The Right Hoop Training For You
Why choose private hoop instruction instead of a group class?
Have you ever been in a class where everyone else seemed to be getting what the teacher was saying, but you felt confused? As much as you tried to keep up, the teacher seemed to be rolling along and everyone was asking questions, getting answers…but you missed the whole concept and left scratching your head.
What about a group exercise class? Have you ever felt totally lost during an aerobic dance or movement class at your local fitness center? Did you look around and see bodies all moving in sync while you struggled with the steps and combinations? The instructors try to make you feel better, shouting about how if you are at least moving, you are STILL getting exercise! That IS true…and you shouldn’t have to look like anyone else…but still, with all the others in the room rocking out, you feel uncomfortable since you can’t keep up with the pace. It’s not as much fun when you feel out of step.
Now, that’s not to say that my HOOP CLASSES are the like that! They are tons of FUN as you can imagine! However, too many students in a class can be a bit overwhelming. So I offer only exclusive, smaller group classes to avoid all that. In fact, sometimes it helps to go even smaller. For those that want extra attention and a more customized experience, addressing individual needs and goals, it’s the best option. Here’s why…
Hoop Instruction 101
Everyone Learns Hooping at Their Own Pace
Imagine a group of adults, all various ages and sizes trying to learn how to hoop as beginners…some will be unable to get past barely holding it, because they literally never have hooped at all, even as a kid. Others already can do tricks because they never lost the ability they had as a child…they have some natural “circus” gene. Then, some people can’t keep the hoop from falling to the ground…but the majority fall somewhere in the middle, able to do a few things, but it just takes time and patience. The point is, no one is at the same skill level.
Now, think about trying to listen to the instructor while various hoops are spinning in all directions and dropping on the floor loudly…it is very hard to concentrate, from a student standpoint and also from an instructor’s point of view, as well. TRUST ME. I have taught hundreds of students this way and I do feel that I gave less of myself, at times, because the student-to-teacher ratio was too high.
Hoop class flows better when all the students are familiar with some general hoop moves and skills. That’s why I offer private training for those just getting started and exclusive small group training sessions for those who have the basics down.
Getting valuable feedback from the instructor in-person helps you correct and improve, as needed. You benefit most from such teacher guidance; someone physically pointing out a place on your arm or hand, for example, standing right next to you, can help you “get it” much easier!
Any form of hoop instruction should always advance your knowledge, by helping you become better with your skills, but also by teaching you proper safety. Hooping incorrectly can cause injury to the body…but hooping, done correctly, should not hurt you…injury is so easy to avoid if you take time to study appropriate methods.
I Know Hooping
The best way to learn hooping is through a more personal and unique approach, a totally private experience…and it’s the best way I teach my new aRoundJoy clients. I also offer smaller group classes seasonally to help make it affordable to more of you.
It is my strong belief that classes are only best for those who already know the basics of hooping, but to really learn and understand as a beginner, you need more individualized attention, addressing what YOU really need.
Not every individual needs to learn the exact same moves, at the exact same time. In fact, some people don’t even need to learn how to waist hoop…EVER. That is why I have chosen to teach my clients in this format exclusively. I can meet you where YOU are. The hoop meets you where you are, too. It’s very versatile and helpful to your body.
Small group classes help you get started. Private training helps you stay more accountable, practicing and doing your homework, so to speak, between our sessions.
I also am able to help you get a great start at developing a real hoop practice routine, spending extra time with you personally, working on YOUR specific goals, something I was never able to do very well in a class with several people trying to listen, learn and hoop all at the same time. Since changing to this format last summer, it’s been so wonderful to see ALL the “light bulbs” shining brightly as clients make progress in our weekly trainings! I’m proud to be able to offer this service in a new, comfortable studio setting year-round at The HoopShack in Arlington, Texas.
After some training and practice is under your belt, you are encouraged to attend any other group events or sessions offered at The HoopShack. These type of group practice sessions are held every so often as a bonus for my clients. Sometimes we’ll even meet at a park, someone’s home or another event out in the community throughout the year.
Seasonally, I try to offer special instructional classes, retreats and workshops just for my clients, based on special requests I receive. There will always be opportunities to get involved and meet others who are learning just like you. No matter where you are in the aRoundJoy curriculum, it doesn’t matter to us. You will always be welcome from DAY ONE! You will feel more motivated as you meet others at the group gatherings…your practice determines your success and playing with others is a great way to get in some extra hoop time!
If your goal is simply to learn how to get an amazing workout with a hoop at home “on your own time,” then I can get you there within 2-3 sessions. If you want to go further, I can do that, too; we decide together…you are in the driver’s seat and I offer very custom designed training sessions…from hoop skills, drills, choreography…to just a simple daily workout that involves stretching and no/low impact movement.
You also can decide whether you want a small group class, some “1 on 1” time with me or if you’d like to include friend or family member in a private session. Choose whether you want to book just one session, or purchase multiple sessions at a discount, in both short term and long term arrangements. We will schedule these sessions at a mutually convenient time. I have a fairly flexible schedule and access to a climate controlled studio that’s only used solely for my hoop training sessions!
I can’t wait to begin working with you! You’ve been sitting on the fence about learning to hoop for a little while…now is THE time to just step into joy! You want to GET MOVING and have FUN, right? There’s nothing to lose except inches and calories.
