What is a time of joy for many women was my darkest hour.
The first time I noticed a weighted hula hoop was when watching BubzBeauty vlogs on YouTube and seeing one of my favorite YouTubers talking about using a weighted workout hula hoop.
As someone who had never mastered the hoop in her childhood, I was immediately intrigued and thought about buying one. That very week I started shopping around online and by mid-June, the package arrived at my house. I ordered the Sports Hoop- Trim Hoop on Amazon, put it together and immediately began knocking things over.
I purchased the hula hoop about a week ago on Amazon. It came segmented in a box with the colored padding already on all of the sections. I put them in “rainbow order” and began trying to link them together. When I tried using it, the hula hoop disconnected twice so I had to be sure that different sections actually made a click noise when I attached them.
As someone new to hula hooping, I tried to use merengue moves to keep the hoop up and only ended up demolishing a potted plant. The hoop is pretty wide and it’s more than half my height, so I had to make some adjustments to my surroundings when hooping.
I used it twice that first day to see how long I would be able to keep the hoop turning. It didn’t feel super heavy, just heavier than the usual hoop, which made me use my lower back and waist more when moving.
By the end of the first day, I didn’t feel any bruising, just some slight stiffness around my middle. It was really fun to see the colors swirl around into a rainbow and I loved the idea of working out with something that I saw as a game when I was just a kid.
I woke up with a stiff waist on the morning of the second day. After eating breakfast, stretching, and getting some chores out of the way, I turned on some music and found out that I was able to keep the hoop turning for a little over half of a song before it dropped.
Since I was having so much success making the hoop move clockwise, I attempted to make it go counter clockwise. But that didn’t go too well.
After a quick break, I tried to keep the hoop going for an entire 3-minute song and was actually able to do so.
I incorporated the hula hoop into the cardio part of an abdominal morning workout. In an attempt to see if more hooping would lead to quicker results, I took extra time out to try using the hoop more.
When I tried to go for longer than 15 minutes, I ended up with a sore spot right above my left hip.
I woke up feeling a little stiff, especially on my lower back and my shoulders due to holding my arms up when I using the hula hoop. Since I worked from home that day, I decided to take a break right before lunch to try to stand on my bed and see if I could balance and hula hoop at the same time.
After a few attempts and after knocking over a pile of books, I was able to hula hoop going counter clockwise and clockwise. I felt invincible.
Because I was able to learn how to hoop in both directions, I kept taking breaks to hula hoop while standing on my bed, or in my living room. I also figured out that two fun songs to hoop to were “Lean On” by Major Lazer and “Sun and Moon” by Above and Beyond.
I used the hoola hoop as the cardio portion of a leg workout. I tried hooping to a playlist of songs that added up to about 10 minutes, and I was able to keep the hoop going for that entire time.
Thanks to working out for an hour the day before, I was sore just about everywhere, but since I had reached my goal of keeping the hoop up for a little over 10 minutes, I wasn’t going to skip using it.
Since the hula hoop was something I was unable to master as a child in the 90s, I played a ton of N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, and Selena while hula hooping to celebrate discovering my new sense of coordination and grace. It was probably the best workout I had that week.
Take Away From The Experiment
This is actually a fun workout, a lot funner than I thought it would be. It won’t necessarily make your waist tiny or flatten your abs right away, but it’s something fun and new that can be added to any cardio routine, or to wake up your body.
As someone who often works from home, I used the hula hoop when I was hitting burn out and felt like I needed a break that didn’t involve surfing the web and eating random snacks.
I did however notice that if I used the hula hoop for more than 10 minutes at a time, or used it various times throughout the day, my abs would get sore and I’d have a tender spot on my waist that felt like a bruise in the making.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend making the hoop your entire workout, but more of a way to have fun while trying to get in an extra workout. It can easily be paired with a waist or abdominal workout video.
Like all over workout trends, it takes time and dedication. And it’s fun; I can’t actually say that about all of the other workouts I’ve ever tried.