Monday, August 31, 2015

Tips for choosing the best hoop size and weight for you

Freshly made kiddie hoops!

One of the benefits to the hoops I sell locals, is that they include a custom fitting session and free mini-lesson. I make new hoopers a hula hoop specifically for the measurement that they provide. And then when we meet to complete the transaction, I let them try some other sizes.

Just as in Harry Potter the wand chooses you, my hoops choose the person. Okay. That's a stretch (analogies are not my creative forte), but even a relatively minor difference in a hoop's dimensions can sometimes affect how it feels around one's waist, so it's a treat to be able to try out a few options before making a final decision.

If you are purchasing your hoop from someone other than Alphabet Hoops and need to specify a set size and weight

As for life in general, a large factor in one's hooping success is attitude. To choose a hoop size:
  • If you are confident and are thinking "Of course, I'll be successful!" --- order a hoop that reaches the top part of your navel.
  • If you are unsure about your ability to hoop successfully and are thinking "Well, maayyyybbeeee I'll be able to hoop!" --- order a hoop that reaches from the floor to one inch above your navel.
  • If you are positive that you can't hoop and are thinking "There is no way that I can hula hoop, I don't care what size the hoop is!" --- order a hoop that reaches from the floor to about the middle of your rib cage.
In all cases, I recommend a heavy hoop --- 160 PSI --- for beginners. This ensures and encourages newbie hooping success, after which hoopers can more confidently explore other hoop sizes and weights.

Good luck and may you have years of happy hooping ahead of you!

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