I have been working on my reverse current lately and while I have seriously improved since when I first started, I can keep it going for quite a while and weave my arms in and out, it still doesn't feel... right? I see videos of hoopers throwing DOWN on their reverse current, bouncing back and forth and I lose rack of whether they're hooping the normal or reverse way, like they don't have a "reverse" or "2nd" current anymore it's just.. the left and right. It looks so effortless.
So my question for all those second current masters out there, does it feel as effortless as it looks? Does it feel the way it does when you hoop your dominant way? Will it one day (after tons of practice of course!) feel easy as my dominate current?
It's just that at this point I can't fathom flowing effortlessly in reverse the way I do my normal way. But then again, a while ago I couldn't even fathom keeping the hoop going around my chest the opposite direction and now I can.
Thanks in advance!
I have been working on this for a while, I have gotten to the point where I can do most tricks to the right and hoop arms in to the left, break, hoop arms in to the right long enough to get it onto my hips and go from there. Just have to do some serious work to make it smooth.
The only thing I have learned so far is that it seems to be that I have improved only as I have gained muscles on the right side of my body... and my left hip is totally locked which causes a problem because it doesn't want to push as much. But it isn't just gaining muscles, its training them to follow commands the way your dominant side is used to following commands. Even now it feels like my muscles that push to the right lag behind in terms of response compared to the muscles that push to the left.
You will get this, you've already got it! It just takes learning to love it I think.
I'm not super great with my reverse current but I feel like I do what I know with ease and basically no thinking. For me, I've been working with my reverse current since I started hooping (a little over a year ago) because I read something about getting your muscles to strong on one side can lead to scoliosis. I did not want hooping to hurt me in any way (except beginner bruises of course ;)!) so I learned almost every trick I know both ways before I moved on to another trick. It really just takes practice and patience with yourself and that side of your body.
One day it will be easy for you and it sounds like you have already made great progress with chest hooping! I still struggle with knee hooping in reverse but I think I one leg hoop better on my reverse than dominant which is strange but I'm excited about it. So just keep at it and one day you will master your second current!!! I agree with Sweet Sisi just learn to love it, love that awkward feeling!! :) Happy Hooping!!
I've heard others on here recommend practicing twice as much in non-dominant current than dominant. I do pretty much this with my hoop classes, when warming up I make them go around their waist for about 2 min dominant current then 2.5 min non-dominant, and they've all definitely greatly improved in their non-dominant current since first starting. I also try to teach them tricks in both currents.
Funnily enough, both my students hoop to the left and my dominant current has always been to the right... but after doing things to the left so I could show them, I can hardly even tell which my dominant current is anymore! So yeah it feels super awkward at first, but keep at it and you'll be switchin' it up in no time.
(also, there are some tricks that I can only do to the left and others I can only do to the right, regardless of my dominant current. That gave me more of a need to be able to switch easily back and forth between currents)
Neurobics! I started to do that a few months ago to try something different and was able to master chest hooping in the opposite direction. It still doesn't feel natural, but then it's also not something I've been practicing regularly. It's definitely something I want for my hooping, to add that balance/symmetry and diversity. I imagine it's just like the beginnings of learning the hoop where it just takes time & practice before you feel fully comfortable. It might just take a little longer when it's not your native direction. I'm sure you'll get there though! :)
I have been working on my out flow for almost a year now! Not only does it help with teaching but it has become so helpful for my own hooping flow fun! I have come to the point where I sometimes can't remember which way is my dominate way, so yes....it does get easier with lots of practice and helps you grow so much as a hooper!