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This weekend, aRoundJoy at The HoopShack celebrates it’s 8th anniversary…and through the years, there have been many changes. Let’s take a look back…a HoopShack FLASHBACK…

How It All Started

Originally, I taught hoop classes at a local warehouse in 2009. It all started small, but with a lot of love and passion. For about 3 months before opening and well into 2010, my clients and I were out hooping a lot in the community. Getting the word out about what hooping was, where they could come join us. We went to many places, events and venues, busy some months almost every weekend. I was teaching, on the go with my hoops at events and even training new instructors.

Such fun, but looking back now, I remember, things were out-of-balance. You need only look at the video below…I was quite thin back then, because I was hooping all day, busy opening a new business filled with cardio, toning, joy and promoting ALL that at the same time. I was eating anything I wanted, but burning it all off, and then some. Win-win…right??

That speaks volumes about how POWERFUL hooping is for a shapely figure. Look at my body! I remember…I was doing it everyday, for hours…ALL.THE.TIME. I do remember getting sick more frequently, though, because I would push through, when I really shouldn’t have. Hooping is SO fun, it’s just hard to say no sometimes. Plus, I wanted to take every chance I could to share about my new business! It did catch up with me, though. I got migraines that developed into a really bad case of vertigo by late 2010 and was hospitalized.

Lesson learned.

How (& Why) Things Changed

From that point, I did a better job choosing how to manage things, learned what I should and should not do, and how to keep things in balance, for my health’s sake. As the years went by, I also learned that more private instruction, with individuals or smaller groups, was the best way to train clients safely. It was also beneficial for me, allowing a pace that I could better serve clients, while keeping my energy, health and wellness in check. I’m now also older and wiser…funny how with age, comes wisdom…right?!?

In 2014, we sized down to a smaller office location. A year later, we sized down even more, to the guest house, with in-home private studio sessions and online training videos that you see offered today. Technology has changed the game for all of us!

How We Do It Today

Now, with my HoopShack-to-gO aRoundJoy BASICS training videos, I can teach you and you can learn from me, no matter where you live. I can do virtual private online training 1-on-1 or small group, via meeting software, Facebook “live” in my private group or individual private messenger chat and FaceTime. I still offer in-person private trainings, also small group events at various venues, by request, including the occasional parties/retreats at my home or the homes of my clients, friends and family. The aRoundJoy “community” aspect is still a big part of The HoopShack, and always will be.

You’ll see more events partnering with local businesses in 2018. Actually we’re kicking off with one while celebrating our 8th Anniversary this weekend at Legal Draft Beer Co. If all goes well, we’ll take The HoopShack out into Arlington more, get a monthly beginners class going there and a few other places…where we can meet up, I can teach you and we can all enjoy fun fellowship more often.

Thankful For It All

It’s been a wonderful journey these last 8 years. What a trip down memory lane this has been! Shout out to all my wonderful clients, family and friends for being so supportive and loving. Let’s keep on hooping…I’ll be 58 in a couple of months and don’t plan on putting down my hoop at all!

*I want to also say a special thank you to Tracy Kornet for helping to kickstart The HoopShack with that wonderful news story featured in the video above. You rock, girl!


Happy Watermelon Day!

Well, HOW perfect! I had this post in “draft mode” all about a fun way to cut a watermelon! Little did I know that Watermelon Day was TODAY! SO, let me share some Watermelon JOY!

I have documented my melon slicing success before, too! You can see this in the *videos below…another tip is that once I’m done, I place all the cut watermelon in 2-3 gallon sized Ziplock freezer bags (thicker, stronger) and it keeps nicely for almost a week!




Now,  THAT’s some ROUND joy, wouldn’t you say?!

*If you have not already seen my helpful videos, be sure to check them out below…it’s a super cool way to cut a watermelon! Both of these videos were done last summer on my Facebook page…some other motivation and tips are in the second video down there, too…I always love to encourage y’all! Just watch…you’ll see what I mean!

Enjoy & have fun!


Father’s Day Is Truly A Joy










If you’ve known me or even followed me for awhile, you’ll remember that my daddy passed away when I was just 21 years old. You’d think today would be a little sad for me, but thankfully, that’s not the case. I remember so much love from father…and thanks to my husband, I get to witness daily a shining example of a loving provider and father right before my eyes. So, Father’s Day is truly a joy for me…and here’s a few reasons why…

My Memories

As far back as I can remember, I was loved by my daddy. He was proud of me and he told me so. He smiled when I entered a room…his eyes lit up…he greeted me with hugs and kisses. If I was asleep, he ALWAYS came into my room & gave me a goodnight kiss. I would wake up just a little, enough for me to be aware of his smell, even to this day. His leather jacket & cologne…even musty smells from his smoking habit…I relish every single, precious memory.

