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Wait hooping

There are several ways to hula hoop – make sure you warm up thoroughly first and then watch the video or read through the steps below:

Learn how to hula hoop around your waist.

1. How to stand

Place one foot infront of the other, about a foot’s width apart (like you’re walking rather than lunging!). Keep your head up or looking forward – try not to look down as it’s hard to hoop on a curved body. Breathe out and relax your shoulders, tighten your core and keep your knees soft.

How to stand Don't lunge

2. How to hold your hoop

Hold your hoop in the smallest part of your waist – NOT on your hips! Hold the hoop so it’s supported on either side of your body and your can feel it touching your back. Hold it flat and level.

How to hold the hula hoop How to hold the hoop

3. The push

This is really important – a good push sets you up with a better chance of sustaining the movement around your waist. Push with one hand in the direction that feels most natural and just let the hoop fall to the floor. Don’t wiggle just yet.

Give this a few goes to get used to the feel of the hoop and to see where it comes in contact with your body.

Ensure you push the hoop from one side of your body to the other side to get a good spin going.Make sure you don’t push the hoop at an angle as this will make it difficult to correct the movement around your wait.

Flat Push Don't angle the push

4. Moving those hips

Having practiced the push and not moved your hips, you should notice the hoop already does several spins before it falls to the floor. We simply want to tap into that momentum (easier said than done I hear you saying!)

Use a backwards and forwards motion with your hips – it is NOT a round and round movement. You effectively want to thrust backwards and forwards to keep your hoop moving. Try tucking your bottom in and out in quick succession – like you’re swinging your hips backwards and forwards to close a draw in the kitchen.

You can feel a bit silly doing this to start with but the more you exaggerate the movement and the faster you do it, the quicker you’ll nail the move.

The right movement Moving your hips

5. It’s not working!

This takes practice – I stood in the garden for an hour every day after work for at least a week, just trying to get this move. Here are some top tips to help:

  1. Check your feet
  2. Are you lunging? Move your feet back so they are closer together.

  3. Don’t look down
  4. It’s very tempting to watch the hoop but this angles your body. Place your hand behind your head, like you’re super relaxed, to stop you looking down and watching the hoop.

  5. Speed up
  6. Most people start really slow, it’s actually quite a quick movement. Try going faster.

  8. Don’t be shy about that movement – exaggerate the thrusting movement – you need to move more than you think to keep the momentum

  9. Keep practicing
  10. This comes naturally to some and not so much to others. It’s a new skill and like any new skill (dancing, martial arts, football, archery, maths, english, playing a musical instrument) it takes practice – you can do it!

Learn how to save the hula hoop

Does your hula hoop keep slipping off your waist? Learn how to save it with these techniques. To keep the hoop around your waist, you need to maintain a steady and constant rhythm. The hoop will often drop to the floor if you slow down, or get out of sync with the rotations of the hoop. Try these techniques to see if you can save your hula hoop when it begins to fall.

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