FAQ

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 any kid’s hoop you can get in a toy store so they move more slowly around the body, thus they 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 thin perhaps closer to your belly button. If you’re on the thicker side, go towards your solar plexus, and if you’re on the large feel free to go even larger if you want. One size does not fit all, so find the hoop that is right for you. Doing so will make 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 will weigh about 1.5 pounds or so, while weighted hoops can weigh as much as 5 or 10 pounds. Weighted hoops are used for fitness purposes and only for short periods of time, like ten minutes maximum in a session. While they can be good for working your core too, other than that you can’t do anything with them. An adult sized hoop will do the same thing, and you can hoop with it for as long as you like – which means even more exercise.

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 a hoop business near you send us an email. We know most everybody out there. We just might know someone near you.

Q: How do I start a hoop group in my area? A: If there isn’t one already going near you to join 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 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 Founder Philo Hagen. He lost 50 pounds, and we know 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 have them again. It’s an odd sort of “rite of passage” of hooping and we’re 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 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 causing 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 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 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.