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It has been a circus prop, a toy and a 1950s fad,
and now the hula hoop is making a comeback as
a workout tool that fitness experts say provides an
effective cardio and even meditative workout.
A new generation of hoop activists is putting anoth-
er spin on the hoop, which ancient Greeks fashioned
from grapevines and used to exercise the hips.
Circus hooper Marawa Ibrahim, known profes-
sionally as Marawa the Amazing, lives a nomad s life
performing and teaching hula-hooping around the
"Fitness hooping is what I m really into. Even at
circus school I developed a workout using core muscles
to push the hoop," said Ibrahim, who can spin 133
hoops simultaneously and has appeared on the UK
reality show Britain s Got Talent.
The 32-year-old Australian said anyone, regardless
of age or fitness level, can keep the hoop spinning
but choosing the right size hoop is essential.
"You can t hoop with
a kid s hoop. When you
were a kid you were half
as tall," she said, adding
that a hoop should
reach to the hips, at
least. "I used to teach a
gym class of overweight
women. I made hoops
that were almost up to
their armpits and they
could do it."
Proper technique also
means balance. Even
the pros can develop
lopsidedness, she said,
so spin in both direc-
tions in order to tone
the body evenly, head
Kelly Strycker is the
director of Chicago
Hoop Dance, a community-based collection of per-
formers, teachers and students who practice hooping
as a form of moving meditation similar to yoga, or
chi-gong, the Chinese system of exercise and breath
"There definitely is a circus overlay in hoop dance,"
said Strycker, adding toned muscles and weight loss
are common benefits. "It tends to be a fitness workout
because of the nature of the movement."
Strycker said hoop dancing, which includes ele-
ments of yoga, attracts mainly women between 25
and 60 who want a fitness routine they will do.
Her classes, held at venues including parks and
beaches around Chicago, include 20 to 25 minutes
of yoga moves, lunges and squats, and hooping for
the wrists, hands, shoulders, legs, hips and waists.
"The meditative aspect is in the rhythm, the rocking
movement that stimulates the heartbeat, the back
and forth," she said.
Dr Cedric X Bryant, chief science officer at the
American Council on Exercise (ACE), said a 2011
ACE-sponsored study found that hooping could burn
up to 600 calories an hour.
"We found that just by the nature of movement
it did a pretty effective job," Bryant said. "The only
downside is if one had difficulty mastering movement.
But larger hoops reduce the learning curve."
Ibrahim said a hoop, unlike a trapeze, is portable
"Walk up to any kid and they ll have a go at it,"
she said. "Everyone s happy." (Reuters)
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Hula hoop inspires new
spin on cardio workout
Strycker said hoop
includes elements of
yoga, attracts mainly
women between 25
and 60 who want a
fitness routine they
will do. Her classes,
held at venues
including parks and
Chicago, include 20
to 25 minutes of
yoga moves, lunges
and squats, and
hooping for the
shoulders, legs, hips
Kelly Strycker, director of Chicago Hoop
Dance, teaches members of Depaul
University's Hoop Troupe at Depaul's Ray
Meyer Fitness and Recreation Centre in
Chicago. REUTERS PHOTO
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