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...
So, I Can Hoop Around My Waist. Now What?

So, I Can Hoop Around My Waist. Now What?

YEAH!!!!! I can hoop around my waist, but where do I go from here? As a beginning hooper I found myself asking that same question. Hmmmm. I guess I will just start tossing and throwing the hoop around, jump through there; maybe a little something like this…… That was fun! I want to learn some tricks. So obviously my first thought was to look videos up on my computer on YouTube. I decided to look up beginning hula hooping, video overload! I randomly start watching videos, a few seconds here, few minutes there. It has now become sensory overload. I excitedly run back out and grab my hoop to try all this craziness I just saw. Ugh. So I go back to hooping on my waist while scratching my head. Sound familiar?     I thought I would gather up a few videos and tutorials that will hopefully give you some ideas and inspiration in your early hooping discovery. Have Fun! The Vortex This is probably one of the first moves that many people learn. It only makes sense; the hoop is on your waist and you want to get it above your head. In this tutorial, Deanne Love from HoopLovers shows us several different versions of the vortex.     Isolations Isolations are great for a couple of reasons: 1) You don’t have to have the hoop on your body 2) These are great exercises for your arms and shoulders! The first video from GemGen breaks down the basic concept of a one-handed isolation. The video is a bit long but she does a wonderful job of explaining. She...
Foot Hooping Behind the Back Pass with BABZ

Foot Hooping Behind the Back Pass with BABZ

Check out the newest tutorial from Babz!!! She teaches you in slow motion how to do this awesome behind the back pass to your foot!!! We all know Babz. She’s been teaching us how to do hooping tricks for as long as we can remember. Babz is a great teacher. She slows down moves as well as shows them at all angles to help you better learn! Be sure to check out all of her great tutorials on YouTube. There was an issue loading your timed LeadBox™. Please check plugin...
How to Transition from Big Hoops to Small Hoops

How to Transition from Big Hoops to Small Hoops

If you love your big hoops and don’t ever want to down-size, that’s okay! This article may not be for you, however. If you have the desire to use a smaller, lighter hoop, you have come to the right place. This article explains in detail how you can successfully transition down from your big, heavy PE (polyethylene) beginner hoop to a smaller, lighter hoop. It also includes why you might want to downsize. DISCLAIMER: I am not telling hoopers what hoop sizes to use. I am not trying to “sell” polypro or HDPE. I am simply trying to give advice to those who want to switch to smaller, lighter hoops and educate them on their choices. You may ask WHY would I want to use a smaller hoop? If you already know why you want to go smaller, just go ahead and skip this section.   1. Easier to carry around Have you noticed how difficult it is to carry and travel with your big beginner hoop? Most of them are around 38-42 inches in size and weigh around 1-2 pounds. The figure-8 collapsible or sectional piece beginner hoops are great for travel but… A. Not all of them are made collapsible or sectional, so you could be stuck with a 42 inch hoop that may not even fit in your car B. Having them collapsed in a figure 8 can cause the connections to get ruined and make the hoop crooked and wavy. C. All of that weight on your shoulder when you carry it can really irritate your back, even if it is collapsed. (talking from experience) 2. More...
Store Bought Toy Hula Hoops: Advantages & Disadvantages

Store Bought Toy Hula Hoops: Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages: 1. Low price (about $5 to $10 each) 2. Easy access during most of the warm season. You can just get to the store and buy one. 3. No waiting for your hoop order to be made or to be shipped 4. When they break, you won’t lose a lot of money 5. They are good for tosses, some tricks, and isolations (the hoops without water). Disadvantages:  1. For the most part, they are made for children. Allow me to explain why: In terms of on-body moves, they are usually too small and too light for the average adult or teen to learn with. They are not actually ideal for children to learn with either. Many children benefit from trying bigger, heavier hoops. They are especially not recommended for learning shoulder and chest hooping. A large, heavy adult hoop is much more useful for that. 2. They are probably going to break quickly while learning new things (example: learning the kick-start has been known to kill a few $5 hoops). Doing breaks will likely kill these hoops as well. 3. They won’t have grip tape on them and they will be slippery. You will end up dropping them and finding it hard to use. 4. Some of them contain water which makes learning certain moves almost impossible due to the imbalance of shifting weight. 5. Store bought hoops support greedy companies. When you purchase hand-made hoops, you are typically supporting creative, artistic individuals that need the money. You are not supporting big corporations that sell mass-produced hula hoops for profit. Do your research and be sure the company you...

Learn the Behind the Back Pass(another version)

In this video she is starting the trick Hooping with her Left hand above her head in a clock-wise direction. Make sure your Hoop is in a flat plane as it is spinning over your head. You will be using your RIGHT hand to “catch” the Hoop as it comes around your back. Your RIGHT hand should be to your side, just at your waist.  As you begin the trick, lower your Hula Hoop and aim it to go Behind your Back. You’ll feel your elbow sicking out, that is where it’s supposed to be. Now your Hoop is (or should be) behind your back; you will then gently toss your Hoop from your LEFT to your RIGHT hand, keeping your Right hand by your waist is helpful. Just remember that your Left hand should come around your back as much as possible to be able to “deliver” the Hoop to your Right hand. Once you pass it you can spin the Hoop out in front of you, like in the video. Or put the Hoop back on your body and raise it up over your head and begin the trick again. There was an issue loading your timed LeadBox™. Please check plugin...

Learn how to Hoop on your foot

An easy way to learn to Hoop on your foot is to lay down on your back, put your leg up(in this video she is using her Left foot to start and actually HOOPING on her Right foot.) Put the Hula Hoop on the top of your Left foot and next put your Right foot INSIDE your Hoop. Hold onto your Hoop with both hands and use your hands to position your hoop where it needs to be.Your hands will guide your Hoop first, then your Left foot will start the trick. Both of your feet are going to work together to get the Hoop going in the counter-clock wise direction.You will “push off” with the Left foot and will begin Hooping on your Right Foot! You’ll see that most of the movement is in your foot, and ankle, not really using your leg. You will need to be able to hold your leg up for a bit though! Sneak your other foot up your leg and switch feet. Going back and forth a few times is the way to get really good at this! The other 2 ways to Learn how to Hoop on your Foot is to have the Hoop spinning on your hand, lay on your back(or begin on your side) and “steal” the Hula Hoop from your hand and put it on your Foot. There was an issue loading your timed LeadBox™. Please check plugin...

Learn how to do the Booty Bump

Learning to do the Booty Bump is an easy and fun Hoop trick. You start off with the Hula Hoop going around your body in the counter-clockwise direction. After you get into a comfortable rhythm start to bend over at the waist. Your body is now angled vertically with the hoop. Start bouncing, use your knees, and legs to make your Booty Bounce! You should be bent over, with your back flat. If you are short, you may want to try a slightly smaller Hoop (as doing this move often gets your hoop very close to the ground). The motion of your belly, knees and legs in time with your Hoop allows the Booty Bump to happen easily! There was an issue loading your timed LeadBox™. Please check plugin...

Continuous Spinning Shoulder Duck-In

Learn how to continuously spin your Hula Hoop and use the inertia to duck your shoulder in. This shows you starting to spin your Hoop on your left shoulder, continuously spinning and turning in the clock-wise direction. Spin a few times, allowing the hoop to move and duck your head in through the hula hoop, by leaning your head to the right. There was an issue loading your timed LeadBox™. Please check plugin...

Raise the hoop

How to raise your hula hoop from your waist above your head. First start hooping and if you are hooping CW, then use your Left hand and stick it behind your back with your palm facing out. As soon as you feel the hoop roll over your hand, bring your arm into the air, leading with your elbow and try to bring your arm straight up. If you are getting all twisted and your arm is ending up on your right side, then try turning your body the same direction the hoop is going as you lift. Practice practice practice. [cpgrid prodtypes=”2,4,5,7,15,23,38,45,106,107,108,111,112,115,126,152,155,159,217,218,221,244,245,246,249,250,251,260,6,80,87,89,96,102,103,109,113,114,128,129,134,161,164,165,166,167,183,184,185,186,219,222,247,252,253,254,255,263″ return=”4″ preview=”4″]hula hooping,hula hooper[/cpgrid] There was an issue loading your timed LeadBox™. Please check plugin...