Pretty much. I've got a video of me learning to chest hoop during my first month or so of hooping and I look sooooo unattractive doing it. It's sort of awful to watch. Have a laugh—I'll post it! :) It's about a minute in. Hehehe. Actually... a LOT of it is painfully awkward looking.
I have a follow-up question: how does one chest hoop elegantly? I've noticed that in a lot of more advanced hoopers' videos, they're able to chest hoop without much obvious movement. I've been working on this for a couple of months and I still have to use very exaggerated movements to keep the hoop up - I look like I'm trying to do cat-cow standing up!
I'm still trying to understand that myself. They do it so effortless. I can't wait to get this one down.