Long before hooping came in to my life, I was a field hockey player for a lot of years....and have acquired what I would like to call sensitive knees. Apart from regular activities, I find that I end up with a lot of aching if I spend time jumping through my hoop...I really enjoy the aesthetics and sensation of it, but was wondering if anyone had any tips to help maybe strengthen the knees, or perhaps a more gentle way to jump (haha odd question)? I have been trying to get through without knee braces, and have made it this far! I don't want to break down now!! Thank you guys for any input, and happy hump day hooping!
you should ook into ballet basic moves. Ballerinas train to jump without pain. I'm working on my jumps, and I have no contronl on my left leg when I land. Sometimes my left knee buckles andf I nearly fall. But the basic's of ballet helps with the painful part of landing.
Here are a couple articles with knee strengthening exercises: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=363
Also, how is your posture? Sometimes standing/dancing with good posture can make a huge difference.
Thank you guys! I have actually been thinking about taking some dance classes just for help with movement, and yes also, I feel my posture, more often than not, is probably not quite right :/ I will definitely try out those exercises too!! Especially because it is not just hooping I run in to pain, its just jumping while hooping that assists in bringing it on
That ballet stuff really helps! I haven't taken any classes but I had my friends who took ballet teach me the positions and it helped a lot with my footwork/balance/posture and jumping. I was like a clumsy elephant before! Also practicing without the hoop. Take little hops around your house or whatever and practice standing on one leg and just regular dancing/ hopping around...