I've just started out hooping for about three weeks, but I'm having problems, specifically with knee and chest hooping. First of all, when I try either one I get massive bruises on my knees and shoulders. I have quite a large and heavy hoop, gaffer taped. But I was told it's good to start with a large hoop.
I hoop to the left, and whenever I try to chest hoop (arms in), the hoop goes wonky and gets caught on the right side of my neck. The left side is fine and sits on my shoulder. Also, the hoop really doesn't flow evenly, it bangs the front of my left shoulder, and the back of my right shoulder. Quite painful.. :( I dont know what I'm doing wrong!
Knee hooping is just a disaster, I've tried so many tutorials and read so many tips but I'm not getting it! When I tried first, my knees turned black! So bruised. I try on bare legs, tried both knees, the left knee as a pusher, alternating knees. It just wont stay and again; it pretty much bangs the outside of legs (I try to hoop above the knee).
Any tips will help! I really enjoy hooping and am determined to improve! However the bruises add a real disruption to the process, haha! Maybe it's good to practice other things too, ideas are welcome! I really don't know what the basics of hooping are. Thanks in advance.
I'm no pro but I think I can help, since I hoop to the left and had the exact same problem when learning to shoulder hoop.
1. The hoop is going wonky when your arms are in because they aren't tight enough to your body. Try maintaining the hoop at your waist with your arms in before moving up to the chest, to teach your arms to stay tight and to help with the circular motion rather than hinder it. If your arm comes off your body at all, it's going to send the hoop into an angle you can't control. The arm movement is very subtle.
2. If your trying to learn knee and chest hooping, it's time to graduate to a lighter hoop! What you're doing sounds like torture. :D I recommend a big hoop with a smaller tube diameter, as it will be much easier on your bruises.
3. Try chest hooping with one arm in and one arm up, to get the motion and rhythm. (This is what the hoop wants to do anyway, right?) Your chest and back have to learn how to pass the hoop on an even plane regardless of what your arms are doing.
4. Concerning the knee hooping, I'm quite sure your only problem is the heavy hoop. It's really hard and painful to do with a big heavy beginners hoop.
Hope this helps!
Leg hooping is way more difficult with a large and heavy hoop. Learning to leg hoop is precisely why I went down in hoop size weight.
You have to get the hoop moving faster too, to keep it up around the knees, which is more difficult to do with a heavier hoop.
Try practicing leg hooping while wearing jeans (or bare legs, but the jeans might offer you some little bit of protection!). Jeans are super sticky when it comes to hooping!
I remember experiencing the same confusion when learning how to leg hoop: one leg should be the pusher, the other the does something different, and all the tutorials had a different opinion on this! Eventually, I took all the great info I was getting on youtube and interpreted in through my own intuition. For some reason, I also found Caroleeena's tutorial on leg hooping helped me out (wasn't about pusher legs, etc, but what motion you hoop in), but I don't know why! Shortly after watching that tutorial, I got the "a ha!" moment.
For me, my legs are both pushers (maybe one is a slightly more dominant pusher!), to help keep the hoop moving and level. If I feel the hoop to go up too much on one side because (this is a subtle feeling), then I try to compensate by pushing with the other. If I feel it going down to much on one side, then I try to "catch" it by pushing harder on that one side. But these are subtle feelings that come with practice and your body recognizing what the hoop is doing even on a small scale.
Maybe try and get a lighter hoop while learning to leg hoop? Pain is definitely a deterrent!
Good luck, and know that you will get it!
It took me a while to learn to knee hoop well and even longer to learn to shoulder hoop well.
For me, knee hooping was all about being in bare legs. As long as my legs are bare I can knee hoop forever. And you're doing a very quick push forward and push back with one leg, alternating legs or both legs. A bit lighter hoop might work better. Maybe a 100psi or a pex hoop. I can knee hoop for a short time in jeans but I find the hoop still starts slipping down a lot.
Shoulder hooping for me required a large hoop and four months of practice. I could "do" it as long as I was turning in a circle (start there! turn in a circle as you practice it—in the same direction as your hoop is going), but the minute I tried to stand still the hoop would go wonky. I seemed to need that extra time from turning to pull off the movement, which is why I'm able to do it in a large hoop. You need to practice both the cat cow back positions and remember to power the hoop with your right shoulder/arm while at the same time pushing down with it. Pushing down and forward with your right arm will keep the hoop from popping up to your neck and it'll help keep the hoop moving in a circle. The left shoulder should push a little from front to back.
I hear you though. I had months of smacking my left shoulder with the hoop while trying to learn shoulder hooping. It just took a long time to truly learn the right movement. When you get bruised badly, take a break from working on that movement until it heals and work on something else. Have patience, be persistent and good luck!
Thanks so much for al the advice! I am definetely getting a lighter hoop, and will try out all the tips and tricks. And above all, keep practising! I enjoy it so much! And am happy that I have discovered hooping.
Thank you all and untill further notice ;)