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Hula Hoop Fitness at Mindanao State University

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hulahoopdance Mary Diane Luna and her classmates at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan, Philippines, rock the hoop in their freshman physical education class for a choreographed dance project that they created together. In this video, these freshmen show us that hooping isn’t just a form of exercise, but rather a fun way to dance and play with friends. We were impressed by their sassy moves and thoughtful choreography. The soundtrack for this is called “Move Shake Drop (feat. Casely and Flo Rida)” By DJ Laz and you can find a copy of this energetic remix on iTunes.

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Our Fall 30/30 Hooping Fun and Fitness Challenge

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It’s officially Autumn and many of us are falling back into our routines again. The world may be getting a little colder and darker for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop spinning up some fun and fitness either. In fact, spinning some smiles and exercise into our lives becomes even more valuable now. Hooping is a joy creater, a great meditation for spinning away those things that really aren’t that important, plus it’s the perfect solution for warding off those additional pounds that like to start coming by for a visit now. That’s why we’re proud to present Hooping.org’s Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge.

For those who may not be familiar with our 30/30 challenges over the years, the basic premise is this: 1) Make a public declaration that you will be hooping for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days during the month of October by leaving a reply or comment below at the end of this post. 2) Starting on October 1st, once you have completed your 30 minutes of hooping for that day share about your hooping experience, as brief or as detailed as you wish, on the post corresponding to that date on our Facebook Page. Why? So we can have accountability to one another, support each other along the way and spin up some community with old and new hooping friends in the process. Each day a new announcement will go up on Hooping.org’s Facebook Page in the wee small hours of the morning for you to share about your experience with our 30/30 Hooping Challenge for that day on. On Day one we’ll share on the Day 1 Facebook post, followed by Day 2 on the Day 2 Facebook post, etc.

And the more the merrier is so true when it comes to the 30/30 too. The more people we have involved in the challenge, the more fun and love and support we’re gonna be able to give and receive along the way, so we not only invite you to take the challenge, we invite you to help us spread the word.

WILD CARD DAY: For those who start on October 1st you will have a Wild Card Day during the month of October to use is you need it. So don’t let a rough day at work or a cold take you down for the count. Turn in your Wild Card and keep on hooping. Those who start on October 2nd will not have a Wild Card Day to use, but can still join us in the 30/30 between now and Halloween.

The Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge is indeed a challenge too, but I have faith that each and every one of you can make it happen. We can always accomplish things together that we can never do alone, so join in the fun with a friend where you live or a hooping pal online. Prioritize time daily to make room for hooping fun and fitness. Got a smart phone? Set a daily alarm or calendar reminder to alert you that it’s time to hoop. We’ve also discovered over the years doing this that it’s best for most to try not to put it off to be the last thing to do at the end of the day, even if you need to squeeze in three 3 minute and 20 second segments if it’s all that fits into your schedule.

For those who take the challenge you will quite likely find that your days will be happier and more energized. You may hit an energetic wall early on, but keep on hooping through it as you’re likely to have a breakthrough. Don’t be surprised if you lose some weight too – I lost 12 pounds the first time I did the full 30/30. And get this – it only takes 21 days to create a life habit, so by hooping on the daily for 30 days the hooping practice you’ve been thinking about will become a reality. I’m really looking forward to creating happier and healthier hooping habits together this month too because I am taking the challenge. Let’s do this!

PHOTO FUN: For those who are photographically inclined, and no pressure if you’re not, we also invite you to post a photo with your daily check in. It’s easy to do on Facebook by clicking the camera icon on the right side of the comment area and we’ll share some inspiring photo collages along the way. It’s another way for us to spin some more fun into the challenge for each other too.

And to motivate you all even more, we’ve got a little prize incentive too. At the end of the challenge we will be doing a drawing and one lucky hooper from those who completed all 30 days who will win a little something. It’s not really about winning though, because everyone who participates is going to be feeling like a winner – so let’s all be winners this Fall and hoop it up!

