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What size hoop should I get?
What's the best weight for exercise hooping?
How do I know what tubing to get?
Can you tell me about the different Hoop Sizes?
These questions and more we get on a daily basis from people just like yourself looking for help in picking out the optimal size hoop. The problem with this is that there really is no magic formula as it all depends on what your height, weight, size, and what your hoop goals are.
We'd like to help alleviate some of the frustration with hoop selection, so we created this handy guide that should help you in your hooping adventure.
There are two basic categories to choose from in hula hoops, Weighted Hula Hoops which are often used for fitness hula hooping and the other type of hoops are Polypro Hoops, which are often used for doing tricks and off-body type hooping.
These hoops are generally made from polyethylene tubing and range in size from 3/4" to 1" in outside diameter. Another way to think of it is how thick the hoop is, the thicker the hoop, the heavier it will be.
We have three weights of exercise hoops for you to pick from; 1.1LB, 1.4LB, and 1.7LB
Choose a Dance Hoop if you:
This hoop is best for someone that is either already familiar with waist hooping or that falls into the category of a small-medium waist, 5'5" or smaller and under 140 pounds. If you are new to hooping, check out The Best Hula Hoop for Beginners
Choose an Exercise Hoop if you:
This hoop is a little heavier and will, in general,l be easier to hoop with if you are an absolute beginner. This hoop is best for someone that is looking for a good workout and looking to lose weight. It bridges the gap between the lighter 1.5LB and heavier 2.7LB hoops. This is best for someone with a Medium-Large waist, 5'6" or taller and under 220 pounds.
Choose a Resistance Hoop if you:
This hoop is a big one and honestly feels really nice as it is rolling around your body. This hoop feels like it is massaging your internal organs and your belly, which is actually a good thing and helps to get the blood moving as well as detoxify your body. This hoop is best for someone with a Medium - large waist, 5'6" or taller and upwards of 175 pounds.
Choosing a polypro hoop that you can use for combinations of tricks, faster spinning, and more intermediate and advanced maneuvers is in some ways easier as you already know how to hoop and what you like to do.
In the polypro hoop category, we carry polypro in both 3/4" OD and 5/8" OD, both will be great dance partners and we'd like to help you narrow down your decision on what size to get.
3/4" OD, 7 - 14 ounces
This hoop is the go-to for most intermediate and advanced hoopers, you can get it bare or taped (tape will add around 2 ounces). If you've been using a weighted exercise hoop and want to start using a polypro, it's going to feel REALLY light. In this case, we suggest getting something on the larger side, somewhere around 35"-37" in diameter.
5/8" OD, 5 - 10 ounces
This hoop is the featherweight of the bunch and for that reason, it is sometimes more challenging for people to use. This hoop is great for smaller frames and people that like to hoop fast and not feel the weight of the hoop. This hoop is NOT recommended for breaks and reversals as the tubing is thinner and could kink if you are hooping in hot conditions.
Now that you've got a better idea about what weight of hoop you should get, now let us concentrate on size. There are a few methods for choosing a size floating around the internet that I will mention below.
I'm looking for a beginner exercise/fitness hoop, what would you recommend?
I'm a beginning hooper, how do I figure out what size to get?
The most general rule of thumb is to measure from the ground to your belly button and add 2-3 inches to that number.
I'm still a beginner, but I've got a few moves down and want to progress, what size should I get?
A very simple measurement if you fall into this category would be to take your height in inches and divide by two. I like this method, and still feel that adding 1-2 inches to that number would serve you well.
If you'd like to learn more about the different types of tubing and what's up with all the hoopla about polypro, check out our Hoop Tubing Reference Guide.