Thanks for the heads-up. Another sign that hooping's reaching critical mass! Kind of a pity that it focuses so much on short term weight loss (as these articles too often do) but whatever gets folks in the hoop, I guess. They'll discover its real magic once they're spinning! ;)
I agree. While I admit that hooping is transforming my body... I hate that most articles or news clips only focus on hooping as a weight loss craze/fad. It really is such a beautiful artform with an amazing community behind it and holds a deeper meaning to many people. What other exercise can claim that? Hell, how many dance forms can claim such a sincere, supportive, noncompetitive community that way that hooping can?
I almost think that articles like this are the reason why so many of my friends think hooping is uncool. THey conjure up images of ladies dressed in gym clothes, pumping that hoop back and forth as hard as they can, sweat dripping to the floor, stone cold determined look on their face, instructor screaming "five more minutes and you'll fit into those jeans!"
I like that hooping is reaching the masses.... but I dunno... sigh.
Fun that hooping is getting to be more recognized...but I hope that doesn't ruin it somehow.
Last year I read a local news article in the health section of the paper that highlighted Michelle Obama's hooping practice.
I don't think an initial focus on hooping for health/weight loss is a bad thing. That's why I started running . . . and it's changed my life. That's why I started yoga . . . but now it's so much more. I actually avoided hooping because it wasn't intense enough for this wanna-be triathlete (I thought). Now I do it for fun first, and health second, but I don't think it's bad if the reverse is true. I think that beginning to hoop for weight loss can lead folks into something much deeper, and we can meet them there!