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Q: How do you learn to hula hoop? A: How to hula hoop.
Q: Can you tell me about the history of hooping? A: Absolutely. People were even spinning things up back in ancient Greece and Egypt. The History of Hooping.
Q: Does the right size hoop make a difference? A: Absolutely. Adult sized hoops are larger and heavier toy store kid’s hoops. They move more slowly around the body, thus they are easier to use. Most seem to think smaller is easier, 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 thin perhaps closer to your belly button. If you’re on the thicker side, go more towards your solar plexus, and if you’re larger feel free to go even taller. One size does not fit all. If you find the right hoop size for you it can make all the difference in the world.
Since the modern hooping and hoop dance movement began, people quite often make the mistake of confusing an adult sized heavier hoop with a “weighted hoop”. Adult size hoops or dance hoops generally weigh about 1 pound (.45kg), to maybe 1.5 (0.68kg). They’re naturally heavier than kids hoops because they’re larger and usually hade of a denser plastic. Weighted hoops, however, have weight added to them and can weigh as much as 10 pounds. Used for fitness purposes and only for short periods of time, like ten minutes maximum a day, they can be good for working your core too, but other than that you can’t do much else with them. Not using them properly can cause internal injury. An adult sized hoop will is safer and has all the same benefits, and you can hoop with it for as long as you like – which means you’ll get even more exercise.
Q: Where can I find an adult-size hoop near me? A: Our advertisers will ship hoops pretty much anywhere, and be sure to check out our Vendor Listings which are broken down geographically to help you find hoops and classes near you. You can also try asking us. We might be able to direct you to someone in your area.
Q: Is there a place where I can ask other hoopers for advice? A: Yes, we have new community forums again, right here on hooping.org, and you can also check out our Facebook Hooping Community. Our Facebook group is a business and adult content free zone. It’s also a Hoop Love space to love and support each other and truly create community.
Q: How do I start a hoop group in my area? A: If there isn’t one already going near you 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 are 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 on scientific study.
Q: Can you lose weight hula hooping? A: Absolutely! We personally know many hoopers that have lost weight hooping – including Philo Hagen, Hooping.org’s Managing Editor. He lost 55 pounds, and we know many hoopers who have lost more than 100 pounds too.
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 see them again. It’s an odd sort of “rite of passage” of hooping and we’re not quite sure why we might get them initially, and then not get them at all. Taking a break to let them heal is a good idea. Exceptions can happen if you’re a) using a weighted hoop (most carry a warning label not to use for more than ten minutes a day for a reason), or if you have anemia or another condition that could cause you to bruise easily.
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 already in use. Hooping.org encourages you not to choose one that is even confusingly similar. Not only is it not in the right community spirit, but chances are people looking for you are going to go to wind up visiting the person that’s been around longer anyway. You’re better off with something unique and 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 something cool to appear on Hooping.org. How do I do that? A: You can find out about submissions here.
Q: My question wasn’t answered. How do I contact Hooping.org? You can do so through our Contact Page.