Hoop Away That Extra Baby Weight!

Hoop Away That Extra Baby Weight!

Have you recently had a baby? You have been working out really hard and exercising, but there is that last little bit of fat around your tummy. No matter what you do it won’t go anywhere! Well, look no further. I have found a couple videos that will blast the fat and leave you feeling hoopy and happy! Enjoy! First things First EXERCISE!!!!   If you haven’t started some sort of workout routine than you need to! It can be anything! I have two little boys (3  and 1 years old) and it was difficult to get back in the swing of things. I was busy being a wife, new mom, and also going to school for Geology. I started going to Zumba (which I highly recommend). I was also doing a couple other routines (weights, hiking, exercising) however, I just couldn’t shake that last little bit of weight around my tummy. I’m not overweight- I just wanted to get toned back up, as I’m sure all of you do too! So get your booty up and moving! Extra bonus- when you exercise with your baby, they act as a weight and you get to spend time together! Now What? Go find your hoop silly! Any hoop, any size (the smaller the hoop the more you will be working your core). If you don’t have one, go to K-mart or the Dollar Store and buy one (for less than $5), drain out the beads or water and voila! You’re good to go! If it is a new hoop, make sure you’re comfortable with it; it will just make it...
Hoop Dancing vs. Hooping – Passion and Energy

Hoop Dancing vs. Hooping – Passion and Energy

Photo above: Performance at SouthWoods in Titusville PA   Consider this a journal entry for  my thoughts on the matter, and how I personally feel about the topic. Hoop dance is my passion. Hooping is my exercise. I danced (mostly on my own, took some classes but quit early) throughout my life since childhood. I put dance on the back burner while learning how to master hooping, starting at age 25. Hooping for years brought me to the ability to combine them and hoop dance. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did come together after about 2 years. With each passing year, it gets more intense. I have now been hooping for over 3 and a half years. I am hoop dancing when I am showing and feeling passion in the art form and putting more energy in than when I am just hooping. I feel this is the difference between hooping and hoop dance. I feel a huge difference in cardio, muscle toning, and overall happiness when I am lost in my dance and purposely inputting much more energy than just hooping. I am taking up space, I am moving around in bigger areas, I am putting my body into different positions and making shapes. When I feel happy and energetic, I am hoop dancing. When I am in a rut or unhappy, I am usually just hooping and going through the motions. I can see and feel the difference. Spending a day hooping makes me feel good, but spending a day hoop dancing makes me feel complete, centered, and at peace. My hoop dance usually comes out...
Hoop Dance Warm Up Ideas with Videos

Hoop Dance Warm Up Ideas with Videos

Need some ideas for warming up before stretching and learning new hooping tricks?   Written Ideas: Run or briskly walk around the space Dance to a good song If able to waist hoop, do so while walking or slowly running around the space Jumping jacks   Video Ideas: Stretching Tips: No static stretching until after you’re done working out. Muscles must be very warm before doing them. What are static stretches? When your body is at rest and you stretch and hold the stretch for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Dynamic active stretching is when you use momentum to stretch and don’t surpass your static stretching ability. Moves such as slow toe touches (without holding it), little circles and big circles with your arms, rotating hips side to side, or anything with movement without holding fall into this category.   I hope this helps, and happy hooping!...
3 Funky But Useful Tips for Hoopers

3 Funky But Useful Tips for Hoopers

Hula hooping is so much more than just a plastic circle that goes around your waist. There’s a lot of thought, practice, hard work, and dedication that goes into hoop dancing. However, I never knew this when I started hooping and had to find out the hard way. There are some great tips I learned and taught myself along the way and I hope they help you too. They are a bit weird, if you ask me. Especially to someone who is new. So here ya go… three tips that are super useful for hoopers, but also a bit funky! Round n Round You know you’re teaching a new person to hoop when every other word out of your mouth is “spin.” This is a fundamental of hooping. If you don’t spin, you won’t get that trick down, and there will likely be a slew of hoop-to-face action, which is never fun. Almost all on-body moves require spinning. Spin spin spin. Think you “just can’t do a trick?” You’re probably not spinning. Can’t get the vortex down for the life of you? You’re probably not spinning. There’s no way your hoop ever stays on your knees! You’re not spinning are you? There are lots of off-body moves that you should not spin for, including but not limited to isolations, chest rolls and anti-spins. Yes, being a bit dizzy is part of the game.    Go with it I love this one. It’s great, you essentially make your mess ups a totally sick new move, go along with it. It’s hard to explain, but instead of saying “Ah, I messed...
Why Hoopers Should Use YouTube More Often

Why Hoopers Should Use YouTube More Often

You may have noticed that YouTube hooping videos aren’t getting the same attention as they used to. Yeah, we know the ads can get irritating and being taken away to another screen can take a few seconds longer than we like. However, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages! Why should hoopers spend more time with YouTube? 1. You can search for videos you want to watch. You can then sort the results by upload date, type, length, video quality, view count, popularity and more. 2.  You can get email notifications when your favorite hoopers upload new videos if you subscribe to their channel. 3. You can use way more songs without getting in trouble for using them. I recommend using the YouTube audio library and their list of ad supported music. 4.  You can monetize your videos to earn cash if your videos get lots of views and traffic! Typically, it takes around several hundred thousand views to be profitable, but hey you can always try. However, you can only monetize videos that don’t use most music. Tutorials are an excellent way to make some money this way, as long as you don’t use copyright music in it. Consult the audio library list in #3 to see which songs you can use and monetize. 5.  You can slow the videos down or speed them up while you watch them! Turning videos into instant slow mo tutorials! Here’s how: Article on how to adjust YouTube video speed 6.  You can choose your level of video quality (low quality all the way to Ultra HD). This allows you to watch videos in low...
Competition with Hooping: Discouraging or Motivating?

Competition with Hooping: Discouraging or Motivating?

Looking at the above picture, you may wonder why I chose it. The majority of hoopers wouldn’t ever dream of being able to compete with them, right? You have to train your life away from the time you are born. However, they are extremely inspiring and make us think about our skills. The question remains: is competition good or bad in hooping? Is it motivating to those who want to get better or is it just discouraging to those who aren’t as confident? If you’re a beginner or intermediate hooper, you’re likely to say “No! Competition is terrible and discouraging!”. That is how I felt when I was in my first years of this wonderful activity. Now that I have gained experience and wisdom over the years, I am starting to feel that competition is good for hoopers, helping them to reach their goals and get better than they would be otherwise. Every time I feel a sense of competition that makes me feel uneasy, I realize the only healthy way to deal with it is to step up my game and get on another level, a more unique level or a higher level. Many people will experience envy, jealousy or feel threatened in response to their sense of competition with others. Hooping is super sensitive because of how extremely passionate everyone can be about it. It is “their calling” or “their dream”. They can have a sense of ownership over it and sometimes struggle to share. If they deal with it in an unhealthy way, competition can destroy them and destroy their relationships.  It can make them turn sour...