When I first heard that people were actually going to classes and buying instructional DVDs for hula hooping I almost couldn't believe my ears. As a kid, hula hooping was reserved for rainy gym class days spent indoors or if you had one at home it probably just sat in your garage after a couple uses because you had better things to do than to gyrate around with an over-sized piece of plastic around your waist. Let's face it...those things are hard to keep moving for your average boney hipped seven year old.
After seeing how life-changing "hooping" can be as a structured fitness routine for adults, however, my views on this fitness craze have drastically changed. Take Hoopnotica for instance. In addition to offering group classes, they sell a variety of kits on their website that include instructional DVDs and adjustable hoops that can accommodate almost any body type and skill level. Hoopnotica Director of Teacher Training, Jen Moore even lost 143 pounds with this alternative workout. “I decided to set realistic goals. Before, I’d always made commitments that were too large to manage, like, I’m going to go to the gym for five hours a day and go on the treadmill. I decided I was going to try hooping for just 15 minutes a day for a month,” says Moore.
Our final verdict on "Hooping" is a thumbs up...anytime you can combine fitness with fire it's a win-win situation.
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