Hello everyone!My name is Isabella,and I have been hooping for about a month (well,if you can call that actual hooping).I'm so glad I found this site,it has already helped me so much!
I hope you guys can help me with a question....the hoop that I am using is 40 inches in diameter,and is made of 1inch tubing.It comes just up to my bellybutton,which i think is ideal...however it is the tubing and weight that worries me.I have noticed that most people recommend 1/2 or 3/4 inch tubing for a performance hoop..mine weighs about half a pound.I noticed that some off body tricks that i tried are a bit difficult since my wrists have a hard time.I can't hold it with one hand without it somewhat ''drooping'' to the ground.It seems i may need a lighter hoop with smaller tubing...which peeves me since I already paid quite a bit for my hoop.I am really interested in hoop dancing and tricks...so..do i really need a new hoop my friends?Or will my 1inch one be good for hoopdancing?
My first hoop was 1 inch 160 psi hoop that comes to above my chest. I used it when learning all my onbody stuff. It's great for really training my body. I still would do figure 8, halo, and other moves with it. When I made my own a few months later, I moved down officially. I still need to practice some moves with my big hoop because I am absolutely incapable of doing it with a smaller hoop. Basically you have to listen to your body with this hoop. Some tricks I can't even do with my 3/4 cause it's too large. I'd even do isolations with my big hoop to strengthen my arms/wrists. :p
My first hoops were 40-42" and between 1.75-2 pounds. Those are what I used to learn any on body movements and the easy off body ones. Waist, hips, chest, shoulder, knee hooping, halos, lifting up, passing, and I even learned the helicopter with the large hoops.
I eventually moved down to a 37.5" hoop that's a bit lighter but still pretty rigid. It took me a while to get used to it but I can do off body moves a bit easier and my vortexes (though I can do them with a 42" hoop) look a lot cleaner and are faster since I'm not swinging my arms in such a big circle.
My newest hoop is a 36" LED and I'm actually pretty awkward with it, but that's how it was when I started with the 37" too. I'm hoping after a couple weeks it feels normal.
Anyway, even if you get smaller hoops, you'll still go back to the big one for some stuff. When I really want to focus on working on shoulder and knee hooping I go to my big hoops because it's easiest with those. Then I work my way smaller. Eventually you'll probably end up with quite a few in different sizes. I think I have about 16 hoops at this point.
Oh, one more thing. Even if you're using a lighter smaller hoop, they can still hurt. I was practicing with my 32" twins the other day and they're 1/2" pex hoops. They're pretty light. Anyway, they still bruised the tops of my hands.
Hey darlin! I'm new here, too!
I have a pretty big hoop, it's around the same size as yours...I find that I'm having issues with it hurting when I waist-hoop, but I know I'll get used to it.
I'm probably going to be getting another, smaller hoop, so that I can have a little fun with it, and perhaps learn more off-the-body stuff, but I don't think I'll be getting rid of my huge hoop. Just retaping it! I like it because it spins slow, and because I can really feel it, and I can get used to the movement of hooping. I've heard it's helpful for a few people that way!
Thanks guys...i kept trying today,and ended up throwing my hoop to the floor in frustration more than once.I have been practicing the vortex for a week,and it always fails when i try to lift up the hoop again,it gets all wonky and someties hits me since gravity pulls it down,too much weight for one wrist to lift up...I recorded some of my practise with my webcam,i honestly look -and feel- like a big clumsy sloppy blob while hooping.wow,i'm such a complainer,lol.
A correction-my hoop actually weighs a pound,not half a pound..i meant half a kilo.So yeah.Unless i find some really affordable smaller hoops,i'll try to make one.