So I'm just starting to get the hang of leg/knee hooping and I wondered if anyone else is getting exhausted by it. I have to stop after a few minutes because I'm just worn out just having to move my right leg so fast (I'm a left current hooper). Does anyone else have this problem? I'm using quite a light hoop because my other hoop was giving my bruises, so I'm wondering if that's why I'm having to  move so fast and hence work out so much.

 

Best wishes,

Helen

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I'm having the same problem but I have a large, heavy hoop. It hurts and leaves me horrible bruises so I got the supplies to make a lighter hoop but I think that since the hoop will be lighter it will take more energy to get the hoop moving so I am thinking maybe thats why you are getting worn out? I'm def not an expert so hopefully someone else will comment but thats what I'm thinking. also, my since I stopped playing sports and don't run my legs are way out of shape so I'm sure for me that might have a lot to do with me getting worn out very fast. Not quite sure tho so I hope someone else comments on this. I'm wondering what the best size/PSI hoops would be to practice knee hooping?

Try using both your legs to keep the hoop going... the left pumps for one rotation and the right pumps the next.  There's a really good video that helped teach me this, it's for hooping below the knees but you can apply it to knee hooping as well.  It helped me a lot and now I can keep the hoop around my knees and shins indefinitely without much effort. 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgTpuBuiMz4&playnext=1&list=...

Yeah good question about what would be the best size hoop to practise, maybe I'm just using something that too small. But if I use something larger, I assume there's more risk that I'll get bruises, so that's why I don't want to use a larger hoop.

Thanks for the video link, I'll try it out :-)

Honestly, you'll probably have to bite the bullet and use a little larger heavier hoop. Bruises suck, but ask any hooper and they'll tell you they come with the territory. When I learned how to leg hoop, my legs were black and blue and green. So gross. But your body adjusts and it'll fade and usually won't come back. Try doing walking motions, like actually lift your knees up. Keep going in circles like you would with waist hooping. And practice, practice, practice!
Yeah I guess you're right, it's just so frustrating that I keep having to stop to wait for the bruises to heal before I can practise again :-(
You'll learn to practice THROUGH the bruises. Just take breaks. And Tylenol. :)

i agree thats how i learned anyway

 

If you get especially impatient before your bruises heal, you can tie scarves around your knees to pad them a little. I wouldn't hoop on the bruises themselves though, no use in injuring yourself further. Those are delicate tendons back there
Scunshine is right—if you have bad bruises you shouldn't hoop on them. It can cause blood clots. Which can cause death.
If you think about the motions you're doing and how fast, it's almost like power walking or even running in the case of the lighter hoops.  No wonder it saps your energy! It'll get easier with time.
I don't find that knee hooping tires me out, but I get fed up doing it! My problem is that I can't kick it back up and more recently I can't seem to keep the hoop above my knees....I've turned into a calf hooper :(

Hi Helen!

This is a great post - and obviously there are loads of fellow hoopers who feel your pain. There are two reasons why we bruise when landing a new on-the-body move:

1) The muscle memory hasn't developed to the point where we can relax into the movement, so we exaggerate the motion and hit harder and faster to keep the hoop up.

2) The hoop is in the wrong place.

I would actually suggest that both of these apply to you, and especially want to draw attention to the second. Your knees are the most vulnerable joint in your body (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1069460/...), and knee hooping places unnecessary strain on those delicate bones, tendons, and ligaments. You'll have infinitely less physical stress and greater control if you maintain the hoop at thigh level, which ranges from just below your bum to just above the knees. Because the surface area is larger, the hoop will rotate more slowly and you can ease off the throttle on your pushes. Added bonus: because you're no longer crunching over the bones in that danger zone, you can scale up to a larger hoop for an even more relaxed pace.

 

Hope this helps, sweets - and let us know how it goes!

xJacqui (Hoopnotica Master Trainer)

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