Our 30/30 Spring Fling Hooping Challenge

Spring Fling 30/30 Hooping Challenge by Philo Hagen

Don’t you just love springtime? It’s already here, can you believe it? And as the world begins to emerge from winter, and the birds begin to sing and the flowers start to bloom, it almost feels like anything is possible. And guess what? It is! So whether it’s time to kick start your hooping practice back up after the cold chill of winter, bring yourself back into the center of your own rotation, or simply lose a few pesky winter pounds, Hooping.org’s Spring Fling 30/30 Hooping Challenge is here to help. It all starts on April 1st, and that’s no joke hoopers!

For those who may not be familiar with our 30/30 Challenges, the basic premise is this: 1) Make a public declaration that you will be hooping for at least 30 minutes a day for all 30 days of the month of April, and do so by leaving a comment of commitment at the end of this post. 2) Each day of the challenge, when you have completed your 30 minutes of hooping, return to hooping.org and scroll down the page until you find our 30/30 Daily Check-in Post. Share a little something about your experience with the rest of us. It can be as brief or as detailed as you want too. Why the check in? So we can all have some accountability to one another, help motivate and support each other along the way, and have more awareness of our challenge progress too. Each day of April a new post 30/30 Challenge post will go up right here on Hooping.org. Share about your experience for Day 1 on Day 1, for the 2nd day on Day 2, and so on. You can use any of the social networks listed to create your account and start spinning up your daily replies throughout the month.

When Hooping.org started our original 30/30 Challenges, I personally committed to each and every one – only I never quite made it to the finish line the first few times. Then one year I decided to really make myself, my health and my hoopiness a priority like never before. I reprioritized my time to make room for daily hooping and tried not to put it off to the end of the day. On the days that I did, I still hooped before bed no matter how tired I was, and guess what? Every time I met the challenge, even on the days I wasn’t feeling it, I felt happier and more energized afterwards. And something else happened too. I lost weight. By the time the 30/30 was over I’d actually lost 12 pounds. I was so excited about it. I decided to continue hooping daily and lost 50 pounds total. So when I say that anything is possible in springtime, I’m actually saying that from personal experience!

While it only takes 21 days to create a new positive habit in our lives, we’re going to do it for 30 and create even happier and healthier habits together. And to motivate everyone a little more we’ve got a prize incentive too – a hoop themed T-shirt, some hoop stickers and an iTunes gift card. We only have one shirt to give, so if it’s not your size, don’t complain – just give it to a hooper you know will love it? After all, it’s really not about winning prizes anyway, because everyone is going to be a winner in their life just by participating. So let’s all be winners this Spring, and to be eligible for the prize drawing at the end, here’s what you need to do:

1. Post your commitment to complete our Spring Fling 30/30 Hooping Challenge below.
2. Hoop for a minimum of 30 minutes for each of the 30 days during the month of April.
3. Post about your daily challenge experience on our daily challenge post here on hooping.org.

At the end of the month, all who complete the challenge will be entered into a random drawing.

So, what are you waiting for? What have you got to lose? Join us for our Spring Fling 30/30 Hooping Challenge and if do it one day at a time, the 30 days will be over before you know it. You’ll be all set for fun in the sun too. Best of luck to everyone, you can do it! I can do it! We’re gonna do this – together!

So, are you in?

UPDATE: The challenge has begun! Join us at our Day 1 posting here.

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Philo Hagen Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

147 thoughts on “Our 30/30 Spring Fling Hooping Challenge

    1. I see a Curvy in here! Yay! Can’t wait to get started tomorrow! Laura we have go to get our Curvies in here! There is a chance for Prizes, Yay Prizes!

    1. Ok so I am completely obsessed with these paddles!! I wanna be a pro by the end of this challenge. I thought the ones I was working on were called bax paddles and breaks, but I’m not sure. It’s hand hand break and then hand hand break. I have them down pat after getting up at 1 am to work on them!! Then this morning I learned how to do an upper body arm break where one arm is out and the elbow is bent and you break on the inner part of the arm and then switch. I also learned how to do a lower body break where both arms are straight out one outside the hoop and one in, break and then switch the arms. They are all soooo cool!! Trying to get a flow now with all of them. So i’ve practiced for a total of about 3 hours today and still more to come!!

