Beginner Exercise...What Size Hoop Should I Buy?

I am just beginning to hula hoop for exercise. I am almost 5’5 and little round in the middle (LOL). Would a regular size hula hoop work and how long does it take to get the hoop? Would an Everyday Use Hoop or Fitness Hoop be appropriate?

To Select Your Size: For beginners, a fair rule of thumb is to measure from the ground to about an inch or two above your belly button (the bigger the hoop, the slower the rotation).  For more experienced hoopers or for those that could hoop as a kid, measure to your belly button or slightly above. Very experienced hoopers typically go no more than an inch below the belly button.  A little round in the middle…depends on how much.

At 5’5”, if you’re maybe about 150lb or higher, you could go a bit bigger… add an inch or two.


Hoop Weights: All our Everyday Use, Hoop Dance Hoops and Fitness Hoops are considered "weighted hoops" and make great exercise hoops.


Our Light Tubing is 3/4" and average weight is 14 oz to 1 lb. Available In the Everyday, Hoop Dance & Fitness Hoops Sections


Heavy Tubing is 3/4" and around 1.5 lbs and can cause slight to moderate bruising if used anywhere besides the waist.Available In the Everyday Use Section.


So, if you think you’ll pick it up quickly (like if you could hoop as a kid), you may go on and go with the Light Tubing.  It is more comfortable and will force you to hoop faster and you’ll have no choice but to tighten your core. The smaller the hoop is, the more core crunching it is.



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