Hooping for adults
Why should kids have all the fun?
Exercise doesn't have to be so serious.
Hooping is feel-good fitness! Have fun while you excercise, shape your core and meet new people. The custom hoops used are not 'kids hula hoops', The beginner hoops are larger and heavier around 40 to 42 inches, allowing them to rotate more slowly around your body. More experienced hoopers begin to use smaller lighter and more versatille hoops between 30 and 35 inches. This means that even if you think you can't hoop, with one of these hoops you can, regardless of age, size, or sense of rhythm. You'll be keeping the momentum going while learning tricks before you know it. This is a great cardiovascular workout and builds muscle tone. The whole class is set to upbeat music and taught by professional hula-hooper Sophie Latreille of Fire Weavers and Mini Cirque performance troupe.
A our classes are now offered at the Ottawa Circus School. Check out our new website for all the details and to register for classes:
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Playing with the right kind of hoop
When telling people that I teach hooping classes, many people remember trying out a hula hoop from a toy store and dropping it after one or two rotations around the waist. Some have fond childhood memories of spinning the hoop on their waist for hours. Hooping classes are so much more...
First of all we use pro-hoops for the classes. Our adult beginnner hoops (Earth hoops) are usually between 38 and 43 inches in diameter, much bigger than toy store hoops and heavier too, weighing in approximately 1 lb. The size and weight of the hoop allows it to rotate more slowly and gracefully around the waist. This enables you to hoop more easily and also to learn to hoop on all part of the body - in all kinds of different figures and angles. This makes for a one hour class that is interesting, fun and challenging and a hoop practice that keeps you challenged but offers many different variation of movement. The hoops are decorated with grip tape, which prevents them from slipping, and eliminates the frustration some people have when trying to hoop with a ‘toy store kids hoop’. Intermediate or petite hooper will like our lighter 1/2 lb hoops (Air Hoops). More about the different hoops on our Shop page.
After the first class or three, hooping on the waist and some basic tricks become comfortable. As the session progresses, you learn to hoop on you hips, legs, neck and torso as well as off the body, manipulating the hoops with your hands and arms. You will also learn combo choreographies that link all the moves together. This is all set to music, and enables a workout for your whole body that is so much fun that you barely realize that youíve been exercising for an hour. Hooping strengthens mostly your core and arms but works your whole body as well. Low impact cardio gets your heart rate up and adrenaline pumping. Most students leave the class smiling and inspired.
Hereís what a few of my students have had to say about the beginner and intermediate hooping class:
-Iím excited [about hooping class] it gives me something to look forward to each week!
-Iím super motivated! Merci!
-I like how [Sophie] emphasized fun and enjoyment during the class.
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