I do hoop dancing, and I am always asked by people how to do some of the tricks I do and how to hula hoop. So in case there are any people on here interested in getting involved in hooping or hoop dance I decided to make an instructable!
Let me start by saying that hooping and hoop dance is a fun and exciting art. It is wonderful to watch, the moves are fluid and fun, and its an amazing exercise! I've lost at least 25lbs now and approximately 3inches off my waist!
Step 1: Picking Out the Right Hoop
If you are new to hula hooping you may not realize that there are different types, sizes, and weights for a hula hoop.
If you do not want to put in a lot of money for a hula hoop then you can purchase one from target or walmart type stores. these hula hoops are lighter because they are meant for children. These will be a little tougher to hula hoop with. Especially if you could not hula hoop as a child yourself.
If you choose to purchase a child's hoop, make sure you get the bigger size as some stores sell tiny sized hoops meant for very little children. Also, if you can, purchase a weighted hoop; one that may be filled with sand or water or something like that.
If you are willing to invest in a good hoop dance hoop, then you can find some great vendors online on amazon that make custom adult hula hoops. These hoops are a little larger and heaver then the ones you can purchase at walmart.
you can also find very heavy fitness hula hoops at your local fitness stores. These are heavy, and can have massaging beads on the hoop. Some people find these a little uncomfortable.
Step 2: How to Hula Hoop
Start by holding the hula hoop against your back. Hold the hoop firmly with both hands and twist. make sure to keep the hula hoop against your body as you twist. Twist opposite the way you want the hula hoop to spin. Once twisted, give the hula hoop a push towards the direction you twisted from. Keep the hula hoop level with the floor as best as possible.
The video below explains two stances for hula hooping, how to stand/move in each stance, and the points the hoop makes contact with your body at in each stance.