I think perhaps the memory I am most grateful for is being home from college the day he passed away. Actually, I consider it a gift. That day, I saw him before going out shopping with my momma. He kissed me goodbye and told me he loved me. Later that night, I would find him asleep in his chair. Yes, I did. No one else did. Just me.

Yes, that’s a special memory. I was not even suppose to be home that day…but I was. There was a reason for me to be there, God put me there. God gave me that special gift. He showed me that HE’S got my back and will always put me where I need to be. From that day, I have never questioned why something is happening or where I am led…I just go with what or who I am drawn to. There’s a purpose for every experience. I’ll be talking more about that in future posts, but let me just make it clear…I got all THAT on the day my daddy died.

That is a big lesson to learn early in life. I know it helped shape me. I would have missed so much had I not decided to go home on that one day. How can I not be grateful for that? I think about it almost daily and celebrate it every single chance I get…especially on holidays like this one!



My Man

When I was 22 years old, I went on a “first date” with the man I would marry two years later. We have been married for 33 years…he’s a loving, hard working husband and father. Without him, there would be far, far less joy in my life. Just as God put me where I needed to be the day my daddy died, He also put this man into my path and allowed us to meet, fall in love and get married. Celebrating him daily is not enough, so going on a little extra on holidays like today seems only fair!


My Mission

I am all about joy. I know God put me here to share joy, using my talents.

My father raised me around love and joy. He made sure I was involved in dance, and other activities that made me happy. That molded me into who I am today, doing what I do, loving movement and encouraging others to get up and move.

My husband helps me so much…believing in me…providing financial support…technology support…plus, all the physical labor that keeps aRoundJoy possible, from hauling hoops to events, to all the work he’s done to create my studio locations over the last 8 years. I am so blessed and need to tell you so much more. Again, in future posts I will be sharing lots more of our story.

So you see, without my daddy or my husband, there would not be aRoundJoy. It’s the truth. aRoundJoy has deep roots far beyond what you see…the vehicle I simply ended up with was a hoop, but my real joy and passion comes from my family. Thanks to them, I can keep providing an experience towards physical and emotional wellness through the joy of hooping…and I will continue to share more life experiences here with you, all with my hoop in hand!

Today, on Father’s Day, I simply thank God and celebrate these special men in my life!

Hooping Warm Up and Stretch PREVIEW

Preparing your body for hooping is very important and should not be overlooked. So, to give you a little insight on how I approach this, here’s a little hooping warm up & stretch preview…I call it “HoopRelax”…it’s a part of my online aRoundJoy BASICS Hoop Training Vault.

If you follow me regualrly on social media, you already know that I post numerous clips of my many hoop videos on Facebook and Instagram…but email subscribers will get even more access and very useful information EXCLUSIVELY from me!

By signing up, you will get “aRound Waist” – the first 4 videos of aRoundJoy BASICS delivered to your inbox, absolutely FREE! The entire vault, which includes 40 videos and other tools, is found inside my Member’s Only “virtual studio”- HoopShack-to-gO, here on

These videos are great for anyone who needs help with WAIST HOOPING, plus a way to sample my training…consider it a little gift to say “thank you” for receiving my emails.

By the way, I don’t send out many emails throughout the year, but to get you started, I do send a few at first. They contain valuable waist hooping instruction you’ll want to save…after that, the only other emails I send some seasonally, just a few each year. I haven’t sent out monthly emails in the last few years, just too time consuming and too much clutter…but if there’s ever a good offer coming up, I’ll be sure to let you know!

It’s easy to sign up…just fill out the box over to the RIGHT or down BELOW on this page, depending on your browser.

I look forward to helping you! Happy Hooping!

Weighing in on Weighted Fitness Hoops

One question I get quite frequently is, “Do you sell weighted fitness hoops?” My answer is both “Yes…and NO!” I feel like its time to explain more and “weigh in” on this topic.

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Some folks come to their first hooping lesson with a hoop already in their hands. I encourage them to bring what they have so I can see what they currently own. Maybe they got it off the Internet. Perhaps they purchased one from a department or sporting goods store. It’s called a “fitness hoop” that is “weighted” so you can “use” it to exercise.


Once they arrive, it takes a minute or less to show them the difference in the hoop that I recommend vs. the traditional “weighted fitness hoop.” The reaction to their heavier workout tool is always the same…”I wish I would have known before I bought THIS one!” or “THIS one seemed too heavy, but I just thought I just needed to work up to it!” and even, “Well, I saved my receipt…I’m returning it!”

