Read on to learn more about hoops available in each section, tube types, weight, what’s best to avoid bruising and more!
When you select a category under Buy Your Hoop, first select a tape wrap style, then you will be able to select tube type, colors and size. All hoops in a given category are made of the same materials (except for the Heavy Tubing Option in the Everyday Use Section). The only difference in price is due to the tape style selected. If you are taking a class and do not know, you can always ask your instructor what type tubing they recommend.
Standard or Collapsible:
Hoops come in two options, Standard which is a permanent solid hoop and Collapsible which comes with a push button to coil down or 4 or more pieces to be completely disassembled.
Any Standard Hoop over 26″ will ship coiled down in a box to avoid shipping damage and to preserve its shape during transport…but don’t fret, they are easy to push together.
We ship the hoops with the connector secured inside one end of the hoop. When you receive it, stand Your Hoop in front of you and push the exposed end of the connector into the hoop using an up & down motion…see the video. If necessary, carefully heating the open end of the hoop with a hair dryer (or grabbing a strong buddy) can make it easier to push together.
Now that you have pushed together your Standard Hoop, there’s one last step…
Locate the plastic peg under the tape near the connection point. You’ll then insert the attached peg into the hole drilled underneath your tape…once you have, it’s a permanent non collapsible hoop.
You can also make adult hoops a Collapsible Hoop for just a bit more!
Any Everyday Use, Hoopdance or Fitness Hoop can come in a great collapsible pull apart style! Just select the hoop you want and add the Collapsible Hoop option you want when adding the product to your cart!
Collapsible hula hoops are custom built to order and are available as a 1 pc, 4 pc, 6 pc or 8 pc style. The 1 Pc Collapsible Hoop is an economical way to have a travel hoop. For long term storage, wire ties work great. For quick access, we love the pony tail holders with two plastic balls where one ball loops over the other. Use two to three…easy breezy!
Our Hoop Links let your hoop fit your mood. Choose a 2 inch Hoop Link to increase your chosen hoop size by two inches or a 4 inch Hoop Link to increase it by four inches.
EXAMPLE: You can order a 36″ hoop and add a 2 inch Hoop Link to increase it to 38″. Order a 40″ and a 4 inch Hoop Link to increase it to 44″.
How To Select Your Hoop 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 belly button or slightly above. Very experienced hoopers typically go no more than an inch below the belly button. Bigger waist? Add an inch or two.
Hoop dancers will benefit from a bit more room in their hoop (more room to perform tricks without knocking yourself in the head!) than is necessary for exercise hooping around the waist (the smaller the hoop, the faster the rotation and the more you’ll have to tighten your core, like it or not).
About Hoop Weights:
All our Everyday Use, Hoop Dance Hoops and Fitness Hoops are considered “weighted hoops”.
Pro Performance and Hoop Play Kid’s Hoops: 1/2″ Tubing and weigh around 1/2 lb.
Tubing Circumference = 2.5″ – Diameter = 6/8″
Light Tubing: 3/4″ Tubing and average weight is 14 oz to 1 lb.
Tubing Circumference = 3.3″ – Diameter = 7/8″
In the Everyday, Hoop Dance & Fitness Hoops Sections
Heavy Tubing: 3/4″ Tubing and around 1.5 lbs.
Tubing Circumference = 3.375″ – Diameter = 1″
Can cause slight to moderate bruising if used anywhere besides the waist.
Some beginners and hoopdancers prefer Heavy Tubing.
In the Everyday Use Section.
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Everyday Use Hoops:
Our Everyday Use Hoops are the best bang for the buck out there and are a great way to get started. Perfect for general hooping, hoopdance or hoop classes. If you are taking a class and do not know, you can always ask your instructor what type tubing they recommend.
Select your tubing: Light (more flexible) or Heavy (a bit heavier and more rigid). A lot of beginners seem to prefer light or heavy empty tubing with no filler. Bruising is much less probable with a light empty hoop. Some may experience bruising with the Heavy Tubing.
To select your size, you should know our Adult Size fits most. 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).
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Hoop Dance Hoops and Fitness Hoops:
Our hoopdance hoops are the perfect size and weight to get your groove on. Features our 3/4″ Light tubing with no filler and fabulous tape jobs. Design your custom hoop dance hula hoop today. If you are taking a class and do not know, you can always ask your instructor what type tubing they recommend.
Hoop Dance & Fitness Hula Hoops ~ We recommend light tubing with no added weight to get the speed you want to do fast tricks. If you’re beginning or are more of a low tempo music kinda person, heavy tubing is still OK. Just remember, the heavier the hoop, the slower the rotation.
To select your size, you should know our Adult Size fits most. A fair rule of thumb is to measure from the ground to about 2 inches above your belly button.
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Exercise ~ We personally like the Light empty tubing which can be found in the Fitness Hoops section. It comes in around 1 lb and you don’t feel the “pull” you experience with a water filled hoop. Heavier hoops have a slower rotation so a heavy hoop with weight is really gonna have you moving to get the speed up. When you add weight it gets heavy fast and can cause bruising if you’re just learning.
There is much discussion in the area of exercise hoops and we believe it’s pretty much personal preference. Many feel a light hoop forces you to move faster, thereby tightening the muscles as you hoop. Others like weighted hoops. You have to use more force to push the hoop around…but you can’t hoop as fast.
A lot of beginners seem to prefer light with a bit of weight or heavy empty tubing which are found in our Basic Hoops section. Many hoop dance classes use light empty hoops. To select your size, you should know our Adult Size fits most. A fair rule of thumb is to measure from the ground to about 2 inches above your belly button.
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Hoop Play Kid's Hoops:
Looking for sturdy hula hoops for the little ones? Avoid the bruising caused by the heavier tubing with our Hoop Play hoops! Hoop Play Kid’s Hoops are still made of a sturdier plastic than regular hoops. We use a smaller tubing than our regular hoops and they weigh in at just a half a pound. Perfect for little bodies!
Pro Performance Hoops:
Your Hoop manufactures hoops for everyone, including the Pros. Our dance, circus and rhythmic gymnastic hoops (not FIG certified) are built from a lighter tubing than our regular hoops to ensure maximum speed with minimal bruising. When ordering, size indicated is the OUTER DIAMETER of the hoop.