How to Find Your Hoop Size
There are several factors to take into consideration when deciding on the size and weight of your Hyperbola hoop. Choosing the right hoop will ensure you get the most exercise, dance and play out of your hoop, and we want to make sure you purchase one that you will LOVE for years to come. Some of the factors that you should take into consideration are: physical characteristics, age, experience level, what you plan to do with your hoop, and your budget. We will examine these factors individually; however, all of them should be taken as a whole when making your final decision. If after reading this, you still aren’t sure what kind of hoop to get, feel free to email me! I want you to love your hoop!
To begin with, you will want to consider physical characteristics: body type (height and width), age, current level of physical fitness, as well as any special health considerations, such as injuries, illnesses or simple things like having a low pain tolerance or bruising easily. Hooping should not hurt, but since it is a physical activity there is the possibility for soreness and/or injury. A person’s height and width should be primary when deciding hoop size. If you are a beginner, you will generally want to start with a hoop whose diameter is approximately the distance from the floor to your navel. If you have a larger waist, measure that distance and add a few inches. It seems counter-intuitive at first, but for a beginner (especially adults), a larger-diameter hoop will be easier to move because the larger the hoop, the more slowly it moves around the body. Age is less concrete than you might think; however, it should be taken into account. Most children between the ages of around 5 – 12 will be able to hoop with almost anything you give them, small, large, light or heavy. Since their frames are generally smaller, we recommend our lighter weight (Kids/Mini) hoop. For adolescents and young adults, bone density is stronger and you will want to consider our heavier model (Adult/Standard) as a beginner. Older adults and seniors will usually also want a heavier hoop because it will be easier to tell when to push and pull when learning. If you are an adult or child who has a low tolerance for pain or bruises easily, we recommend our lighter-weight (Kids/Mini) hoop. You can buy a lightweight hoop in a large size (easier) and still benefit from the exercise. If you are pregnant, injured or have any other health concerns that may be affected by physical activity, please consult your doctor before engaging in any new exercise program. We are happy to make recommendations for people looking to lose weight or trim fat; however, we are not fitness or medical professionals and only your doctor can tell you what level of physical activity is right for you.
Experience Level, Hoop Goals, and Budget: As we stated above, teen and adult beginners are usually going to want a large, heavy hoop to start. Many advanced hoopers use smaller, lighter hoops to expand their range of moves; however, there are plenty of professional hoopers who still perform with their big, heavy hoops and look great doing it! If you are a beginner and don’t know much about hoopers or hooping, we recommend starting with our Adult/Standard hoop, sized based on your height and weight (see above). If you are a beginner, but you know that you want to learn a lot of moves that involved manipulating the hoop with your hands, you may want to start with our Kids/Mini hoop in a large diameter. The large size will give you the extra time you need to master new tricks and the lighter weight, while more difficult to manipulate in the beginning, will allow you to transition to those off-body moves more quickly without buying a new hoop. If you are on a tight budget and can only buy one hoop, you want to get the hoop that will serve the most functions, so consider all of these factors when making your decision!
Feel free to email me anytime if you still have questions about which hoop to buy!