Okay, it’s confession time guys! I’ve really been looking forward to the Brandcation blogging conference next weekend at Portofino Island and all the planned activities including the Blogger Olympics and an exciting day at Adventures Unlimited. Well I just recently found out that there will be a hula hoop competition and while I’m not averse to making a fool of myself in public, especially with a group of other participants, I’m not really willing to put the evidence on YouTube so I bought a hula hoop and started to practice.
I figured that I’d have plenty of time to master the hoop and this way I wouldn’t let my team down or risk making it onto the Today Show for a completely different reason than I had imagined! I’m actually pretty embarrassed to admit that I tried for three days (not ALL day people!) and couldn’t get the hoop to go around more than three times in a row.
Refusing to give up (or miss the conference!) I went online in search of tips and found out that my $5 hoop was really “child sized” and would be the most difficult thing for an adult to learn with or use. To determine the proper size you stand the hula hoop up on the ground and the top should reach somewhere between your waist and your chest. The standard size for an adult is 42″ diameter, 36″ diameter for a small adult, and 32″ diameter for a child.
When I searched Amazon for fitness hoops (that’s what they call the adult version) they were $30 to $40 so I thought I’d make my own instead! At Home Depot I bought a 25′ coil of 3/4″ 160 PSI PVC tubing, two 3/4″ nylon couplings (see connector pic below), and a roll of red duct tape for $26 – this was enough to make two hula hoops so they were $13 each. I was so excited to try out my new hoop and I’m thrilled to report that the difference is amazing! (on a side note, my abs really hurt today!)
I watched this video to learn some hoop techniques and the two sisters who do the videos are incredibly fit and the hoop is so much fun that I believe I’ve found my new workout! It’s definitely not easy which makes it an exciting workout, and it’s good for all your parts since you’re moving your hips and legs and holding your arms up at the same time.
How to Make Your Own Hula Hoop
- 3/4″ irrigation tubing (120 to 160 PSI for adults, 100 PSI for kids)
- 42″ Adult – 11′ length tube
- 36″ Adult – 10′ length tube
- 32″ Child – 8′ 4 1/2″ length tube
- 3/4″ nylon coupling
- Duct tape or electrical tape in color of choice
Use a PVC cutter or handsaw to cut the tubing to the desired length and insert the coupling into both ends. If it is a tight fit then run the ends of the tube under hot water to soften before inserting the coupling.
Place a 3″ to 4″ length of duct tape around the coupled area to hold securely in place. To finish the hoop, decorate it and give it a good weight wrap tape all the way around the hoop on the diagonal.