To be eligible for the prize drawing, here’s what you need to do:

1) Post your intention to complete the Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge with a Reply or Comment below.
2) Hoop for a minimum of 30 minutes during each day of the challenge.
3) Share about your daily hooping experience on the corresponding post for that day on Hooping.org’s Facebook Page. At the end of the month, all who completed the challenge will be entered into a random drawing and a winner will be selected.

So, are you ready to rock October and spin more fun and fitness into your life? Welcome aboard and declare your commitment in the comments below!

I can’t wait to hear about your experiences and transformations each day and we wish you all the very best of luck. The Fall Fun and Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge is back and together, we can do it!

UPDATE: Our Day 1 post is up on our Facebook Page and the hashtag for any 30/30 posts is #Hooping30.

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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.

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700 Kids Spin Sacramento Hula Hoop Mob

Hula Hoops in Sacramento by Jenny Hill

Imagine 700 kids hula hooping all at the same time. Sounds impossible, right? But recently at the Sacramento Start program in Sacramento, California, USA, that’s exactly what happened. It was truly a mob of kids and hoops – 700 of them to be exact! Sacramento Start, an after school program, had contacted Kellee McQuinn at KidTribe to develop a routine with the hoop that would work with their summertime curriculum theme which was “Through the Decades.” She developed a mix of music that highlighted some of the best songs throughout the time periods, created a hoop routine, taught the teachers, who then shared the routine with their students. In the end everyone came together and performed the routine at a hoop mob event attended by senators, the mayor, and plenty of others!

The hula hoop event, learning the routine and performing it, not only helped the Sacramento Start program comply with their Physical Education grant, it brought a lot of PR to the program and to after school programs in general. “It’s not about performance,” Kellee told Hooping.org, “It’s much more about participation. It’s about enjoying it.”

Being up to her eyeballs in hoops with 700 kids wasn’t something Kellee had envisioned for her life, but when the former actress thought back to the times when she was happiest, they were the moments in her life when she was working with kids. From that realization, a desire to help kids and an interest in preventing childhood obesity, KidTribe was born. Over the years it has grown from dance classes to an after school hip hop dance party (think glow sticks, music, and plenty of energy!), to school assembles with over 3 million kids participating in schools, after-school programs, summer camps, and communities across the US and UK. Hooping plays a big part of it.

A lot of programs out there combatting childhood obesity say things like “The kids are having so much fun they don’t even realize they are exercising!” Kellee doesn’t buy into that. “I want the kids to know that they ARE exercising,” she said, “and to have a positive relationship with their bodies. Exercise doesn’t have to feel like a lame PE class where you just run laps. There’s a lot of humor in our programs. There has to be. It’s silly!”

Kellee says the kids who are athletic are really into hooping, but she most wants to reach the ones who aren’t, the kids who get the suspicious stomach ache right before gym class. “The kids who are on the fringes are the ones I connect with the most,” she said. “In the Ozarks I met this kid I called Einstein, because he kept answering all the questions we asked really loudly. Instead of correcting him, I said, ‘Dude, you’re smart, like Einstein!’ He came up on stage, and was really into it. The principal pulled me aside afterward and asked if anyone had tipped me off about him. He was the kid who was unable to sit through any assembly before because his behavior was so bad. There he was, hooping in front of the entire school as they chanted, ‘Einstein! Einstein!’”

Hula Hoop Sacramento 2 At KidTribe events and assemblies, the hoop represents engagement and transformation. In an hour long show, kids learn how to warm up with the hoop, skill up with new tricks, play games, laugh, and grow. “When I say grow, you say thrive!” is a lyric to an instructional song Kellee created and uses in the assemblies, and it’s an ear worm with a positive message. “We go from place to place every day. It’s a fully fleshed out show, a fitness frenzy, that incorporates messages about fitness, nutrition, and anti-bullying. I consider 250 kids a small group. We’ve worked with as many as thirty five thousand to sixty thousand in a day.”