  1. Yay! So excited everybody. We listened to those who complained last time that wanted to be a part of the challenge, but were excluded because they didn’t want to or couldn’t be on Facebook for a multitude of reasons, so, to be even more inclusive, we’re having all the daily check ins right on hooping.org this time. Watch for the daily challenge posts starting April 1st. The new comment system was set up too so that you can choose to sign in using Facebook, or a whole bunch of other social networks – so we can be even more inclusive. Help spread the word.! The more the merrier ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. On the eve of the Challenge, here are a few things I want to work on during the next 30 days:

        –Hooping in “reverse” current on-body; using non-dominant hand off-body.
        -Hooping to “unexpected” music (ie: Billy Joel’s “Italian Restaurant”, etc).
        –Watching new tutorials, trying new “tricks”, expanding my hoop vocab.
        -Digging through my CDs and hooping to music I’ve never used before.
        –DOUBLES/minis: want to learn more weaves, be able to spend entire song using off-body doubles.
        -Warm-ups, stretching, dancing “hoopless” before I jump into my hoop sessions, etc.
        –Learn to “split” my hoops on body: master the shoulders, waist, knees MULTI trick.

        1. DAY 1/30:
          Completed my 30 mins (33 mins!) tonight in my living room after work. Hooped in my living room, listening to a “GrooveElectric Drone Mix” podcast.

          NOTES: ENTIRE TIME was spent *off-body hooping* (very rare for me; never did that before). I drilled passes and lasso hooping with NON-dominant hand, hand hooping in reverse current, 2 beat and 3 beat weave with small doubles, touch control, isolations (esp. L hand and reverse currents), playing with hoop off body (“fishies”, etc).

          BREAKTHROUGH: After many wonky tries, I NAILED a “horizontal-pass-step-down-into-and-float-up” with my LEFT hand…without hitting myself in the head!!! It was a long forgotten trick, and one that I had only ever done with my R hand…but now I can do BOTH hands ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am IN for the April challenge! I have been hooping for about 7 years, but in the last few years, I have been hooping LESS and LESS ๐Ÿ™ I am ready to fall in love with my hoop dance all over again! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Worked my first hoop gig in YEARS yesterday, and I hooped for 8 HOURS STRAIGHT with only a couple short breaks…let’s just say I am *super* sore today. The soreness reminds me that I want a DAILY HOOP PRACTICE, so that my body, mind, and spirit are in hoop TRAINING all the time.

    So happy to be hooping this 30/30 with all u lovelies <3

    1. DAY 1/30:
      Completed my 30 mins (33 mins!) tonight in my living room after work. Hooped in my living room, listening to a โ€œGrooveElectric Drone Mixโ€ podcast.

      NOTES: ENTIRE TIME was spent *off-body hooping* (very rare for me; never did that before). I drilled passes and lasso hooping with NON-dominant hand, hand hooping in reverse current, 2 beat and 3 beat weave with small doubles, touch control, isolations (esp. L hand and reverse currents), playing with hoop off body (โ€œfishiesโ€, etc).

      BREAKTHROUGH: After many wonky tries, I NAILED a โ€œhorizontal-pass-step-down-into-and-float-upโ€ with my LEFT handโ€ฆwithout hitting myself in the head!!! It was a long forgotten trick, and one that I had only ever done with my R handโ€ฆbut now I can do BOTH hands

  3. I’m in for the challenge! I’ve tried before but haven’t made it through the whole thing. Send me some hooping love please! I really want to do it this time!

  4. I did it! It kinda sucked because I’m out of shape and I tried watching tv instead of playing music. That was a mistake! Glad I made it through day 1 and hope it gets more fun. I used to love to hoop!

  5. Day 3/30, does it still count if I am an hour late at posting? :/ I worked on my paddles and breaks AGAIN. Trying to get a good flow going between all of the ones that I have learned these past couple of days. I also learned a new trick at the hooping class I attend, I am not sure what it’s called…maybe I will do some more research tomorrow to find a name for it. We worked on jump thrus, which was new to me! Fun stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I forgot to login Saturday and Sunday but I did a few hours of hooping on Saturday morning. It was awesome!

    I skipped yesterda because we were super busy for Easter. Today I am back to the challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ahh the 8th day. We had to pack up to leave the Island today, and most of the day we were in the car. But while my honey was loading it up, I practiced some more breaks and paddles!! Last night I watched some tutorials on vertical head spins, so I gave that a try today as well. I got it the very first and second time of doing it! oooh yea.

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