I've been trying and trying and i just can't keep the hoop up.. any advice?
Also, i feel like my hoop is a bit too large and heavy, but everyone says that is better for beginners. But was wondering if i should just go ahead and try a smaller lighter hoop.
It never hurts to have a few different hoops - they are all good and some you will connect with better than others.
Without seeing you hoop, it's hard to pinpoint what your trouble keeping the hoop up might be. Strong, even, and rhythmic back and forth pushes from the waist (without moving too much of the rest of the body) should be the trick. Put some music on to help you maintain the rhythm. Stand up straight and look forward, not down.
Try not to get too frustrated; it will come.
okay thanks, i'll definitely keep all of that in mind while i am practicing.
Here's my advice!
1. Don't give up! You'll get it!!!
2. The heaviness of the hoop will aid in helping you to really "feel" the movement of the hoop & master basic tricks, I don't think this is your issue! Trying different hoops never hurts though!
3. Like Tink said really keep that back/forth motion of your hips in mind as you're doing it. When I first started learning I actually put one foot in front of the other just so I could really get that motion down.
Love & light sister~!
get a smaller hoop. not lighter just smaller. you look tiny lol it should stand as high as your belly button. but honestly... i couldn't for the life of me keep a hoop up a year ago and the things i am doing now are surprising the shit out of me. GOOD LUCK! keep the patience and perseverance you can do it girl :) the other comments are all very helpful as well!! keep hoopin sistah
OMG srsly! closing my eyes ALWAYS helps!
Haha, yes !
I can't do my elbow passes unless I close my eyes. Hooping blindfolded is trippy.
As a beginner my first hoop was a 1/2" black psi with blue gaff and pink shiny tape. It was about 35" or less. Which hoopers would call advanced/intermediate. Basically get a hoop that fits your size. And do it everyday. When i first started the hoop fel down after 4 seconds. Look at me now! www.youtube.com/jadelilypop
thank you everyone for all of your advice! it really helps :)
I had a really hard time hooping at the waist when I started so I would fail at that for a bit and then go work off body tricks and isolations. Don’t beat yourself up too much about any particular move even if it seems basic. Just come back and work at a little bit every day and you will improve in no time.
Hooping around your waist is the fundamental step for any other hoop move. Hoops with larger diameters and hoops that are heavier are definitely easier for beginners. I started hooping with a water hula hoop from walmart. It has a 36 inch diameter, which is on the small size of normal. Just keep trying to feel the movement of the hoop and move with it. It's hard to explain to someone how to hoop, because you really just have to feel it and work with the hoop. Close your eyes and stand straight up and most importantly, don't give up. If you feel the need to buy a new hoop, I suggest buying a cheap one. There's no sense in paying for an expensive hoop if you can't learn how to use it.