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.
Knee hooping is always painful when you start it, because the momentum isn't perfect pushing the hoop yet...anyway, I had once found it much softer (regardless of the hoop weight) if you kinda rock both legs back and forth when the hoop goes down from waist to the knee...also, using both legs (right and left) to push the hoop on the knee is easier.
if you haven't mastered it yes, I have posted a video (for some friends here in germany) on youtube "Hooping tricks by Daniel von Feuer" - just watch how my knees move to push the hoop. You'll get it :)
When you make one leg do all the work, it can be exhausting. You can move the push to either leg, both legs or the legs as one unit. I explain it in this tutorial. (Once you do this, you'll probably find leg hooping easier than any other kind. I do. Now. Best of luck to you!
This might sound weird, but are you eating well and staying hydrated in your workouts?
Mechanical issues of correct movement aside, if you don't have enough fuel to work those major leg muscles, you're going to get tired faster. If you are dehydrated, your energy will dry up, too.
Working out your legs in other ways may also help you to strengthen them for leg hooping. Yoga, jogging, calisthenics...all will help you to build up your strength and stamina.
Thanks for all the messages and advice, I've been a bit quiet lately because of moving house, no internet and computer has packed up, but I'll try to put into practise very soon all the advice. Tink in Tokyo, I have to admit, right now, I don't eat so well but I always drink a lot of water, even when I'm not working out. Daniel von Feuer, are you anywhere near Hamburg? Let me know if you'd like to get some people together, I don't know any other hoopers here in Germany.