A LITTLE ABOUT CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOOP
Modern hula hoops/dance hoops are made from sturdy plastic tubing.
Why not just get one from Wal-Mart for five or ten bucks?
SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL CANADIAN HOOPSMITH COMMUNITY
EZ CLIPS AND GHOST RIVETS
Metal pushbuttons that are traditionally used to make hoops collapsible were originally designed for metal gazebo poles. At this time mostly all hoop companies in Canada and the States are still using traditional hardware, but Dave has a vision to "change the whirled" with these pieces, and you and me are going to be a part of that :) The metal pushbuttons are functional, but lots of times they hurt your fingers to use, and you have to use a tool or something to get the hoop open. Jamming a hard tool down a metal sphere towards your tape job is not ideal. And even if the pushbutton seems easy to operate initially, the connection often gets stiff over time. EZ Clips fix all that, and they are lightweight. They have a nylon head and the spring is made from galvanized music wire. The button barely pokes out above the tubing and gives your finger no resistance, making it easy to open and close any hoop. The same hardware works in 5/8", 11/16", 3/4", and 7/8" tubing.
Traditional rivets form a piece of metal on both the inside and outside of the tubing, permanently fusing the connector piece. Ghost rivets are in fact not rivets at all. They are tiny screws that require more effort for the hoopsmith to install than a rivet, but the effect is revolutionary. After inserting the Ghost Rivet screw, the head is sliced off with a sharp razor and you're left with a perfectly smooth profile on the hoop. This is a lot nicer than a bumpy piece of metal that your hand must navigate in certain tricks like (ironically), ghosting. Also, it's lighter weight. It will never rattle, and your hair can never get stuck in it!
Core moves like waist hooping and chest hooping are easier to perform on bigger, heavier, slower hoops with grip tape. Smaller, lighter hoops make many off-body hand tricks easier to learn and do.
Choosing the right size is important.
Deluxe Beginner/Body Hoop:
A larger diameter hoop will be easier to use for core hooping on your body. A smaller diameter hoop will be more versatile on your long-term hoop journey. For the 7/8" HDPE Deluxe Beginner Hoop, I recommend getting your first hoop between 38 and 44" diameter with most people being comfortable using a 38" if petite or 40” hoop if tall to start. When in doubt, go bigger. A 42 - 44” diameter hoop will accommodate just about anyone, regardless of size or athletic ability. You will need a lot of room for this size hoop.
I consider this to be the all purpose hoop. I always have a few in different sizes and colours and love frequently switching when I’m dancing. For a beginner, I recommend the 34 - 36” size. You might not be able to core hoop with it right away, but it is perfect for learning and performing just about everything else you can do with a hoop, from isolations to leg hooping. I personally enjoy doing tricks with this hoop in the 30” - 36” range, though I still find the 36” to be the most versatile for core hooping.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you sell weighted exercise hoops?
Yes, but I consider 100 psi PE tubing to be "weighted". (Other shops use 160 psi for weighted "exercise" hoops where the main use is waist hooping, or add water to hoops to make them heavier). Any hoop can be a tool for movement and muscle development. You do not need a hoop with added weight or heavy, stiff tubing above 125 psi. These are uncomfortable to use in my opinion.
How long will my hoop last?
With proper selection and care, your hoop can function indefinitely. However, Decorative Tape is fragile and will inevitably accrue wear and tear. If you drop or throw your hoop on hard surfaces like concrete or gravel, the tape is likely to scratch and rip. As a beginner, you will drop your hoop a lot. That's why I add Clear Protective Tape to your hoop for free. It will prolong the life of the tape impressively, but not indefinately.
You can prolong the looks of your hoop by only using it indoors (carpet is best), or on grass or soft vegetation-covered ground outside. You can learn tricks to gain control. You can also choose to cover your hoop in grip tape only, which will make it much more durable and resistant to wear and tear. Scratched up and surface damaged hoops are still highly functional. If you would like to refresh the look of your hoop, they can be re-taped. Contact me for a quote!
What if I can’t keep it up?
There are so many things you can do with a hoop besides spin it around your waist, and endless tutorials on youtube for advice. Check out Hoop-Trix.com. Learning isolations and other hand tricks with a beginner hoop puts the “muscle” in “muscle memory”. Transferring your skills to a smaller, lighter hoop later on will be a breeze!
What is proper storage for my hoop?
You can hang your hoops, lean them up against a wall (make sure it doesn’t have a baseboard heater) or lie them flat. Store collapsible hoops in the open position.