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Top Beginners Tips For Newbie Hula Hoopers
This could be you!
Hooping takes time and dedication, but the minute you get a move, it's all worth it. Since I began my hooping journey I've had moments of despair, but myself and much more experienced hoopers will tell you just how rewarding it is when you nail a move that you've been practising non-stop. I should note that I haven't been hooping a large amount of time myself and am always hoping to hear and new tips that I have missed.
Let the list commence!
1. YOUTUBE VIDEOS.
When I first decided to get into hooping, video's were a lifesaver. There were no hoop classes near me so I turned to the good ol' internet. There are a TON of videos out there, its just a matter of finding the right ones that work for you. One of my absolute favourite hooptubers is Deanne Love; she just manages to explain how to do tricks in such a concise and well explained way. I especially love her 'troubleshooting' which reminds me that I'm not alone in finding certain tricks tricky (ha...)!
2. FIND A CLASS.
As already mentioned, classes just were not an option in the town I used to live in and I totally understand that in many locations they are hard to come by, but oh my, since I have moved town and subsequently found a class, I have learnt SO MUCH. Nothing beats having somebody who knows what they're talking about guiding you through hooping at your own pace. In my opinion, if you have the option, classes are definitely worth the money.
My next tip follows on nicely...
3. FIND HOOPY PEOPLE TO HOOP WITH.
Hoop classes allow you to meet other hoopers in your local area, or of course, social media. Have a search on Facebook or other sites to find out about the hooping community near to you!
4. FIND THE RIGHT HOOP.
A lot of experienced hoopers will encourage a beginner to get a very large hoop. I actually found that this was a disservice to me - I actually find hooping with a smaller hoop much easier than my large one, which means of course money down the drain. If you have a shop near to you ask to try the different sizes to see what works best for you.
5. MAKE USE OF THE SPACE YOU HAVE.
That's right, don't let a lack of space get in the way (quite literally...). If your house/flat is quite small, practise tricks that don't need so much space inside, you can use outdoor space such as a garden or public park to practise the other moves!
6. SEE OTHER'S HOOPING SUCCESS AS INSPIRATION.
Don't get disheartened with seeing how incredible other hoopers are, instead use it as inspiration to try your hardest and practice, practice, practice. It could be you someday!
7. BE SMART WITH YOUR TIME.
You can pick up your hoop at any time, no excuses, even just 10 minutes here and there will make a huge difference to your overall hooping.
8. ENJOY YOUR HOOPING.
This may sound like an obvious one but it's so easy to get lost in focusing on the moves, I often forget to even smile - this won't help make my hooping look any good! Enjoy it and it will show!
This is most certainly not a complete list. Please comment if you have any other tips that you'd like to share!