Let’s go back to the 1980’s. I remember going through the toy section of a local store and seeing these brightly colored boxes that screamed, “Get in Shape, Girl!” Remember those? The brand is apparently making a comeback. Anyway, after begging for one of these “exercise” kits, my parents finally relented and got me a set featuring two cheerleader pom poms, and a hula hoop. Both were in the colors featured in the graphic.
The hoop was in plastic sections and snapped together. Poorly. Whenever I would put it together and tried to hoop, it would fall apart. I was crushed.
My dad, seeing my frustration, did something amazing. He took that hoop and bolted the pieces together. Dad was a pretty handy guy and saw a situation and fixed it. Boom! I now had an awesome hula hoop with a little extra weight that was awesome to spin with.
I used that hoop for years. I’m wondering if it’s in Mom’s basement still. I might go look for it.
Little did I know that I would be hooping in my adult years, and the hours I spent with that old hoop on my waist would lay the foundation for my hooping now.
3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: My First Hoop”
I saw your tatter skirt and you mentioned Hooping and I did not know what that was… So I found my way here to your hooping blog. Wow! I was a hooper back in 1957 when I got my first hoop. They called them Hula Hoops back then, I am not sure what happened to my hoop. I have moved too many times. I saw that they made a good comeback in the 80's like you mentioned. This looks like a good exercise! I was pretty good at it back in the day. There is even a 8mm video of me in 1957. Love your tatter skirt, and the hoops!
Thank you very much! I'm glad hooping is making a comeback, and am happy you found your way to my blog.
[…] A while back in the Hoopinions days, I wrote a TBT post about my first hoop, which was a Christmas gift under the tree when I was probably about eleven years old. You can read about it here and how my dad fixed it up for me so it was usable. […]