I just bought my first Polypro hoop. It's made of beautiful lavender tubing and I am really drawn to it.
I will probably buy each of my daughters one as well. I want to say this at the beginning because I want to make it clear that I like my new hoop and I don't feel the money was wasted.
HOWEVER... Today I used it for the first time, for about 30 minutes. This hoop weighs nothing.
So I might have a lot of issues with this hoop.
I made my first hoop after watching a YouTube tutorial. For the first six months, every thing I knew was something I learned on YouTube.
I kept watching hoopers say that these were, "adult-sized" hoops, and there was much praise for the size and a certain heaviness to the hoops.
I didn't hoop to lose weight; I hooped because I LOVED it, but I lost weight from a size 16 to a size 6 in maybe half a year, with no change at all in my diet, just from calorie burn and muscle-building, from these adult-sized, heavy hoops. I also developed a lot of muscle tone, most notably in my arms.
I have always had a tendency to be heavy, and my arms were always really FAT, and I have never in my life not been embarrassed to death over how flabby my arms were. I used to never wear tank shirts or anything sleeveless, even in Summer. After I began hooping, I developed muscle and tone in my arms. Believe it or not... I noticed it in my shadow on the ground one day, and then looked in a mirror. I was pretty much amazed at what had happened.
So anyway... back to today and my new beautiful polypro hoop. Not for one minute do I think I will build muscle with this little lightweight thing! Nor for one minute, do I think that a new hooper is going to get that amazing calorie burn that I so much enjoyed with one of these.
Another thing is, that I remember seeing articles on the health benefits of hooping, and one of the health benefits is the "massaging" of the hoop. I remember seeing it written that hooping helps move the lymph around in our bodies, and massages our internal organs, and that it is very, very healthy because of this.
I just don't think I am going to get that "massage" with the polypro. I can only barely feel it at all!
And I don't really understand, at the end of the day, how this polypro is really different from kids' hoops in stores.
In fact, I actually bought children's hoops in Italy this year, (for 2.50 Euro each)!!!! .... and decorated them with a criss-cross pattern of spike tape just to give me a little grip and I used them as minis at Italian Hoop Connection.
I am sure that this tubing has it's place... and looks great doing floaty tricks ...but I am just not sure that I am actually very "sold" on it. Seems maybe perfect for dance performance and maybe not much else.
Does anybody else feel this way? Also does anybody else have any testimonial on burning fat and building muscle with Polypro? I have an idea that no one uses it to burn calories or to build muscle and if I am incorrect then that would be great to know. Thanks! ^_^
I have a very reliable heart rate monitor that gives me accurate calorie burn. I bought it because I wanted to know how many calories I'm burning since I'm trying to lose weight. My two favorite hoops are a 33" 3/4 od polypro and a 33" 1/2" polyethylene tubing. On average, I burn the same amount of calories regardless of which hoop I'm using, about 450 calories an hour.
As far as muscle building with polypro, I would think that because it's so light and it makes your body work harder to control it for both on and off-body moves, your muscle strength would increase.
Congratulations on the weight loss! That's amazing! :)
Also for lymph massage, which we learn in esthetics (facials), in order for lymph to drain you need only a very light touch and pressure, it's not like an actual body massage it is similar to acupressure. So you will still get lymph drainage with your polypro hoop! Happy hooping!
i've found it's best to have different hoops for different moods. :)
for me, polypro is only when i feel like being floaty and graceful and slow - when i feel the urge to play more off-body than on. my polypro is 30" so it's super light. i don't use my poly to work out or to learn tricks, i use my 32" hdpe hoop or my 33" black tubing hoop for that.
I totally feel you on this. I have 2 poly pros and I just don't like them. I feel like I'm not even hooping when I use them, and my students don't really dig them either. I wanted to love them though :(
If your used to using more heavier beginner hoops alot of hoopers find
the transition kinda funny in that they are so darn light....but truley the more skilled you are
with alot of the upper body techniques- all of your Baxter- breaks/paddles , Khans fish tailing techniques etc are so much easier to catch onto because of the response of these hoops but yes for sure you have to really giver at first like hooping with your big 1st hoop eventually you barely have to move because you are engaging every lil miniscule muscle & it is killer for your body !!!!
Happy ppro. or try ppro twins....love !!!!
I put three layers of tape on my poly pro before I loved it. Lol.... kinda defeats the purpose, but I love it and it's at the right weight for me. My only other problem with it is it's too bendy, not near as stiff as the hdpe.
Bendy ?? Ppro isnt bendy mmmm........weird.
All of the ppro i use & retail is from Superhooper & is very strong & rigid....therefore super
responsive to your every lil move. Especially the more Intermed skills- breaks/paddles, alot of the tosses & rolls to.
Actually polypro is flexible in larger sizes. It's not wobbly bendy, but it has a bounce to it. The bounce is actually very nice to work with when you get used to it and allows really nice transitions. Many people think they can only make polypro hoops in small sizes, but I have a couple at 42" and every size down to about 38" and they are all great. That bounce is a very nice feeling and helps the hoop to move fast.
I am soooo glad youve posted this discusion I too lost alot of wieght hooping went from size 18 to 9 i did start hooping to lose wieght and fell in love with the dance ive been hooping for 3 1/2 yrs i now have 7 hoops and a set of minis my hoops vary drasticly in size and wieght. last year i bought a poly pro hoop and i well its not that i dont like the poly pro i just prefer my other hoops i actually gave my polypro away cuz i never ended up useing it. on the body hooping was all wrong with it it was too lite and i love on the body hooping. what ive realized is i use different sizes and weights for different types of hooping. i have a large hoop with thin tubing a large beast with thick tubing those are great for learning new tricks and i usually play with my 33 in thin black tubing and then there is my minis i just ordered myself a new poly pro because now im working alot on off the body flow isolations and such and i want the lite hoops for that. also some songs i like a larger hoop for because its slower and vice versa.
I'm a beginner but I've always wondered the same thing: does poly pro bring the same benefits of hooping as the other heavier dance hoops? Now I have a better perspective of them :)
I also found this lady's excellent video on Dance Hoops vs. Weighted Hoops. Basically, according to her "experiment", there is not difference in calorie burning whether you use a heavier or a lighter hoop, it's all in the energy and strenght you put into the movements.
I was also wowed at how many calories you can actually burn when you hoop dance! I can't wait to learn my next tricks ;)
I plan on getting a polypro at some point just to test it out, but I am with you that I tend to like feeling that weight of the hoop and the pull of it when I'm doing off body moves.
Even if the calories burned isn't a huge difference, I would think that muscle building would vary a bit with the weight of your hoop. I mean, that just seems obvious to me, as a larger/heavier hoop would require more muscle strength to manipulate. So I'd say, if you're looking to build more arm muscle faster, it's better to stick to something a bit heavier like hdpe or pe. Though if it's too heavy, you'll have a hell of a time just doing it in the first place ^^
Currently, I'm quite happy having my hoops at 38-37 in diameter, with some being pe (black tubing) and some being hdpe. I don't like letting my hoops get too small anyway, as I just don't think they look as awesome in small sizes ^^
I have two polypro hoops and two polypro mini's. I LOVE my poly pro Mini's, but I hate my reg poly pro hoops. I have been debating cutting them down to make another pair of mini's . My favorite tubing is HDPE.