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Do I really need a weighted hoop?

Do I really need a weighted hoop?

Weighted hoops. Are they more effective than dance hoops? Do they burn more calories? Do you need a weighted hoop?

To answer these questions I had to do a test. The results were interesting and I made a video for you.

First of all, let’s define what a Weighted Hoop really is.

A hoop that weighs more than 1kg/2lbs is usually considered a weighted hoop. Hoops that are made of extra heavy plastic, rubber and sometimes metal are referred to as weighted hoops.

This kind of extra heavy, fitness hoop is a weighted hoop. Or this 3lb hoop is a weighted hoop.

In my test to see if a weighted hoop really burns more calories, like they often advertise, I used a 1/5kg/3.3lb hoop.

Some hoop makers may call their hoops weighted hoops even when they are not very heavy, so it is best to check the weight and size of your hoop before you buy it.

This week I strapped on my FitBit and set my timer. Using a weighted hoop (1.5kg/3.3lb) and a dance hoop (500g/1.1lb) I hooped for 10 minutes with each one and recorded the results.

Results and opinions:

After waist hooping with the weighted hoop for 10 mins my FitBit said I burned 40 calories. After waist hooping with the dance hoop for 10 minutes my FitBit said I burned 58 calories.

The Weighted Hoop made me feel uncomfortable and almost a little sick in the stomach. The weight was far too heavy and I would not feel safe dancing, moving or doing any tricks with the heavy, weighted hoop. I felt certain that it would bruise me and I was scared to drop it on my feet.

The Dance Hoop felt more comfortable and because it was lighter, but not too light, I had to work a little harder and felt my muscles activated more and it gave me more of that euphoric feeling that I love from a workout.

In my opinion, extra heavy, Weighted Hoops are unnecessary and uncomfortable, they restrict my movement. Movement is what burns more calories and makes me feel more toned, stronger and more creative. I am worried that the extra heavy weight might cause bruising on my waist or be doing damage to my body.

Beginner hoopers or hoopers who enjoy on body hooping  should be looking for a diameter that makes it easy for them to keep the hoop up and spinning but they do not need the extra, uncomfortable weight of a heavy, weighted hoop.

I would love to hear your opinion. Try a similar test yourself. If you have a FitBit or heart rate monitor, a weighted hoop and lighter dance hoop, plus a timer please give this test a go. How many calories do you burn and how do you feel after 10 minutes with each hoop?


Weighted Hoops

Sports Hoop

Fit Pop

Weighted Hula Hoop

Dance Hoops

Adult Travel Hoops

Dance and Performance Hoop

Dance Hoop

Activity Tracker


Cubot Wristband

Smart Bracelet

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What Size Hoop Are You Using?

What Size Hoop Are You Using?

Most commonly asked question on any hoop video I post : What size hoop is that?


You want to buy a hoop but you don’t know what size or style to get. In this video and blog I will show you all of the hoops that I use and give you some extra info and links so that you can get the right hula hoop for you.

I also made you this quick video showing you all of the hoops that I use most often at the moment.

The blog that I referred to in the video was Gala Darling. The blog post that started my hoop journey was this one.  


My first hoop was a 100cm/40″ diameter (25mm/1″ pipe) dance hoop much like this one, except mine was pink and blue. My husband bought it for me in Tokyo.

Here I am doing my best hoop pose, with my first hoop. 2007.


first hoop deanne love


Soon after that I started making my own hoops to use and to sell. I no longer make them, but you can find out how to make them yourself here (DIY : How to make your own hula hoops )


Irrigation Pipe (Polyethylene), PEX or HDPE Pipe Hoops – Great for beginners, dance and fitness

The hoops that I am holding in the video above are 20mm/ 3/4″ irrigation pipe hoops. You can get the Polyethylene irrigation pipe here in the USA or here in Australia. Many hoopers in the USA also buy their pipe from a company called LOWES. Let me know int he comments if you have another awesome supplier.

Here are some examples of irrigation style pipe hoops.

Glitter Dance Hoop

Adjustable size dance hoop

Gaffer Taped Beginner’s Hoop

 What about a weighted hoop?

No, I have never used a heavy, lumpy, hard fitness hoop like this or this. I find them painful, uncomfortable and far too heavy to allow the kind of safe movement I need for improving my skills, fitness and strength. I would never recommend buying a hoop over 800g / 1.5lb if you want to learn tricks, dance and use it for a fitness workout.

Hoops made from irrigation pipe, Polyethylene or PEX like pipe are also often called Weighted Hoops. They have more weight in them than children’s hoops or PolyPro hoops. Dance and fitness hoops (not the lumpy, bumpy, oversized ones) often come with gaffer tape or grip tape on them and this adds a little extra weight and grip.

LED Hoops

Yes the fancy ones that light up. They are incredible and a wonderful investment if you are performing or you like to light up at festivals!

The ones I use are Astral Hoops. I have the Atomics in PolyPro pipe. 90cm/35”

I have seen MoodHoops in action and they look amazing!

I have also used LED hoops from This is a SuperHooper LED in this Instagram video. I love it.

In this old video shot in Tokyo, I was performing with PsiHoops

#pastlife as a hooping gogo dancer in Tokyo with dreads and mohawks #whodat

A video posted by Deanne Love 💜 (@deannelovexo) on


You can find less expensive LED hoops on Amazon from The Hoop Shop. I have not personally tried these ones. The Fusion looks pretty fabulous for only $60 but again I am yet to try this one myself. Let me know if you test it out!

