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Health and Beauty,  Lifestyle

I bought a weighted hula hoop!

You guys, I bought a weighted hula hoop…obviously I have been spending way too much time on TikTok! I watched a ton of TikTok videos and convinced myself that I needed a ‘snatched’ waist for my wedding in November. So after spending something like an hour going through the #weightedhulahoop hashtag, I then spent another hour trying to find one somewhere that had weighted hula hoops in stock. It took a while. It seems the weighted hula hoop trend is still really popular and even Argos, Decathlon, JD Sports etc were all out of stock. Amazon had a few listed, but they were way more expensive and none of them really seemed to be available on Prime either. In the end I bought one from a strange website that seemed to sell nothing but weight hula hoops. It did take a while to come, but the quality was good and everything was as it should be, so I don’t think it was a dodgy site or anything.

When the weighted hula hoop came, it was really easy to put together. I saw these girls on TikTok saying it was confusing, but honestly, you just clip it together. I’m not sure what they were confused about, maybe it was just part of the ‘influencer’ cuteness they were going for on TikTok. The colours alternate (I got pink and black), but you can also remove a section to make it smaller if you want to. I have read however, that the smaller the hoop, the harder it is to use! 

crop slim sportswoman with colorful hula hoop
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Week 1 of weighted hula hooping

I’ve only had my hoop for a week or two and, to tell you the truth, I am SO BAD at it! I have watched every YouTube tutorial going and searched through the hashtag on TikTok again a thousand times. I just cannot get the hang of it! I can keep the hoop going for about 15 seconds, but any longer than that and it seems to go diagonally and slide down past my hips, onto the floor. 

I started a daily record in my journal, but it has been pretty hard to document the process as there hasn’t actually been any progress. Admittedly, when I first started, I couldn’t even spin it around my body…so making that 15 second mark was impressive for me! 

On TikTok, they all made it look so easy! 

It isn’t! It’s really hard! I haven’t hula hooped since I was a child, and even then, I can’t remember if I could actually do it very well. The TikTokers always start their videos with “Day 1 of weighted hula hooping” and they proceed to hoop 8 minutes to the left, then 8 minutes to the right. Surely that is NOT the first time they’ve picked up a weighted hula hoop in their adult life? How do they just start spinning? 

I expected bruises (as the TikTokers showed me!) but I haven’t got any on my waist. I do have some. Guess where… Yeah, I have actually got bruises on my shins as a result of dropping the hoop so many times! There are none on my waist, where they should be. That’s how bad at weighted hula hooping I am at the moment.

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Someone please help me!

I know weighted hula hooping is a big trend right now, so I am hoping that someone out there will be able to give me some tips on how to get better. Everyone keeps saying practice makes perfect, and although I totally agree and think that’s sound advice, I have no idea what exactly I am meant to be practicing. 

I’ve watched tutorials. I understand it’s back and forth, not round and round. I have tried with my feet apart and also with one foot in front. No matter how I stand, how fast or slow I go, or what I do with my hips – I. just. cannot. do. it. 

Is it really just a process of trying over and over and hoping for the best? Is there a technique for getting the timing or the movements right? If you have any wisdom, please send it my way as I’m desperately trying to get the hang of it! Is it worth getting a non-weighted hula hoop? I’m reaching out to the internet, please help a girl get a ‘snatched’ waist for her wedding

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

One Comment

  • Karen

    Go to cannon hoops there is chart to tell you what size you need and hoops last a long time I am 50 with 3 kids I been using the same hoop for over 20 yrs I been hooping for a yr sight and lost lost 40 pp I got off track a few yrs back taken care of my sick mom who pass away but knows I hoop everday

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