If you are considering a hoop, do me a favor – please don’t just run and buy a hoop at the store. The toys ones are TOO LIGHT and the weighted fitness ones are too heavy…well, in most cases they are…let me explain a few key points:

  1. Depending on YOUR body size & weight, the average BEGINNER hoop weight for success is about 1.5 lbs. to under a little  less than 2 lbs. It’s just enough “weight” for YOU to push against, yet not too heavy to still HAVE FUN! Any lighter of an object is too hard to feel. This is why the toys are hard for adults…our bodies weigh more and the toy hoops are basically like pushing against AIR! A kid, well, one whose smaller and weighs less than an adult, might find it easier since his body weight is relative to the lighter weight tube. The same can be said in relationship to the SIZE of the hoop…children are smaller, so they can use a smaller hoop, but as we get bigger and heavier, our hoops need to be larger and heavier. I explain a lot more details in another blog HERE.
  2. The fitness industry has taken all this into account when it comes to providing a hoop for your “workout”…it’s somewhat bigger than a toy…and has ADDED WEIGHT. This should be all you need….right??? If all you want to do is spin a heavy object on your waist, then YES, go for it. IF, however, you want to do what you see ME doing, spinning the hoop on my body, all over my torso, not just my waist, swinging the hoop around and off my body, above my head, having fun, smiling and enjoying the gentle movements…then NO, you do not need a hoop that is ONLY designed for a workout routine. I personally don’t believe in using any hoop 2 lbs. and over if you are wanting to do fun hooping that involves dancing, moving around and smiling. So consider your goal and purpose before purchasing.
  3. The hoops I make and recommend are weighted only by the fact that they are constructed with light materials, and those materials weigh something…depending on the size and how much material you add to the hoop (either plastic or tape, for instance) then the hoop will be just the right weight for you. Things like metal, sand, water, rubber – elements that are HEAVY – those should be avoided, in my opinion. Stay away from any hoop that you find which is weighed down with any additional components, seen or unseen INSIDE the tube. You’ll even see safety disclaimers on hoops that weigh more, saying you should only use it for 10 minutes at a time, that it can cause bruising, that sort of thing. Again, this kind of “hooping” is not what I teach or recommend for adding joy and exercise to your life. Seriously, I’m NOT choosing to hoop for my fitness plan to be reminded about how it can bruise me and how I can only do it for so long because it might damage my internal organs. I don’t want you to have to worry about this either. A hoop needs to be GENTLE on your body. That’s the kind of hoops I want my clients to use.
  4. “HOOP” is and has been like a cool “buzz word” in the fitness industry for a few years now…it’s under the radar, but making gains in visibility…and because the whole culture of fitness is so deeply rooted in “weight” and “reps” and the mentality of “heavier” lifting or pushing means SUCCESS, then adding MORE “weight” to a hoop seems logical and can help “sell” hooping as a workout. They want the consumer to feel like they are “working out”…a 4 lb. ring does make it FEEL like a piece of workout equipment, indeed. The WORD “weighted” is really a marketing strategy to get the mind “in the game”…blending old school fun with weight & cardio training. People begin to see more hoops on the shelves and it’s suddenly a household term, “weighted fitness hoop.”
  5. Hooping (as I do it, teach it and what you see floating around in hoopdance videos online) is an incredible workout. THE HOOP does not need any added weight. The way that your body benefits from hooping with a typical 1.5 lb. custom hoop is through repetition of gentle movement and the motion of using your OWN BODY WIEGHT into the hoop…dynamic stretching with that hoop as you pass it around your body…constant power with the legs or arms, keeping the hoop spinning by pushing it, which in turn keeps the heart pumping. You get cardio, toning and stretching all at once. You just can’t get all that from a heavy hoop that feels like a large, round dumbbell. “Weighted hoops” are for standing and using in place, lifting it up and down or just waist hooping only. I teach many more options, safely, to do with a lighter hoop.

It can be quite difficult, and even dangerous, to try and do some fun “hoopdance” style hooping (and ESPECIALLY our OFF BODY moves) with a heavier hoop. You really can hurt your back and shoulders for sure. My advice is to resist the urge to spend money on one of the hoops you can buy that has labels and disclaimers. If it’s wrapped in PADDING, run away! Look to a local hoop instructor, like myself, either online or in your local community. Your hoop should fit you, be made custom, just for you, so YOU can have success and enjoy what you are doing, rather than second guessing if the size or weight. Leave all that to your hoop instructor, at first. In the beginning, seek professional advice if you are new to hooping, just as I offer here on my website, so you can avoid costly mistakes and injuries.

More fun. More options. More results. The point is to NOT feel like you are exercising, so you will want to do it more often, make it a new, healthy habit in your life! You can only get all THAT with variety and by using something that doesn’t remind you it’s a piece of fitness equipment every time you pick it up, right?! You want to focus on learning moves that help make your “workout” playful and fun, with hoops that make all that possible, keeping your outlook, well, SUNNY…



Forget about “weight” and “fitness” once you touch that new hoop, too. Just have fun and let the joy of the moment LIGHTEN your mood…let what feels fun guide your journey…and over time, YOU will become lighter in MANY more ways…mind, body, spirit…trust me!