I'm fairly new. I picked up my first hoop 3 weeks ago! I love hooping, but I'm kind of stuck. I don't really know where to go from here, or what to learn next. I can't seem to get any new tricks down...I think I'm trying to do tricks that are way out of my skill level, and it's not motivating me at all. I seem to only waist hoop, lasso, back to waist, behind the back, and a few arm tricks. Nothing fancy though.
What should I try now? I don't want to stop, I'm just unsure of what to do next.
Thanks in advance for any advice. I'm happy to be a part of this site, and hopefully meet some of you!
I know the feeling! I'm JUST getting the lasso-waist-lasso but and watched a gazillion tutorials already but most seem to be a bit out of my league too.
One thing to remember though: don't feel bad! Try to have fun, even though you can't 'do as much' as some other hoopers yet. I try to focus on becoming comfortable inside my hoop as well, moving and dancing around with some fun tunes. That's always good to learn! <3
dont give up! i know how you feel. when i first started hooping within the first few weeks i was stuck just like you. i didnt think i was able to get any further. i just kept practicing and playing around with the hoop and figured out new and fun things, even if they didnt look that great. lol. it also helps just to watch videos of other hoopers and if you see something that looks cool to you try it, or try other variations of itt. i hopes this helps ya! happy hooping and welcome (~);}
It can be really frustrating in the beginning but just remember to have fun!!! One of the things you could try working on is your flow, connecting all the things you already know how to do in different ways. Also try switching directions. Work on isolations, those are fun for a beginner, and even simple ones can add a lot to your performance. Change your music. Just do whatever you have to to stay motivated, practice, practice, practice and HAVE LOTS OF FUN!!!
when I first started hooping I would get mad really easy, I started out with A hoop from target that was really small.. so I had Very little tricks that I could attempt, I couldn't even waist hoop with it, I was 200 pounds then.. so The movement felt unnatural and lame.. the only learning tool I had available for me was youtube, I had 1 hoop friend 900 miles away so that didn't help at all.
Youtube was my savior.
If you get stuck try browsing youtube for inspiration and trick ideas
I have A few tutorials on youtube that might help with any tricks you might be having trouble with.
seriously though, Go on youtube and search for hula hoopers
there is so much inspiration to be found on the web.
another great thing to do when your just starting out, and getting bored with the same old tricks, I suggest Blasting some of your favorite music, and just rocking out, who cares if you might look silly, rocking out and finding your zone inside the hoop helps so much with flow, and incorporating new tricks in, even if you don't know any new tricks, sometimes it just happens.. don't think just flow. make the hoop apart of you. and you will find out that flow if your best friend. and so is music.
Music effects your hoop tricks more then anything els out there.
So blast that music and just ROCK OUT MAN!!! :)
<3 Good luck!
choose to be amazing
do good fear nothing
Never underestimate the human body or mind <3
Thanks for the uplifting words, guys! I guess it's bound to happen, it's just about working through the discouragement. It's something I am really wanting to do! I have a hoop class I'm attending tonight now that I have some of the basics down. Thanks for welcoming me into Hoop City! I'm excited to be apart of this community.
You have only been hooping for 3 weeks and by the list of tricks you just listed off that you can do sounds to me like your doing great for how long you have been hooping! flow is more important then tricks you can have all the the tricks in the world but you got nothing without the flow! just don't rush it focus on your flow and transitions the tricks will come to you in time. As long as you enjoy hooping you will progress so just have fun don't think about it just let go. :)
That's good to know! That makes me feel great! I definitely need to work on my flow. I seem to get ahead of myself, and it's not fluid. I'm too busy thinking about what trick or transition to do next.
Thank you! I appreciate the feedback more than you know! I only have a few hooper friends, and my poor boyfriend tries to keep me encouraged when I feel like this, but he doesn't know what to say! haha.
Really quick, here is a couple of things that I have observed:
Don't rush it...fine wines aren't made overnight!
Your hooping experience may be like stair-steps. Every so often, I think most hoopers find that we will see a strong, confident increase in our abilities...and then we plateau for a bit. This level is an important one, as we allow ourselves to slow down, and become seasoned (so to speak) for the next level by building foundations to where we will eventually end up!
You are not alone where you are! We have all been there...
That's such a good point! I'm going to have to copy and past your response and save it. That's so true. I can't go up, if I can't reach that plateau!
I still feel this way sometimes after almost four years! But one thing that helped me when I couldn't figure out what to do; was to do everything I knew in the other direction!