hello! =] So i am semi-new to hooping. i started messing around with it late 2010, and ive taught myself a few tricks here and there through video tutorials, but i havent been very consistent with practicing. i reeeeally wanna get into it more though, and my ultimate goal is to get an led hoop because im in love with them, but i wanna be somewhat good before i even think about purchasing one lol which leads me to my next thing. i bought a hoop a while back, but it is an exercise hoop from a sporting store and is a little on the heavy side. as i said, i can do some things with it, but sometimes it just feels too clunky and ungraceful =/ soooo ive come to all of you lovely people asking for advice on what kind of beginner hoop to purchase, how big, etc. because im very lost when it comes to this and have no idea where to begin lol any advice would be greatly appreciated! thanks! =]
size- up to your belly button for beginner..
i started out with a 35" hula hoop with 3/4 inch tubing.hope this helps!
To Select Your Size: For beginners, a fair rule of thumb is to measure from the ground to about an inch or two above your belly button (the bigger the hoop, the slower the rotation). For more experienced hoopers or for those that could hoop as a kid, measure to your belly button or slightly above. Very experienced hoopers typically go no more than an inch below the belly button. A little round in the middle…depends on how much.
At 5’5”, if you’re maybe about 150lb or higher, you could go a bit bigger… add an inch or two. Go for a light weight hoop for tricks 100 psi-125 psi and 1/2" inside diameter tubing. Stay off the lighter polypro for now.
tink in tokyo wrote a really thorough article on this:
thank you all for the advice!
im about 5 foot 6 and 120 lbs. im not sure if that makes any difference as to what size hoop i should use?? lol the one i have that i mentioned goes a little above my belly button. and im not sure if this is a dumb question but what does the 'psi' mean?? is that the weight of the tubing??
PSI = pounds per square inch :)