Let me start by saying that the intention of this is not to come off mean, or as though I am targeting anyone (after reading it, it had that vibe so I just wanted to put that out there).
So - through videos, and discussions, it is clear to see that everyone wants to use a small hoop, and everyone wants to use polypro.....STOP!!!!!!!!!!! I feel like people are starting to overlook the process of actually learning and understanding how to hoop, how it works on and off the body, the muscle memory you build, and all the energy put in to your hoops through that process. I feel as though people are depreciating hooping a little.
If off body and iso is your thing, that is so beyond ok!! The lighter smaller hoops are waaaaay better to learn on for that stuff....but learning how to do an iso on a 42" hoop, now that is some work and dedi - freaking - cation!
I suppose the purpose of this is just to get my thoughts out there, and see what yours are! I love you all, and happy hooping!!!!
I shrunk down from my 45" starter hoop, after about 2 and a half months. Everyone was saying Belly button height, but that hoop was waayyy to big for me! I couldn't do anything except waist hoop and even then I get these NASTY bruises. I thought it was way to soon to try and shrink my hoop down, but I found it greatly improved my flow, because so many of the 'tricks' or whatever that I thought I couldn't do, were really just cumbersome because my hoop was too big. So there is something to be said for shrinking, if only to find something that fits better-- at the same time after i switched to a 36" HDPE- I made a 34" PEX and for months I called it my challenge hoop-- it was what I used when I wanted something that was gonna make me work for it. Its a resonant thought. Everyone's process is different- there can be a billion factors as to why someone chooses the hoop size and material they do.
i had the same issues as you with a large hoop. i had a awful bruise on the bone of my elbow that lasted forever that i lived in fear of re-whacking for like 6 months. i was doing elbow reverses behind the back with the giant hoop when the injury occured. it seems stupid to me now, but none of the videos i watched mentioned to use a smaller more lightweight hoop, so i just assumed the hoop i had was the kind people used in the video. i went lightweight and i was free to experiment without as much of a risk of injury.
Do what you feel you are comfortable with :)
My dad always said ... "Just because you have fancy pots dosen't mean you can cook".
haha! Your dad gets it!
lol! Wise, wise man.
i have a theory that 'Polypro' became so hyped because it has the Pro in the name. Pro=professional. I've seen a hundred videos with PolyPro practice in the title, but barely any with HDPE or Polyethelyne in the title. it just doesnt have the same ring to it.
When I 1st started seeing the word 'polypro' pop up online, I thought what a brilliant coincidence for the folks in marketing. ;-)
But they're just hoops. Everyone has their hooping sweet spot. Mine's 1/2 125 psi polyethelyne. Your sweet spot may be polypro or a mini hoop. It's all good. I think we'd be wise to stop thinking of hoops as beginner or advanced hoops and focus more on what they do. What they work for. It would help people find the right hoop for their moves and their dances.
YES TIMES A MILLION! People seem super caught up in hoop sizes, types, etc and forget to love and really learn what it is they're doing. I learned isos on a HUGE hoop and I'm so grateful for that, it makes doing it with any smaller hoop so much easier. Sometimes I feel the need to scream that hooping is an eternal journey, not a destination.
its weird cause my first and starting hoop was a 34" poly pro and it still is 1 month into hooping.