What Happy Clients are Saying
About Training with aRoundJoy
“What a BLAST!!! I would have never considered myself a hooper until now. Working out with a big smiling face. Thanks for letting me play Geri. Your energy and lightheartedness is inspiring. Thank you!”Tim
“Geri really knows hooping! Her boundless energy and dedication to teaching anyone to hoop is inspiring. Sign up…you won’t regret it. It’s a great workout that you SMILE all the way through.”Dalynn
“Went to Geri a couple of weeks ago for Hooping. She is a great teacher, great personality and I felt very comfortable considering I have little to no experience. Can’t wait to get better!”Brandy
What Will My Training Session be Like?
Who can train with aRoundJoy®?
aRoundJoy® private hoop training is for both women and men! Training sessions are available for primarily adults (18 & up). Please note that children (10 & up) must take session with an accompanying adult. Each individual completes and signs a Liability Waiver prior to training. Copies of this form are also available at The HoopShack® when you arrive.
Does aRoundJoy® offer hoop classes?
Seasonally, some smaller classes might be offered on a limited basis, but aRoundJoy® primarily offers only private and small group hoop training at The HoopShack®. 1-2 individuals can train together and the pricing is per person. Curriculum content and concepts vary based on client needs, goals and abilities. Instruction is customized so you are always successful and you will learn how to use a hoop for maximum benefit and results. Occasional small group practice sessions are offered, as well. These are for clients already trained in aRoundJoy® basics, so while these sessions are similar to classes, you must have some previous knowledge and skill to attend.
Does aRoundJoy® offer VIDEOS?
YES! aRoundJoy® offers a 24/7, ON DEMAND, “members only” online hoop training area, HoopShack-to-gO. Currently, there is one video training product – an organized and comprehensive HOOP-AT-HOME course in that membership area called aRoundJoy® Basics. It’s always available for purchase in the STORE. If distance prevents you from coming to train in-studio, then you can learn and train anytime with all the videos and handouts that are part of the course. This is the same course that is given as a home-study guide to in-studio clients who purchase and commit to 2 sessions or more of private training.
When is The HoopShack® open?
The HoopShack®, an exclusive hoop studio inside a private “guest house” is primarily open by appointment for private training and hoop sales, but can be open at other times for small group sessions and practices. This studio is used for hoop instruction and a limited number of pre-made hoops are available for purchase. Weekly group training sessions are sometimes seasonally held at specified times, but those are pre-scheduled among existing clients only and can be canceled if no one is attending.
What should I bring?
Please bring WATER, a sweat towel & a positive attitude to The HoopShack®!
What should I wear?
Tennis shoes/sneakers & exercise apparel MUST be worn to at The HoopShack®. COTTON fabrics are more hoop-friendly than nylon, so please try to wear those natural fabrics. Gloves (vinyl/leather w/ “grip”) are a good idea for beginners, also. They help to protect the back of the hand while practicing off body hoop moves, allow for better grasp of the hoop and during winter, they help keep hands warm while outside. Look for a weight lifting type of glove, with the fingers cut off. These gloves are not required, but can be very beneficial for comfort and success.
Can I bring a visitor or my young child to a training session?
No. Hoop training sessions are closed to outside visitors and babysitting is not available. If someone wants to attend training with you then they will need to purchase a session, as well. This can be beneficial, because watching and learning is sometimes the way a person can learn best, either for themselves or to help you both understand more when you go home and practice together.
What if I don't own a hoop yet?
No worries. Hoops are supplied for your very first session, to allow for sizing & training success. You’ll need to purchase a hoop after the session so you can practice & hoop daily at home! If you already have an adult size hoop, please bring it with you, as well. However, remember…we don’t use child size “toy” hoops, as they are not appropriate for learning basic hoopdance moves with aRoundJoy®; smaller, durable hoops will be used for some training during sessions, when applicable, and they are also available at The HoopShack®.
Do you sell hoops to anyone, even if they don't train with you?
Yes. Absolutely! You can design a completely custom hoop and we’ll finalize the details by phone/email. Visit the STORE to get inspired.
Do hoop training packages and sessions ever expire?
Yes. A 2-session Private Training package (3 hours of instruction) expires in 60 days.
How soon can I attend a small group training?
Since the seasonal, weekly small group training sessions are exclusive for experienced clients, attendance depends on your skill level, practice and dedication. If your goal is to attend more group sessions, then your private training will be geared towards learning the very basic skills that will allow you to be successful in group instruction. The time it takes varies greatly from one individual to the next and many factors play into this. If you are interested in attending group instruction, this needs to be a primary focus and your individual hoop practice will need to reflect that. With consistency and hard work, it could take a very short time for you to be ready for group hoop training. While in the process of learning privately, you can also attend any seasonal Woo-Hoop HoopJams that might be offered, which will give you some access to the group experience.
What is a Woo-Hoop HoopJam?
This is an open practice session with minimal instruction at The HoopShack®. Clients with various levels of expertise, from beginner to veterans, come together for play, sharing, fellowship and FUN! These take place outside in the yard at The HoopShack or sometimes we head to a local park – so, weather permitting, HoopJams are held seasonally as special bonus sessions allowing for extra group interaction. More info will be available as each event is scheduled; clients get invited via email and the aRoundJoy BASICS Hoop Training private Facebook group. If there’s ever a public event, that would be published on the aRoundJoy Facebook EVENTS page and shared via aRoundJoy social media (Facebook, Instagram& Twitter). Be sure to “like” & “follow” me so you won’t miss any upcoming opportunities!
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