YOU GUYS. HULA HOOPING IS RIDICULOUSLY FUN! See? It’s making me all scream-y and caps-y. But I cannot tell you enough how much fun we had this month. Not only that but this has got to be one of the most commented-on Experiments we’ve ever done (and we’re used to getting a lot of comments/stares/crazy looks). Here’s a sample of what we heard this month:
Q: I could never hula hoop! My hips don’t work that way!
A: Yes, you can! You just need a big enough hoop! Make your own or buy an adult-sized one! Don’t mess around with kiddie hoops.
Q: Does hula hooping really work your waist?
A: Honestly it felt like more of a cardio/dance workout than anything else. It never made my abs sore, even when we used a weighted hoop (not pictured).
Q: Ok, so it’s fun but how good of a workout is hooping?
A: Surprisingly sweaty! While it doesn’t skyrocket your heart rate like Tabata intervals (hmmm… could you Tabata hoop? Will have to try.) as long as you keep moving, it keeps your heart pumping. I’d say it’s similar to Zumba or Hip Hop Hustle or other dance cardio classes.
Q: Are there any toning benefits?
A: Holding your arms up that long so you don’t knock the hoop really (really) makes your shoulders burn after a while! Also, all the squats we did while still moving the hoop got pretty burny too.
Q: (From an African man, this morning) Does hula hooping make you skinny?
A: (From Krista) Well, not really.
A: (African man) Well good. We Africans like our women with more meat on their bones. You girls are too skinny.
A: Umm… thank you?
Q: Would you do it again?
A: I would love to try a real hooping class sometime. While we were able to teach ourselves a lot on our own, I think it would have been a lot better in a class setting.
Without further ado, here’s what we’ve been working on all month! (I am so so so proud of my girls!)
What do you guys think – those of you that are seasoned hoopers (that sounds like a state fair food!), did we do ok? Those of you who aren’t, did we convince you to try it? Ever had a culture-clash comment like the one from the African man?