Hi! I hooped when I was a kid and was actually pretty good. I decided to get back into it, building my own hoop, but apparently I made it too small (37") so I made one bigger (39"), but I'm guessing it was still too small. So I bought a 42" hoop and still I can't keep it going around my waist. I've been trying for about 2-4 days (20-30 minutes each day, I'm pretty busy) but am close to just giving up. the hoop I bought was light, at one pound, but I wrapped it in electrical tape because it was ugly but cheap.
I have been looking at videos on youtube, especially those with larger girls in them since I'm a bigger girl. and I don't seem to be doing anything different from them, apart from dropping the hoop.
What should I do?
First when you say 42" are you meaning the length of tubing or the diameter of the hoop? .. i am bigger girl and when i started it was a lot of frustration to keep the hoop up! keep at it don't give up it will come! it takes time to be able to hoop for long periods of time. I found it easier to spin while hooping it helped keep the hoop going for me and helped me keep the hoop around my waist. so all i do is pivot on the foot that my hoop is spinning towards. find you rhythm and dont give up happying hooping momma
42" diameter. If you were to lay a tape measure against outside rim, it would measure 11 feet. I will have to try pivoting, that sounds like it would really help. There is a hooping class locally, but the lady who runs it has yet to add me (it's up on meetup.com).
I was wondering if the weight or lack there of has anything to do with it since the hoop is maybe 2 pounds.
Your very right, no matter how big the hoop is if it's too light for your current level of hooping it will be very hard to work with. If you don't know what kind of tubing or psi(pounds per square inch) your tubing is try asking the person you bought it from. If they don't know, they are not doing their job right.A good beginner tubing would be 160 psi with pvc tubing (black irrigation tubing (water piping) can be found at many local hardware store.) The heavier the tubing the more it will cost though. Also some have sad 160 psi can be a little unforgiving on the the body but great to keep on the body.
One way to try and save the hoop you bought is to put rice,beans,sand or water inside the hoop to weigh it down.You would need so much tape to weigh the hoop down it's unrealistic method to use.
I hyper linked the page that has the information about the hoop. (Amazon, BTdubs) But it's literally an eight sectioned hoop, like, molded in China for that purpous. I did actually add a little weight by adding a couple of ounces of rice to each segment. Now it's just over 2 and a half pounds.
Thanks to everyone for being so supportive!!
That hoop might actually be your problem. Those waves on the inside of it look painful, let alone difficult to use! I think I would have trouble keeping that up, because the inside doesn't make a smooth circle, and it'd be hitting you in funny places that might offset the balance.
And if you taped it with electrical tape, that's only going to add to the slippery aspect. Pick up some hockey tape from the sporting section. They will mostly have black and white, but sometimes lime green, pink, skulls, and red. This will add some grip to help the hoop stick to your body a bit more. I have been hooping for two years and can hoop with untaped hoops, but I have to work that much harder to keep them from slipping. So if you are just starting, definitely rely on some grip tape!
Larger hoops are usually more helpful when you start out because it gives you more reaction time. But really, it mostly just takes practice and patience - which is frustrating - but feels so worth it when you finally nail it. If you want to do off body tricks your smaller hoops will probably be helpful.
Definitely start out with a heavy hoop. My first hoop came up past the top of my hip and was the thick heavy tubing. I had trouble keeping it around my waist for about a week, but once I got one trick, a bunch soon followed. I was pretty discouraged at first and even after a few tricks I hit a plateau and didn't progress. Now this plateau has happened several times but each time I get past it I get so much better. 42" is really big, but probably a good starting size, but just make sure the hoop has the weight too. The heaviness keeps it stable.
having a larger diameter hoop definitely helps because you can hoop slower with it, but you definitely want it to be heavy. Instead of using electrical tape, use duct tape, its much heavier, and 3 or 4 duct tape colors on one hoop should be enough weight
its more of a shifting your weight from side to side than anything, don't try to move your hooops or with motions that are too big.. you know what i mean? just shift your weight from side to side, liike your waiting for something.. hope this helps a little!
You should check out Shannon's (Hoop Love) videos for some inspiration. It took her a couple weeks and a few different hoops to learn to waist hoop, but she refused to give up and she's a beautiful hooper.
You should also check out these videos of hers, just for fun:
def need a bigger hoop. i am plus size hooper and when i started the only hoop i could keep up was like a 47 inch hoop. took me 6 weeks to hoop a hole song. keep it up