrsohn July 2, 2020 - 3:04 am

I am looking to buy a hoola hoop. I am 4 ft. 11 inches. I have one now that is 37 inches, it is too big and is only 1 lb. what would you recommend and how much is is?

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Mama Ruby July 3, 2020 - 4:17 pm

Hey there! Thanks for your comment. Honestly your height has nothing to do with what size to get. It all depends on your waist measurement. If you feel 37” is too big then maybe try a 35”. I usually recommend sizing down in 2” increments.

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Tanya Pal July 11, 2020 - 7:26 pm

Hello! I’m a begginer. 5’3″ tall. Waist size is 30. And 112 lbs. Pls suggest me the size and weight of the hoop.
Thank you

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Mama Ruby July 11, 2020 - 7:42 pm

Hi Tanya! I would recommend starting with a 36” beginner hoop.

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Haley August 18, 2020 - 4:33 am

Hi! I currently use a polypro featherlight hoop. I’m 5’1, around 27 waist size. and my hoop is 90cm (35″) I sometimes feel like it’s too big for me. I do mostly off body hooping. Would you recommend sizing down and trying out a smaller hoop? Or is 90cm the average size for my height/waist? Thanks!

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Haley August 18, 2020 - 5:03 am

Also follow up question to my one above – I’ve only ever used my featherlight polypro and I’ve been hooping for a couple months so I’m still a beginner. Do you recommend the next hoop I get to be hdpe and if so should it be smaller than my 90 cm polypro? Thanks!

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Mama Ruby August 20, 2020 - 6:39 pm

Hey there! I would definitely recommend HDPE just because everyone needs one in their collection. I think you’ll find it more versatile for both on and off body moves. I would not recommend going smaller unless you just feel you are ready to try something smaller in which case I would recommend going down by 2″.

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Mama Ruby August 20, 2020 - 6:40 pm

I would definitely recommend going down if its feeling too big. Sorry just saw this comment after the other one you wrote 🙂 I would recommend going down by 2 inches on the next hoop you get. I do think HDPE is a great choice.

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Liesl October 10, 2020 - 9:51 am

I have a herniated/bulging disk and I’m not sure if I should hula hoop. I’ve been doing yoga for two weeks now and so far so good, I’ve been able to sit for longer (I used to be able to only sit for 20 mins, but last night I sat/stood for an hour and was fine.) I’m 5’8 and 59kg, the largest part of my waist is 34 inches. Should I hula hoop? If so what size and weight should I use? I wanna lose some belly fat and become fitter.

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Mama Ruby October 14, 2020 - 12:57 am

Yes I would definitely recommend hooping, but check with your doctor to be sure!! If you get clearance to move forward I would say get a 40″ beginner hoop 🙂

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danielle October 12, 2020 - 2:01 pm

hello ive been hooping for about 2 months ..my beginner hoop is now to big to do certain tricks like the wedgie without scraping the ground..but it does help with shoulder hooping.. but i feel its time to get a smaller hoop. i want to do on and off body hooping and im about 5’6 160 44 waist.. any suggestions on what size my next hoop should be ..and thank you for setting up this page and sharing ur knowledge. hope to hear from you soon

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Mama Ruby October 14, 2020 - 12:56 am

Hi Danielle! Thanks for stopping by. I would definitely recommend a 34″ hoop in 3/4″ HDPE tubing!!! Nice versatile size for all off body tricks!

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