Anybody can Hula Hoop!
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 hoops...trust me, everyone will ask you to make one for them!
What you will need
PVC or Poly Tubing: You can find this at
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
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 meetup.com, they will point you in the right direction
Video instructions on how to make a hula hoop
How to Tape Your Hoop
Excellent Online Shop to Buy Tape - Plus links to other sites
Buy all varieties of tapes including vinyl, gaffer, camouflage, prismatic, holographic and more. You will also find links to buy custom made hoops and more instructional sites for making hoops.
Make your own collapsible hoop and LED hoop
- Collapsible hoop tutorial
This link gives instructions for making a collapsible hula hoop and instructions for making a standard hoop.
- LED hoop tutorial
If you really want to get crafty, this is an excellent tutorial on how to make an LED hoop
- ProdMod LED Hula Hoop Assembly
Detailed tutorial and DIY kit for making your own LED Hula Hoop
Don't Want to Make Your Own Hoop? - Hoopnotica collapsible travel hoop in 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.
Hoopnotica Collasible Travel Hoop in Teal and Silver
More Places to Buy Pre-Made Hoops
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.
You can do much more than just spin it around your waist!
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 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.
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
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
Popular belly dancing instructional video will help you move your hips with the hoop
Music from the Hoopnotica DVD's, perfect music to hoop to.
Excellent yoga video to keep you limber so you can do those tricks!
Hoopnotica DVD demo
Proof anyone can hoop! Photo credit hooping.org
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.