Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hula Hoopla

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Okay so I'm maybe a decade late on this particular bandwagon but let me tell you, readers, I have a new addiction. I took my first hula hooping class (the modern exercise calls itself "hooping" to distance itself from retro kitsch, but I'll stick with the retro kitsch, thanks) two weeks ago, and I am officially hula-hooked! I bought a weighted exercise hoop and I've been practicing daily - trying to avoid hitting the walls of our little apartment. So far I can only move the hoop between spinning on the waist and hips, and do, like, turns and stuff - I'm currently attempting to learn knee-hooping (and have the bruises to show for it).

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Although hula hooping has origins in the ancient world, the modern hula hooping phenomenon began when the toy manufacturer Wham-O (whose other great success was the frisbee) marketed a plastic hula hoop in the summer of 1958 - they'd got the idea from bamboo hoops used for gym classes in Australian schools.

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The toy was an instant hit, selling twenty million $1.98 hoops in the first few months of production and igniting a worldwide craze. Within a couple of years sales totalled over 100 million. There were even songs written about it.

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Do you hula too? Can you do any cool moves?

18 comments:

  1. Oh!! I am pleased I am not the only one out there trying to learn! Mine is not weighted - I asked a teacher friend to nab one from school for me to practice with. All i can make it do it spin. Eugh. So frustrating. BUT - I am perservering.

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    1. You might find it easier with a heavier hoop (keeps its own momentum better I think), or just a bigger one - my instructor recommends having one that, if you rest it on the floor in front of you, comes up to your belly button.

      xx Charlotte

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  2. Seeing hula hoops always reminds me of The Hudsucker Proxy:)

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  3. Being blessed with an hourglass figure, I have always found hula hooping easy, which is perhaps why I continued to do it through childhood and into adulthood.

    Recently an aerobics instructor at my local gym recently tried incorporating some hula hoop exercises into her class, but most of the gals there had skinny hips so the hoops kept falling down!

    Also, I agree that using a weighted hoop is preferable, especially for beginners. Never, ever buy the cheap, featherweight ones.

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  4. I can hula hoop but don't. I should though- where do you have your sessions?

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    1. They have classes at Gold's gym in Hanwell.

      xx Charlotte

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  5. I have no idea that hula hoop is fashionnable again!!!
    Can be a nice way to stay healthy.

    Just to let you know that I have had some problems lately with your blog and was not able to give any comment... I tried at home and at work and it didn't works (about your 10 last posts). I don't know if someone else had the problem....

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  6. I almost purchased a hula hoop last year as I loved the one I had as a kiddie, but I'm torn as to whether it would aggravate my back (I have ongoing problems.

    xx

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  7. That sounds like a heck load of fun. I've never mastered it, but I need more "fun" exercises. Did you see the hula hoop girl on the got to dance auditions, she was pretty cool

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  8. That sounds like so much fun! I've always enjoyed hula hooping, but I never thought about a class! I want to dig around my area to see if I can find one for myself! I remember going to a burlesque show awhile back, and the gal stripped while hula hooping - doing it in various places up on her arm, down low, and such.

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  9. Gosh, I'd forgotten all about them, my cousins and I used to play with them as kids!

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  10. I did it as a child and was very good at circling the hula hoop around my arm down to the hand and back up again. Could even do it around the waist with two or three hula hoops... And in gymnastics we did a lot of throwing in the air or on the ground (away from you with a back twist so it comes back to you).
    But that is now about 20 years ago and I never did it again since... Shame, though, cause I really liked it. But it has to be a wooden hula hoop (no plastic) for the body work.

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  11. They had them at school when I was a child, I was never any good at it though, maybe I should have another go :)

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  12. I love hula hooping!! Several of my good gal pals are really good at it! They ever use hoops with fire burning on it! I haven't gotten as good as knee hooping yet, I can do some mid-upper body moves, still a newbie!
    Keep us informed with your progress with hooping Charlotte!! I am going to use hula hooping to slim down my baby weight! ;)

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  13. I like hula hooping but find it so hard to take myself seriously when I do it. I can manage the hoop pretty well--I never had any trouble with it--but I don't know how much actually dancing I can do.

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  14. I have a circus hoop, which is large and heavy. I really enjoy using it, I once did two hours solid and could barely bend over for the rest of the week! It's so good for toning the waist.

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  15. Yay! I'm so excited to read about a budding hula hoop star! I took classes with Miss Saturn at the New York School of Burlesque and have been addicted ever since. I don't know what you'd call my hoops, they're quite large and made of plastic tubing covered in colored tape... But I can go from neck to knees and back up again! I used to do it in the window of a local bar. Quite the eye catching hobby, I'll tell you. It was great to get some history and I can't wait to hear more!
    Love,
    Bebe!

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  16. I used to hoop with the plastic ones as a young girl. I think I last picked one up, ehhh, 7 years ago? I think I should find a weighted one.

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