There’s a sense of unity that happens within the school with KidTribe programs too. Perhaps that is why they get invited back year after year and as word gets out, their schedule is growing. The good work KidTribe attracted the attention of the White House in 2010, with the first lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative in full swing, and with Michele Obama hula hooping as well it was the perfect fit. Kellee and her crew have been invited back four years in a row to participate in the Annual Easter Egg Roll. The City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department offers the Sacramento START free summer and after school programs to elementary school students at 33 schools. Children at the following schools participated in the Hoop Mob event: Golden Empire Elementary, Pony Express Elementary, Tahoe Elementary, John Cabrillo Elementary, Garden Valley Elementary, Del Paso Elementary, Robla Elementary and Glenwood Elementary.

“There’s not a day that goes by when I’m hooping with kids that I don’t cry a little and laugh a lot. To see them so engaged and to see their spirits just break out! I especially love with community health and fitness events that the adults turn into kids as well,” says Kellee. “When I close my eyes, I see so many smiling children’s faces.”

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Jenny Hill Contributor Jenny Hill is a poet, arts educator, hoop instructor, performer, and encourager at Acts of Jennius. She is editor and book designer for Paper Kite Press, an independent press for poetry. For 38 years of her life, she lived within the safe confines of her head, and then the hoop found her. If you leave your backyard unattended, she might just start a Hoop(oetry) circus there. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. She’s also on Facebook.

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Tone Your Arms with Hooping: 3 Arm Toning Hula Hoop Moves

3ArmToningMoves You don’t need to pump iron to build up those biceps and triceps. All you need is your hoop and this fantastic instructional video will help you get those arms nice and toned. Donna Sparx of Hoop Sparx, otherwise known as Donna Gross, teaches us three hard working and fun moves, each targeting a certain a certain area of your arm: The Tricep Iso Rock, Bangin’ Biceps and the Z-Spin. Hooping is a great way to get yourself in shape! Donna lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Get Your Fitness Hooping Workout with Jane Fondle

Hula Hoop Exercise Jane Fondle of Hoops, Thighs, & Buttocks, along with her sidekicks Punky Hoopster and Donna Comet, bring us a colorful hoopercise video incorporating 80’s fitness video essence with your hoop and arm exercise weight lifting sets. “Working out can be fun,” Jane explains as she and her fellow teachers Werq.It.Out and if you don’t have hand weights, try canned food! These ladies live in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and the retro tunes heard here are “Controversy” by Prince (on iTunes) and “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, also on iTunes.

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Ana Fernandez: The Real Nashville Hooping Housewife

The Private Lives of Nashville Wives by Philo Hagen

On The Privates Lives of Nashville Wives, the American reality television series that kicked off last month on TNT, the series revolves around the social circle of six women who reside in Nashville, Tennessee. Life, however, revolves a lot more for one of our housewives than the rest. Ana Fernandez started hooping at the age of 40 and she not only credits hooping with giving her the body that she has today, you’ll find her hooping on the show and taking a little time out to spread the hoop love. In fact, she’s even teaching others how to make a hoop of their own and start spinning up their own lives. As she explains, “All you need is some PVC pipe, a connector that you can buy at the hardware store, pipe cutters and some tapes.”

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When it comes to the hoop in her life Ana says, “It changed my body completely.” She credits hooping with getting her arms in great shape too and Ana likes being able to have some fun with her fitness. “When I hoop I wear hand weights, work out my legs, listen to my favorite music – and then I get to look like this doing it!” Her and her sister have a laugh about that last part by the way, but Ana’s pretty serious about one of her favorite pastimes.

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Born and raised in Miami, her and her identical twin sister, Betty Model, are two of the six housewives on the show and it’s Betty who helps her out with her hoop making video. When Ana challenges her to a little hooping contest though Betty immediately says, “You won.” Ana’s response? “I’m used to that.” Don’t you just love sisters?

AnaFernandez Ana is a single mom with two children – Christian (21) and Gabriella (aka “Gigi” – 11). She’s also a serial dater who is struggling to find the right guy and has just started online dating. Betty thinks Anah has poor judgment when it comes to men and Ana’s highly extroverted personality often clashes with Betty’s ideals, which are a little more conservative. Ana says, “The key to my personality is freedom. I lack a mouth filter, discipline and order, and I can also be impulsive, doing or expressing things I regret later. I love to ride my scooter, dance, hike, hula hoop, race and compete. Music, art, food and other sensory experiences are essential to the enjoyment of my life. I love to be involved in several things at the same time as long as I’m not tied down to any one thing.”

