Q & A
Q: How do I select a hoop?
A: The hoop you choose depends on WHAT you intend to use the hoop for AND your Unique Body Personality(UBP).
Your UBP will determine size, weight, sound, & even scent!
Yes, we have scented hoops for an all encompassing sensory experience!
Q: How do I choose between a weighted or tradtional hoop?
A: Larger body types tend to have more success with a heavier hoop. Persons who bruise easily or have thinner body types are advised to choose a lighter hoop. However, this is not always the case, hoops are not a one size fits all exercise tool. Personally, I enjoy my 100PSI weighted MOON HOOP & the traditional 160PSI MOVEMENT HOOP. The lighter/smaller the hoop the faster it will require you to move.
Most of the information on the web today, is misguided and outdated, especially about "weighted" hoops. When you see "weighted" it generally means heavier material such as 160 PSI but it does not include extra weight. There are virtually ZERO internal evenly distributed water-free, sound-free weighted hoops available. Our MOON hoops are weighted internally, externally or both. Allow HOH to help you receive accurate, updated knowledge to fully prepare you on your fitness journey!
There are 2 hoop positions called on-body & off-body & many forms of hooping such as storytelling, exercise, dance, tricks or meditative hooping.
HOH Tubing (PSI) Weight
-HOH offers 3 PSI sizes 100, 160 & 200.
The lightest on-body waist hoop for fitness we offer is our 100PSI Movement hoop.
200PSI is the heaviest. Yes we can add weight to a 100PSI Hoop.
There are many Unique Body Personalities TM who enjoy the extra substance it offers a lightweight hoop.
The lighter & smaller the hoop=the faster it will spin.
Bigger & heavier is not always better! A hoop that is too big or too heavy for your UBP can cause bruising, soreness, injury or become too cumbersome & ultimately boring, especially if it is not challenging you.
*Already own a big hoop? Here are some things to look for to tell if the hoop you have is too big or heavy.
A wobble or dip will occur during rotations versus an even horizontal flow. You feel it moves too slow.
-True or False
Only big, heavy hoops can bruise and cause soreness.
Answer: False. Even the lightest, smallest hoop can cause bruising.
Whenever you are repeatedly hitting your body with a hoop, there is a possibility of bruising.
Which is why, as a professional hoop expert I do not recommend more than 2-5 minutes/day for a beginner in the first week of on-body waist hooping, especially with a heavier hoop. After your muscles strengthen & acclimate, you can increase your workout time.
Go slow to start, be patient & gentle with your body.
If soreness or bruising occurs, stop hooping, use ice. Wait a few days. Try hooping on other parts of the body or in the opposite direction. Bidirectional hooping helps decrease the amount of bruising. Try again when there is no discomfort. As your body learns how to move with the hoop, the bruising will go away.
Wearing covered, closed toed shoes is a must for beginners to avoid injury when the hoop falls.
Wearing calf high boots (recommended) will protect your toes and ankles!
Beginner tips & tricks to get you started!
Hooping is an extremely mindful activity, one that requires your full attention & focus. Hooping teaches us body awareness & body/mind connectivity including emotional awareness, judgements & expectations.
HOH Melody's SIX P's
1. Presence- Clear your mind. Take a few cleansing breaths.
2. Position- Choose your most comfortable stance. Feet hip distance apart. You can select from 3 primary stances:
-feet positioned side to side
you move your body from L to R,
shifting the weight from side to side.
-one foot slightly forward/ in front.
you will move your body forward & backwards,
shifting the weight from front to back.
-one foot slightly in front, diagonally.
-you will move your body diagonally or in a half circle
shifting the weight diagonally.
3. Pace- The wider apart your feet, the harder it will be to keep momentum. Keep feet hip distance. The body does not need to move far or wide. Short, quick, abrupt pulse like movements are all that is needed. Moving faster when the hoop wobbles will avoid a hoop drop.
4. Posture-Stand tall! Eyes look straight ahead or higher to keep the body straight. Buttocks is tucked under, hips are pointed slightly upward. Keep the upper body in alignment with the lower, as if fused together. When the lower half moves, the upper moves in unison, do not bend at the waist or lunge forward. Most of the movement will be in your lower region, feet & legs. Keep the arms close to body. Place hands to chest or shoulders. Extending the arms into the air changes the structure of your torso & is an advanced move.
5. Push- Wind the hoop far to the opposite side of your body, keeping the hoop horizontal, give the hoop a fast push. Next, move & push your body quickly.
Imagine a racehorse launching from its gate.
6. Patience-Hooping is similar to riding a bike. Once you land the right stance & pace for your UBP, If at any point you become frustrated with the hoop dropping, go back to step one, clear your mind, tell yourself you can!
BEGINNER WEIGHT TIPS
HOOP PSI WEIGHT
HOH hoops are in 3 different PSI Weights 100, 160 & 200.
The lightest on-body waist hoop for fitness we offer is our 100PSI Movement hoop. A 200 PSI Moon, Movement or Melody hoop with water/sand hoops are the heaviest.
Yes we can add weight to a 100 PSI Hoop. There are many Body Personalities who enjoy the extra substance it offers a lightweight hoop. A weighted 100 PSI Moon or Melody Hoop are wonderful for hoopers who enjoy a more meditative exercise experience.
Your PSI depends on your body's comfort level. If you are unsure, land in the middle with a 160 PSI. Expert Hoop sizing available!
Choosing Your Hoop Weight
The lighter & smaller the hoop = the faster it will move & fall!
Bigger & heavier is not always better. A hoop that is too big or too heavy for your UBP can cause bruising, soreness, injury or become too cumbersome & ultimately boring. If the hoop is slow moving, for an on-body exercise workout, it might not challenge you enough.
-Already own a big hoop? Here are some things to look for to tell if the hoop you have is too big or heavy. Bruising does not necessarily mean it is too heavy. Remember, bruising can occur with light hoops also. Bruising means your body needs more time to adjust.
A wobble or dip will occur during rotations versus an even horizontal flow.
-Already own a small hoop? If you are struggling with learning shoulder or leg hooping, I recommend using a larger hoop. If you are seeking an on-body waist workout, using a smaller, lighter hoop will force the body to move faster and can overexert or exhaust the body. Try a larger hoop for a more relaxed/meditative exercise experience!