Signed up to your first hula hoop class but don't know what to bring? We've got you covered!
Your First Hula Hoop
Bringing a hula hoop to your first in-person class is usually optional. Most hoop instructors will have a variety of spare hoops for you to use when you are learning.
Is your class online? You will need a hoop! We recommend starting with large diameter heavy hoop, such as a HDPE hoop, with lots of grip tape. Stay clear of the lightweight hoops you find in cheap shops, as they are designed to be used as a kids toy. We also recommend avoiding the bumpy weighted "fitness" hoops as these are not great to dance with
What to Wear
What you wear to your hula hoop class will obviously be dependent on where you are hooping, and what the weather is like. But besides the obvious, here are some things to consider.
Tops: Clothing that is too loose, baggy or bulky can get in the way of your hoop when you are first learning. Tight fitting active wear is a great option, or a regular loose fitting t-shirt should be completely fine. If you need to wear a jumper, avoid hoods, zips and buttons where possible.
Bottoms: As per tops, baggy or bulky bottoms can get in the way of the hoop. Tights or tracksuit pants are fine for cold weather, but shorts are the way to go if you can. When learning to hoop you will be exploring how to rotate the hoop around all parts of your body, including your legs, and pants can make things harder than they need to be.
Shoes: We recommend runners or supportive casual shoes. Think of it like a fitness class or dance class, there will be lots of moving around. Some places or instructors may encourage bare feet or socks, so check with your instructor if you are not sure.
And that's it! We hope you enjoy your first hoop class!