Essentially it’s dancing and doing circus-style tricks with “hula” hoops, but for adults! The hoops are usually colorful and oversized and are fantastic for a great full-body workout that feels more like playtime than slave-to-the-gym time. Hooping burns about 420 calories per hour just by hooping on the waist, and can burn 600+ calories in an hour once you start adding the cardio of tricks and dancing. Here’s an example of me practicing on my own at the gym:
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Now, who is this Tilly Whirls?
That’s me. Hello, my name is Leslie Perales Loges, and I love to hoop.
My hoop life began in the winter of 2011. I came across it by accident on YouTube, became entranced, convinced myself I had to learn to do it, and was immediately hooked.
To be honest, I hate the gym. When given a free six-month gym membership I went about three times. However, I’ve fallen for the hoop, and now you could say I exercise almost daily. Though I think of it more as playing, because it’s fun.
I started learning hoopdance through many, many online videos uploaded by amazing hoopers, and through the Hoopnotica series of DVDs. I began with two hoops and am now trying to control a collection that seems to consistently be pushing 80+ hoops, even with my twice-yearly purge.
I want to share my journey and experience with the hoop here, as well as use this site to talk about all things hooping. I’m an FXP Hula Hoop and Hoopnotica certified hoopdance teacher and teach in the Herndon/Reston area of Virginia. I’ve taken many hours of workshops from professional hoop dancers and trained circus artists. I am insured through K&K.
By day I work in corporate communications for the largest family-owned real estate company in the country doing public relations, internal communications and social media. I’m originally from a small town in Michigan, attended Grand Valley State University and graduated with a bachelor’s in communications with a concentration in journalism in 2007. I was originally against moving to the Washington, D.C. area (I mean, come on, these summers are hot and muggy), but am glad I did. I actually really love it here.