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.
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.
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 :-)
i agree thats how i learned anyway
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)