Hula Hoop Workout for Weight Loss - Hoopnotic review

Beauty Cred on 30 Oct 2008 at 1:42pm

I decided to try out the Hoopnotic TravelHoop exercise program. The Hoopnotic program is basically a ramped up grown-up version of the hula hoop you knew as a child—only now things are serious as this hoop touts the ability to get you in shape and get you a few pounds lighter.

Here's what I knew going into Hoopnotic:

  1. My stomach has always been my "better" feature; still fairly in shape post-children, but it could use a little attention now and then. I'm just not tummy tuck material (yet).
  2. My yoga studio has offered bellydancing classes. I hadn't taken them, but I've done workouts with similar moves and those gyrations absolutely tighten up tummy muscles.
  3. It's a hula hoop! How hard could this be?

Here's what I found out: it's not as easy as it looks. A couple of us at RealSelf.com had joked about me videotaping myself "in hoop"—I'm now glad that didn't happen.

First, I snapped together the Hoopnotic TravelHoop. As I kept snapping the pieces together, I realized hey—this thing is LARGE. It's 44" in diameter. I must've stared at it for quite some time wondering how I'd ever keep it in motion on my body.

One thing that helps is that the Hoopnotic hoop is wrapped with a colored elastic-like band—that's the striping you see on the picture of it. It actually provides some padding—and friction—as you're going through the hula-like motions, which helps keep the hoop from falling to the floor.

It's recommended that you allow a full 8 square feet around you (that means above you, too) in order avoid breaking any lamps or fine china. I found the space in my house, but I question how easy that would be in a Westin room. And trust me, this is one workout you probably want to do in your room...alone—at least until you get it down to a fluid dance a'la rhythmic gymnastics or you're in a hooping class (yes, they exist).

Finally, I was ready to watch the instructional dvd and get hooping. So I did. And I did not. I tried and tried to get the hoop going on my hips and could not. I could easily do the "anti-stress" hoop exercises, but the moves I really wanted to do to help my stomach muscles, well, let's just say I have to keep trying. And I will. The women in the Hoopnotic videos just make it look so easy that I'm convinced I will be able to do it, too. So stay tuned.

WiWi: Was it Worth it? Well, to coin the classic relationship phrase, my experience with Hoopnotic TravelHoop has been one of, "Darling, it's not you...it's me." At least that's my stance right now. I do think that if I can get the hang of keeping the hoop on my body it will yield results. It is large, however, so if you try any of the Hoopnotic Hoops, be sure to allow enough space. Hoopnotic Hoops go for about $45.

posted by Nancy