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Anybody can Hula Hoop!

Updated on March 2, 2009

Tips and tricks to get started hooping, including how to make your own hula hoop

Hula hoops are addictive, fun and once you start everyone wants to join in.

I bought the tools to make my own hoop after doing a search to find a proper hoop for adults and discovered the best way to get a hula hoop was to make your own, especially where I live as there weren't any proper hoops to buy. It was easy to make, and once I started everyone wanted to join in, including my neighbors. My brother in laws 12 year old son picked up a hoop and can't stop! I have even sold 2 hoops after the word spread. I always keep about 5 hoops on hand so everyone can join when they visit and they always do!

Don't buy hula hoops from toy stores!

They are not meant for adults, too lightweight and difficult to use. This lens will show you how to make your own, provide tutorials, tips and tricks to get you started hooping for a fun way to get fit.

Everyone Loves to Hoop!

How to Make Your Own Hula Hoop

Making your own hula hoop is a piece of cake...the only tricky part is tracking down the supplies. Once you know where to get them buy enough to make a bunch of me, everyone will ask you to make one for them!

What you will need

PVC or Poly Tubing: You can find this at

irrigation supply stores and depending where you live possibly Home Depot or other home improvement stores.

What type of tubing you buy is important.

For adults and beginners you will want 3/4 inch 160psi. This makes for a slightly heavier hoop and a good thickness.

Kids or people who want a lighter hoop: 100 - 120 psi.

I use 180 psi as that is all that I can get my hands on where I live. 180 + will cause some bruising when you first start (more on that later on.)

You can buy 1" diameter, this makes it a little thicker and heavier, it's really your own preference.

Insert Connectors - This holds the hoop together, in most cases if you buy 3/4" tubing then buy

3/4" connectors. However I use 5/8" nylon connectors and they work perfectly. When looking for connectors try inserting in the tubing it should be very difficult to get it in, or not really fit at all. You can use metal or plastic the main thing is that it's really tight. Buy a few different sizes and see which one works best.

PVC cutters (easiest option, or use mini saw) - you can buy cheap ones for only $5.

Duct tape or electrical tape - get black and a couple of colours to wrap your hula hoop.

Instructions (watch the video below for more detailed instructions)

1. Cut tubing to proper diameter. For beginners about chest high, bigger hoops make it easier when you first start.

2. Next heat up the ends of the tube under hot water or hair dryer to make it pliable. I just hold the tube ends under hot water.

3. Insert connector in one end so it's halfway in, then attach it to the other side and try to get it as snug as possible.

4. Wrap the black duct tape to seal up the seam. Then alternate two coloured tapes around the entire hoop to customize the look.

Tips for buying your supplies

*When shopping for supplies tell them it's for making a hula hoop. Most often they've had others come in for the same thing and will show you what to buy.

*Check out your local hooping groups like, they will point you in the right direction

Video instructions on how to make a hula hoop

How to Tape Your Hoop

Don't Want to Make Your Own Hoop? - Hoopnotica collapsible travel hoop in pink and gold

Hoopnotica Fitness Travel Hoop Combo Kit (incl. Weighted Hula Hoop, Carry Strap, Level 1 Hoopdance DVD) - Pink and Gold
Hoopnotica Fitness Travel Hoop Combo Kit (incl. Weighted Hula Hoop, Carry Strap, Level 1 Hoopdance DVD) - Pink and Gold
Hoopnotica is a popular and trusted brand for hooping videos and supplies. This hoop is collapsible to make it easy to store and travel with.

What to Expect When You Start Hooping

You will be sore

It's just like when you first start back riding a bike or a horse, you get saddle sore until your used to it, same with hula hooping, your waist will be sore at first.

When you first start practicing with your hoop you'll be sore for a few days even up to a week until your body gets used to the hoop.

I had huge bruises on my hips when I first started, that's normal, most people experience some bruising. I stuffed some facecloths under my belt to cushion when I was sore, however the best thing to do is just wait a day or two to heal.

You may want to wear some extra padding around the chins and knees when you first start and gloves when practicing spinning on your hand, that will help with the soreness until your used to it.

Remember to always stretch before and after you hoop, I learned this the hard way after throwing my neck out..this is especially important if you're feeling a bit tense or stressed as you're more likely to injure yourself.

How to get started

Everyone has a natural direction they like to hoop in, for me it's counterclockwise. You will know which way to hoop as it will just feel right. However practice going both ways especially for fitness.

Stand with one foot in front of the other, give your hoop a spin and push your hips back and forth, side to side as it's not quite a circular motion with the hips, more like a pumping action. It will feel awkward at first but once you get good at it you won't need to move much at all to keep it spinning.

