Dance Hoops - The Goldilocks of Hoops
The lightest hoops in our fitness line (about 1 lb) are made from 100 psi polyethylene tubing. Our dance fitness hoops are great for the smaller sized beginner or an experienced hooper transitioning to another size.
The dance style is the Goldilocks choice of hoops: Not very heavy, not very light. It sits in a weight range that makes both dance and fitness programs accessible with the same hoop. A continuous wrap of grip tape helps with control, and the larger diameter options allow the practitioner to use slower body movements than the smaller polypro dance style hoops.
This Style is Great for:
- Beginner hoopers with smaller body types or previous dance experience
- The experienced hooper wanting to transition between a heavier fitness hoop and a polypro
- An off body and trick style hooper wanting to add more core work into their physical practice
- Beginners with physical conditions such as osteoporosis or other conditions that lead to weakened bones or easy bruising
- A fitness hooper who has become pregnant and needs a lighter option for waist hooping
Why is a Bigger Hoop Easier?
We usually recommend larger hoops for beginners because larger diameters make many things easier to learn.
Waist hooping is easier with a larger hoop! If you are learning to hoop around your waist, a bigger hoop is easier. The larger the diameter of the hoop, the slower you have to move to keep it going. If you try to use a smaller circle, your body has to move faster to keep up with the rotations.
Is Slower Hooping Easier?
Slower movements give us more time to think about what we are doing and allow us to pay more attention to each movement.
As we get older, or if we are recovering from injuries, our bodies (especially our spines) prefer slower movements than when we were children. When we are learning and still building muscle strength, it is helpful to ease our body into new movements.
If you were training for a marathon, you would pick a steady pace that you can maintain for long periods of time. A slower movement while hooping will make it easier to use for longer periods of time, so that you can hoop longer before becoming sore or fatigued.
Learning tricks can be easier with a larger hoop. There is a whole world of tricks and dance moves that move your body through the center of the hoop. Sometimes you might want to jump through the hoop or use your hand to lift it from your waist to above your head. The Dance Style Fitness Hoop is still light enough to use for tricks, so it is a great way to start adding more dance and flow to your fitness practice!
Does a Larger Hoop Make Tricks Easier?
If you are learning a trick that puts your body through the hoop, it is often more comfortable for beginners to move through a larger space.
Since the larger hoop allows for slower movements, there is more time to break down the mechanics of the trick and pay attention to each movement.