One thing that seems to be constant in her life though is hooping and we love that she wants others to try it too. While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend 1″ pipe for everybody (3/4″ is probably more universally appealing), and figuring out the diameter of your hoop simply by the height of your waist doesn’t work for all bodies of all sizes, she’s obviously caught the hooping bug and you can watch the tutorial on how to make a hoop with her and her sister Betty on the TNT website. It’s the first of their How To Videos 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.

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How I Eat Chocolate Everyday and Stay in Shape

Deanne Love chocolate work out Deanne Love of Hoop Lovers proclaims to be a choco-holic and eats chocolate every single day, sometimes even for breakfast! But, never fear, she goes on to show you how she burns all those brownie calories away, turning them into stong abs thanks to an awesome hula hooping core workout. What perfect timing with the holidays just around the corner and all the yummy foods that will be festively place around our tables and offices, right? Keep this one handy and bookmarked for easy reference and go ahead and enjoy a few holiday treats. Deanne Love lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Marawa’s Hula Hoop Pop-up Shop in London

Hoopermarket London Marawa The Amazing is bringing the hoopiness to the London borough of Hackney. The 31-year-old circus artist, performer and Hooping Idol celebrity judge for the past two seasons has been running a pop-up shop on Kingsland Road that is entirely dedicated to her passion: the hula hoop. The Hoopermarket sells all things hula, including sparkling and glittery tapes to decorate hoops and more. The Hacknet Citizen reports it “has enough room to practise hooping in too (albeit in the full view of passers by outside).” How has the new Hoopermarket pop shop been doing? Marawa told the Citizen, “It’s been fun to have lots of kids come down – especially if they are a little overweight, because with hula hooping anyone can do it.” While parents bringing a son or daughter into the shop often shy away initially from having a go themselves, that generally changes after awhile. “They say ‘I can’t do it any more’ but if you pick up a kid’s hoop as an adult you’ll find it hard because the hoop is too small. Once you explain that to them they have a go and find they can do it quite easily.”

The Britain’s Got Talent star who can keep 133 hoops spinning around her body all at once also told the Citizen that hooping is great for fitness, that people should get a hoop and spin up “abs harder than diamonds” in the process. She said, “It’s a great core workout so you can work up a really good sweat. And also you can do it at home in front of the TV – you don’t even have to go outside. Something like running or jogging has impact on your knees and ankles so you end up injuring yourself. With hula hooping there’s no impact because you’re standing on the ground.” The shopfront sports the words ‘Eternal Youth’ that were left over from a previous tenant, but they’re still quite fitting for Marawa’s hoop-based fun and fitness. Although the shop is too small to fit more than a couple of hoopers at a time, she’s currently teaching classes for 10-15 people at Shoreditch Town Hall.

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Shannon Loucks Spins Your Core

Shannon Loucks Hooping.org columnist Shannon Loucks is here to get us working that core! She says, “In this lesson we are going to move the hoop up and down the core and work on getting control of the hoop on different parts of the body!” It’s super essential stuff that can not only allows the whole world of hoop dance to really open up, it’s the fundamentals for working your core for fitness too. It’s all part of the This is Fit Workouts series and Shannon lives in Santa Clara, California, USA.

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Jewelz Hanssens Spins Hooping For Fitness

Jewelz a Hoopz Jewelz Hanssens of Jewelz A Hoopz is taking hooping for fitness to a new level in Australia with her Fab Ab Attack. Jewelz, who organizes the annual Hoopy Happening down under, believes you can target different muscles in your body from top to toe with hooping too. “For me, it’s a great way to keep in shape, play, have fun, laugh, develop new skills and tap into my creative energies,” she told the St. George & Sutherland Shire Leader, adding, “What I love about the hoop is that it doesn’t have any barriers; it’s all inclusive.”