It takes practice

It took me 3 days just to keep the hoop spinning around my waist and another week to walk around with it. It takes time and practice to get that beautiful fluid motion you see in the videos. Just keep at it and don't get discouraged. The best way to practice is listen to music, it helps you keep your rhythm.

Get started with a few tricks

You tube really helped me learn to hoop. There are a number of video tutorials that show you step-by-step how to do certain tricks. Simply search for "hoop dancing tutorial" or "hula hoop tutorial" and you'll find several tutorials on how to hoop.

I've added a few to get you started.

Hooping Styles

You can do much more than just spin it around your waist!

Hoop Dancing

Hoop dancing is just that, dancing with the hoop. It's hypnotic, beautiful and even sensual to watch. If your embarrassed to dance, this is a great excuse to start and many people start hoop dancing just for that reason.

Poi Hooping

Poi is a form of juggling usually using balls at the end of a chord. With poi hooping you're basically juggling by spinning the hoops around your body using your hands.

Fire Hooping

Just what it says, the hoop has torches around it lit on fire...something I will never try, but it's certainly pretty to watch

Hoop Dancing

Poi Hooping

Fire Hooping

Tips to Help You Get Better with the Hoop

Do yoga - this will help with flexibility and help make your movements more fluid. This also will help prevent any injuries from trying out new tricks.

Listen to music - it helps tremendously to get into the rhythm.

Take a belly dancing class - this will help with mastering the hip movements.

Try hooping blind folded or with your eyes closed - it helps you become more in sync with the hoop so you learn to move with the hoop.

Watch instructional videos- There are several on you tube that explain step-by-step how to hoop. You can also buy hooping videos which is useful as you can watch it while you hoop.

Tools to help you improve your skills with the hoop

Hoopnotica Hoop Mix CD - Volume 1
Hoopnotica Hoop Mix CD - Volume 1
Music from the Hoopnotica DVD's, perfect music to hoop to.
Yoga For Every Body
Yoga For Every Body
Excellent yoga video to keep you limber so you can do those tricks!

Hoopnotica DVD demo

Proof anyone can hoop! Photo credit

Proof anyone can hoop! Photo credit
Proof anyone can hoop! Photo credit

Now there's a movie! - Trailer for "The Hooping Life"

The hooping Life documentary about hooping and it's subculture. Release date coming soon. Visit the website the hooping life to learn more.

Amazing and inspiring

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      5 years ago

      Did you notice any reduction in waste size with this?

    • FallenHalos profile image


      7 years ago

      i must try try again! inspiring lens to a hoolahooper wanna be :D It is so frustrating that I can't keep it up hahahahaha :D

    • kburns421 lm profile image

      kburns421 lm 

      8 years ago

      That's interesting that you get bruises from this. I guess I should've expected that though seeing as I've gotten horrible bruises from soft fabric. Thanks for the insight though! I really, really want to get into hooping beyond the occasional twirl around my hips. I also would like to make my own since they're rather expensive. I enjoyed your lens.

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      Showpup LM 

      8 years ago

      My granddaughter and I really enjoyed your lens. I'm 42 and learning to hula hoop for exercise. It's great fun! I may have to try my hand at making my own. Thanks for the instruction.

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      8 years ago

      So many wonderful videos. I never tried hula hooping until I was in my 30s. I took my son to an art museum and they had an event there from a woman on her way to Burning Man. I never knew how until she told the whole group how and then it was amazing. Thanks for this insightful lens.

    • sulcatamandy profile image


      9 years ago from Montana

      This is such a great lens. I really appreciate seeing someone really dedicated to hooping making great lens about it! I can't wait to see more hooping lens from you.

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      HulaHoops LM 

      9 years ago

      I think I've visited this lens awhile back, but there seems to be more added. I love the poi hooping video!! Great lens!!

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      9 years ago

      Great lens! Really shows that hula hooping can be creative and a ton of fun.


      Li Li

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      There is a great site that offers hoop making kits-

      The Hoop-it-Yourself, and deco & grip tape, tubing and connectors...

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Very cool. Makes me want to go out and buy a hoop.

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      9 years ago

      thank you, thank you, thank you!!! i go to music festivals all the time and i get hypnotzed by the beautiful hoopers! it looks like so much fun and i always wished i could do it... so i went and got a hoop! yay! however, i have been feeling kinda crappy because i can barely keep it going. i am practicing though, and your site just gave me the little push i needed! i think i'm going to make one, too, because the one i bought is pretty small. i'm pretty crafty, so i think i can do it. thanks again for some inspiration :)

    • MagpieNest profile image


      9 years ago

      Excellent. I loved my Hula Hoop as a kid. Would never have thought of making one. Great idea. I'm tempted to have a go.

