I know there have been posts on this before, but I really need help mastering the isopop trick. I've watched a few videos but still can't seem to get it down. Does anyone have suggestions?

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courtney, perhaps if you would stop spamming, you might actually get some likes....this isn't the way to go about it.

Alexandria, do you mean this move:


it is actually a linear isolation, not an isopop. it's actually pretty easy once you understand the concepts. it took me a while, but once i figured it out it was a hoop epiphany.

this is an isopop:


(a lot of people get the names mixed up. :)  hope this helps)

Thanks for the name correction. I wasn't really sure what the heck it was called.

Yes I meant the first one


If you are trying to learn a Linear Isolation, I like to imagine a floor that is parallel to the ground and tangent to the bottom of the hula hoop.  The goal of the linear isolation is then to roll the hoop along the imaginary floor.

So I can describe this using the easiest way for me and hopefully you'll be able to switch "lefts" and "rights " if you like a different direction better.

For me, its best to start with the hoop in my Right hand, and linear isolate to the left
I start by visualizing the hoop as a clock, and isolate the hoop in a counterclockwise direction until my hand stops at the point between the 7 and 8 o'clock.

At that point, I exert pressure to the left, pushing the hoop as parallel to the floor as I can with my wrist. This requires slight isolation of the hoop causing the hand to isolate into the point between the 4 and 5 o'clock.

Once there, my fingers lets go of the hoop, the hoop rolls over the back side of my hand, and my arm starts to move up. (Pretty much all at the same time. This is the fastest moving part of the linear isolation and is kinda hard to do in slow motion).

Once my hand isolates up the hoop to the point between the 1 and 2 o'clock, I start to pull back and down on the hoop. This will cause the hoop to roll back along the imaginary floor to your center point, and where you started :)

That may not make any sense at all, haven't tried to explain a hoop-move in words before like this, so feel free to ignore/ask questions if you'd like!

Also, I've seen a lot of people try to do linear isolations while starting with their hand at the bottom of the hoop. This still works, but starting in between the 7 and 8 o'clock will give your hoop the furthest distance possible for it to travel

Thank you so much! This helped a lot!

Ok hang on. Do you mean counter clockwise from my view or the audience's view?

Hi!, From you're view :)

Can I add my two cents?

This is how I'd describe doing an isopop toward the ground... which is the easiest. 

Start by doing 2 hand inside Isolation in the clockwise direction.  As your hands approach 6:00 on your hoop, make a crisp stop with your hands, removing your right hand from the hoop and opening your grip with your left. The momentum from the isolation will transfer into clockwise rotation around your hand.  Keep your hand in a fixed position for one complete rotation.  As the hoop returns to your base isolation ring, regrip with both hands and smoothly transition back into a 2 hand inside isolation in the clockwise direction.

The most common problem people have when first learning an isopop is that it's easy to move your hand during the pop.  As best you can, keep your hand fixed in space during the entire rotation.  If your hand is not stationary, this will detract from the visual impact of the move.  Bringing the isolation closer to your body and even pressing your forearms against your hips can help with holding your hand in a stationary position throughout the pop.


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