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Does hula hooping really make you fit?

Does hula hooping really make you fit?

See the results of the hula hoop test I did. And try your own hoop workout test.

I don’t know about you, but when I dance, hoop and workout, I do it because I want to feel good.

There are many different ways to test if we feel good. Obviously you know when you move yourself out of a funk or maybe when your energy levels are up after a workout. You know, that feeling, when your workout truly shifts your mood. That’s a great way to just be witness and test if your workout, dance or hooping session, is really giving you what you want.

Another way that we often test if our workout is really giving us benefits, is to see how many calories we are burning, or to see how much energy we are putting out. The more calories that we burn off, or the more energy that we burn off, the more the feel good chemicals are really kicking in.

There’s definitely different types of hooping and different ways that you can get a little bit more out of your workout. I know if I have a very chilled out hoop dance, then I’m not getting myself into that peak state of feeling really good. I actually have to level up a little bit with my energy expenditure so that I can get what I need, I can feel better with my workouts.

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Today, I thought that we might do a little test.

The first 10 minutes, I’m going to do a relaxed, not moving my feet, just pulsing my belly with the hoop on my waist, barely moving my arms, and we’ll see how much energy I can burn.

In the second 10 minutes, I’m going to get a little bit more excited with my hoop dance. Going to start to move my arms, I’m going to keep the hoop on my waist though and I’m going to start to pick up my feet and move around. This is the kind of hoop dance that I really loved and still do, really love when I first started moving with the hoop. It’s what really activated that feel good energy. It’s why I’ve continued to hoop dance for so many years. We’re going to dance around a little bit more for 10 minutes.

Then in the last 10 minutes, we are going to see how much energy I can burn when I am totally going for it, rocking out, pushing the hoop onto all different parts of the body. I’m going to do minimal off body moves, but I will transition the hoop on and off.

Let’s just see the difference, 10 minutes chill, 10 minutes dancing, 10 minutes rocking out. Let’s go.


After 10 minutes of relaxed hula hooping

In the first 10 minutes I burned 56 calories.

I’m not super concerned about the calories, I’m really about the energy that I’m burning. This is just one way to measure it, and we’re just doing one test here, but we are going to look at how much more awesomeness and energy output we can do when we start to dance and pick up our feet.

For the next 10 minutes, I am going to be moving around in my circle, maybe do some breaks back and forth, but I’m going to keep the hoop on my waist. Let’s just see the difference.

10 minutes of moderate hoop dance

First of all, I feel so much more alive, than the first 10 minutes of just on my waist. I had so much more fun, I was singing along to the tracks and feeling really free, almost having these visions like I was outdoors. I was truly having a great workout.

In this 10 minutes I burned 75 calories. Quite an increase from just standing still.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with standing still. A 10 minute waist hoop is awesome, it’s going to be great for unlocking your posture, for opening up your body, and for making you feel good.

I’ve go another 10 minutes to go. This time, I’m going to be bringing the hoop up and down my body. If you’re a beginner, and you like, “Okay, whoa, that is just way too intense.” Well you can always check out some of my other tutorials and some of my lessons on It does take time, but part of the time taking, part of the process is making you stronger and fitter and have more stamina; just feeling more alive.

10 minutes of totally rocking my hoop dance

According to the Fitbit and my sweat, in that 10 minutes of on body, waist, upper body, vertical hooping, a little bit of off body, doing some vortexes, and spinning above the head, I burned 89 calories.

Now, whether it’s a number or whether it’s just a feeling, I absolutely know that that level of hoop dance, where I have a few different tricks where I’m really moving around, where I’m taking the hoop onto different parts of my body, it allows me to access a feeling that is like a high intensity workout. It’s a feeling where everything else just drops away. I can forget about whatever the day has brought. I can forget about any of the problems that are going on, and I can drop into my body. That’s what I personally want from a workout. That’s what I personally want when I dance and when I hoop.

The moral of the story, is that the more you move, even within the same time frame, the more energy you’re going to give out, the more your body is going to activate, the more you’re going to be able to release in your mind and drop down into your body and into your movement. The movements can be repetitive. I wasn’t thinking, “Oh, I have to do this certain sequence.” I was just dancing wildly freestyle, without any stress about what tricks I should do.

