Hooping.org’s Fall 30/30 Hooping Fun and Fitness Challenge

I’m doing the Fall 30/30 Hooping Fun and Fitness Challenge on Hooping.org!  This should be fun, but part of me is wondering why I’m doing this.

Here’s why I am doing this:  I need an impetus to practice more, plain and simple.  I believe doing this challenge may be a good thing to get that started.

I look at this this way.  I have some time off coming up, and should have plenty of practice time after that.  I will also be having classes again twice a week.  That’s a lot of time I plan on hooping already.

Still, we’ll see how long I can keep this up.  I’m going to try for 30 days starting tomorrow!

I encourage you to do the same if you want to do this challenge.  Hop on over to Hooping.org and find out how you can get started.

Bad Practice

I had a practice session yesterday that I would consider to be bad.  If it’s practice, can it still be considered bad?

Why I’m calling it bad is that hoop did not do what I wanted it to do. (It’s more like I didn’t do what I wanted me to do.)  I drilled trying to shimmy the hoop up to my neck by shrugging my shoulders, but I couldn’t get things to work right.  Perhaps it’s a case of bad muscle memory, or things just haven’t clicked yet with the technique.  Either way, I’m frustrated. 

Other things that I tried to do yesterday didn’t go well, either.  I was able to do something that resembled a mandala last Wednesday in class, but yesterday…ppffft.  Nope.  I’m either forgetting something or not doing it right.

The same thing happened for things that I knew already.  I was all thumbs.  I had to stop.

A tad dejected, I went inside and tried to make sense of the train wreck of a practice I had.  I was sweating and hot.  Perhaps I was shy because some neighbors were out.  Or it was harder to practice on the slight incline that is my backyard.  Was the grass too long?  Was I in the right mindset?  Am I over thinking this?

If it’s not storming this evening, I may go out and try again with the shrug shimmy thing, or else I need to walk away from it for a while.  I’m not sure what I need.

Learning Isolations and Seven Minute Hoop Workout

Jenny covered how to do a basic isolation in class last week, and my brain completely had a blackout when I attempted to do this.  Thankfully, Jenny posted this video on Facebook as a way for her students to have a refresher on how to do this optical illusion.

View How to Do a Hula Hoop Isolations on Howcast

It’s a very well done video and I plan on practicing it this evening using it.

 Oh, I started doing Deane Love’s Seven Day Hula Hoop Workout last night, starting with Day 1.  I wasn’t able to actually use hoops with her Day 1 Arm Workout, but rather imitated their movements with hand weights.  I felt the burn.

Here’s Day 1’s video as a teaser for you to give it a shot.

Come to think of it, the isolation trick and the arm workout go arm in arm!  Strong arms lead to more stable isolations.  Very cool!