Tips for beginners: buying your first hula hoop

Hey hooper!

Have you recently started hula hooping or perhaps you'd like to give it a go soon? Great decision! ;)

I'm here to give you a few tips on choosing your own hula hoop for your home practice.

The general rule says your first hoop should reach the level of your belly-button, and the dimensions usually range between 34 and 38" (inch) diameter.

You will find that online sellers have a special area where you can order a Beginner Hoop, made of HDPE, a material that is easy to learn with: it's heavy and rigid enough to listen to you!

If you like those shiny, sparkly hoops, note that the tape will add to the hula hoop's weight, which will also help you in your learning journey.

I do have two things to ask you:

One: Please do NOT buy a weighted hoop! A hoop that has beads on can bruise you badly and do more damage than good. You even risk being put off hula hooping for ever. Can you imagine that?! I can't - so no weighted/exercise hoops please!

Two: Purchase your hoop from an independent hoop store. Most of the shiny, colourful, custom-made hoops are handcrafted by independent hoop magicians and they require a lot of work! I taped a couple of my own hoops myself and I can tell you, it's incredibly rewarding but bloody hard work and time-consuming!

Are you into off-body hooping, circus tricks or doubles? Then you might want to look for hoops with a diameter starting at 32" and below.

My favourite hoop maker is right here: You get 10% at check-out with the discount code PLANETHOOP10.

Ask me anything here or on and make sure you check out the classes and free workshops in London:

Hoopy hugs,

Clara from Planet Hoop xx


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