Static and Dynamic Hoop Stretches

 

 

At first glance, hooping looks like simple play. Guess what? It is! That does not mean it isn’t effective and beneficial for the body, however. It provides great opportunity for both static and dynamic hoop stretches.

 

When you think of the hoop as a playmate, you really are partnering up with unlimited possibilities for better health. You know I have spoken about the physical and mental benefits for years, and I will continue to do so. Always.

 

 

Right now I’d like you to take a look at the video in this post. While you may notice what FUN it looks like, step back and really pay attention. Everyone is really moving with their hoops and the parts of their bodies that are getting the most benefit.

You will notice everyone doing different things…but try to focus less on the hoop and look at body parts…arms, legs, hands, feet, back, hips, shoulders, neck and even the face. We are in constant motion, some higher intensity than others, but always moving, keeping the hoop touching us somehow. Maybe we are simply holding it. Perhaps it’s on our body spinning. We transition between the two gently and smoothly. We are even SMILING, which uses muscles in our face…that means we are feeling HAPPY…and there is nothing wrong with working on those happiness muscles, either!

Did we get there overnight? NO. Did it take practice? YES. Did it feel like work? Absolutely not at all! It felt like playtime. Even though it was not, still is not and may never be perfection, it is always progress…and each time we pick up our hoop, we are STILL moving, getting better with our moves, but also getting beautiful stretching and cardio all rolled up into one motion!

So that you’ll better understand the fitness side of hooping better, let’s get technical for a minute and step off the playground…

What ARE the stretches & when are they done?

Plenty of stretches, included in my full Warm Up & Stretch sequence, are actually done throughout your hoopdance anytime you are hooping. It’s what we do in the first part of a solid hoop practice. DYNAMIC stretches closely mimic movements made during hoopdance, so the Warm Up & Stretch sequence really PREPARES  you to HOOP by moving and reviewing slowly what you are about to do. STATIC stretches are used to improve flexibility, plus help cool your body down after you hoop, and are therefore done when the body is standing still. We always get our body warm with movement before doing any stretches standing still. This prevents injury to the muscles. Once we have used parts of our body, the muscles can then be gently stretched mid-practice and as we cool down.

Perhaps one of the most beautifully beneficial things about hooping and hoopdance practice is that it actually IS one, big, happy DYNAMIC STRETCH! Think about it! When we hoop, we get to keep moving gently and repeatedly, doing the same motions, again and again. Those movements, over time, open up & lubricate joints, lengthen & tone muscles, increase range of motion and alleviate pain. Consider our Warm Up & Stretch sequence simply hoopdance, slowed down enough to prepare our body and mind for the exercise. If all you do at home is warm up & stretch, you are still making the hoop a part of your day, you will reap rewards over time, which will include becoming more flexible and relaxed.

Other healthy benefits!

Now that you understand more how dynamic and static stretches are a part of hoopdance, when you watch the video again, look at our movements and notice how we incorporate the hoop to add a little extra resistance to our body weight that is pushing or guiding the hoop. Those muscles we are using, from our heads to our toes, are all getting a workout. Depending on the intensity, hooping can be very high cardio or, when you need/want to slow it down, it’s still giving you great benefits on your joints in a very no-to-low impact way!

Another bonus? Switching between cardio intensities, creating short periods ranging from high to rest, is called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This type of exercise is what hooping is ALL about and a major reason why you can achieve weight loss goals with a hoop effectively.

aRound Chest and Shoulders – Part 2

As I mentioned in my last post, almost every person who starts hooping wants to successfully learn how to spin it on the upper body. I’ve decided to break things down for you in some new videos. There are 4 videos total in this series. They are packed with information and will help you understand how to navigate hooping around chest and shoulders in a more intentional way.

In Part 2, aRoundJoy on the Chest & Shoulders, I continue this journey with you, sharing more with you about what keeps the hoop spinning on your upper body. Even if you have already are hooping on the shoulders or chest, this video will help you gain more insight into strengthening not only basic hooping fundamentals, but also certain muscles of your body and why it’s so important to do so.

 

As you’ll learn, watching all these videos, solid chest and shoulder hooping all starts with learning very basic fundamental skills, the same things I teach in my aRoundJoy Basics course. In fact, this series is just a sample of the free bonuses that members are enjoying. I add more content periodically to keep everything updated and fresh. It’s a vault of hoop knowledge that just keeps growing and always will. To learn more about that program, click HERE.

I’m so very passionate about helping everyone learn hooping in a more organized & structured way, that I couldn’t help but share some of this here with more of you so that you can understand how I train my clients. My hope it that you’ll get to know my style better and stick aRound so that I can train you even more!

In future videos and posts, I’ll be sharing specific tips for hooping on the chest and shoulders, as well as other hoop dance moves, that will allow you to become proficient, fluid and strong in your personal hoop practice.

