You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers, and if you don’t see it here just ask.

Q: What is hooping? A: Our Introduction to hooping from 2003 and our 2010 update: So, What Exactly is Hooping Again?

Q: How do you learn to hula hoop? A: How to hula hoop.

Q: How do you make a hoop? A: Find out here.

Q: Does the right size hoop make a difference? A: Absolutely. Adult sized hoops are larger and heavier than a kid’s hoop you can get in a toy store so they move more slowly and are easier to use. Most people think smaller hoops are easier for some reason but physics will tell you otherwise. If you’re an adult a good sized hoop to start with will stand from the ground up to somewhere between your belly button and your solar plexus. If you’re quite then perhaps closer to your belly button. If you’re on the thicker side go towards your solar plexus, and if you’re large go even larger if you want. When you find the goldilocks hoop for you that’s just the right size it makes all the difference in the world.

And since the modern hooping movement began people have been making the mistake of confusing an adult sized heavier hoop with a “weighted hoop”. An adult sized hoop should will weigh about 1.5 pounds or so, while weighted hoops can weigh as much as 5 pounds, or ten pounds. Those hoops are used for fitness purposes for short periods of time, like ten minutes maximum in a session. They’re good for working your core, but other than that you can’t do anything with them and an adult sized hoop will do the same thing and you can hoop with it for as long as you like.

Q: Where can I find an adult-size hoop near me? A: Our advertisers will ship hoops pretty much anywhere, but if you want some help finding the hoop business nearest you send us an email. We know most everybody out there and we might know someone near you.

Q: How do I start a hoop group in my area? A: If you’ve checked and there isn’t one near you to join, or you just want to start another one anyway, this will help you out.

Q: How many calories can I burn hula hooping? A: According to the American Council on Exercise you can burn 210 calories per 30 minute session. The test subjects in that study were new hoopers and the better you get and the more “active” you become while hooping will increase your caloric burn. Numerous people have done personal tests that have delivered stats as high as 600 calories an hour, but these are based entirely on self reporting and not a scientific study.

Q: Can you lose weight hula hooping? A: Absolutely! We personally know many hoopers that have lost weight hooping including Hooping.org’s Founder Philo Hagen. He lost 50 pounds and we know hoopers who have lost over 100 pounds.

Q: I started hooping and have bruises. Is this normal?: A: It is for a lot of people, but read this for more information. Generally speaking once the bruises go away you will most likely never have them again. It’s an odd sort of “right of passage” of hooping and I’m not quite sure why we get them initially and then not at all. Taking a break to let them heal is a good idea. Exceptions can happen if you’re a) using a heavily weighted hoop (generally the labels with those things warn you not to use them for more than ten minutes a day for a reason) or if you have anemia or a condition causing you to bruise easily. The vast majority of the time though it’s nothing to be concerned about.

Q: I’m thinking about starting a hoop business of my own. What should I call it? A: Check out our Hooping Names Directory for performers and businesses so you can be sure you’re not choosing a name that is already in use. Hooping.org encourages you not to choose one that is even confusingly similar – that’s what the directory is here for.

Q: How do I advertise on Hooping.org? A: You can find out here.

Q: I want to nominate a video or photo or tutorial, etc, to appear on Hooping.org. How do I do that? A: You can do so here.

Q: My question wasn’t answered. How do I contact Hooping.org? You can do so through our Contact Page.