Me hooping at the Ephrata Rec Center

Done with PT and Going Live

I am done with physical therapy (PT), and I feel pretty good!  On Sunday, I felt good enough to go the Ephrata Rec Center and hoop while Sam did his weight lifting, so I did.

Unfortunately, the gym was full of guys playing basketball, as one would expect in a gym.  Luckily, Jenny, who happened to be stationed at the front desk, said I could go into the assembly room and practice. I had a great space all to myself, and I had fun.

I noodled around for a bit, and decided to do something I had been toying with for a while; going on Facebook Live.  I had stuff with me to make a stable video, so I went for it.  I had a few likes and views!

I was able to upload the video on YouTube, so you can watch it there.  It’s pretty good, I guess, for a live video, but I want to share it with you.  I figured it was a good way to celebrate my recovery (I’m still not 100 percent, but I’m much better) and share my happiness with others.

Anyway, here’s the video.  It’s kinda long, but it’s fun and I’m having fun in it.

5 habits every hooper should develop for practice

5 Habits Every Hoopers Should Develop for Practice

You have your hoops, music, and a great space to practice in.  You are motivated, but you don’t know where to start!  I’ve got some ideas for ya.  Here are my 5 habits every hooper should develop for practice.

#1:  Warm Up

Warming up is very important.  It prepares you mentally and physically for activity.  It wakes up your muscles and gets you moving.  Sometimes simple waist hooping will get you moving.  (Be sure to hoop in both currents!!).  Other times, a good, rigorous yoga regimen is a good way to warm up.  Get your heart pumping!

#2:  Practice Something New

Now that you’re all warmed up, it’s time to jump into your practice.  Work on something new!  Perhaps it’s a tutorial that you saw on YouTube, or something you’ve been working on with a teacher.  Work on this move for a bit before you move on, but too much that you get frustrated and build bad muscle memory.

#3:  Review Old Skills

It’s always great to review what we know, right?  It’s like a comfortable shirt or your favorite pair of shoes.  I encourage you to review your old skills and see how you can fit them into your flow, or how you can find variations on them.  Keep a list of moves that you know, and refer back to it at this time.  Pick on at random, or pick one that you haven’t done in a long time.

Another way to review old skills is to drill them. Practice isolations in front of a mirror.  Clean up your weave planes (this is what I’m doing right now).  Work on your posture while hooping.  Work those moves so they look cleaner, crisper, and sharper.

#4:  Play

Geez, the hoop’s a toy, right?  It’s a fun prop!  Play with it!  This is an awesome time practice your flow. Be sure to try to incorporate your new and old skills!  Dance and spin, flip and fold, whatever.  Have some fun!

#5:  Cool Down

This is important.  It’s time get your heart rate down and stretch those muscles.  Again, this is an excellent time for easy yoga, especially savasana, or corpse, poses, on your back.  Gentle spinal twists, shaking out the tension in your neck and shoulders, and good stretching exercises are all great ways to cool down.

There.  You have a practice road map now!