Pre hula hooping days, back in 2010 before settling down and having a family, I invested a lot of my time in hobbies and made sure that my spare time outside of work consisted of creative and fun activities. Not to mention now days I look back and realize just how much spare time I had compared to now raising a family, which gives me tremendous satisfaction and joy, however the days for taking up new hobbies or interests are gone for a few years. Having said that there is lots of fun in entertaining a toddler and engaging in what makes her giggle and getting to share in many fun kids activities.
I was living with my husband in a small one bedroom apartment by the beach in Dee Why on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Australia when during my lunch break at my work computer I somehow stumbled upon a YouTube Video of Shakti Sunfire performing hoop dance in this video with the Pyronauts at San Fransisco Decompression in 2009. My jaw literally dropped and I found myself on a quest on YouTube in pursuit of more and more hula hoop videos which ignited a fire inside me to give it a go as soon as I got home, so I remember on my way home from work dropping into my local Rebel Sports store who had a selection of small kids hula hoops which I eagerly raced home with to play around with at home in the companion of plenty of hula hooping YouTube clips which just fed my fire even more! Continue reading 5 Things I Learned About Hula Hooping
Lets face it, life can get pretty jam packed and busy with not enough time for play, so what better way to escape than to escape on a holiday with your travel hula hoops 🙂
When it comes to planing a holiday or your travels, as a hula hooper it is essential that you get yourself a instant collapsible travel hula hoop which you can travel with your hoop comfortably and safely while flying.
A six part collapsible travel hoop which is what we offer here on our site can be easily strapped to the side of your backpack or carry on luggage. I recommend that you check with the airline that you are travelling with to find what dimensions they allow on-board. These travel hula hoops are great because once collapsed they are small, and easy to manage as you travel, in addition you will not run the risk of being charged for over sized luggage.
Our travel hula hoops which are made and designed here in Australia when collapsed are 50cm long by about 12cm in height which in most instances can fit into a carry on luggage bag which goes into the overhead compartments. I would also suggest that you keep them wrapped and protected, I usually use a towel or a tote bag which is more than sufficient.
During check-in or after landing at your travel destination, security may ask you about your travel hoops and may want to inspect them closely. I usually make light of the situation, give them a smile and say ‘They’re just hula hoops”. Continue reading Travel Hula Hoops Australia
It is mid spring here in Sydney and I’m loving the smell of all the flowering fauna on our Northern Beaches. I dare to say that my hooping practice has been minimal during the winter months, however I’m super excited to get outside and start hooping out in the sunshine barefoot 🙂
In the coming weeks I will be introducing some new hula hoop designs so keep your peepers peeled. For those of you hooper’s in Sydney, I will be teaching a 1 hour Hooping Workshop at Integral Aerial Silk in Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Saturday 15 November 2014 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Continue reading Hula Hooping Workshop at Brookvale
There are a few hula hoop exercise videos and hula hoop workouts out there on the web and I must say all of them are great in motivating me into picking up my hula hoop for a fun workout. I have just stumbled upon one of Hoopnotica’s many Hula Hoop Workouts that will surely make you sweat!
What I love about this one is that the moves are all in gifs, which is perfect for loading if you have a slow internet connection. This is a truly fun workout so grab your hula hoop and go for it! 🙂
Dance and Fitness Hoops are big and can be quite awkward to carry around, transport and store. There are a few pointers to keep in mind for maintaining that nice circular shape of your hula hoops.
1. Keep your hula hoop flat
Storing your hoop upright leaning against a wall or another object can cause it to lose its circular shape, especially if it is located in a warm environment. Consider storing your hula hoops flat on the ground to help maintain its shape. Continue reading Storing your Hula Hoops and Maintenance
I was thrilled to make these Samsung hula hoops for the launch of their new Galaxy S5 – the first smartphone with a heart rate monitor! The Launch Party was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art at the rocks in Sydney last night where my hoops made a ritzy appearance!
I remember my first attempt at making a dance hoop and taping hula hoops, not only was the hula hoop wonky and eventually fell apart but the tape decorating was atrocious! I started out thinking ‘Hey this should be easy’ until I soon realised 2 minutes in that I needed more practice – and really that’s what will help you with your hoop tape wrapping skills – practice, patience and lets not forget to mention, lots of hula hoop tape! Today I thought I’d share some valuable tips which helped me master hoop making, hoping that it will help you in your hoop crafting too. Continue reading Hula Hoop Tape Tips – Taping Hula Hoops
He is know as the “Chiropractic Hoopser” who is located in the US – Dr. Jeremy Brook from “The Life Center” represents a lifestyle and a system of reality that offers individuals self-empowering perceptions about how to take responsibility for the quality of their health and the quality of their lives. Dr Jeremy Brook show us that hula hooping is an easy exercise to lubricate your spine and free up your LIFE energy flow. Continue reading The Hooping Chiropractor – Lower Back Excercise
In recent years hooping has become popularized as a fitness regimen alongside kickboxing, breakdancing and bellydancing. Hoop dance classes can now be found in gyms, and is often combined with Pilates or yoga disciplines, all of which build strength, balance, and flexibility.
Hooping is widely recognized by health and fitness experts as being a superb form of exercise.Hooping increases muscle tone and strength; it also improves cardiovascular health and burns calories, since it is a type of aerobic exercise. A study by the American Council on Exercise found that a thirty-minute hooping workout burns around 200 calories. Hooping works many muscles in the body and has the potential to build core muscle strength while improving flexibility and balance. Continue reading Health Fitness Benefits of Hula Hooping
I am asked many times, where can I buy hula hoops for exercise? People also are curious about the 1.5kg heavy padded hula hoops that are out in the market which are targeted for weight loss and fitness. When I started hooping I was swayed into buying one of these 1kg hoops which ended up feeling way too heavy and left my waist bruised. Hooping with these hoops only limited me to hula hooping on the waist which wasn’t exciting enough for me to continue.
It wasn’t until I bought my first proper dance hoop that the wonderful world of hoop dance stumbled upon my door and absolutely stole my heart! My new dance hoop allowed me to learn to explore hoop dance and learn all of these amazing moves which made me work up a sweat. I soon then realized that this is the perfect activity for me to keep in shape.
I've been straight up struggling to waist hoop, and came across the tutorials suggesting I get a beginner fitness hoop.
It arrived in RECORD time and was beautifully packaged up (no scuffing or scratches)
And you know what..... I CAN WAIST HOOP BABY, YEAH!
Thank you so much for the professional and amazingly fast service Maria, I think you've got yourself a long term customer in me, as I continue this super fun (Hooper fun?!) journey!
Maria make the most incredible travelling hoops, not only functional but absolutely beautiful and perfectly weighted. I recently travelled for 7 weeks overseas and whilst on tour, I assembled my hoop at each destination in just 60 seconds and was ready for my hooping workout, what a great way to keep fit whilst eating & drinking your way around europe, in fact I returned home 2kgs lighter, thanks Maria ��
I bought my first 2 hoops from this shop and are super happy with the purchase! I have bought a couple more hoops since then but love my HoopsAlive hoops and use them all of the time! There was a shipping issue but it was sorted ASAP and all issues were resolved in a speedy and pleasant matter :)