Why Can’t I Hula Hoop Anymore? The Answer Might Surprise You

by Mama Ruby

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.

  • You could never do it as a kid.
  • Or if you could, you haven’t done it since you were a kid.
  • You’re too old,
  • Or too fat,
  • Or you have a bad back.
  • You have no rhythm.
  • You could just never get the hang of it.
  • You don’t have the hips for it.

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.  I’m also not petite.  I’ve been considered overweight for most of my life, and I was much larger when I learned how to hula hoop.

When I was a kid, I always thought it was my weight holding me back.  If only I knew then what I know now, my entire life would have been different.

Okay, so if none of these reasons are why you can’t hoop, what IS the reason?

“Why can’t I hula hoop anymore?”

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I’m going to give you three answers to this question.

Reason #1

Your hoop is way too small.  If you bought it at Walmart, Target, or the dollar store, give it to your kid and order a properly sized adult one right now.   The hoops sold in stores are made for children’s bodies, not your fully grown one.

Because you can’t get hoops large enough for adult beginners in big box stores, Ruby Hooping hand-crafts hula hoops in custom sizes based on your height, waist size, and goals.

So it’s just not true that you can’t hula hoop!  

Trust me, there is a very simple solution to why your hula hoop keeps falling down.

You just need the right size hoop!

Don’t waste your money on so-called exercise hoops sold in the chain stores.  They are usually still too small in diameter for most adults, and often so heavy that they pose a great risk of damaging your internal organs.  Read more in our article, “How Heavy Should Your Hoop be to Lose Weight Hula Hooping?”

The amount of space between your body and the hoop is the most important factor in learning how to hula hoop.

If the hoop is too small, you’ll never be able to move your body fast enough to keep up with the rotations.  Get fitted for the perfect hoop for your unique body using our Quick Size Guide.  

A properly sized, moderately weighted hoop will move around your body at a slower pace that you can keep up with, while still engaging your core and getting your heart rate up to optimum calorie burning levels.

Reason #2 Why You Can’t Hula Hoop Anymore

You’re not being patient with yourself.  Instead of asking why you can’t hula hoop anymore, tell yourself you are in the process of learning to hula hoop.

Hooping will not only make your body healthy and strong, but it will also hone your mental dexterity.  Hula hooping does not come to those who want to rush carelessly through the process.  It requires focus, patience, and determination.

Even a hoop that is custom sized for you may not spin effortlessly around your waist the first time you try.  Through daily practice, even for just a few minutes, your muscles build memory that help you know what to do.  Over time, you will be delighted to see that you can hula hoop!

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Reason #3

You haven’t invested in all the best tools for the job.  Though a hula hoop is the only prop you need to start hula hooping again, there are additional small investments that can make your journey a lot more fulfilling, not to mention help you learn faster.

There are a lot of courses to choose from online, and tons of free tutorials on Youtube. It is definitely possible to learn everything this way, but it can be cumbersome combing through tutorials as a newbie, not sure which one to try first. 

If you have a few extra bucks, I just released my Six Week Beginner Hula Hoop Challenge for All Bodies at a low introductory price.  I am so excited to guide you on your journey! 

Stop asking yourself “why can’t I hula hoop anymore”.  By doing so, you are telling a story that you end up believing.

Start telling a different story, one in which you can do anything you put your mind to.

I believe in you and I know you can believe in yourself, too.

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Billie September 3, 2017 - 3:06 am

I’ve been looking for something active to do since my illness cut out what I used to do. I never thought if this and I’m really interested and going to check out the course. Thank you!!!

Hal A Cohen July 1, 2019 - 1:15 pm

I just searched Google for “why can’t i hula hoop anymore” and this was the first thing I saw. I’m a 66 year old straight male and not surecwhy I really care whether I can hula hoop or not. But therevwas a hoop leaning on th he wall of friends house while visiting recently and when I picked it up to give it a spin, was shocked that I couldn’t keep it going for 3 seconds. So, this has been bothering me for a while, and I finally went seeking answers. Thank you for providing them here and I’ll be exploring your site for more information and maybe invest in an adult sized hoop for myself through you.

Mary Cole October 1, 2021 - 4:23 pm

You are amazing!! Thank you for letting me know that it’s not just my thicker waist or age that has caused me to lose my ability to hula hoop!! In my early teens I would hoop for HOURS! Loved it so much!

Mama Ruby October 1, 2021 - 4:24 pm

Absolutely!!! So glad to be connected with you!

Sheila sumrell September 3, 2017 - 11:59 am

Beautifully written article

rubyhooping September 5, 2017 - 7:08 pm

Thank you so much Sheila!

Julie September 4, 2017 - 7:00 pm

I purchased a hula hoop from a big box store a few years ago and failed miserably at it, after many attempts. I determined I just couldn’t’ hula hoop anymore for many of the reasons you listed in this article! I may have to look further into trying again with the proper tools, thanks to your suggestions and your assurance that I CAN still do it if properly equipped!!! Thank you!

rubyhooping September 5, 2017 - 7:09 pm

Awesome!!! Thank you for your comment. I am glad I was able to help you see that you can do it 🙂

Carol Colometo April 5, 2018 - 10:40 pm

I live in wilmington ma. Where can i take a beginners class

Mama Ruby April 7, 2018 - 6:25 am

Hey Carol, I am not sure about your area. I would highly recommend the online beginner’s course by HooploversTV. Here’s the link: https://learn.hooplovers.tv/courses/28days?ref=3389a1

Darla February 23, 2021 - 7:25 pm

You’re giving me hope. I’m 37 now, I was so good at hula hooping when I was a kid but when I borrowed my daughters hula hoop from Walmart, I can’t do it. I thought because I have a belly now and my hips have already gone so big. I’m about to order me some adult size hula hoop and maybe I can do it like how I do it back then.

Mama Ruby February 23, 2021 - 8:03 pm

Yes!!!! So glad you found us! I promise with the right size hoop you can do it!


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