So, a bit of background: I have been hooping for about five years now (so you would think I would be awesome, no?)...but recently took about a one year hiatus due to work and college taking up all of my time. So, a lot of the goals I set for myself awhile back remain the same: to nail one legged hooping as well as the behind the back elbow pass. So, upon joining a gym recently (on my birthday this year and for the first time ever) I decided to take up these goals again.
Luckily the Yoga/Mind & Body room is typically vacant and free for me to utilize for my hooping practice and current pursuits so I decided to video tape my practice sessions and see if anyone could/would provide advice and/or insight for what I might be doing wrong or missing..Any tips and/or feedback are welcome!
the elbow pass is deceivingly difficult. it looks easy, but is all about the timing. practice by saying "now " when you are supposed to put your other elbow in. it also looks like your arms aren't tucked in closely enough to your body (think chicken wing).
for one leg hooping, take off those flowy pants! they get in the way. wear shorts.
Yes, deceivingly difficult and painful! I had to stop practicing because I ended up bruising my left elbow! I guess the part I'm having real trouble on is when exactly to stick in my left elbow...thanks for the tips I'll be sure to bring shorts next time! (I think I have a pair somewhere...)
with the elbow pass try and hoop on your elbow behind your back for a few minutes and don't do anything, take your time and wait so you can get used to the rhythm of the hoop's rotations. Then you can search for an opening better. Also sometimes it helps if you start out doing the elbow passes from the front first. With the one legged hooping, I couldn't do that for the longest time until one day I got out my heaviest hoop and tried it with that, which was much easier, also yeah shorts and lots of gaff tape help. Hope some of that helps~ good luck :)
I haven't looked at the leg hooping one, but I have looked at the elbow pass. You are going to get it very quickly I bet now... You are spinning the hoop in the wrong direction... Spin the other way, so when it you are doing the exchange behind your back, the hoop is spinning upwards instead of down. The exchange happens at the very bottom of the revolution. Good luck!!!
Just watched the knee hooping one. Have you ever tried to take your left leg out instead of the right leg? I hoop to the left and naturally found it easier to take out my right leg... I have since learned my left, but right was my first.
At first I thought it was your (very cute) pants hitting the hoop, but later on when you just tried to start it straight from around your one leg, it still fell. I would continue to try practicing by starting it just around your one leg until you get it. Try your left leg as well. I would also try using a smaller or bigger hoop too. I find beginners do really well on springy, skinny but huuuuuge hoops.
On the last try when you took your leg right out correctly, I notice that your right leg just stops moving. You really have to emphasize the motion with your one leg to keep the hoop going. Not only does that hoop still push back, now you need to add a forward motion to it too. Bend - Straight - Bend - Straight.
Keep us posted! =) You are very close for both!
Oh my goodness...I didn't realize the hoop was spinning the wrong way! That didn't even occur to me. Thank you so much! :)
As for one legged hooping...I used to try and take out my right leg, but upon watching SaFire's tutorial for about the sixtieth time I noticed she said to take out the "pusher" leg. So that's why I started trying to take out my left leg. I think you're right though. The real trouble I seem to be having is keeping my standing leg moving and therefore the hoop moving! For some reason it's like my brain shuts off at that point. It forgets to keep that leg moving. So, I think that's something I can only get down with practice. *sigh*
I'll definitely keep you all posted. Thanks for the tips and words of encouragement. I seriously love this community. :)
Thanks for the advice! I will keep this in mind. I love SaFire and her tutorials! I always watch them to refresh my memory before practicing a new trick.
Elbows: Try spinning in the opposite current, but do your body in the same direction as you are in the video. AKA spin out and away from you so that you are scooping your elbow into the hoop as it comes up and behind you.
Knees: Got to work on the timing part. Arg! My BF is sleeping or I would record you a video response to show you. The timing is the first part. The second part is remembering you can't abruptly stop the hoops motion, you need to move with it, slow it, then pop it the other direction again. you kind of control the hoop with your whole body more than just your legs.
Thanks for the tip on timing and changing the current...a few of you have mentioned this now and I can't believe I didn't think of it. Sometimes it's something as simple as that that makes all the difference!
As for knee hooping...I think it's really difficult for me to do several different things with my body at a time so I think it'll come down to practice and trying really hard not to forget to keep that leg moving.
Thanks again. :)
Want me to send you a tutorial? I'd have no problem doing that. I make them all the time haha