Welcome to Frequently Asked Questions. You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for 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: Start here and then can get lots more information over here.

Q: Can you tell me about the history of hooping? A: Yes – The History of Hooping.

Q: Does the right size hoop make a difference? A: Absolutely. Adult sized hoops are larger and heavier than 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 than the recommended height. One size truly 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 made 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 is safer and actually has all the same benefits, plus you can hoop with it for as long as you like – which means you’ll be getting even more exercise.

Q: Where can I find an adult-size hoop near me? A: Our advertisers will ship hoops pretty much anywhere. You can also try asking us. We might be able to direct you to a hoopmaker in your area.

Q: Is there a place where I can ask other hoopers for advice? Check out our Facebook Hooping Community. Please note that our Facebook group is business/spam free so while asking for hooping advice is perfect, asking for business recommendations doesn’t really fit the policy. So if you have a business related question – or if you’re just not getting your question answered – you’re always more than welcome to ask us.

Q:How do I find other hoopers near me? We’d suggest doing a search right here on hooping.org for the place that you live – or perhaps the larger town or city near you. We’re always linking people up in our posts to help facilitate hoopers connecting and finding each other. You can also try searching on Facebook to see if there’s a hoop group near you too.

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, that will only 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 research.

Q: Can you lose weight hula hooping? A: Absolutely! We personally know many hoopers that have lost weight including Philo Hagen, Hooping.org’s Co-Founder and Managing Editor. He lost 70 pounds hooping, and we know lots of 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 them 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 hooping business. 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 or one that is confusingly similar. Not only is it not in the right community spirit to go with a name already being used, but chances are people looking for you are going to go to wind up visiting that other person that’s been around longer anyway. You’re better off with something unique and that’s what the names 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.

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