What is something you are struggling with in your own hooping journey? Let me know. I’d love to help you improve and move towards even more joy with your hoop!

aRound Chest and Shoulders – Part 1

If there’s one thing that almost every person wants to do with their hoop, it’s learn how to spin it on the upper body. I’ve decided to break things down for you in some new videos. This will help you understand how to navigate hooping around chest and shoulders in a more intentional way.

In Part 1, aRoundJoy on the Chest & Shoulders, I share with you what you need to know before getting started. Even if you have already started, this video will help you gain more insight into strengthening basic hooping fundamentals and why it’s so important to do so.

 

 

As you’ll learn, watching these videos, solid chest and shoulder hooping all starts with learning very basic fundamental skills, the same things I teach in my aRoundJoy Basics course.

In future videos and posts, I’ll be sharing specific tips for hooping on the chest and shoulders, as well as other hoop dance moves, that will allow you to become proficient, fluid and strong in your personal hoop practice. Inside HoopShack-to-gO, my online training, aRoundJoy Basics, does just that, too. In fact, this video, along with 3 others specifically on upper-body hooping, are bonus material that I added to the program. I do that periodically to keep everything updated and fresh. This vault of hoop knowledge just keeps growing and always will. To learn more about that program, click HERE.

What is something you are struggling with in your own hooping journey? Let me know. I’d love to help you improve and move towards even more joy with your hoop!

What You Need to Know About Hoop Size

Size matters. HOOP size, that is…NOT your size! So, to make things easier, today I want to help you understand what you need to know about hoop size.

In WAIST hooping, both the size and weight of the hoop make a huge difference. I can’t tell you the number of clients who come to me with hoops they purchased online, in person from another individual, or even at a retail store (GASP! Buyers BEWARE! New post coming about THAT!), only to discover they do not have the proper hoop for their body shape & size, much less their fitness level.

As a general rule, the older you are, the bigger the hoop. Small hoops spin fast, so you’ll have to work hard to keep pushing it. Large hoops spin slower, allowing for more time between the pushes, giving you an advantage! Beginner, adult-sized hoops should weigh just under 2 lbs, preferably about 1.5 lbs. Lighter, smaller hoops are good for “off-body” moves, stretching, and experienced clients who have been practicing how to control lighter, smaller hoops. If you are on a weight loss journey and have a bit of a tummy, no matter WHAT age you are, a bigger hoop for on-body hooping is essential. I also recommend a smaller one for off-body moves.

 

When folks understand that bigger hoops are easier, I see the “light bulb” go off time after time for new clients who were struggling with trying to get that hoop spinning on the body. It’s like the bigger hoop is a pair of glasses to help everyone SEE their abilities and the hoop’s possibilities much more clearly! A few simple instructions later, they are smiling and getting that heart pumping. Hooping takes a lot of endurance, to be sure, but it doesn’t have to be difficult at first. Your level of strength and skill can be built over time, as with any other activity in life. WE ARE NEVER PERFECT, but as long as you are improving along the way, THAT is success! Everyone hoops “their own way” and to the best of their ability. Are you up, off the couch? THEN THAT’S THE FIRST STEP!

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Knowing your body shape helps me “fit” you in the right hoop, but I also need to know your story, what YOU are doing NOW in this life, what DID you do in the past, back in the day…all these things tell me a lot about WHAT’S on the inside, what makes you tick and what gets you jazzed. All that has a lot to do with your hooping journey and who I see can come OUT from inside that hoop! Hooping takes us back to a time when we had no worries. Once you get just a few basic moves going successfully, the hoop size won’t matter at all!

Never stress over what size hoop you must use to help you achieve your own personal hooping improvement and goals. YES, setting little goals it how we learn…each new move mastered is another goal reached! Over time, you’ll notice a desire to perhaps “size down” your hoop…simultaneously; you may have personally “sized down” a few pounds and inches, yourself!

Did you notice I mentioned Hoopwalking™ in my video? THAT is something else I will tell you MORE about in coming posts and videos! It’s a wonderful way to build stamina and increase your cardio without waist hooping, which will help you be much stronger, allowing you to practice longer and put even more effort into waist hooping, too!

 

 

Be Aware of Autism

ProgtammingHopePosterI know April is Autism Awareness month, but I truly believe we should be aware of autism all year, in a positive and uplifting way. So this post I give you today will help everyone do just that. It includes a very personal video that I’m so happy to share with all of you.

You can go back and read any of the writings about my son, Kyle, in the archives of this blog. Just look over to the side or below for a menu of blog topics and click on AUTISM. Catch up a bit, if you haven’t already done so, that would be helpful. Even if you just read THIS ONE. You can also find that link near the autism ribbon under the archives list. It gives a good overview of our story.

Fast forward to today. Kyle, at age 28, is working at nonPareil Institute. The movie, Programming Hope, a documentary film about nP, finally premiered back in February 2015. nonPareil has also expanded and opened a second location in Houston! It’s an exciting time. They still need lots of support to make even more future growth possible, but they are working hard on all this. Please share this this story with everyone…we really need the word out there so everyone can be aware of autism in a future tense. It’s a business story as much as it’s an autism story. Anyone can benefit from hearing what is being done now to help adults on the spectrum and what’s on the horizon. It gets ideas and conversations started. It gets ideas and actions started, too.

Kyle’s Story

A little before the nP Houston location opened, I had the pleasure of hearing first hand, from several folks who were at their “open house” meeting, about my son’s “speech” which he made during that event. You see, he was asked to attend with Dan Selec and Gary Moore, the founders of nP…and that alone, was pretty exciting!

What many may not realize, was that Kyle actually was pretty nervous in the days leading up to traveling down there. He was going all by himself on a plane, since Dan and Gary were already down there attending an earlier event the night before. To Kyle, THIS trip was a big deal! He had flown before, but never alone. Having to navigate getting to and from places for the first time is always a topic of stress…add to that flying, and he just needed some reassurance. We discussed this by phone before he left. That’s typically how our relationship flows now that he’s an adult. He simply needs a little extra support and guidance, and we are his sounding board to help him make wise decisions…and of course, learn from his mistakes, which still can crop up.

After the Houston event was over I heard on Facebook about how well things went…he even posted wonderful pictures and updates during his short trip. Eventually, within a day or so, there were pictures posted on nonPareil – Houston’s Facebook page…and I was thrilled to learn that the documentary folks were down there, too, getting some final footage for the film…and luckily, Kyle’s speech was captured!

This makes us SO happy. He’s done something like this before, given a wonderful, moving testimony and we missed almost all of it. It was the evening of the final marching band competition his senior year of high school. Both my husband and I were busy doing band parent stuff, and I walked into the band hall at the tail end, heard his closing words, only to see kids and parents in tears and then applause. My husband missed it completely. Unfortunately, there was no good recording of it by anyone. We heard so much about it, though. We knew then that Kyle really had learned a sense of gratitude and that he valued his friends…and that he felt safe in band…and he really was worried about his future. It was scary to think he was going to leave his comfort behind after graduation, but we remained optimistic.

As expected, college was not the right fit for him, nor was working in food service. Neither made him happy or feel successful. Kyle learned to speak his emotions very well thanks to all the counseling and speech therapy we did with him through the years . He was taught to use his words once he gained a sufficient amount of them in his repertoire . Outbursts were not appropriate, not tolerated and we taught him other ways to let go of what he was feeling.

Years later, what you see here is the pay off. I never dreamed it would happen like this in a million years. Kids grow up. They learn what they are taught, over and over and over again. This is proof.

I decided to share this new video, which includes my son’s speech at that open house in Houston, in the hope that it helps those parents that are struggling right now. Our journey was long…and I cried a lot…and we were very scared…but we just kept doing the best we knew how to do. I simply can’t thank both Dan and Gary enough for helping to create this moment, now…and for believing in my son…and a big thank you to Jack Creamer, the director of Programming Hope, for sharing that meaningful film clip and the other pictures with me.

I want all of you reading this to take a moment and please watch…and share it with anyone who might need to hope and inspiration…

 

 

Autism Awareness is more than statistics. Be aware of what is possible. Know that a great future can and will happen. Children grow up and there are people out there right now working very hard to make sure training programs and jobs will be available to individuals on the autism spectrum. Stay aware and keep learning about it…because time will pass in the blink of an eye!

Years ago, we had to forget our fear and just take it one day at a time. It ends up that it’s been a wild ride, but a great lesson to share…life will take you places that you can’t even realize. You’ll meet people through the years that will help connect the dots. So don’t sweat it so much right now while the kids are little…just enjoy them…smile more often…lighten up! Teach them to be kind..teach them love. Teach them right from wrong as best as you can.

Seven years ago, during a hot Texas summer just like this one, our son was the first student in a program we knew nothing about…but we took a leap of faith. Meeting someone randomly led this to happen…it wasn’t planned and we were not looking for it. See? You just never know!

My Message To You

Keep your focus on the love…the consistency…and laugh…don’t forget to laugh. I think I mentioned that twice. It’s worth repeating. Build your village of support…the right people are all out there, walking around each day…you’ll know when you meet them…and the village grows as your child grows up, with each new experience. SO, make sure your children have a have a TON of experiences…both good and bad, because there’s something to be taken away and learned from each of them along the way.

Things have a way of falling into place…worry and fear just make the journey more difficult, so surrender to faith.