|Austin Hooping .... A quickie little webpage devoted to hooping information ....|
|What is Hooping?
It’s a term for hula hooping with larger, weighted, customized hoops. Unlike the smaller mass-market hoops, the larger hoops rotate slower around the body making it easier for the user to keep up. Regardless of size, age, or sense of rhythm, most everyone has success in mastering the movement.
What are the physical benefits of Hooping?
It's low impact fun exercise! It tones the body. It increases strength, flexibility, energy, and develops balance and coordination. Hooping increases the heart rate making it a great cardiovascular workout while working the core muscles of the abdomen and spine. It also massages the body and the organs. It provides a great work out and users can burn up to 100 calories in 10 minutes. Beyonce and other celebrities have advocated hooping as a great way to trim the waistline.
Are there emotional benefits of Hooping?
Hooping reduces stress. It clears the mind and offers a release. It improves self confidence and enlightens ones mood. It generates joy and laughter. It allows for individual expression and creative movement.
How do you hoop?
Hooping.org is the most resourceful website for ALL THINGS HOOPING. Here's what they say ....
1. Make sure you have the right size of hula hoop!
If you're using a kid-sized hoop, forget it! Most hula hoops that you can buy at stores like Target or Toys R Us are kid-sized. Unless you're the size a child, a child-sized hoop is not going to work for you — especially not if you're a beginner! You'll save yourself a lot of heartache (and gain a lot of fun) if you make or buy a hoop that's the right size for you.
What's the right size? Try this: Stand with your hoop in front of you. The general rule of thumb is that a hoop should be between stomach and nipple height, although some compensation should be made for your waist size, too. General rule of thumb: The bigger you are, the bigger the hoop should be. Larger hoops will rotate slower, making getting started easier. Smaller than that will make the hoop rotate faster, which is more challenging, but also better for doing tricks and exercizing.
2. Put one foot in front of the other, and shift your weight
Many people try to move their hips in a circle with the hoop. This actually makes hooping much harder. Try this: put one foot in front of the other and just shift your weight back and forth from foot to foot. It's less of a circular hip motion and more of just a rocking or pumping motion.
In terms of which direction to hoop in, try 'em both! You'll know right away which one is right for you. I've found that right handed people generally hoop counter-clockwise, while lefties go clockwise, but many people are exceptions to this rule.
Most of all: be patient! It can take a while to get the hang
of it — don't give up! If you get frustrated trying to get the hoop going
around your waist, try hooping with your hands!
|Laura's YOUTUBE HOOP MUSIC ViDEOS....|
HOOPING with NON-TRADITIONAL hoops -- LED / FIRE
LED hoops are available via different online vendors - I've purchased mine thru PSIHOOPS.com Here are some a couple images of LED hooping...
Fire Hoops can also be construced with the proper supplies - but are recommended only for the very EXPERIENCED. One must know proper fire safety before attempting fire hooping. This photo was made by inserting large sparklers in my fire hoop. (dangerous - sparks go everywhere! but for it's short lived life it looks fantastic!)
|Bits about Laura
Laura Scarborough is a local Austin musician / piano teacher who has been “hooping” and constructing hoops for over two years. Laura's first hoop was loaned to her by a friend, and she quickly fell in love with the movement. Everyday she improved, learned new tricks, and in the process lost 10 pounds in the first 4 months. She started making her own hoops of various sizes, weights, tubing diameters, decorative tapes, and styles. Through her hoop making experimentation, she's found the combinations that work best.
laurascarborough.com [home website]
Laura takes large hoops out to events, parks, and friends houses - finding that children and adults alike would light up with smiles in discovering that they could successfully hula-hoop. Early this year she was in Berlin teaching east German ladies 65-80 years old hooping. They all mastered it.
She’s incorporated hooping into her music performances and has written inspired songs including "Circle" and "Who-La-Hoop." Both of which have a corresponding video. visit Laura's YOUTUBE Videos!She writes, “It changed my life. I've become more fit, agile, strong, flexible, and confident. It's meditative, empowering, fun – plus it gives you an incredible massage! I want to continue promoting ‘hooping’ to young and old.”