Which Hula Hoop Is Right For Me?
New to hula hooping and wondering what the right hula hoop is for me? Well, truth be told there isn't a golden rule when it comes to what size hula hoop will be the best 'fit' for you. It could be a more substantial, heavier hula hoop or a lighter, smaller diameter hoop? While the hula hoop itself behaves according to the laws of physics. How that hoop interacts with your own body, mind, and hooping style varies from person to person.
Your 'ideal' hoop size will most likely change with time. As you advance in the discipline, especially if you hula hoop regularly! For example, I use during my personal practice 8-10 different sized hula hoops during one session, varying in weight and diameter from 30cm-150cm, and are made of many different kinds of plastic. That being said, an adult-sized hula hoop is recommended for beginners (110cm-140cm) when learning on-body hooping, which is where most of us start our 'hoop journey.' The hula hoop should come to just above your above belly button when standing on the floor. Though, some people may need a chest level hoop to get started.
Larger hoops are better suited for novices, hooping for fitness, or weight loss. Whereas the lighter, smaller hula hoops (90cm or less) are more often used for off-body tricks, and generally by a hula hooper with a decent amount of 'flight time' (hours spent hooping). But as I said before, it is all a matter of personal preference, and here is no hard and fast rule per se. Many people start hooping using lighter hula hoops on day one.
If you are wondering why we recommend a more substantial, larger hula hoop for beginners? Well, contrary to what you might think, the larger, heavier the hula hoop is, the slower it moves. Giving you more time in between your pushes. Making it easier for the debutante hooper to understand how to move their body and do basic tricks. With a bigger hula hoop, the weight and size slow down the rotation of the hula hoop and allows you to figure out the timing of the hoop moves. It also aids in learning new on-body movements. So remember this tip: the larger the hula hoop is, the slower it moves. The smaller the hula hoop, the faster you and the hula hoop are going to be moving. Which is the main reason why if you have tried to use a child's hula hoop before, it doesn't seem very easy.
Here is some info that should help you in choosing the 'right' hoop for you:
Lastly, as you progress with your hooping, don't be surprised if you end up owning more than just one. Most of us have more than a few!