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FAQ about hooping

What are the benefits of using the hoop for aerobics and dance?
Too many to list them all, but
•    Develops balance and coordination
•    Develops core strength
•    Enhances creativity
•    Enhances flexibility
•    Increases endurance
•    Instills confidence
•    Promotes laughter and smiles
•    Saturates body with energy
•    Speeds weight loss
•    Sculpts physique especially thighs, buttocks and arms
•    Strengthens abdominals

Can anyone learn hooping? I have never hooped before?
Hula hooping is suitable for pretty much everyone, and is easily learned regardless of age and backgrounds. It does not matter how good you think you are, only that you try.
We include basic instruction for beginners with each hoop we send out. We also run intensive hooping workshops that will really help you to get going.

What if I am not flexible?
All the more reason to come to a hula hooping workshop!

Do I have to be fit?
Our hula hooping workshop is designed for all levels of fitness, but if you have special medical conditions or injuries, please consult your doctor first and inform the class teacher before the session begins.

How do I start hula hooping?
Here is a simple warm up exercise that will help to make hula hooping easier and fun:
Place one foot in front of the other keeping a gap of about 10 inches (make sure the body weight is evenly distributed).
Knees bent slightly, shoulders back to keep the spine straight and head up (this is your perfect posture) - no looking down, no leaning forward.
Push the pelvis forward and then back. Do this a few times. Start slowly, then move a little faster to push the hip forward and back.
Practice for about three minutes making sure you change legs.
This can act both as a warm up and an introduction to hula hooping.

The second style that will suit some people is as follows:
Place feet about hip width apart, knees slightly bent, shoulders back and head up (look straight ahead).
Push hips from side to side. Start slow, then speed up and again slow.

The above will warm up the main joints - hips and knees. It will also work the abdominals and thighs.

What will I need to bring to the hoop class?
Wear fitness or gym clothing and sports shoes, and as with any aerobic exercise, bring water to keep yourself hydrated.

Could you please tell me which hoops are weighted and what weights do they go to?
All the hoops we sell are weighted hula hoops. (Children's toy hoops are not weighted, and are virtually unusable by adults.)

Can you recommend a suitable size / weight of hoop?
The best size for the average beginner adult is the 40" diameter / weight 650g.
Large size adults, and adults who really try but find it a hard to get the hoop going,
can try 44" diameter / weight 900g.
The 36" diameter / weight 600g is good for the advanced Hooper or the petite adult.

Which hoop can I buy for my 6 year old?
The 30” or the 36” lightweight hoop is ideal for little children who want more than the toy hoops.

Will it keep me fit and can I lose weight?
Yes! Whatever your fitness level you will find hooping challenging.  Many students come back to our classes to do more hooping. Each workshop combines strength, flexibility and balance training to give you a total body workout. As with other forms of cardiovascular exercise, regular practice will also aid weight loss.

Am I to old?
No! Classes are open to everybody whether you are 7 or 107!

How long will it take until I feel the benefits?
You will feel the benefits from the very first time you attend the workshop. Many people report increased energy, laughter and strengthening of abdominal muscles.
I recently tried using a hula hoop in an exercise class and was very impressed with it, so I bought one. But after using the hoop, I got bruises all over my abdomen. I presume it was because it was to heavy (750g). I then tried a lighter and smaller (26”) hoop but could not get this to stay up.
Some hoops are a little heavier than ours, which are just under 700g.  But I think the problem might be you are doing too much hooping too soon.  
If you are new to it, start slowly with just a few minutes hooping each time.  Give your body a chance to get used to the hoop.  Then, over several weeks, gradually increase the time you hoop sessions.  You are not in competition!  This way, you will avoid bruising because the body will have a chance to adjust slowly.
It is also important to keep the hoop off the ribs and hip bones.  Make sure you are hooping on your tummy – hoop from your abdominal muscles.  
Later, when you are really used to it, you may find it will no longer matter what part of the body you hoop on.  Advanced hoopers can do it on waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, legs, chest, neck, arms and hand.