Hi! I am completely new to hooping. By that I mean I don't even have a hoop. The other day I went to my friend's house and she got her hula hoop out. I couldn't help but beg her to teach me a few moves. I learned a few things and now I have the hooping bug.
My question would be about what hoop to buy. I have found a few online, but the shipping is almost as much as the hoop itself. I am very crafty (knitting, baking), so I love to make things with my hands. I am wondering if it would be better to buy my first hoop, or make it. I am also wondering what sort of material the hoop should be made out of. I was looking at polypro hoops (cheaper than the other hoops I have found and I can decorate it), but I have also read about the downsides to that material. I really just need some help.
I am wanting to hoop to lose weight and and to learn tricks. I am about 4' 11" and 108 lbs, and I don't want a hoop that is too heavy at first because my arms are fairly short and my friend's heavy hoop kept on smacking me in the head.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for you time!
surprised u are looking to lose weight , u sound like petite lil thing as it is lol! as a hoop maker myself, i quickly realized that shipping hoops to anyone was going to be a non starter since the shipping fees are outrageous across the board lol, that is unless they're collapsible hoops.
If I were you, especially since you're so new to it, I'd either find a local hoop maker like thru google search, making some calls to local yoga studios to perhaps see if any local hoopers to get one from, or you can do what I did which was both buying a hoop from a local hoop maker and then starting to make them myself too! If you hit the home depot or lowes, you can buy a whole coil of polypipe tubing for like 20 bucks or cheaper! then you can make all the different sizes you want to experiment with, and try different amounts of water for weight too, and its fun! Watch this short tut, u'll see how easy it is hun! Take care and have fun!
Thank you for the suggestion, I think making a hoop would be the best way to go. I have to bake from scratch or I feel like I am cheating, so I would probably be much happier with a homemade hula hoop as well, plus, they would be great gifts for friends. I am wondering, though, if water or sand would be better. Also if I am wanting to do tricks, if I would want to put something in it at all. As I said I am a newbie and I would love any help I can get!
Thank you for your time!
Check out Hoop Mamas on Etsy. She makes great hoops, lots of different tapes and sizes and she is pretty cheep. A custom travel hoop runs about $30 with around $10 shipping. I recommend her to all my hooping friends, her Etsy page will also tell you the best why to pick out the size and weight for your hoop! I have bought 4 different hoops from her and everyone I love. I hope this helps!
Yay! Thank you so much! I have so many people to check out on Etsy! Thanks for your suggestion. I am going to try to make my first hoop, but if I fail I will have to check out these people on Etsy.
Thank you for your time!
The best hoops for beginners are the black pe tubing, typically in a 3/4inch diameter. I would recommend the 160 psi, as it is a little heavier and therefor rotates slower making it easier. You can buy this in 100 ft rolls at hardware stores as well as the little grey barb inserts that hold them together. It really is cheapest to make your own! And you can use great sites like www.identi-tape.com and hoopsupplies.com for pretty tapes! All you really need to make them is a hand saw, which costs about 5 bucks at the hardware store, and I use a blow dryer to heat the ends which helps the connector slide right in! Go check out YouTube for tutorials on how to make hoops :)
I wouldn't really suggest making polypro hoops your first time because they are super light and super reactive to breaks/stalls which is more for advanced hooping. After you get comfy with the black tubing, move up to the 1/2 inch diameter with a 100 or 125 psi for something lighter.
Thank you so much for your advice. I am going to look into making my own hoop. Luckily my birthday is very soon and my boyfriend promised he would buy me a hoop for my birthday, so I can have him buy all of the material and I can makw more than one. :)
I was looking into buying a polypro, not making it. I read on a discussion on here that they aren't the best hoops for beginners and there are a lot of chemical problems with them. So I will stick with the irrigation tubing. Also, the blowdryer is a great idea. I had read about boiling water, but I would probably burn myself, so the blowdryer seems like a safer bet, haha.
Thank you so much for your time!
No problem! I hope it goes well for you!
I have been looking for glow tape and you have helped me find it! Thank you for the links!
Thank you so much. I am going to look into making my first hoop, but if I fail, I will definitely check them out. :)
Have a lovely evening!
Where do you live??? There may be a hooper near you who makes them and can sell you one, then you don't have the shipping cost.
I live in Bloomington, Indiana. There is a group here that performs a lot and meets a lot but I can't find one main person to email. Guess I will need to dig a little further.
Thank you for your advice :)