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      9 years ago

      @anonymous: I wonder if you can heat it to melt and mend it together?

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      9 years ago

      Your lens is great. Very informative. I liked your lens with a thumbs up.

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      9 years ago

      Hey there, wow lots of cool stuff here.

      I've just made a youtube video with some cool hoop spinning and juggling and two person hoop tricks on it, if you're looking for an addition to your poi hoop tricks section:


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      10 years ago

      Thanks! Great lens!


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      10 years ago

      Can you use piping cement to seal the hoop? I notice that the hoop starts to open up a little at the cut point after a few months of hooping. In the past I boil water and put the ends and seal. I thought that would do fine but I can see that the seal starts to pull apart. There has to be a better way to seal the hoop...does anyone one else have this problem?

      Thanks :)

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      11 years ago

      Lots of fun! Great lens 5 *'s.

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      11 years ago

      Never could I expect that hoola hoop could be made an art of dance, it is very intricate and complicated if your going to deepen the purpose or the extent of its use. Anyway I like the youtube video below, Gemini Hooping. Great lens by the way!

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      11 years ago

      This is a beautiful and well designed lens! I LOVE hula hooping!!

    • religions7 profile image


      11 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      11 years ago

      I got here through a link at Joan4's. I was really good at this when I was young and hadn't tried it for 30 years--thought it would be like riding a bike. My waist has growing since I was 12 and I just could not keep it up, perhaps I'll have to try again.....

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      sukkran trichy 

      11 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      well informative and interesting lens. great presentation. 5*

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      11 years ago

      What a fun lens and a fun way to get in shape for us older folks! I remember this was such fun as a child! Great lens! - Kathy

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      Shannon Chiarenza 

      11 years ago from Vancouver bc

      [in reply to Squidster] Thank you for the angel blessing !

    • Karicor profile image


      11 years ago

      I've been looking for a fun way to get some exercise and this seems to be just the thing. I had no idea that hooping was this big. Great lens, flows beautifully! Angel Blessings ^:)^

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      Kerri Bee 

      11 years ago from Upstate, NY

      It seems to me that the hula hoops in stores today are much lower quality than when I was a kid. I remember there being a few different colors and the color indicated the size, and that they all made that great chh-chh sound when you did it right. They seem so cheap now.

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      11 years ago

      Hi Shannon: Fun Hula Hoop lens. I remember when these things came out :) Half the neighborhood went out and got one. Love the granny polaroid! ~Music Resource~

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      Cool! I have a friend who makes these.

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      Zen Automat 

      11 years ago from New Hampshire

      Fun is the best way to describe your lens, great work and a Blessing from a SquidAngel.

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      11 years ago

      Cool lens! I used to hoola hoop all the time as a child and jump on a pogo stick too. 5*

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      11 years ago

      Makes me appreciate hula hoop. did it when I was 5 years old. thanks for the info.

    • RichLeighHD profile image


      11 years ago

      What a great fun lens! A definite 5 stars from me, that's for sure!

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      Tony Payne 

      11 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Cool, I never knew there was so much to hula-hooping. 5***** for a very nice lens.

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      The Homeopath 

      11 years ago

      The gentleman in the first video is in amazing shape! I need to steal my kids' hoop and get busy.

    • triathlontraini1 profile image


      11 years ago

      What a fun lens! I love the colorful nature of these fancy hoolahoops. It's probably really good exercise for the mid section and general range of motion, especially for seniors. :)

    • Christene-S profile image


      11 years ago

      Who knew there was so much info on hula hoops. :)

      Great Lens

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      11 years ago

      colorful lens, love it... its the simplest way of exercise, easy to learn and very inexpensive... most of all anybody can surely do it anywhere... why i didn't think of that before... 5 Stars, favored...

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      11 years ago

      Hah, what a fun idea for a lens. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      11 years ago

      I've been hooping for a few years now. It is a wonderful way to find your "center", melt stress away, and get a fit toned body. I bring hoops with me almost wherever I go and I love getting people who might otherwise not be into it to try it out. Anyone CAN hoop.

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      11 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Fun, fun, fun! *****

    • RaintreeAnnie profile image


      11 years ago from UK

      Great lens. Hula Hooping looks like fun!

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      LauraMarie LM 

      11 years ago

      Great lens!! I don't have a hoop but perhaps I should get one!! Sounds like so mcuh fun!!

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love my hula hoop - great exercise!

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      12 years ago

      Fun lens! I gotta get better with a hoop! 5*FAV and lensrolled.

    • debnet profile image


      12 years ago from England

      Oh great lens! I can't wait to make myself a hoop now!!

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      12 years ago

      Definitely healthy way to exercise. Nice work.


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