Jewelz is teaching adult hula hooping classes once a week at Engadine Community Hall, organizes regular workshops on introductory hooping that cover circus hooping and hoop dance, and she teaches in pre-schools, active after-school care and vacation programs. How does one of her adult classes go? “At my Engadine class, we start with a warm-up followed by a corny routine to ‘Let’s Get Physical’,” she said, “Then its ‘fab ab attack hoop fit o’clock’ where we do 12 30-second ab stations, followed by 12 one-minute waist hooping [drills], followed by another 12 one-minute hand or other type of drill. This is then followed by working on a new trick or continuing work on tricks. Every week is slightly different. I have been working on a ‘Fab Ab Attack Manual’ and it will soon be finished. It will be available as an e-book with a 30 day diary challenge, tips for how to hoop to get the most out of your core workout, challenges, other exercises and, sheets to use for your challenges and a 30-day plan to follow.” Find out more and view more photos at the Leader.

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Hula Hoop Fitness Exercises

Hula Hoop Fitness It’s a well known fact that hooping has amazing health benefits, but now it’s time to learn some basic moves you can work into your daily fitness routine! Over at Kurriosity.com, the “social network for healthy living”, Kurriosity Korrespondent Brittany Cascone meets with Casandra Tanenbaum of Hoola-Fit to learn some key exercises that will help anyone improve their health, regardless of their history with the hoop.  Moves featured include waist hooping, hooping squats, figure-8 hooping, and even an intro to isolations. This video is almost like four tutorials hooped into one! Casandra even includes a few helpful tips such as keeping your arms moving so you burn more calories. Best of all, all you need for this work out is a hoop and anywhere between ten and thirty minutes of free time. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling the burn from your triceps to your hamstrings! Casandra lives in Lake, Worth, Florida, USA.

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Our Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge

Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge by Philo Hagen

It’s almost October, can you believe it? With the arrival of Autumn many of us are falling back into our routines, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop having fun in the process. As the outside world gets a little colder and darker, actively working on spinning some fun into our daily lives is a beautiful thing. Fall is the perfect time for this too, the perfect time for us to fall back into our hooping practice. Hooping is not only a joy creater, not to mention a great meditation this time of year for spinning away the things that really aren’t that important, it’s also the perfect solution to help us ward off those additional pounds that seem to like to visit this time of year. Doing so now will also help carry us beautifully through the holidays. That’s why we’re proud to present Hooping.org’s Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge this October.

For those who may not be familiar with 30/30 hoop challenges, they originated right here at Hooping.org. The basic premise is this: 1) Make a public declaration that you will be hooping for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days in October and do so by leaving a reply or comment below at the end of this post. 2) Starting on October 1st, once you have completed your 30 minutes of hooping you will post about your daily hooping experience, as brief or as detailed as you wish, on the post for the corresponding challenge day on Hooping.org’s Facebook Page. Why? So we can have accountability with one another and support each other along the way. I don’t know about you, but Autumn can feel a little lonely sometimes, but we can meet up with old and new hooping friends online each step of the way. Every day a new challenge post will go up on Hooping.org’s Facebook Page in the wee small hours and you’ll post about your Day 1 hooping on our Day 1 Facebook post, Day 2 on the Day 2 Facebook page post, etc.

The more the merrier is so true when it comes to hooping, and bonding with others in doing what feels good in our lives is awesome. The more people we have involved in the challenge, the more fun and love and support we’re gonna be able to give and receive along the way, so we invite you to help us spread the word. And because October has 31 days, anyone you know who can’t get on the hooping bandwagon on October 1st itself can simply begin on October 2nd, and those who do start on October 1st will have one wild-card day off to use at their discretion should they find themselves needing it, so don’t let a rough day at work or a cold take you down for the count.

The Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge is indeed a challenge, but I have faith that each and everyone of you can make it happen. We can accomplish things together that we can never do alone, so join in the fun with a friend where you live or a hooping pal online. Prioritize time to make room for hooping fun and fitness, and here’s a tip – try not to put it off to be the last thing to do at the end of the day. Squeeze in three ten minute segments if it’s all that fits into your schedule. And you are likely to find that your days will be happier and more energized. Don’t be surprised if you lose some weight too – I lost 12 pounds doing a 30/30. It only takes 21 days to create a life habit, so by doing this for 30 I’m really looking forward to creating happier and healthier hooping habits together this month. And to motivate you even more we’ve got a little prize incentive too. At the end of the challenge we will be doing a drawing and one lucky hooper will win a prize. It’s really not about that though, because everyone is going to be feeling like a winner who participates – and let’s all be winners this Fall! To be eligible for the prize drawing though, here’s what you need to do:

1) Post your intention to complete the Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge with a Reply or Comment below.
2) Hoop for a minimum of 30 minutes during each day of the challenge.
3) Post about your daily hooping experience on the corresponding post for that day on Hooping.org’s Facebook Page. At the end of the month, all who completed the challenge will be entered into a random drawing and a winner will be selected. So, are you accepting the Fall Fun & Fitness 30/30 Challenge?

Are you ready to rock October and spin some more fun and fitness into you life? Welcome aboard! We can’t wait to hear about your experiences and transformations each day and we wish you all the very best of luck. The Fall Fun and Fitness 30/30 Hooping Challenge is back. You can do it!

UPDATE: Our Day 1 reporting post is on our Facebook page now and you will find them there each day throughout October. Good luck everybody!

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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.

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Hooping is Family Fitness For All Ages

Kansas Daisy Hoops The family that hoops together, stays together and for one hooping instructor from Abilene, Kansas, USA, that couldn’t be more true. Tabitha Area and Marci Clare are the instructors behind Kansas Daisy Hoops and Area has a couple of family members spinning things up regularly in her classes. She says her students not only include her son, but her 70-year-old grandmother as well. She told the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle that her grandmother had been struggling with “balance and flexibility issues” and that hooping not only getting everyone in shape, it is helping with that as well. “I’ve been kind of doing a study with her on that and she’s improving,” Area explained, adding, “She’s kind of a jokester, so as we’re doing this, it’s just grandma-granddaughter-great-grandson time because my son does it with me, too.”

Area and Clare both teach a class they call “Hula Hoop Fitness” and the two fitness-istas are bringing hoop love and exercise to the Sunflower State. In fact, they’ve been spinning things up since 2010 and they know all about the fitness benefits of hooping. Clare says that her suggestion her friend Jess started waist hooping four times a week while watching television. For each hooping session Jess hooped 300 rotations around her waist one direction, and then 300 rotations the opposite way. In a couple of months Jess had lost 30 pounds. Area has lost 17 pounds and two dress sizes since she started hooping as well. Area and Clare aren’t the only ones singing the praises of hooping for fitness either. Studies conducted by the American Council on Exercise confirmed what we here at Hooping.org have known for years – hooping rocks.

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Learning to hoop wasn’t always easy for them both though. For Area the start of her hooping journey was fraught with frustration. “There were several nose smacks and then I’d go home and I’d just try it and try it again,” she explained. “There’s one particular move that you switch from arm hooping to your elbow. It took me a couple months to figure it out. We were doing a class and one day I was not even paying attention and I just did it.” Meanwhile, Clare says that hoop trick success is often found when hoopers least expect it. “When you master a trick that you work and work and work on, oh yeah! Some tricks you pick up on really quick and some take longer to get, but it’s just so fun trying to learn it and when you get it – the brain, the muscles, grabbing the hoop at the correct spot – it all just clicks together. And pretty soon, you’re like, ‘why did I spend months trying to get that?’”

Teaching her grandmother isolation moves was one of the keys to getting the super senior into the spin of things. In addition to hooping helping out with building strength, Tabitha says the hoop is also helping her grandmother with balance. One of the moves in her classes is that she asks her hooping pupiles to stand on one leg. “Holding it out and bringing one foot slightly off the ground, it makes you think,” Area said. “It takes coordination to hold it out there off the ground and bring your foot up to your ankle.” Her grandmother has made measurable progress through her hooping journey as a result too. “She couldn’t lift her foot up without losing her balance, so I just had her slightly lift it up and then the next time I had her maybe bring it up a little above the ankle,” Area said. “Now, she’s almost able to bring it to her calf.”