Travel Hoops

Yes you can travel with regular hoops. I often check mine in but if I am only taking carry on luggage then I take a travel hoop with me or I coil my polypro hoops down to fit in my suit case (always take care when doing that and ask your hoop seller if it is ok)

The gorgeous pink travel hoop that I showed in the YouTube video at the top of this post came from the Hooper Market 

I also like the travel hoops from Pretty Sticky in Australia

I also really love the Trinity Starr travel hoops.

And there are a few different ones on Amazon, like the Infinity Collapsible hoop, these dazzling 4 sections travel hoops by The Spinsterz

PolyPro Twins

The hoops I am using in the YouTube video and the Instagram videos below are 78cm/31″ polypro from Hoopologie. I really enjoy this size. I started with irrigation pipe hoops but find the polypro and thinner HDPE easier to work with for off body twin hooping.

PolyPro Hoops

I left my fav hoops until last. I have been using these polypro hoops from SuperHooper for many years and I love them. I use them for on and off body hoop dance. They would have been slightly too light for me as a total beginner but I love them now.

These are 90cm/35″ polypro in UV reactive 3/4″ OD (outside diameter) pipe

So one size does not fit all. Make sure you get yourself an adult size hoop from a quality hoop maker. No kiddies hoops allowed. They go into land fill too quickly, you want something that will last you a long time!

Want to make a hoop?
Read this blog post on Making VS Buying. 

How to Make Hula Hoop DIY


What size is best for you?
Read this blog : What size hoop should I buy? 

buy hula hoop

What size hoops do you have in your stack and where did you get them from? 

Are you a Hooplover?

Are you a Hooplover?

(So tricky to choose a winner! All of your comments are so mind blowing! You are all Hooplovers)

In 2008, Masao and I sat in our little Tokyo apartment with a pencil and paper. We brainstormed ideas and names. What could we call a group of active, fun loving, courageous, funky, fabulous hoopers dedicated to positivity, sharing and expression?


And so the tribe was born.  I sketched us up a quick symbol and a friend made it digital.


In 2017 we are many. There are Hooplovers all over the world. From New Zealand to Norway, Croatia to Canada, South Africa to South Korea. We are global.

But what does it really mean to be a Hooplover? Sure we love hoops, we love the freedom that hooping gives us, we love the community that we have gathered. But how do you know if you are a Hooplover? What makes you a Hooplover? Is it a certain type of behaviour, an interesting quirk, the words you say, the way you act, how you show up in the world?


I thought it would be fun to really explore what makes us Hooplovers. And you know I love a good giveaway…so let’s combine the two.


Complete one or all of the sentences below and go in the draw to WIN A Hooplovers Challenge Prize Pack. All the details are at the bottom of this blog. Leave your answer/entry in the comment below. You can be as creative and clever as you please.


You know you are a Hooplover when/if  ….


I am a Hooplover because …


The sign of a Hooplover …


Here are some fun examples:

You know you are a Hooplover when your Instagram feed is filled with other #hooplovers

You know you are a Hooplover when the only reason you clean the garage out is to make space for more hoops

I am a Hooplover because I am dedicated to keeping my body strong. I hoop every day!

The sign of a Hooplover… you are oddly attracted to circles everywhere and find yourself wondering, “Do you think I could hoop that?”



Enter this giveaway by completing any or all of the sentences above. Enter your responses int he comments below and include your country so we can see how global we are.

You will go in the draw to WIN A Hooplovers Challenge Prize Pack that includes 21 Day Flow Challenge + 21 Day Shoulder Hooping Challenge + 21 Day Twin Hoop Experience (Valued at $111)

One winner will be randomly chosen from the comment section of this blog. That winner will be notified the first week of February 2017.

Giveaway closes January 30, 2017 but you can enter comments as long as you like.

Really looking forward to reading all of your comments.



What I use to make professional videos and teach courses online and offline : Must haves, On a Budget and Full List of Links

What I use to make professional videos and teach courses online and offline : Must haves, On a Budget and Full List of Links


Over the years I have learned that if I want to be of service, reach out and teach as many people as possible, then I need to provide the best quality so that I can be seen and heard without distraction. Our Hooplovers YouTube channel has received millions of views and we have learned a lot about what makes a fun, clear and popular video.


There is nothing worse for students or learners than watching poor quality video, listening to bad audio or struggling to hear in class. We have tested so many gadgets and helpful equipment over the years and I am going to share my best recommendations in this video and blog.

The best part is that all of this equipment will improve how you teach and share but does not have to cost a fortune.

In this blog I will list up all of the equipment that we use to provide high quality video and audio for students in our online courses, YouTube videos and live events. Firstly, I will list them by category including links to each piece of equipment. At the bottom you can find a summer of must have gadgets for teachers/creators on a budget.

– Microphones & Sound Equipment
– Lighting Solutions
– Tripods and Stands
– Cameras
– Other Essentials
– Get Started on a Budget


Microphones and Sound Equipment

Make sure you are heard clearly; there is no excuse for poor quality audio, distracting noises or low quality speakers. Your teachings are valuable, your words need to be projected professionally without distraction and your students deserve great sound. