Hula Hooping: Celebrity Workout Craze

by Emily

in Celebrity Fitness, Celebrity Workouts, Fitness Tips, Workout Products

Hula Hooping: Celebrity Workout Craze used by Michelle Obama

Hula hooping was a blast in the backyard as a kid, but who knew it could offer a great workout for adults? Celebrities from Michelle Obama to Marisa Tomei recognize that hula hooping tones your core, glutes, and thighs – reshaping ladies in all the right places.

In March, we covered the partnership between Marisa Tomei and fitness company Gaiam to release hula hooping DVD “Core & Curves.”Because hula hooping is fun, and a great workout, we want to give you some hula hooping tips from the pros.

Hula hooping expert, Betty Shurin, has a hooping DVD of her own, called the Dance Hoop Workout. Betty uses a strategically weighted hoop, making it easier to keep around your waist and improving sculpting capabilities. According to Betty, using the weighted hoop burns 100 calories every 10 minutes – just as much as running! Betty’s dance hoop workout is fluid and graceful, inspired by elements of Iyengar yoga, Kundalini yoga, and t’ai chi. She is also influenced by her experience as a rock climber, kayaker, runner, and snowboarder. Betty earned a Guinness World Record for hoop/running the Bolder Boulder 10K and hoop/snowboarding in the ESPN Winter X Games!

Although hula hooping is an excellent workout, Betty’s Dance Hoop Workout emphasizes appreciating your body. She says, “It goes beyond just wanting to change your physique.” “The goal is not only better fitness, but also improving the connection between your mind and body. These are movements proven to reduce stress, relieve chronic pain … but most important, this will give you a sense of peace and radiance.”

Betty Shurin suggests these five techniques for improving your hula hooping workout:

1.    Stabilize your torso and legs, and mobilize your midsection. Only use your abdominal muscles and hips to keep the hoop spinning.

2.    Scoop your belly in and lift your ribcage. Extend from the center of your body out. The better your posture, the easier it will be to hoop.

3.    Hold the hoop parallel to the floor as you start the spin, and give it some good momentum so it doesn’t start out wobbly.

4.    If your hoop starts to fall, lengthen your spine, push forward and back, and move faster. Imagine yourself as the axis of the orbit, not the orbit itself. If you try to move with the hoop (rotating your hips in a circle) the hoop will lose momentum and fall. Move side to side with your waist and hips or back to front with your belly. Feel the centrifugal force, but don’t try to be the circle; let the circle move around you.

5.    Stick with it. “The longer you hoop, the more your body gets used to the movements,” Shurin points out.  This will give you “more skill and confidence you’ll have with your hoop.” And that will make your workouts even more effective and fun.

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