Hey hoopers -
I've been holed up in my little self-constructed hoop studio for a few hours trying to figure out how to knee-to-waist hoop correctly. Is there a certain size hoop you'd recommend to learn this trick? I have a semi-heavy 36inch HDPE LED and 36ish PSI 1/2in diameter day hoop and two polypros (1 5/8 OD sanded and 1 3/4 OD and taped). Is this just one of those frustrating tricks that takes insane amounts of practice? Should I invest in a heavier hoop to learn these sorts of tricks?
Yess...that's the trick...haha...thank you! =) I just need to stick at it, it seems.
I use a 30" hoop and it works fine from my knees to my waist then to my shoulders and so on. Its always easier to start with a bigger diameter so you can wriggle it up from your knees to your waist a little easier and slower.
I've found that using a 36 inch HDPE in 1/2 diameter works best for me, especially if it's covered in a lot of grip tape. Any smaller and you'll have to spin rather fast to get it back up at first, and it seems like larger or heavier hoops (40 inches diameter, 3/4 tubing for example) take more momentum and are just harder to keep from slipping down again. Might be just me, though :)
Did you wear shorts to try it?
dont focus too hard on it! i got it to happen for the first time while distracted, my cat was walking on the fence and i was watching him and it was just up there! give the hoop a little kick with your leg and then shimmy, its all in the hips from there! theres lots of good knee to waist tutorials so thats why im not going into too much detail, im suure you can find em :)
I didn't get it until I built a 42" polypro with 1/2" grip on the inside. Then it practically floated up on it's own. I have gotten my 160psi hoop to do it, once, but that's it. I also know it makes a big difference for me what I am wearing. Cotton yoga pants or humid skin work the best. Good luck, I know how frustrating that move is :-p
I agree that any hoop your comfortable with should probably work for this move, however when I first started nailing this trick I had a much larger and heavier hoop. ( fully gaffed and about 40") The size and weight helped but also made me look like a domestic violence victim. juuuust sayin, if you like pretty legs ya gotta let that go for a spell. Shorts are for sure the way to go when trying to get the hang of this bitch of a move! Also spinning the same direction of your hoop helps to slow down the timing of your movements. If you hoop to the left, try dramatically bumping your right leg whilst continuously spinning, I found this really had the hoop begin its ascent towards the ol' hip/waist area! And lastly of course practice practice practice! GO FORTH PREVAIL AND CONQUER!
the juice is worth the squeeze
ha...the juice is worth the squeeze...i like that expression! gracias!
Thanks hoopers for the tips and ideas...hopefully I'll nail it sooon =)