Choosing the Right Size Hula Hoop - The Ultimate Guide
The most common problem beginner hoopers have is choosing the right hula hoop size for their particular purpose. If you’re a beginner looking for yourself or another adult or child this hoop buyer’s guide will spin you to the most purrrfect hula hoop for you!
After more than a decade of handcrafting thousands of hula hoops in Australia, I’ve created for you the ultimate hula hoop buyer’s guide for choosing the right size hula hoop with the right weight.
In 3 easy steps I'll spin you through the hoop selection process to ensure you get your HOOP ON with precision, power and ease.
Find your perfect hoop match
The best hula hoop for you is the hoop that you connect with - this is determined by size, weight & practice.
For beginner hoopers, the general rule of thumb is:
Big weighted hula hoops are best for waist hooping;
Small lightweight hula hoops are best for learning hula hoop tricks in the hands and for arm hooping.
It’s important to get your hula hoop size and weight right for a successful hooping experience!
Step 1 - Start with your body size
Average Body Size - adults 167-177cm tall (5ft 5"- 5ft 8”) | sizes 10-14
Petite Body Size - adults under 167cm tall (5ft, 5”) | sizes 6-10
Plus Body Size - adults over 170cm tall | sizes 14+
108cm weighted fitness hula hoop (500 grams)
Step 2 - Consider the different hula hoop sizes
Your on body hula hoop should measure vertically from the floor approximately to your navel or the top of your hip bone. If you have a larger body size you will want a slightly bigger hoop. If you have a smaller body size you will want a slightly smaller hoop.
The bigger and heavier the hoop, the slower it spins giving you more time to connect with it on your waist. As hula hoops reduce in size, they become more challenging on the body with their faster spin. While a small light weight hoop may not be ideal for waist hooping, it will be your best friend as you learn hula hoop tricks in the hands and on the arms.
Step 3 - Are you learning hula hoop tricks in the hands & on the arms?
Say hello to your hoop collection!
Hooping in the hands is easy but it takes practice which means spin time on your delicate hands. Relieve the heaviness of weighted hoops with our super lightweight polypro hula hoops aka Featherlights.
Featherlight polypro hoops
90cm for average and plus body sizes | 85cm for petite body sizes (180 grams)
The best hula hoops for adult beginner hoopers
Q. What's the difference between untaped polypro dance hoops and taped weighted hula hoops?
A. All of our hula hoops are made from the same polypropylene tubing only some are decorated with tape which adds weight to the hoop - the main differences are price, weight and bling factor.
A taped hoop is extra bling and grip. Because tape makes a hoop heavier - and all of our weighted hoops include grip tape - weighted dance or fitness hoops are wonderful for learning to hoop on the waist with full sparkle and shine however, they can get heavy in the hands.
Most hoopers prefer a selection of hula hoops to choose from for different types of hooping.
Learning hula hoop tricks in the hands and on the arms is best achieved with untaped polypro hula hoops using either polypro dance hoops or lightweight polypro hula hoops aka Featherlights.
Expert choice: what do we recommend?
Your starter hoop is an untaped polypro dance hoop for average body sizes hooping mostly on the body and a little in the hands. You will find your body size guide above under "Start with Your Body Size."
Polypro dance hoops (untaped) - your go-to training hoops.
If you feel like you need that extra bling in your hoop life and your purpose is casual hoop play - go for the weighted dance hoop.Weighted dance hoops - speak to your need for bling with a gripping edge.
If you are plus size or you have difficulty keeping a dance hoop spinning, try a weighted fitness hoop.
If you are interested in developing hula hoop tricks on the hands and arms, make your life easier by adding a set of Featherlights to your hoop kit!
Featherlight polypro hoops - purrrfect hoops for adults and kids who want to learn hula hoop tricks in the hands with a lightweight hula hoop!
Hoop match check list for adult hoopers - what's your purpose?
Hooping for Beginners
Hooping for Fitness, Exercise and Weight Loss
Hooping for Fun
Hooping for Performance
Feather light polypro hoops for professional hoopers
Light weight hoops 90cm for average and plus body sizes | 85cm for petite body sizes
Featherlight Hoop Diva deluxe bling selection
Lightweight decorated hoops 90cm for average and plus body sizes | 85cm for petite body sizes
Hula hoop classes and hoop groups
Hooping for Kids
Note - sizes recommended below are for children aged 5-9 with average body size.
If your child is not average body size or outside of these age ranges contact us so we can discuss with you the best hula hoop for your child's body size and purpose.
Know your options
There's a hoop for everyone!
Hoop Empire offers a wide range of hula hoops for adults and kids with a strong commitment to COLOUR. We also aim to provide you with the best hoop for your individual needs. We sell weighted fitness hoops, dance hoops and polypro hula hoops in various size and weight, with tape and without.
Our hoops are perfect for beginner hoopers, intermediate and advanced hoopers, hoop dancers, circus performers, rhythmic gymnasts, movement and visual artists, hoop teachers, community leaders, schools and organisations who wish to share hoop magic!!
See our full hoop collection here
Get Your Hoop ON!
Allow time, experimentation and lots of practice to master the hoop!
Spin into one of our adult hula hoop classes in Sydney or learn online.
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