I have learned some tricks along the way. If you do want to learn some tricks with me so that you can amplify your hoop dance workouts and dance so that you can get into this state, this state of feeling absolute over the top bliss in 10 minutes.

If you want to learn some more amazing tricks with me and come along and do some workouts, there are three ways.

First of all, Hooplovers YouTube. Lots of fun, free tutorials for you. Be sure to subscribe.

Here on, I really go in depth with how to master the moves safely, how to build them into your own practise.

Then there is Hoop Love Workouts we get into the flow of workouts so that you can create this bliss, the hoop glow, fun hoop dance workouts.

YOU get to decide for yourself where you want to take your workouts and how effective, how amazing you really want them to be.

Hula Hoop Workout : Spell Your Name

Hula Hoop Workout : Spell Your Name

A little bit of fun to kick off the year. Whip up a quick and easy workout for yourself that you can do at home, in the park or at the gym. All you need is your hoop and your name.


Spell out your name. For each letter of your name practice or dance the hoop trick corresponding to that letter. Then repeat 2 times for a full workout. Check out all of the tutorials below if you need some help with the moves!

Hula Hoop Workouts HOOPLOVERS spell your name hula hoop




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J : 1 Minute CAN CAN









S : 1 Minute CAN CAN








How many letters in your name? Mix up the moves, add your middle name or last name if you want an extra challenge!




10 Reasons to Start Hula Hooping Right Now

10 Reasons to Start Hula Hooping Right Now

The most fun 2017 new year revolution

Hoopers around the world are saying that a hula hoop has changed their mood, life, fitness, body and soul. Yes you can start hooping right now too. Join the FREE 7 Day Waist Hooping challenge. 

Check out the reasons why you are going to love this fun way to support your health, well being, creativity and connection. And scroll to the bottom for some free tutorials.


1. Mood Enhancer

When you hoop up a sweat & increase your heart rate levels of neurochemicals serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine rise in your body. This is what makes you feel oh so good while dancing around in your hoop.

2. Belly Blaster

Excess fat around the midsection is a strong risk factor for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some types of cancers. Blasting away belly fat by hooping is not only fun but it is essential for your health.

3. Stand Taller

Core strength is king! The strong core you gain from hooping will not only help to prevent pain and injury it will strengthen and improve your posture.

4. Disco Dancer

There is nothing worse than hearing your fav song come on but feeling too intimidated to dance and express yourself. The hoop is the ultimate dance teacher and partner.

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5. Balance Giver

Hooping uses the left and right side of the brain and body improving strength and balance. When the body and mind are in balance so is life. The ultimate goal.

6. Brain Booster

Our beautiful brains have the ability to grow with new behaviours, experiences and focus. This is called neuroplasticity. As hoopers constantly learning moves and meeting new challenges we are strengthening our brains.

7. Friend Finder

Hooping is a great way to make new friends. With hoop groups and classes popping up all over the world and internet it is easy to find new hooper friends anywhere. Teach a friend today!

8. Heart Starter

A strong, healthy heart is essential. Increasing the heart rate often through hooping not only builds stamina and strength but helps to burn fat and support weight loss.

9. Soul Shaker

Hooping gives you a way and a reason to express your self, bring out your inner creative and shine your brilliant light.

10. Confidence Booster

Hoopers around the world report skyrocketing levels of confidence, finding new level of self respect and many even thank hooping for helping them to manage their depression and anxiety.

Free weekly hoop tutorials :  Subscribe to the Hooplovers YouTube channel

Ready to rock it? You will need the right size hoop. So to decide whether you want to get crafty and make your own or buy your first adult size hoop read : How to make a hula hoop or What Size Hoop Should I Buy?


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21 day hula hoop flow challenge

21 Day Hoop Flow Challenge : Access Your Unique Hoop Dance Flow

21 Day Hoop Flow Challenge : Access Your Unique Hoop Dance Flow

Get ready to rock a new hoop challenge that is going to knock your Unicorn socks off.

Let’s talk about the F word! Yep the four letter one. 

F – L – O – W

Hoop dance FLOW

What does it all mean? Where do we find it? How do we get there? What should it look like? How must it feel?

Woah woah woah, too many hooping questions. 

You know that little tingling feeling you get when everything is just right in your circle, when you don’t think you just move and you feel like you could play forever? That’s flow. It is actually a state of focus. With energy. Flow is when you enjoy the process. Pretty cool huh? It is not something you search for, rather it is something you access. The most awesome thing is that it is always inside of you BUT you must dance, move and play to unlock it.

So that is exactly what we are going to do from November 1. Together. For 21 days. Dance. Move. Play. 

Every day I will share with you a new concept lesson to help you clear a pathway for your hoop dance flow and a daily flow session lesson that you can use as flow inspiration.

Yes that is 42 video lessons for you to play with and go back over any time you need + playlists + a support group + …HERE. Watch the video on this page and check out all the details for this challenge. I explain it more there.

If you are up for the challenge and want to hang with some other fun hoopers then sign up, join us, let’s do this!


Join the 21 Day Hoop Flow Challenge starting November 1 and access your own unique hoop dance flow.

What you get:

– 21 hoop dance flow concept lessons (daily video lessons taught by Deanne Love)

– 21 hoop dance flow sessions with break down and slow mo (daily video taight by Deanne Love)

– Unlimited access so you can repeat any of the classes or flow sessions any time you need

– Access to the private 21 day hoop flow challenge group

– Support from Deanne Love and Hooplovers around the globe

– A chance to open up to new style, flow and freedom in your hoop

– 21 Day Hoop Flow Challenge playlist to keep you flowing through your moves

Why do this challenge:

– It will bring new movement, freedom and flow into your hoop dance

– You will discover new strength, balance and connection in your body

– You will have a chance to explore hoop dance with Deanne Love and other hoopers (online) for 21 days and beyond

– You will deepen your hoop dance practice

– You will unlock the blocks between you and accessing hoop dance flow

This challenge begins November 1, 2016 and you will open a new hoop dance lesson and flow session every day for 21 days. After the 21 days you will have unlimited access to all 42 videos plus extra resources and videos provided by this challenge.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the daily video titles. You will unlock them starting November 1.

If you have been hooping for more than a couple of days you have probably heard about the concept of Hoop Dance Flow. There are hoopers all over the world “searching” for their hoop dance flow. But I have to wonder if we truly understand the meaning of flow. You see, flow is not something that we search for it is something that we access. But we need to get rid of the blocks before we can create a clear pathway.

There are three major block to hoop dance flow.

  1. Apathy : this is when you have accumulated a few hoop dance moves but your learning has kind of stalled and you are not quite sure where to go next so you are kind of doing the same moves over and over again.
  2. Boredom : this is when your skills are really improving but you don’t really have any new challenges so you are stuck in a hoop dance rut.
  3. Anxiety : when the challenges appear really high and you feel like your skills are just not quite improving as fast as you would like so everything seems a bit overwhelming.

So here is how I propose that we overcome these 3 blocks and we access our hoop dance flow together. We go on a journey together. 21 days. Every day I am going to give you a concept lesson plus a fresh, new hoop flow session so that you can open up to new tricks, transitions and technique.

Let’s call it the 21 day hoop flow challenge. And yes there will be challenges but you can go back over any of the lessons or flow sessions whenever you need and you will have extra support from me (a lot of it!)

The first 21 day hoop flow challenge starts November 1, 2016 and you can find more details here and sign up to get prepared to access your own unique hoop flow with me and a bunch of amazing hoopers from around the world!

Sign up for the 21 day flow challenge now.

Q: What Size Hula Hoop Should I Buy? For Beginners & Beyond

Q: What Size Hula Hoop Should I Buy? For Beginners & Beyond

There are two basic things you need to hoop dance: a hoop that is the right size for you and hoop dance moves. (Learn how to hula hoop online with me)   You can find hundreds of free tutorials on my YouTube channel here; but first let’s make sure you have the right size hoop.  … Continue Reading

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