There’s a great article on hooping in the Reno News and Review: “Genny Reuter moves gracefully on the dance floor, gently rolling her hips. The slender, 20-year-old strawberry blonde, who has been hula-hooping for about a year, executes various tricks with ease. Her friends Kaitlyn Ray and Juliana Bledsoe, both 18, who have been hooping for two and four years, respectively, admit that Reuter is the best hooper in their group. They are part of a hula-hooping crew called Fruit Hoopz. All three women are part of the reemerging trend of hooping, a subculture with Burning Man roots that has become increasingly popular in the past few years. Hooping—hoopers dropped the “hula” in conversation—has been especially popular in Reno and San Francisco, where Burning Man culture lives year-round.” Full article: Reno News and Review.
UK supermodel and presenter Kelly Brook, who has also appeared in a variety of television and film roles, is turning 30 this year. It’s an event that has inspired her to be in the best shape ever. Although dating rugby ace Danny Cipriani, 21, will undoubtedly help Brooks burn some calories, what does the rest of fitness regimen look like? Of course it includes hooping. “Hula-hooping not only burns calories, but strengthens and tones the core muscles of the body. Hula for 30 minutes a couple of times a week and you will notice an amazing difference in your shape.” She also told the Mirror, “Make sure you enjoy what you are doing. That way you are more likely to stick to it.” Mirror UK
Syracuse.com reports, “The Hula Hoop is back as a low-impact fitness sensation. ‘It’s fun!’ Dawnmarie Raymond promises, as she explains how you tone your abs, back, arms, hips, buns and legs while swinging your hips and burning 400 to 600 calories per hour. Raymond owns the Go Figure studio in Camillus. She says her clients were at first reluctant to try the hoops. ‘They never could Hula Hoop when they were little,’ she explains. But she kept working on them, ‘I kept telling them how easy it was.’ She started them on hoops with a large circumference. As they built up confidence, she gave them smaller hoops. The hoops are weighted. She makes her own, filling them with water (1 pint equals 1 pound) and wrapping them in bright electrical tape.” Full story: Syracuse.com
Zachary Quinto has made quite a name for himself as an actor. You might remember him as Adam Kaufman on Fox’s “24” or the infamous Sylar on NBC’s “Heroes.” In addition to his new role on Fox’s “Fringe” – Quinto recently made his feature film debut playing Spock in the 2009 film version of “Star Trek.” On the fan site Zach Quinto.net, a whole photo series of Quinto hooping in Los Angeles, California, has made it’s way to the internet. Check out the pics for yourself here. While we don’t know who the other two people in the set are, one thing we’re pretty certain of is that this isn’t his first time. Yep, Zachary Quinto is a hooper.
The Dothan Eagle in Dothan, Alabama, reports on the latest fitness crazes. Of course hooping was on the list. “Proving that everything old is new again, hula hooping for exercise is sweeping the nation. ‘Hooping’ or ‘hoop dancing’ as it’s called in fitness circles develops the body’s core muscles and trims the waistline. Enthusiasts claim it can burn 200 calories in 30 minutes. It’s a fun, low-impact exercise and can be great way to meet people. Sandra Brannon hosts a hooping group that meets regularly at Whatley Park in Dothan. She also offers informal instruction and creates custom hoops. Brannon said she loves hooping because people at any fitness or age level can enjoy it. She has taught children, adults and senior citizens and claims they’ve all become hooked. Dothan Eagle