I'm 5'7", around average weight. I purchased a 38" HDPE hoop from MoodHoops recently. The style of hooping I like is mostly off body. Is my hoop too large for isolations and such? If so, I'd really rather not return it; they no longer sell this style and I wouldn't want to lose money with having to ship it back and having restocking fees. What can be done with a 38" hoop that isn't sloppy? Will this hoop give me bruises and be difficult to perform with? Should I purchase a smaller hoop, and if so, what size?
Thanks! 

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Whats the smallest hoop you have tried to waist hoop with and have had success?

I haven't tried any other sizes, actually. This is my first hoop.

Unfortunately, I would have to say that a 38" would be too big for off body moves, isolations, etc.; it can definitely be done, but personally I think that off body moves with bigger hoops don't look as smooth as they do with smaller hoops.  If I were you, I would try selling it to friend that may be a beginner hooper, as that is a fantastic size for someone just starting out.  I would look into buying a 36", I got a 36" HDPE led from moodhoops and it's comfortable on body and off.  After hooping with it for a few months, I'm looking to get a smaller size, but the 36" was perfect for my first led purchase.  

Thank you; I will look into ordering one soon. (:

What exactly can I do with the 38" that looks smooth? Videos would be helpful~

I definitely agree with Splynk that it can be done, but can be a little difficult (especially if you're like me and don't have the greatest arm strength). If you practice and get used to isolations, I'm sure in time they would look super smooth, I've seen plenty of videos where they are.  But moves like the vortex, vertical chest hooping, helicopter, continuous sliding door/vertical step throughs can be easily accomplished (and look great!) with a 38".  

I agree that maybe a 38" might be a little big, but on the other hand it can be done it just takes more work to make it look nice and smooth, It's your first hoop! You will learn with what you have, it's no different really then people like me who started learning on the body moves with a way little kid's hoop from a dollar store because it was all they had.  It can be be done, and who know's maybe if you try on the body stuff you will like it more then you think :) and come to think of it I belive Caroleeena of Circles of Joy uses larger hoops and her isolations are sweet! watch some of her vidoes it proves it's possiable.

I say keep the 38" play with it, learn with it and grow with it :)

Thanks. How close should the hoop be to my body for isolations? I have a rather large bust for my size, so it seems it may be a little difficult to do so with a larger hoop as my arms need to be closer to my body.

I have a large bust too. The ladies shouldnt get in the way of isolations... but they sure make chest hooping an adventure...

I bought a 38" as my first glow from mood hoops also. While I found it awesome at the time, I was also still working on perfecting core hooping and related tricks. As I've now gotten into isolations and off body hooping I find my moodhoop to be burdensome. I recently ordered a MUCH smaller led hoop (30") for that kind of play... I've been practicing with a 28" however. Anyways... I still love my big moodhoop.. its helping perfect my horizontal hooping (which will be really hard on a 30"). So they each have their advantages.

 

Off body hooping with my 38" moodhoops wears my arms out sometimes (it's kind of heavy) and yes I've gotten a few bruises too. But I vote keep it but start practicing with smaller hoops..

Thank you. I really would like to keep it and do something with it; as soon as I bought the style "melt," it was taken off their site. What size should I try for off body work? MoodHoops only sells 33, 36, 38, or 40 inch regular hoops and their minis are 20 inches. Is there another site you recommend that's decently priced for LEDs?

I think you should practice with your moodhoop now..try the isolations and stuff.. but try getting non-leds of smaller sizes to practice with too. Until you find a size that is perfect for whatever style you prefer.

Sizes are totally a personal preference thing..

Moodhoops is like the most "decent" priced LEDs Ive found. But then again I'm totally saving my money for like $300 hoops these days.

 

I would say buy or make some regular hoops in various sizes until you find a size that suits you. That way you're not investing a lot of money in a hoop you may grow out of or that is too small. A 38" hoop is great for learning anything on body, as well as the more flowy off-body moves, but if you don't intend to hoop on your body at all, then you may want a 32"-36" hoop. Now if you want to learn things like breaks and reversals, you need to learn on-body chest and shoulder hooping (in both directions would be best), which takes a larger hoop to learn first, then you move to a smaller/lighter hoop to work on the B&Rs. 

I actually learned isolations with a 40" beginner hoop that was pretty heavy. I have a hard time doing them with smaller hoops—my small hoop isos are sloppy. The weight helps me get the right momentum going to keep the hoop in place. I probably do isos most often with my 35-37" hoops. I don't use smaller hoops often because I like to hoop on body. 

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