Ok so.. I honestly don't know why I'm such a wimp when it comes to chest rolls. I've been hooping almost 3 years now but each time I try and attempt the chest roll I fail horribly and flinch all dramatically.
I mean.. I know it wont hurt too bad if it did hit me and I know I'm not supposed to look at it.
Am I the only one? Anyone have tips or tricks that help keep you from looking?
Do I just suck it up and put my big girl panties on?
I am SO glad that I'm not the only hooper out there that is scared of the chest roll!! I feel so dumb that I flinch so much when I do it! I've only been able to do it a few times, and I have found out that if you don't look at it at all and tilt your head back far enough so your neck is facing the sky, the hoop will just roll across. But it's still a trick that I am still figuring out!!
Caroleeena has posted two (2) great tutorials on chest rolls that, if you haven't seen them, might be helpful to you.
Thank you both, lovelies.. :3 The tips help. The chest rolls are shaping up!
OMG I've had the worst time with this. I even had a US Olympic Rhythmic gymnast try to teach me, and still it's a big old bag of FAIL. *sigh* I switched to polypro, thinking it would be less painful, but still nothing. I'm with you. I've been hit PLENTY while learning new tricks, but there is something about this one that just... owns me. :-/
I had a really hard time learning to LET GO with this move. The more afraid, the more chance to get smacked in the face, because I couldn't just lean back and go for it. But when I finally did, the move turned out great, lol. My tip is to go somewhere where it won't matter if you catch the hoop or not (ie, not going to break anything!), and let the hoop fly, lean back, head out of the way, and don't put pressure on yourself to actually catch the hoop at the end. Just get used to throwing it and leaning back. Even practice the motion without your hoop, just to start ingraining the muscle memory.
You are definitely not alone! Ive been hooping for over 2 years and still get sketched out by chest rolls. I can't do them on my back hardly either...I am loving all the advice on this thread though! Chest rolls and the elbow attack...one of these days they will be dominated lol
I'm not so great at explaining things without a visual, but the thing that really helped me with this is making sure that when the hoop is rotating on your hand it is straight like a wall and when you go to move your hand out to your side before letting go, to make sure it is still straight, so it won't (usually) fly off and hit you in the face. My mom was always trying to get me to show her how to do that but she would always get nervous, so I would start it and roll it from my arm to hers and it made her more comfortable with it, and got to the point where she was used to the rolling and the catching, and now she can do it completely on her own, so maybe that could help. Or just tossing the hoop in front of you without trying to roll it, but leaning back as if you were to get used to the feeling? Are you going to the film festival tomorrow to perform with us?
EEK! sooo true. The Caroleena videos broke down the hand switch nicely but I still hit my face, and I already paid enough for this new nose! (haha) The move is def a freak out moment. for me. I noticed when I used my non dominant side it was a little easier for some reason. Also I tried putting a slight curve forward in my extended arms, so the hoop rolled on a slightly lower part of my chest, away from face.
Still playing with that one though. :P
I am still working on this trick. I wear a mouth guard when I hoop though, because I don't want to risk damaging my teeth. (I also banged up my lip really badly before I started wearing the mouth guard--I had tooth marks on the inside of my lip for the rest of the day.) The mouth guard makes it much easier for me to relax while I'm hooping. I got the kind that you dip in boiling water and mold to your mouth at a sporting goods store for relatively cheap.
I imagine that one might not want to wear a mouth guard at a workshop or so on (I do, since I look foolish anyway), but it might be something to consider for when you're in your backyard practicing this sort of trick. I haven't actually hit myself in the face practicing chest rolls (yet). I think the extra insurance of the mouth guard makes me more gutsy and less tempted to look.
If you need me, I'll be the person out back hooping in full hockey gear.