A guide to hula hoops
When ordering hula hoops from the internet you have to consider three main factors: purpose, size, and tubbing.
They are two main types of tubing. Polyethylene, which is thicker and heavier and polypro which is a skinnier and lighter tubing. A general rule is heavy and larger is slow and light and small is fast.
Big and Heavy
Beginner hoops are perfect if your just starting out. They are usually bigger and heavier which makes it easier to learn on body moves, not to mention easier on the body because you can move slower. They are made from a thicker tubbing called polyethylene or PE as its commonly called. The thickness of the tubing, is usually 3/4″- 1”. The overall size of the hoop circle for a beginner starts at 40”. I recommend measuring the distance from your belly button to the floor. This will give you the correct size for your beginner hoop.
These are also great for the beginner but fun for any level. These hoops are also made from polyethylene and can range from 50″ to 70″. They are great if you want to slow down your moves, practice foundations, or hoop with a partner. Make sure it has break away connectors so you can take it apart and transport it easily.
Smaller and Lighter
Smaller and lighter hoops are commonly referred to as polypro hoops. This polypro tubing is typically 5/8” thick, with the overall size of no bigger than 36’. These are perfect for learning off body moves such as body rolls and hand spins. They are also great if you want to incorporate more dance into your routine.
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