Hi fellow NOOBS!
Got waist & hip hooping down as well as lifts & corkscrew. I'm trying to figure out chest and shoulder hooping and I just don't get it! Even after watching multiple videos online. Anyone have some tips that really helped you pull this together?
hi! i posted this question awhile back and someone gave me some really helpful advice. this was a reply to my question by "Melanie"; "Safire has a great tip in one of her online classes: practice chest hooping while on your knees to remove the "hip effect". Somehow it allows your upper torso to rotate much smoothly and helps building muscle memory. :) That trick did it for me. I now can chest hoop in both currents, arms in & out!! Hope this helps! Good luck :)"
that little piece of advice worked wonders for me, and i can chest hoop perfectly now.
i will totally try this idea thanx :)
I never even considered that. What an awesome piece of advice!
definitely try chest hooping with arms out first just so you get the general feeling of isolating your ribcage whilst keeping your hips still. Just thrust your chest out so that your shoulder blades are close when the hoop meets it, and arch your back like a cat for the back push.
when you want to put your arms in, try hooping with one arm in and the other out. I found that this was easier for me than going for both arms at once. When you try with both arms in, you are going to shrug the opposite shoulder than the direction of your dominant current (I hoop to the right, so this would be my left shoulder) FORWARD. Let the hoop glide across your chest, shrug the other shoulder backwards (this would be my right shoulder) and let it glide across your back. IMO, the front/back pushes are not as important as the side/side motion you are making with your shoulders. Too much front/back force will make your hoop all wonky.
And remember, practice makes...improvement. It took me a couple of months to get my chest hooping looking fluid.
What really helped me when I was trying to get shoulder hooping down was the fact that everybody told me to arch my back, to push my chest out, to shrug the shoulders... all the usual advice. And then some girl on YT said it's all BS anyway and that you only need to move from side to side. After hours of practicing catbacks, it was the thing that finally worked for me.
So: Keep your back somewhat straight, don't try to push outwards with your chest and only sway from side to side with your upper body while standing still and slightly shrug your shoulders. If you hoop to the right, give your hoop a harder shove with your right shoulder and if you hoop to the left, let your left shoulder do most of the work.
If it works, you can round your back a bit to make the motion smoother.
Hope this helps a bit :)