A few months ago, I was waiting for the bus when I thought “wouldn’t it be fun to hula hoop again as an adult”? I quickly dismissed the idea as silly and went about my day.
Not long after that little conversation with myself, I was surfing You Tube watching videos of people dancing salsa, meringue and all sort of other ballroom dancing favourites, when I landed a video of an adult woman swirling a hula hoop!
A few clicks around the World Wide Web and I found out that someone had taken “my idea” and turned it into a concept. In other words, as I was standing at the bus stop thinking of swirling a hula hoop and dismissing it because “it’s for kids” someone pushed that idea and turned it into a great concept for people on the go and those who have “severe allergies” to the gym!
The adult version of the hula hoop is called Hoopnotica!
The concept might seem deceivingly basic, but nothing could be further than the truth. This is NOT your childhood hula hoop ladies.
Hoopnotica is actually transportable! You can break up the hoop and put it in a nifty bag and you can take your Hoopnotica hoop with you when you travel, to the park, to the gym or on vacation!
You can also buy instructional videos that show you the basic and more advance moves. That said, if you’ve ever hooped as a kid, it won’t take you much time to figure out how to swirl your giant ring around your waist.
What you might quickly realize is that you’re not as limber as you once were and if you’ve not been keeping a regular fitness regime, you might find hooping quite challenging.
Enough about the features of the product, I’m sure that all of you ladies are dying to know if I’ve tried the Hoopnotica and what kind of work out I got!
* I did try the Hoopnotica hoop and it was a little more challenging that you might think.
* I sat diligently and watched the instructional videos and also watched those super-pros on You Tube and let me tell you that I felt the pressure to perform.
* I’m quite ticklish and I had to wear an extra layer of clothing because the hoop tickled me a lot during the first swirls.
* Now, I won’t say that I was anywhere near those videos I watched, but in about 15 minutes, I started feeling comfortable with my Hoopnotica hoop and I actually started getting a bit of an attitude about it: I was screaming “look at me” in my home and I’m sure that neighbours in the building across from mine might have thought that I had lost my marbles, but I was actually having fun swirling my hoop.
* I tried the whole hooping around your butt area, but I have to admit that that’s a bit more advance for me and my hoop kept falling so I went back to hooping around my waist.
* I couldn’t try hooping on top of my head because my place is not big enough. I’d actually have to take my hoop to the gym to try that more advanced workout.
There are a LOT of benefits to integrating Hoopnotica into your fitness regime:
* It’s great as a back-up if you live in the north-east part of the U.S. or if you live in Canada and you have to deal with winter storms that might not be most motivating at getting you to the gym.
* You tone your core (ab muscles).
* You can define your waistline again.
*You can burn fat around your stomach area without resorting to boring sit-ups (to this day I still find sit-ups to be such an “essential” bore).
What I like the most about Hoopnotica is that you can no longer make excuses when you travel. I know that when I’m away on business trips, I find working out challenging because I find the hotel gyms to be a complete bore and often times the machines are older than the exercise bike I bought in the 1980s after watching “The 20 Minute Workout” that is still sitting in my aunt’s basement.
The Hoopnotica hoop retails from $44.95, the travel Hoopnotica retails for $44.95 and the travel pack retails for $24.95, the Hoopnotica for kids retail for $14.95, the DVDs retail for $34.95 USD (for level 1 & 2).
You’ll find all the details on their Web site: the Hoopnotica workout!