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It's All About the Hoop

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Thursday, June 13, 2013


Disclaimer: If you have zero interest in hooping for exercise and fun, you might want to skip this vlog. Then again, maybe youíll be slightly entertained. Who knows?

We get a lot of questions and comments about hooping and I try to answer each one. But sometimes, itís just easier to show you. Most of the questions we get are about finding a hoop. So, we decided to make a video explaining a little more about hoop size and tubing. This video takes you through my ďhoop journey,Ē showing you actual sections of the various tubing Iíve used, so you can really see whatís going on.

Another disclaimer: I am not a hoopmaker, nor am I an expert. Iím just showing you what Iíve learned along the way.

STAY AWAY FROM THE TOY STORE HOOPS!!!! They're way too light and will drive you crazy. Hopefully, the video will show you what a huge difference there is between a toy hoop and one for adults. There are lots of places to find hoops online; search dance hoops or hooping. There are some terrific shops on etsy (shoot me an email if you want some shop names). Once you start digging, you find hoopers everywhere. And most hoopmakers are great about walking you through the process and making sure you get the right hoop. Warning: The more you hoop, the more you'll want to try hoops with different sizes and tubing. Itís a collectors sport. Iíve given several hoops away, but I try to keep enough on-hand, so I can get lots of friends hooping for play dates. Yes, you CAN have play dates when youíre a grown-up. In fact, you should!

A lot of people make their own hoops, with irrigation tubing and couplers from the hardware store. A bunch of my hoops were made by a local buddy who cut me a really awesome deal. There are hoopmaking tutorials on YouTube. I suggest starting with a 42" diameter hoop, 160psi tubing. Starting with a fairly big, somewhat heavy (1 1/2 lbs) hoop should get you waist and hip hooping pretty quickly. You may need to go larger or smaller diameter, according to what works for you. Start big and size down as needed. When you get bored, add a slightly lighter hoop (100-125psi) and start learning more tricks.


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Remember, just like anything else, it takes practice. Donít give up right away. Be sure to ease into it, a few minutes a day, for starters. It's tempting to hoop for a long time at first, but you can bruise yourself at the beginning, if you're not careful. There are lots of great tutorials on YouTube, DVDs and other online sources, to help you learn. You might even find a hooping class at your local gym. I love mine! Search hooping class or hoopdance and your city online to see if anything pops up. The Hula Hoop All Stars team is a very active team on SparkPeople, with lots of encouraging hoopers, at all levels.

Here's a SparkPeople article I wrote that explains why I'm so crazy about hooping.
www.dailyspark.com/blog.
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I hope this helps answer some of the questions we usually get. Hopefully, seeing some of the different types of hoops makes it a little easier to understand. Hooping really is a fun way to exercise and play, especially if you share with friends. hOOp On!


PS: Today is Day 800 of my exercise streak! WOOHOO!!! (wonder how many of those days were hooping??)

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RACHELLE52 12/22/2013 10:09PM

    I am getting ready to order my first Hoop from Canyon or Hoopnotica. I have done a lot of research and decided that I am going to get a 42 inch, 1.75 lbs or so, no more than 2 lbs but the one thing I am still uncertain about it Grip Tape vs. Vinyl Tape. I have read over and over that when you are beginning you should look for a Hoop with Grip tape because it helps the Hoop stay on your waist. Most of the good Hoops I've found are wrapped in Vinyl Tape. Do you think that is really important or no? I'm thinking its not. I work out often and I'm pretty sure I will pick up the basics quickly! What do you think?

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SUPERSYLPH 8/14/2013 6:31PM

    I've been wanting to try hooping forever!

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MARYELLEN301 7/12/2013 9:28AM

    So THAT explains why I have always been so inept! As my ex was fond of saying "The right tool for the right job." I just may give hooping a try! Thanks for the lesson.

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LISA_FRAME 7/5/2013 7:29PM

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CANICE 7/1/2013 9:00AM

    Thank you for sharing that!

I am impressed!

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GRAMPIAN 6/27/2013 3:20PM

  Very helpful. emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 6/25/2013 8:44AM

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KIMCOLLINGS 6/24/2013 6:26PM

    Great stuff and way to go on 800 days! Holy macaroni!!

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PATTISTAMPS 6/24/2013 3:51PM

    Love the video! I did not know all this stuff - so will be shopping on-line for my hoop soon! And congrats on that exercise streak! WOO HOOOOOOOOOO! And THANKS for always making me smile!

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BEBOLDER 6/24/2013 12:27AM

    absolutely lovely! I'm headed to the hardware store tomorrow.

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REGI2013 6/23/2013 10:29PM

    What a wonderful blog and video. Lots of great information and it had some really funny parts. I have to say... you two are adorable. Thanks for sharing and bringing so much needed information in a fun manner. emoticon emoticon

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 6/23/2013 10:27AM

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JANIEWWJD 6/22/2013 10:51PM

    Wow, you can see the weight loss!!!! emoticon

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QSULLIVAN 6/21/2013 11:53AM

    emoticon Thanks, Shelli & Audrey! I might even try making one! emoticon

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TEACHEROF4TH 6/20/2013 11:55PM

    Love the video!

