Hula Hoop Should I Get?
It is important to get a hoop that is the right size for you and your abilities! Hula Hoops are created in various sizes to accommodate different body types and levels of experience. The larger and heavier the hoop is, the easier it is to hoop with, and thus is recommended for beginners. Big, heavy hoops also suit more of an "on-body" style of flow. Smaller, lighter hoops travel faster and are better suited for more practiced hoopers, and also serve an "off-body" set of tricks. If you really want to dig deep into hooping, we recommend getting one of each!
If you are new to hooping, it is advised that you begin with a larger size hula hoop, either the extra large 3/4" PE tubing, or the Large 7/8" HDPE tubing. These sizes are heavy enough to facilitate easier learning, and slower movement, yet they are not so heavy as to cause excessive bruising like many weighted and exercise hoops. If you are plus sized, or if you are new to movement arts and this will be your first physical, dance style practice, we recommend the extra large PE size. If you are of average or smaller stature, and are already a physically active person with ample body intuition, then you may want to start with the slightly lighter 7/8" HDPE option.
Choose a diameter that is at least 1" taller than your belly button, and add a few more inches on to that if you are plus sized. You will be looking at a diameter between 37-44" for your very first hula hoop.
Advancing and Downsizing
You may find that eventually after practicing for a while with your large beginner size hoops, that you be ready for a new challenge! When you feel you are ready to move on to the next level of hooping, select a diameter that is 2-3" smaller than the hoop you are currently comfortable using. You can advance in small increments by sticking with the same tubing size, and just losing a couple of inches in diameter. Or, if you really want to feel a difference and explore a completely different hooping style, then try downsizing in tubing AND diameter.
More About Tubing
At Hiptronic Arts, we have 3 different types of tubing material available, PE, HDPE, and Polypro. Here is a helpful size chart to help you better understand and visualize the difference between tubing sizes:
PE TUBING is a thick, black tubing originally intended for irrigation purposes. There are two measurements that determine the size for this type of tubing. One is the tubing diameter, measured from inner tubing wall to inner tubing wall (as compared to all of the other tubing which are measured by inner diameter). The other is psi, which is related to how many pounds per square inch of pressure the tubing can withstand when water is flowing through it, but for us in the hooping world, it translates to weight/density.
We have three sizes of PE tubing:
3/4" 160psi = Super Size, "Sport Weight." Only available upon special request. This hoop will be quite large and heavy. We only recommend this tubing for plus size hoopers.
3/4" 100psi = "Dance Weight." Still quite heavy, but nor excessively so. Each one of these hoops will weigh just about one to one and a half pounds depending on the diameter you choose. Great for beginning hoopers who are new to movement arts.
1/2" 125psi= "Light weight." Best suited for more advanced hoopers or kids. Very similar in size to 3/4" polypro. (Remember PE tubing is measured by ID whereas Polypro is measured by OD.)
HDPE TUBING is a white, light weight plastic material with a velvety feel and low freezing point, making it more resistant to cracking in cold weather. This tubing size is measured by outer diameter. We have three different sizes available for this type of tubing:
Large 7/8" HDPE = A versatile, lightweight beginner's option, but still the heaviest and largest out of all of the HDPE options. Recommended for beginner hoopers who are already comfortable using their bodies, and familar with exercise, dance, yoga, flow arts, etc.
Medium 3/4" HDPE = It is best to move onto this size when you feel that you are a more intermediate hooper, with a few moves and some experience under your belt!
Small 5/8" HDPE = The fastest and lightest HDPE option available. Best suited for advanced hoopers or when working with multiple hoops at one time.
POLYPRO TUBING is by far the most popular and preferred tubing option available! It is lightweight, springy, and has a quick rebound rate. It is susceptible to cracking in cold weather, so store and care for your polypro hoop carefully during the winter months. This tubing size is measure by outer diameter.
We have two different sizes available for this tubing:
Medium 3/4" Polypro: It is best to move onto this size when you feel that you are a more intermediate hooper, with a few moves and some experience under your belt!
5/8" Polypro = The fastest and lightest polypro option available. Best suited for advanced hoopers or when working with multiple hoops at one time.
There are truly a plethora of options when it comes to sizing your hula hoop! Still need help figuring out the right size hula hoop for you? Feel free to send us a message.