Since my last post, I've added some new tricks, attended my first hoop jam, met some cool folks and hooped for almost 3 hours. Not full-tilt like I do for my daily workout, but it was a lot of fun trying out different hoops, tricks, and chatting about hooping and other spinning tricks.
The tricks I learned were primarily vertical plane stuff and I tried 2 minis. Unfortunately, not stuff I can do regularly in my daily workout, which I do in my living room.
In my wanderings around Hoop City, I found the Hoop for 100 Days Challenge. Shannon "inertia" Seeley posted her curriculum, which has a week by week plan. This is perfect, since I've reached, for lack of a better word, a plateau.
I've tried several things to shake up my workout: work through the Hoopnotica dvds; improvised hoop dance with my favorite songs; semi-planned hooping where I work through all the tricks I've learned so far; and, lately, free hooping with working through you tube tutorials.
The 100 Day Hooping Challenge is terrific because Shannon has planned out a schedule of stretching, free hooping, and new tricks focused around a theme, like legs or isolations.
Today, I started Week 1: Legs. My three tricks for the day: transferring the hoop from hips to knees and back again and knee hooping. Technically upper thigh hooping. I can't seem to keep the hoop going just above my knees. Today's 15 minutes of focus and I did a lot better than I expected.
Part of the program is to keep a video diary to record progress.
I think my biggest challenge will be figuring out how to use the video camera function on my camera, editing the video and sweetening the audio.