I finished the first week of the 100 days of hooping, to mix a temporal metaphor and here are the results. When I hoop indoors, I use my Canyon Hoops 42" weighted hoop. When I hoop outdoors, I use my Hoopnotica Travel Hoop.
Legs. I worked mainly on knee hooping. Technically, it's upper thigh. The tricks I worked on:
1. thigh hooping. By the end of this week, my knee/thigh hooping has improved. I have been using the Hoopnotica two-leg method. I haven't got the hang of the one-leg method. I tried Safire's knee pushing out method, but that's a bit tough on my knees. Next, I tried Caroleeena's heels on the floor method and found that I'm a primarily a front/back hooper. The last method worked best and I have been able to move around and keep the knee hooping going.
2. moving hoop from waist to hip to knees. I worked this technique up and down and have improved to the point where, today, could move the hoop up and down fairly smoothly and repetitively. This may count as 2 tricks, but I added one more,
3. Vortex up from knees. I can't say I mastered this trick this week, but I have managed to use it to successfully save the hoop to my hips, waist, and chest from my knees. When I remember to reach far enough back at the start of the trick, I can vortex the hoop all the way up. Making a fast twirl helps keep the hoop off the back of my head, which is always pleasant.
The challenge I had this week: shooting video on my dSLR. I thought I had it today, but no, I ended up with a bunch of photos of my leaning over the camera. I'll keep working on it. Video...uh...someday. I may have to try my old Powershot and keep both batteries handy.