I am working on my knee hooping. When leg hoop, especially the flamingo, my weight bearing foot keeps shifting around as I am trying to hoop on that knee. Since the weight bearing foot keeps moving around that makes me unstable and sometimes I almost lose my balance. Once I actually fell. How can I keep the weight bearing foot and leg more stable? I do have bad ankles. I usually use a 40 inch hoop, which may be too heavy. I am trying to use a 36 or 38 inch hoop more. Do you have any suggestions for doing the flamingo and keeping my weightbearing foot and leg in one place and stable, so I am not off balance?
Thanks for any help,
I feel ya! Getting that leg out of the hoop while remaining steady and in balance takes a while to master! First, a question…
How is your leg hooping in general? Are you able to easily hoop on the legs (and by easily, I mean you could have a conversation with someone and not be out of breath)? If the answer is yes, then by all means move on to one-legged hooping! I also recommend hooping as much as you can mid thigh as it tends to give you more freedom of movement and can give you a little give room if the hoop floats down after you take your leg out. I don’t know how heavy your hoops are but a 40 inch can make hooping on one leg harder, but easier for both legs.. I know, a conundrum! If you want to size down I would only size down a inch or two at a time.
Since you say you have weak ankles already I suggest adding some strength training without the hoop first. Check with your doctor first and if he says this is ok, try holding onto the back of a couch or countertop and doing slow one-legged squats on both sides. Do enough reps to feel your muscles engage but not so many that there is pain.
Next, make sure you are training each leg how to hoop independently before you expect yourself to pull one leg out AND keep your balance while the standing leg tries to figure it all out! You can do this by standing next to or in front of a wall (for something to hold on to), placing the hoop on one leg and keeping the other leg out of the way as you spin it. Try to keep the hoop on mid thigh (unless you are using a tiny/light circus style hoop) as the hoop can cause injury to the delicate tendons around the knee. Use the pad of your foot to rock forward and back on the floor, keeping the knee soft to power the hoop. Do both sides.
Once you are feeling stronger and can hoop on each leg independently, then you should find your balance is a lot easier to achieve while bringing a leg out.. Be sure and give yourself LOADS of time! If you are rushing it before you are ready, not only will it be less fun, but even if you do get some approximation of the move it is bound to have less flow then if you took your time and gave your body the space it needed to adapt to the new challenge you are asking of it.
Good luck and happy hooping!
xo~ Anah aka Hoopalicious
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Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach has traveled the world teaching and performing. Highly regarded as the founder of the modern hoop dance movement, her Hoop Revolution™ curriculum is the foundation for most well-known hoop dance curriculums out there today. Anah appears in The Hooping Life documentary and was our first inductee into the Hooper Hall of Fame. She lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.