What is the right hoop for me?
There isn’t a golden rule when it comes to what size hula hoop will be the best one for you. Is it a larger, heavier hoop or a will it be a lighter, smaller diameter hoop? While the hoop itself behaves according to the laws of physics, how that hoop interacts with your individual body, mind and style varies from person to person. Your ideal hoop size will most likely change with time, as you progress in the discipline, and especially If you hoop regularly! That said an adult-sized hoop is advised when beginning to learn to hoop (about 110cm-140cm the hoop should come just above your above belly button when standing on the floor, however some people may need a chest level hoop to start).
Why you ask? Because it is easier for the debutante hooper to understand how to move while hooping, and to do basic tricks using a larger and heavier hoop. The weight and size slow down the rotation of the hoop, making it easier to figure out the timing of tricks, and learning new tricks in general. The Larger hoops are better suited for beginners, fitness, and on body moves and tricks (around 110cm or larger, I have hoops that range from 110cm to 150cm for instance that I use for personal practice, you can see my 110cm & 150cm hoops in the picture at the top of the page). Where as the lighter and smaller hoops (about 90cm or smaller) are utilized more for off body tricks, and normally by a hooper with good amount of “flight time” (hours spent hooping) in the hoop. So the bigger the hoop is the slower it moves, the smaller the hoop the faster you and the hoop are going to be moving.
Here are a few tips to help you buy the right size hula hoop:
- There are MANY different types of hoops, hula hoops can be: HUGE, small, thick, thin, colorful, plain, hoops can be made of metal, made of wood, and most commonly come in an array of plastics (polyethylene, polyethylene high-density, polypropylene, & polycarbonate; my personal favorite is polycarbonate). A beginner’s hoop will generally be made from polyethylene or polyethylene high-density plastic, and an intermediate to advanced hooper will generally have a polypropylene or polycarbonate hoop; polypro (polypropylene) hoops being the norm.
- For a good work out you’ll need an adult hoop (normally 110cm) which is much easier to use than a child’s toy hoop. Generally if you measure from the floor in front of your toes up to about your belly button that will give you a great approximate diameter size. Most hoop stores online and offline will sell their hoops by diameter.
- If you are buying online and are unsure of the right size, contact the seller and let them know your dimensions, and ask them to recommend a good size for you.
- If you want to use your hoop to dance and do tricks, a hoop that is too heavy and restricts your movement; would not ideal for you. So investing in the ultra heavy hoops that are being marketed as fitness tools are not right for you. Generally dance and fitness hoops that allow you to move, do tricks and waist hooping successfully weigh between 200 – 800g. If you are going to use your hoop for on and off body dance and fitness moves, anything heavier is potentially dangerous to your joints, nose, teeth, face and head, and valuable items in the room you may want to keep. Should you loose control of the hoop while transitioning between tricks. Don’t worry you will tone your body, burn fat, and see results from a hoop that allows you to move; the more you move the more results you will see!
Many hoopers have a variety of hoops in their stack as they progress. You may end up having more than just one hoop (I own 17 hoops and counting…).
Travel hoops are great for the person who does not have a lot of space in their home or apartment, on the go often or on vacation.
There are three types of travel hoops:
Collapsible hoops: break down into 4-8 separate pieces for travel
Infinity hoops: fold down onto themselves twice
Coil-down hoops: that pretzel down and reattach
Yes, it is possible to make your own hoops if you find the right materials. Instructions on how to make your own hoop to come shortly!