I kinda want a hoolahoop.
If you get a hula hoop, I suggest an adult sized hoop that weighs up to 2 lbs. Anything heavier and you could hurt yourself.
I'm going to repost most of the post I've posted on Sparkpeople's hooping group. I hope this helps!
Welcome to hooping! You may just want to learn how to hula hoop but if you are ready for more moves, welcome!
One of the biggest issues with hoopdance is that there is NO progression. A beginner move may not be a beginner move for your body. Please listen to your body!
Keep in mind that you do not have to learn anything in any particular time nor do you ever have to perform a move that hurts your body or otherwise. If you think a move is too "sexy," you don't have to do it! If it hurts you to diagonal hoop, don't do it! Listen to your body! No one is forcing you to be anything other than you!
People progress at different levels. There are moves that are in the beginner level of hoopnotica that I just learned. Yet there are level 3 moves that I learned within the first few months. I'm not an outlier either. I'm not a hoop prodigy. Everyone learns at different levels. I know people that are awesome at isolations but cannot do a palm spin whatsoever. I know people that can do a back roll but can't do a chest roll. Don't be afraid to look at the intermediate or advanced hoop options because your body may be able to do it!
If you have one of those 5+ pound hoops or even a hoop bigger than 2 lbs, may be harder and unsafe! Even if you can waist hoop with it, you most likely will not be able to do hoopdance movements. Most hoops for hoopdance are under 2 pounds and are fantastic for learning. No one needs to spin 5 pounds of girth around their midsection! I know I tend to blanket explain that most people need 160 PSI. I understand some people like 100 PSI. I wouldn't go above 160 PSI. I know in my hooping practice and troubles, 100 PSI was too light. My fat rolls was a shock absorber when I would use a 100 PSI hoop. 160 PSI hoops I could feel. My hoops are currently 44"-55" inches. If you are having problem with a hoop move, try a bigger hoop. It really is easier but it doesn't make it less of a workout! I've read that before online and it kills me. A smaller hoop will give you bigger frustrations. I know I keep harping on hoop size but it is essential for safety and enjoyment.
How to start hooping (Expert village). They even reiterate the fact that you need a dance hoop in either 100 PSI or 160 PSI: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR
Hoop Basics (eHow): www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6yLmXmOvy4&list=P
Although I find water unnecessary at most times.
Here are places you to find tutorials that you would have to pay for:
(Although the forum is free. The SaFire and Brecken class is for a fee. I personally have 4 of these classes)
Here are places that you can buy hoops from:
Hoopnotica (I now have all five DVDs. If you need a larger travel hoop, buy an extra connector and you have a mega large hoop! Two together can be a tandem hoop!): www.hoopnotica.com/
TrooHoop (this is my favorite travel hoop): www.troohoops.com/index.php?id=349
Dube for poi or other things: www.dube.com/index.php?id=349
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