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KARIDIAN1 6/20/2013 11:09PM

    Finally was able to see the blog. Great info and presented well with Audrey demonstrating. Love it! When is Part 2 coming out?

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IRONBESS 6/20/2013 1:47PM

    Thanks for the great tips and demos! I've been wanting to do this again. Loved it when I was a kid.

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MLBFAN82 6/20/2013 2:23AM

    Thanks for the tips. So helpful to know what to look for now. Love your posts.

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/19/2013 12:49AM

    As I have told before - it wasnīt until I made myself a GIGANTIC hoop I could finally waist hoop - after six months of practising... your waist measure has soemthing to do with it also, as a fat hooper I found that I needed a bigger hoop thanthe avarage grown up hooper...

Great blog! I

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LBWHITT 6/17/2013 12:12PM

  Thanks for the info. I've been looking at getting started but didn't know what kind of hoop to start out with. Thanks to your video, I now have a good starting point for success in hooping! emoticon

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BANDMOM2012 6/17/2013 10:12AM

    Duh, no wonder those hoops weren't working :)

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2BEABETTERME 6/17/2013 9:27AM

    I had to chuckle at the timeliness of seeing your post (I haven't watched the video yet ad my tablet won't play it--need to log on to an actual computer to see it). I had bought a weighted hula hoop (2 #, 40") several months ago but had yet to take it out of the box. I had fallen off the wagon and had been waddling in the dust for far too long. I finally got back on track last week and had been thinking about that hoop. Your post was the push I needed! I got the hoop out yesterday and gave it a spin. It was awesomely difficult and FUN! It took several tries to be able to get it going around more than once and once I got the hang of it it was exhausting to keep it going. I only did 5 minutes; but, I can't wait to try again today!

Thanks for the inspiration and confidence boost!
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 6/17/2013 8:53AM

    emoticon Love to hoop!

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CFMOSS 6/17/2013 7:52AM

    800 days - awsome. pictures funny. you - encouraging! and by the way the pictures are indicating some weight's been dropping.

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HEALTHYMLB 6/17/2013 7:14AM

    Cool, now I want one!!!!!

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IMEMINE1 6/17/2013 6:19AM

    Thank you for the info. I was wondering why it was so hard. I was a great (well real good) hooper as a kid. emoticon

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WIO_ALISA 6/16/2013 11:26PM

    Excellent tutorial Shelli. I learned a lot. :) Maybe I'll give hooping a try someday.

I thought of you Friday night when I was at Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle. One of the cast members did an amazing hoop and contortionist routine.

Congratulations on Day 803 of your streak!

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LUVTOBOWL 6/16/2013 11:22PM

    Very nice informative video.

Thanks for sharing!!

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GRATEFUL_BEING 6/16/2013 8:04PM

  Thanks that explains my prior hooping disasters emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 6/16/2013 6:05PM

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KARENLEIGH32 6/16/2013 3:01PM

    Who would have thunk there was that much you need to know to hoop!

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MOMS100 6/16/2013 2:25PM

    GREAT vlog! I'm going to make a hoop, and give my granddaughter the one I got from Walmart. Can't wait! I'd like to buy one, but don't want to go on line for it. Thank you! emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 6/16/2013 12:51PM

    hooping, sounds like fun!

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OPTIMIST1948 6/16/2013 11:01AM

    Ive seen some of those tutorials and yours is the perfect accompaniment. Thank you for such a great video!

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MJLUVSANIMALS 6/15/2013 9:43PM

    Very cute video. Now my main question is, what does it do for your waistline. I have been walking 3 miles a day, and my legs are getting skinnier and skinnier. But my waistline is taking forever to get smaller. I would invest in one if I knew that it was good for that, not interested in all of it's trick stuff.

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ANYVAR54 6/15/2013 6:32PM

    Thanks for the great blog. I bought a hoop that is not weighted and am disappointed with it so will most likely try to get one with weights in it.
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GEORGE815 6/15/2013 6:04PM

    Keep that string going.

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CICELY360 6/15/2013 3:46PM

  cute vlog

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BILLETWIFE 6/15/2013 12:15PM

    i had no idea, but I am gonna check it out!!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/15/2013 11:51AM

  I had no idea.

it would be easier if you could by a decent one at a sports store. emoticon

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PENOWOK 6/15/2013 10:19AM

    Fascinating information!! I have looked at the walmart hoops and chose not to purchase...never thought about going on Etsy. Great idea!

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MLDRLD 6/15/2013 9:50AM

    Thank you for the information! An 800 day exercise streak; awesome! emoticon

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CHANGE4FIT 6/15/2013 9:41AM

    woo hoo-I never knew there was so much to know about hula hoops! Thanks!!
PJ

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RITAROSE 6/15/2013 9:08AM

  I nominate you for FUNNEST vlog evaH!

You always make me smile!

Have a super weekend!! emoticon

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