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Hoopera Spins Fitness on French TV

Hoopera on France 2 Bonjour Hoopers! We are on our way to Paris so we can watch TV! We’re tuning into the daily show on France 2 where the hula hoop is about to take center stage. Talking all about the return of the hoop as a fitness tool, eventually these television journalists have to get out of the studio and step inside of a hoop for themselves and they end up attending their first hoop dance class as a result. Where do we find them spinning things up? In a beginners class with Anossens and Lila Chupa-Hoops of Hoopera, of course. Lila told Hooping.org, “They came to film in one of our beginner classes and Anossens taught everyone the basic steps on how to start hooping. Then I joined everyone in the studio yesterday morning to give the journalists a try at hooping live.” How did everybody do? Why not see for yourself in this super cool French television segment below.

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Jenny Wood Lost Her Mum Tum Hooping

Jenny Wood Jenny Wood was going through her wardrobe and found a pile of brightly coloured bikinis languishing in a drawer. “They can go straight to the charity shop,” she thought glumly because she didn’t want to show her stomach. In a recent survey of 3,000 women, 58% said their stomach was the body part they most wished they could change and Jenny, like most people with children and busy lives couldn’t spend hours in a gym or afford to, but then she heard about hooping and took on an assignment for The Daily Mail. “I arranged to meet hula hooping expert Anna “the Hulagan” Drury of You Hoop at a gym in South London. I’m understandably nervous as I join the 12 other women in the evening’s class. Anna believes that everyone – even those who are hopelessly uncoordinated like me – can learn to hula hoop. The secret is lots of practice and the right equipment – the larger and heavier the hoop, the easier it is to control.”

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Three weeks in and Jenny was rocking it out. “I’m improving in leaps and bounds – I can manage 100 rotations at a time (about two minutes)… I’ve also lost a centimetre from around my tummy.” At four weeks she writes that she’s “starting to walk around the room while hooping, can turn in a full circle and manage over 1,000 rotations in both directions.” By the end of week five her tummy is definitely shrinking. “I’m amazed to find I measure 4cm less than when I started. My skills are improving, too. I can hula and jog on the spot, enjoy a bit of television and move around my living room without smashing things. Who’d have thought it?” And after six weeks the difference hooping for ten minutes a day has made to her body is phenomenal. “My ‘mum tum’ has shrunk by an amazing 5cm, I’ve shaved 2cm off my waist and my bottom is 3cm smaller. Plus, I’ve lost 5lb and when I went shopping the other day, I managed to fit into a size 12 dress for the first time in 15 years! Now I’m looking forward to showing off my tummy on the beach this summer. Looks like I won’t be taking those bikinis to the charity shop after all.” The Daily Mail

Geri McNiece

HoopShack Spins Up Fun Fitness

Geri McNieceGeri McNiece of Around Joy, the owner of The HoopShack where some serious hooping takes place, teaches hula hoop classes for men and women of all ages in Arlington, Texas. She recently told WFAA-TV Channel 8 all about the low impact, high cardio workout that is the hot new fitness trend – thanks in part to recent news stories of Kelly Osbourne losing 70 pounds hooping. “You will lose weight and you will tone,” Geri explained. Karen Foster, a 55-year-old hooping enthusiast agreed telling them, “It is an excellent workout. I think I lost two inches the first month I was doing it. I have never had biceps like this either. They are great!” Eric Uzelac, who also uses the hoop as a fitness tool agreed, noting, “I’ve noticed that there is a little less love in my handles.”

Class members also said hula hooping brings back childhood memories. Plus, it’s a fun way to burn calories that many say doesn’t really feel like exercise. Lin Warren, 70, told WFAA, “It is a good workout. But it is the most fun. I’ve never had a workout that I’ve enjoyed and kept up with, but this is so fun.” And Shay Johnston-Conte not only agreed about the beauty of hooping for fitness, she also celebrated the meditative qualities of hooping, stating, “For me it is a totally Zen experience. I really enjoy being in the hoop, I leave all my worries behind.” Watch the news segment below: