The American Council for Exercise sponsored research on hula hoop for fitness and found incredible results!
“Hooping compares pretty favorably with most other group classes, in terms of heart rate and calorie burn,” says Porcari. In fact, exercisers can expect similar results from hooping as they’d get from boot-camp classes, step aerobics and cardio kickboxing—all of which meet fitness industry criteria for improving cardiovascular fitness (Table 1). Also, by burning approximately 210 calories per 30-minute session, hooping falls within accepted guidelines for exercise that can contribute to weight management”
AMAZING! Click here for the original study.
Wonderful article written by Lara Eastburn about the Hoop of Self Esteem. Check it out.
You’ve all seen my Big Daddy hoop in class and asked, “What is THAT for??!!”. “It’s the HOOP OF SELF ESTEEM” I say with a sparkle in my eye. It’s true, this hoop is the hula hoop Mack Daddy, THE Man. I love my Big Daddy hoop. I bring him to classes and jams with me so that I can help ANYONE to hoop, it’s also just a whole heap of fun for those who can already hoop. This bad boy will make a hooper star outta even the biggest “I can’t” hooper wanna be. Don’t even get me started on tandem hooping with it…yes, two people ONE HOOP. More on that later…
I keep these Hoops of Self Esteem close by for many reasons, as Lara Eastburn so beautifully writes in the above quoted article:
We all know that the larger and heavier the hoop, the more slowly it orbits around the body. That was part of what was happening. I found, though, that every time that hoop slammed into me as I was learning to hoop, I was also discovering my own body and mapping how it moved. With every revolution, I would think to myself, “Aha, there I am.” That was 11 years ago now. I don’t know if I would have become a hooper without “Silverado”, my giant, brutal taskmaster. I might very well have given up without her tutelage. Which leads me to wonder how many people do give up before they even get started because there’s nothing in the room bigger than a 42 incher.
Size really DOES matter. I always hear people say “smaller is easier for hooping, right”. It couldn’t be MORE WRONG. The larger the hoop the BETTER. A larger hoop rotates and orbits around your body much SLOWER, giving you MORE time to react and respond to it’s movements. NO DANCE BACKGROUND REQUIRED. You don’t have to be coordinated. Hooping actually BUILDS balance and coordination.
I was beyond delighted when I attended my Punk Rock Hoops Teach Training course in Surfside, TX to find out that one of our first tools we learned how to make. I learned from Rowan and Blythe and PRH how to make this colossal hoop collapsible for easy travel so it is accessible to all people, not just those who drive a huge SUV or 4×4 pickup. I can now carry this hoop more easily and all the time to my classes and jams, not just when the weather is nice enough to drive with my little 2-door convertible top down to class. It’s actually easier to travel with than MOST of my regular hoops. I traveled with my Hoop of Self Esteem back home to Atlanta on a plane as a carry-on. Easy breezy.
I love these two sisters, here is what they have to say about The Hoop of Self Esteem and their inspiration to always have one at a class or jam. Excerpt from Lara Eastburn’s article on Hooping.org
Part of a duo with her sister Blythe, Rowan TwoSisters came up with “The Hoop of Self-Esteem”. Her inspiration came from her own disappointing first experience with a hoop. Says Rowan, “I left my first hoop class in tears. No one sized me to a hoop that matched my dismal skill level, my well padded body and my amazonian height.” So when Rowan started teaching, she knew she needed a solution that would bring hooping success to anyone. She explains, “We added a hoop to our class set of beater hoops that me at my worst could hoop with, the hoop that ANYBODY could get to stay up after 15 minutes or less of practice.”
We’ve now made the Hoop of Self Esteem a regularly available item in our webstore and available regularly from HoopEssence. We want to make certain that everyone can achieve success in hooping opening up so many doors for transformation in our lives. Just the happiness that it brings is enough to make huge changes in lives, communities and even the world. I’ve made Hoops of Self Esteem for my lovely Mother (pictured below) and my Father. They both LOVE their hoops.
A huge Thank-you to our friends at Punk Rock Hoops for all the hoop learning. I definitely am a much better person after attending the Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training course. You can get your hoop loving learn on, too this coming March with Punk Rock Hoops before the 3rd Coast Hoop Dance Retreat, Hottie Hoop Camp.
Big Love from Hotlanta!
XOXO ~ Rebecca
Hey Atlanta! I just wanted to give ya an update that I have dropped off another pile of my hand crafted “weighted” hoops for sale at 42 Degrees in Atlanta, GA. There are a limited number of hoops available for sale at their location in Little Five Points Atlanta. You can find the address for where to buy a buy a hula hoop at their location in Atlanta below.
Adult hand crafted hula hoops are quite different than the ones you remember as a child. They are heavier in weight and more importantly larger in diameter to fit adult sized bodies. In reference to why sometimes it seems nearly impossible for an adult to hoop dance with a childs hoop, I always say its like trying on a kids pair of shoes, it just doesn’t work. Larger bodies will find an easier rhythm with a larger hoop. You can start with a size somewhere between your belly button and your chest as it stands on the floor in front of you. It doesn’t have to be exact. You can find more information on selecting the perfect hoop size for you on my FAQ page. Still can’t decide? Drop me a line and I can help you find the perfect size for your body type and goals inside the hoop. I also accept custom orders via my website shop or the aforementioned contact page.
Below you will find a pic I snapped quickly as I dropped off the hula hoops for sale in Atlanta today at 42 Degrees South in Atlanta, GA. Beautiful color combos and glistening tapes Including iridescent sequin tapes in: sunfish(bright yellow) -ocean blue- emerald green & mirror tapes in shiny silver and shimmering gold all with gaffer taps accents for added grip on your hula hoop. Blue, hot pink, fluorescent orange, purple, black and red hoops to choose from. Check them out Atlanta!
453 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30307
11-9 M-Sat 11-8 Sun
Winter hula hoop collection will come next week with shimmering opalescent tape combos galore! A Wintery mix of my favorite happenin’ hula hoop hues to brighten the sometimes dreary season of Winter in Atlanta. A little Sparkle time for all of y’all Georgia Peaches 🙂