A couple of months ago I discovered a video on YouTube that takes you through a series of circus-style hoop drills. I’ve never done formal drills of hoop moves, preferring to go where the spirit moves me while hooping. However, something about the structure of this appealed to me and I decided to give it a whirl. You can find the video here: Circus-Style Hoop Drills I played with it for a while and then tweaked it so that it worked for me. Instead of doing each move for one minute I decided instead to do 90 revolutions of each so I could use my own music and not have to watch the clock while hooping/drilling.
I have surprised myself by not only sticking to this new hooping regimen but enjoying and even looking forward to it. I find that I’m hooping more regularly and am seeing a big difference not only in my hooping but in my body, particularly in my shoulders and arms, which have been more resistant to change with the passage of time. As a result of all of this drilling I feel stronger, am visibly leaner and even more blissed out about my hoop practice than before.
I have modified the routine to address the places I wanted to focus my attention and stretch beyond my comfort zone by doing chest hooping and hooping on my ribs. When I was in the early weeks of rib hooping, Rob looked at me struggling to keep going and keep the hoop moving and said, “It looks like you are working awfully hard at that.” I laughed, dropped the hoop and said, “That’s because I am. Rib hooping is kicking my butt.”
Here’s the routine I do now:
90 revolutions each of:
Right Arm Overhead to the right
Left Arm Overhead to the left
Both hands in Prayer Position Overhead either right or left (I switch off directions day to day)
Right Arm Out Neck Hooping to the right
Left Arm Out Neck Hooping to the left
Shoulder Hooping to the right
Shoulder Hooping to the left
Right Arm out Shoulder Hooping to the right
Left Arm Out Shoulder Hooping to the right
Right Arm Out Shoulder Hooping to the left
Left Arm Out Shoulder Hooping to the left
Chest Hooping to the right
Chest Hooping to the left
Rib Hooping to the right
Rib Hooping to the left
Right Hand Swish (hand hooping) to the side going forward
Left Hand Swish (hand hooping) to the side going forward
Right Hand Swish in front of body going to the right
Left Hand Swish in front of body going to the left
Warrior/Weave Right Hand
Warrior/Weave Left Hand
Reverse Warrior/Weave Right Hand
Reverse Warrior/Weave Left Hand
And that’s it. I play music I love and usually do some free flow hooping and play with some other moves, too, but the drills have been the basis for my practice and have made a huge difference in my hooping. If this appeals to you at all, I encourage you to check out the video and then play with doing some drills of your own. I chose to do several moves that would incorporate arms and shoulders because those were areas I was looking to strengthen and sculpt. You can likewise customize the sequence to focus on the areas you wish to strengthen.
Lastly, I encourage you to switch up the music you listen to when doing drills, it keeps your mind feeling that you are doing something fresh and helps to stave off boredom. I must confess, I bore easily but these drills are working really well for me. I’d love to hear from you about your experience with drills or if you give these a whirl, how they work for you. Summer is right around the corner. The more you hoop the better you feel and the better those fun summer clothes are gonna look on you! Hoop on.