Unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, where finding indoor hooping classes is being recommended, it’s time to start taking hoops to the parks. In Lawrence, Kansas, Ali Mangan of Hoop Mamas “will be attracting hula hoop enthusiasts to South Park, where she leads a free play shop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights. ‘It’s a really cool, new type of dance form, but it’s also a form of physical fitness and a form of self expression,” Mangan said, adding, “It’s a new way to exercise that’s fun.” Lawrence Journal-World. Meanwhile, you can also join other Lake Tahoe area hoopers in South Shore. The Happy Hooper Tahoe Hula Hoopers meet at Reagan Beach now through the end of summer on Tuesdays at 10:30am and Thursdays at 6:30pm. Tahoe Culture. Want to find hoopers near you? Check out our Hoop Group Directory.
Prevention Magazine looks at “4 Fun Ways to Fight Fat.” Danielle Kosecki writes, “The Monkey Bar Gymnasium, a Madison, WI, health club specializing in playgroundstyle routines that incorporate running, jumping, crawling, and climbing, proves you don’t need cardio machines to slim down. Of its members, 85% work out 3 times a week — triple the national average — and they drop an average of 17 pounds of fat in 2 months.” So what grownup versions of favorites from our youth are they pushing? Hooping, rock climbing, rebounding and orienteering. The article giving a nod to Hoopgirl claims you can burn 306 calories in one hour of hooping (based on a 150 pound hooper). Prevention Magazine on MSN
This week’s hoop track is by The Ting Tings who just released their first full release – “We Started Nothing.” The track is called “Great DJ” and we’ve added a Calvin Harris Mix to our listening station up top (also available on iTunes on the Great DJ Single), but we love the original too. You can also listen to their new album and download it on iTunes by clicking: