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AwShucks
01-29-2013, 11:32 PM
Just after Christmas, Trazey from Canada posted a link to a video of a girl hula hooping that looked so fun I couldn't resist trying it myself. I just completed a series of 4 weekly classes, and it really IS fun! I'm just not so good at it.

I think the secret is a lot of practice. Since I could only use the hoops at the studio, my next step is to purchase my own hoop. Does anybody with experience have any suggestions? I found that the bigger hoops were easier for me, but I don't want to purchase something that I'll progress out of quickly. My plan is to get really good at basic waist hooping, then go back for more trick classes.

Daimere, I just went to your blog and watched your video titled "Big Girls Can Hoop, too" and it's so inspirational. All of the people at the studio were smaller than me, although not all were super thin. It's great to know that there's hope! I was beginning to think it was my size that made it so difficult.

If anyone's on the fence, just try it! It's more like play than any other exercise I've done -- even Zumba! You just grin the whole time!:dizzy:

I can't find the original post from a couple of weeks ago, but here's the video link that Trazey posted... doesn't it look fun?!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qlAhRiBpoY&feature=youtu.be I actually sent the link to 3 friends and they took classes with me! FUN!


Daimere
01-30-2013, 01:14 AM
What sizes and weights was your class hoops? You could get the same sort of hoop but 1-2 inches smaller. I just don't want you to get a small/light hoop that won't help you. Either way, your first hoop will always be a great tool to go back for meditation/watching tv hooping.

I currently use a 44-46" 160 PSI hoop. Etsy is a great place to buy hoops. I recommend Hoop Momma's on etsy because they are a good bargin PLUS I have messaged the girl there and asked her if she'd ever make people hoops larger than 42" and she said yes. I'll be honest. I've been at a 48-42" for the last year. I don't see myself outgrowing my 42"unless I lose more weight. 42" is not my stable waist hooping size, either. 42" for me is move and groove hoop when I'm traveling. 44-46" is my stable waist hooping size and I typically use that the most. The secret is a good hoop and practice. I am doing a 30/30 challenge currently. That's what made me get so much better when I was learning. I'm glad that video inspired you! :)

Also, where are you in Texas? I'm not sure if tickets are still avaliable but you should go to Hottie Hoop Camp! It's for bigger ladies that hoop! And you could meet Lara Eastburn! SO you should go! Active fun vacations? Yes please!

http://hottiehoopcamp.com/

Also you can split costs and make a hoop making party with friends. Hoops are really easy to make, too!

Mozzy
01-30-2013, 01:18 AM
yay for finding an exercise you love!


Daimere
01-30-2013, 02:55 AM
Also feel free to watch my other videos on mrsdaimere channel or HoopLoveofficial channel. Especially my beginning videos, you can see that i totally sucked in the beginning. Progress in the hoop video also tells my hoop size journey

AlmostMe
01-30-2013, 04:29 AM
This hooping craze doesn't seem to have reached the UK yet. Can't wait til it does. Sounds like fun.

elvislover324
01-30-2013, 05:40 AM
I tried hooping with the Danskin hoop from walmart. It weighs 3lbs I think and costs $20. It was so heavy and awkward, nothing like I remember as a kid!

I wonder if there would be any benefit of buying a kids one just to get the practice in with such a lightweight one. I want to strengthen my core and hooping is supposed to be one of the best things for that.

AwShucks
01-30-2013, 08:20 AM
I wonder if there would be any benefit of buying a kids one just to get the practice in with such a lightweight one. I want to strengthen my core and hooping is supposed to be one of the best things for that.

I wouldn't recommend buying a kid's hoop. I actually won a pretty pink hula hoop at a Christmas party this year, and was going to save it to give a kid at the next occasion that came up. I couldn't hoop with it to save my life! After I saw the video Trazey posted, I wondered how could that girl do it, and I couldn't?! ;) I read online that they're too small (34") for adults, unless your waist is the size of a kid's! And, they have water in them which makes them kind of unstable. I even made a hole and drained the water from mine, but I still couldn't do it.

Apparently, the size of the hoop is the secret, and the studio I went to had a "standard" size that most people used, and then a couple of bigger ones. The largest one (giant, compared to a kid's) was the easiest, but I felt weird with such a big hoop! I wish I knew the exact size of the one I used the most... I'll have to call the studio and ask. I know the teachers all had their own collections of hoops and brought them in for the lessons.

Also, the hoops we used weren't very heavy -- they were made from that black sprinkler system pipe that they recommend making them from. That might be something to look into -- a craft project!

AwShucks
01-30-2013, 08:38 AM
Daimere -- thanks for the advice. I had no idea where to start on the sizes... I'll call the studio and ask what size the hoop I used was. duh! Never thought of that. Great to know what sizes you use(d), too. I'm so excited to get better at just the basic hooping so I can learn more. Some of the people in my class said they would hoop for an hour or so a day -- maybe watching TV! I never thought of that! I'm sure with practice I'll get the hang of it. I can probably go about 30 seconds, or maybe a bit longer, but then I lose it and the hoop falls....

I looked into the camps and events they have going on around here. For one thing, I think I'm a bit older than the usual hoop enthusiast -- they all look like 20 and 30 somethings, and I'm 46! They might not want "mom" hanging around their fun! Also, I'm thinking I need to be a bit better with the basics before I go and frustrate the crowd trying to learn more advanced tricks.

I saw your signature and thought you'd be a good one to talk to about my newfound love! Thanks for the info, and I'll go back to your blog and look around more.

AwShucks
01-30-2013, 08:55 AM
This hooping craze doesn't seem to have reached the UK yet. Can't wait til it does. Sounds like fun.

I didn't think the craze had hit Texas, either. I had no idea that people were doing something like this until I saw the linked video. A google search later, I found classes in my city, and the people there had been hooping for years. How did I miss it?

Check around. I bet there are folks "across the pond" happily hooping away! And, if they're not, it looks like videos are available, and maybe you could learn on your own.

Daimere
01-30-2013, 09:47 AM
This hooping craze doesn't seem to have reached the UK yet. Can't wait til it does. Sounds like fun.

Did you know that Nick Broyd, the first Hooping Idol is from Bristol, I believe. In the UK, they have a hoop retreat called Swoop. There are multiple awesome hoopers in the UK, Nick Broyd, Steve Bags, Sharna Rose (omgoshhh), and a former curvy hooper that I can't think of right now. She was a hooping idol contestant too. If you want a laugh, watch Nick Broyd's stuff. He's amazing (and talented...and hot).

I tried hooping with the Danskin hoop from walmart. It weighs 3lbs I think and costs $20. It was so heavy and awkward, nothing like I remember as a kid!

That hoop sucks for even ME. 3 lbs is too heavy. Most hoops are under 2 lbs and perfect for adults. Also, we (as in women) don't need the foam padding. I feel like it's a cop out cause "we're delicate flowers."

AwShucks- I think Philo told me that the age range that hooping.org goes for IS 30-40s. I'm pretty sure Lara Eastburn is like 30-40s. I am almost thousand times positive that one of the creators of it is in her 40s! Lara told me a 40 year old would not be out of place there. I went to Flow Camp as a beginner and it was so amazing! You learn and grow so much. Plus hottie hoop camp has other classes that are fun. Here's an article Lara wrote: http://www.hooping.org/2012/04/postcards-from-hottie-hoop-camp/ This is one of the very few retreats that is plus size friendly/age friendly (the only other one I can think of would be playthink cause there were people of all sizes there). I routinely find people that have never picked up a hoop before learn it at a festival for the first time and they still try tricks. It's awesome. PS: I learned how to do a vortex before learning to waist hoop. Lara/superhooper.org is in TX by the way. Lara is like AMAZING. I luff her. I think most people do and she's plus sized. Hoopers are amazing for the most part and are SO welcoming. It's makes me feel like I have a place in the world for once. I only say everyone should go to a festival cause it's so much activity. and SO much fun. And how many people do you meet that understand how awesome this is? People think I'm weird. Flow peoples don't. And if I could I would sooo go to HHC. And I love going to movement festivals now. I go home sore from all that work!

There is a woman in her 70s that hoops in Lexington and I think there is a woman in her 60s (mildly annoying woman at that) who comes to all the festivals. And all the instructors know her. THey'll be like, "oh it's anne. A bit kooku and annoying but you got to love her. HUGGGS!" Actually now that I think of it, I can think of multiple people in their 30-40s that go to fests with me.

Most hoops for beginners are made with irrigation tubing in sizes of 100 or 160 PSI. 160 is heavier. I can't do anything 100. You can get the tubing from Lowes or Home Depot and make your own! Also, certain tapes make hooping easier like gaffer and duct.

elvislover324
01-30-2013, 09:52 AM
Thank you both for the info! I really want to try this again so maybe I will try to find a better hoop. And AwShucks, I can assure you---my 228lbs does not include a waist the size of a child lmao!!!

Off to look at hoops again!

coolacrity
01-30-2013, 04:16 PM
That sounds like a lot of fun, actually. Do you have to go to classes to get started? I'm not sure if there are any in my area.

Daimere
01-30-2013, 09:55 PM
Do you have to go to classes to get started? I'm not sure if there are any in my area.

There may be classes in your area. I know a few hoopers in NC like Baxter from Carrboro (home of HoopPath) and Beth Lavinder. If you are close to Raleigh, the amazing Caroleeena is there. She is a doll face seriously! You have some amazing hoopers in your presence existing in your state!

But other than that, all you need is an appropriate hoop and youtube/DVD. You can get Hoopnotica's or Hooplicious' dvd (this dvd may be amazing cause she sure is). You can buy a class session online that never expires on HoopCity. Then there are youtube videos. I have channels with a few tutorials: youtube.com/hooploveofficial (plus my other channel), Caroleeena has a youtube channel. Or just youtube search hooping tutorials. Kamala (the girls in pink) have a ton of basics on youtube.

AwShucks
01-30-2013, 11:25 PM
I think you could pick up the basics on your own. However, when I found it was more difficult that I thought, it was good to have someone to look at me and tell me to stand up straighter, or push harder. I think posture has a lot to do with it. You could definitely TRY to teach yourself, and if you need more help, you could look up somebody local and find a class.

Kids do this stuff all the time... there should be NOTHING to it, right? I don't think there's much of a risk of hurting yourself, other than tiring yourself out, and maybe sore abdominals...at least for beginning moves. There were new people that joined my class and caught on almost immediately... a lot of them had hooped as a child. I've NEVER been able to do it. I guess I've been too big for standard hula hoops since 2nd grade! ha!

Daimere, you are truly an expert. You even know all of the hoop celebrities! I'll look again into the Hottie Hoop camp. I'm not far from Galveston/Surf Side Beach, and I could go for a day with their day pass. I'm quite sure I'm not ready for Fire Hooping, so I wonder if they have alternative classes at that time for the beginners?

It is great that it is for plus sized gals. I hadn't thought much about it, but I guess it would be pretty intimidating to go to a camp with all lithe, slender, graceful people! (Am I prejudiced? :) It's just that it is nice to have something geared JUST FOR US! Funny, my classes were taught by two different people, and one of them has her photo posted on the website from last year's camp. She mentioned it in class, so... at least I might know someone there!

AwShucks
01-30-2013, 11:36 PM
Something I learned just today.... Like Elvisluvr said -- hooping is supposed to be a great core workout. Keep in mind, I've only done it once a week for the past 4 weeks (about an hour each). Today, I had a substitute teacher in a workout at the gym. Our usual Zumba was cancelled, so we did circuits with about 8 different stations. (I thought I would die! Very intense -- maybe just because it was new to me) Anyway, one station was situps while holding a medicine ball, and I could DO them! I had no trouble at all! I was breathing hard, don't get me wrong, but I could SIT UP! I've not been able to do many in a row before without a medicine ball, so I think that's real progress! The only thing I can credit that with is the Hula Hooping, so it must be working!

Daimere
01-31-2013, 01:17 AM
think you could pick up the basics on your own. However, when I found it was more difficult that I thought, it was good to have someone to look at me and tell me to stand up straighter, or push harder. I think posture has a lot to do with it. You could definitely TRY to teach yourself, and if you need more help, you could look up somebody local and find a class.


If any of you have a camera/webcam and would like help/but don't have a teacher, I'm willing to skype/watch a private/unlisted youtube video and troubleshoot you by watching that. I've learned a good bit using videos/DVDs/etc. I rarely go to classes unless it's at a retreat. Either way tape yourself in the beginning and stow it away and see how much you improve in a few months! It's amazing! But I can tell you from the plus size hoopers I've taught that plus sizes girls tend to do two things wrong: 1) afraid to take up space with their body which means they make their moves too small and 2) Bad posture.

You even know all of the hoop celebrities! I'll look again into the Hottie Hoop camp. I'm not far from Galveston/Surf Side Beach, and I could go for a day with their day pass. I'm quite sure I'm not ready for Fire Hooping, so I wonder if they have alternative classes at that time for the beginners?

No one will ever force you to fire hoop! I am sure there are alternative classes. I know some of the celebrities but there are a few I still haven't met in person. My favorite classes I've ever taken have been Caryln Mabry's (Caroleeeena). She is a glittering star of amazingness.

Did you take a class with Heather Says? She's so awesome! (she's the only hooper I can think of that teaches in TX other than Lara Eastburn).

HelloNurse
01-31-2013, 07:32 PM
Daimere, I have been looking at your blog all week and you have inspired me. After watching a bunch of videos, I got so excited I ran out to Dick's right after work today and bought a hoop. It is amazing the difference that a larger and heavier hoop makes. I know the one I bought probably won't be perfect for dancing, but I am hoping to use to to work on basic skills for now. I have been having so much fun, and I'm giggling at myself even though I'm home alone. Unfortunately, from what I can find Pittsburgh doesn't seem to have much of a hooping community. But it's fun, it doesn't hurt my ankles, and I can do it for small blocks of time a few times a day without getting all grody. And hopefully, in a couple of months, I'll be able to start showing off a graceful new skill that nobody else I know can do.

Daimere
01-31-2013, 11:30 PM
I got so excited I ran out to Dick's right after work today and bought a hoop.
YAY hooping! I do it on my lunch breaks at work.

Trazey34
01-31-2013, 11:49 PM
ha ha I love that this thread is revived!! I'm INSANE for hooping now!!! I completely spazz out alone in my basement with music blaring!!! I can go from the hoop around my knees up to my neck now ha ha I probably look like an idiot but I die laughing and love it so much

I had BRUISES around my hips the first week ha so don't freak out if that happens! and the hip movement side to side is your first inclination, but it's more a step and lean a smidgen forward and work it that way!

give it a try it's a hooooooot

Daimere
02-01-2013, 03:56 AM
and the hip movement side to side is your first inclination, but it's more a step and lean a smidgen forward and work it that way!
Actually a side to side motion is correct. There are two stances: forward basic stance (90% of youtubte videos show this) and side to side. I found out, I'm naturally a side-to-side-er after a few weeks. Although it's best to practice all stances because you need side-to-side to hip hoop and you need forward basic stance with walking with either leg forward. A few months ago, I started practicing doing clock face hooping method (starting at 9 o clock, turning to 12 o clock, turning to 3 o clock). I'll start in forward stance, then slide my legs into side-to-side, then slide to the other side with the other leg forward. It really helped me work on walking and getting more comfortable with my forward stances (my right leg is SO week in forward stance).

According to hoopnotica curriculum, "forward stance will strengthen and ton core muscles including the back. Side stance sculpts the figure by targeting side obliques."

Also, my friend, Jen Moore said that side stance (her natural), helped her have less lose skin on her tummy after 3 pregnancies and 300 lbs but that's with weight training and anecdotal evidence.


Here's a tutorial video I made on what you can do with your hands while waist hooping for beginners: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcCPkXnahW8

Daimere
02-01-2013, 09:27 PM
I just saw this on the hoopnotica fan page:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/598801_10151281250878867_144976409_n.jpg
Check out the amazing results that Hoopnotica Instructor Nina Larsson got from doing the Hoopnotica 30 for 30 Challenge!

"When starting this challenge I didn't believe there would be enough time to get some really visible results but I was SOOOO wrong!! And I can assure you I'm still on for hooping at least half an hour/day!"

AwShucks
02-02-2013, 12:02 PM
ha ha I love that this thread is revived!! I'm INSANE for hooping now!!! I completely spazz out alone in my basement with music blaring!!! I can go from the hoop around my knees up to my neck now ha ha I probably look like an idiot but I die laughing and love it so much

give it a try it's a hooooooot

Trazey! I'm so glad you jumped in so I can say THANK YOU!! Thank you so much! This all started because of you! As fun as that video that you posted looked, nothing could have prepared me for the sheer JOY I've found. Yes, hooping seems silly, but it's movement, it's healthy, and it's FUN! That's what exercise is supposed to be, right? I can't wait to get better at it. Again, thank you so much for bringing up the subject of hoop dance in the first place!:hug:

AwShucks
02-02-2013, 12:11 PM
If any of you have a camera/webcam and would like help/but don't have a teacher, I'm willing to skype/watch a private/unlisted youtube video and troubleshoot you by watching that.

I'm going to find the supplies to build a hoop this weekend. When I have that accomplished, I might take you up on that offer. I'd really like to progress quite a bit before the end of March if I'm going to try out that camp.

Did you take a class with Heather Says? She's so awesome! (she's the only hooper I can think of that teaches in TX other than Lara Eastburn).

I actually had 2 teachers, but I'm not sure they were "experts" on the level of the folks you mention. One was Karen, and her photo is on the camp site as a participant last year. She mentioned learning from someone named Breckin, and was quite taken with her and her technique. The other teacher told us her name was "Ducky" (I didn't ask questions! We only had an hour with them!) She was very thorough, explaining posture and how to do the moves before we actually tried them. (Head up, stand up straight, tail bone in, etc.)

synger
02-02-2013, 12:13 PM
I just saw this on the hoopnotica fan page:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/598801_10151281250878867_144976409_n.jpg

Those are some amazing results! You can see the difference in tone, even if there isn't much weight loss.

I don't think I can hoop right now, as I'm dealing with knee issues at the moment. But I will definitely keep it in mind for when I've lost some weight and am looking for fun ways to tone up.

AwShucks
02-02-2013, 12:21 PM
Those are some amazing results! You can see the difference in tone, even if there isn't much weight loss.

I agree. She really did tone up! And, with just 30 min. per day, that's not much of a time commitment! Now, if I just had my own hoop, I'd gladly take that 30 day challenge this month! Off to go shopping...

AwShucks
02-02-2013, 12:31 PM
Check out this article I found written by 4 women who tried hooping last summer. It's from the Huffington Post Healthy Living column titled "We Tried It." And, yes, they liked it!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-klein/hoopnotica-_b_1562969.html

thewalrus0
02-02-2013, 04:35 PM
I didn't read all the replies to this forum yet, but I'll throw in my two cents since I've been hoop dancing for about a year and can do all the basics and some 'intermediate/advanced' tricks, though I'm not sure who designates them their levels, as sometimes people pick up an advanced trick with ease while struggling with a beginner trick. It's very indivual.

I started by making my own hoops. I went to the Home Depot, bought two coils of pvc piping, the connectors and some colorful electric tape. The suggestion is to use the heavier PVC to start with. I believe your hoop shouldn't be too much higher than your belly button, if you're laying one end on the ground. There's tons of stuff on the internet to show you how to make your own.

So I made my own in various sizes. I eventually moved to lighter hoops and now my heavier ones bruise me, but not everyone moves quickly to the next size down, and it's not necessary to race to it.

I progressed so quickly because I practiced for literally hours everyday. 2-3 at least, and I followed tons of tutorials and tried all kinds of tricks. Some I never got the hang of, and some I feel I'll never forget. I just did that because I was really passionate about it, and still am, but I have less time these days. You should practice at your own pace. :)

A safety tip to remember is not to hoop on bad bruises. It IS an injury and can get worse. Take a break or practice hooping on another area if you feel you can, or practice corkscrews, which are off the body.

I recommend the Hoopnotica workout/training dvds, but not necessarily their hoops. I second Hoop Mamas on Etsy.

Hoop dance can be really fun. The best thing for me is to put on loud music and try to match my dancing to the music, but when I first started and all I could do was waist hoop it was still tons of fun just to hoop to some loud music. I think the rythm is what makes it so relaxing.

I certainly recommend stretching out before dancing.


Anyways, those are all my little tips. Just do it for fun. And yes, big girls can hoop. Admittedly, I'm a pear shape so my waist is actually not too big, but I have some trouble hooping on my hips. I have heard from some people with apple shapes that it can be more difficult, but eventually you do get it.

HAVE FUN HOOPING. ^.^

Daimere
02-02-2013, 08:59 PM
I'd really like to progress quite a bit before the end of March if I'm going to try out that camp.
I think doing a March 30/30 helped me progress quite quickly! My first year, I did 30 minutes (at the least. It'd usually span to a few hours) for 30 days. Practice makes progress!

AwShucks
02-04-2013, 10:42 PM
Anyways, those are all my little tips. Just do it for fun. ...HAVE FUN HOOPING. ^.^

Thanks for the information! Interesting. My friend is more apple shaped, and she's having trouble. I'll tell her that there may be something to that... It might encourage her.

I did make my first hoop. I forgot that I had read somewhere not to use the first foot or so of the pipe, because it would be flat. So, I made one that's a little smaller than I intended because I had to modify to make it more round. It's about 42" diameter, but I could use it. I'm going to stick with it for a while, and hopefully I won't have to go any bigger.

What I need now are the pretty tapes. Are those available at Michael's or Hobby Lobby? I saw some on Amazon, but I don't want to wait for delivery! ha! Specifically, I think I need some of the grip tape to put on it, because my hoop is a bit slippery "naked" -- I have trouble bringing it back up if it slips to my hips. I know my local Michaels has the colored duct tape -- can you use that?

Daimere, I'm going to try to 30/30 this month. I have a few days to make up, now!

Daimere
02-05-2013, 12:09 AM
You can use duct tape. Slice it through the middle and tape around the hoop in stripes at a diagonal. Taping hoops takes some practice, so don't worry so much about it. Duct tape is a grip tape but I find it slicker than gaffer. But some people prefer duct. *shrug*

My friend (that lives in KS) just texted me:
You're a really good teacher. When I'm sucking, I think of all the stuff you say about the sound of the hoop falling is the sounds of learning and growing. It keeps me from getting discouraged. Even the worst ten minutes of hooping is more exercise than I get without it.
Awww!

ChrissyBean
02-05-2013, 10:02 AM
This sounds like fun! I don't think I've ever seen hula hoops for sale as exercise equipment. I'll have to get my husband to make me one. :)

Daimere
02-06-2013, 03:11 AM
Chrissy bean, i think in Canada they have slightly different tubing specs. Definitely google around for appropriate tubing.

allieballiebee
02-06-2013, 01:59 PM
I am very interested in this! I've never been able to hula hoop (even with the kid-size ones when I was a kid), but I really want to give it a try with the right equipment. I saw some people hooping at an outdoor concert last summer and they looked like they were having the best time. And the things they could do with a hoop just blew me away! The fact that it also good exercise is just icing on the cake. :)

Rowan2sisters
03-07-2013, 08:39 AM
Hooping is a blast for sure! And if all you can find is a kids hoop, no problem. Just do lots of off the body moves, like tossing it up in the air!

And the rumors are true, I'm over forty and a cofounder of hottie hoop camp. It's all sorts of a fun hoop party!

allieballiebee
03-07-2013, 09:57 AM
So, I received my very purdy custom hoop last week, and I just cannot get the hang of it! I ordered it extra big (43") since I'm a newbie and still on the "bigger" side of the size spectrum, but it's so slow that I wonder if it's too big? I won't give up, though! I think part of my problem is that I don't have a decent indoor space to really let go and give it a whirl (I have a tiny house with very little empty space). I hate the idea of waiting until the weather improves (I have a gigantic, fenced-in back yard) to really work on hooping, but I think I might have to!

Also, it might be a good idea to take a class... Not sure where, though!

synger
03-08-2013, 10:33 AM
I've been following this thread with interest, and enjoying the discussions about hula hooping. It's always great to see larger women find an exercise that we can do and makes us feel good!

So imagine my grin this morning when I saw this on my FB feed. I immediately thought of everyone here, in a very good way. How fun is this!

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s480x480/578458_624409900909618_684202485_n.jpg

Daimere
03-08-2013, 09:18 PM
So, I received my very purdy custom hoop last week, and I just cannot get the hang of it! I ordered it extra big (43") since I'm a newbie and still on the "bigger" side of the size spectrum, but it's so slow that I wonder if it's too big? I won't give up, though! I think part of my problem is that I don't have a decent indoor space to really let go and give it a whirl (I have a tiny house with very little empty space). I hate the idea of waiting until the weather improves (I have a gigantic, fenced-in back yard) to really work on hooping, but I think I might have to!

Also, it might be a good idea to take a class... Not sure where, though!



I don't think it's too big. Have you watched a tutorial yet? It's a forward back motion. The hoop will have a rhythm, since it's larger, it will be a slower rhythm versus a small child's hoop.

Here's a tutorial I made a year or so ago:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJU24J0346Y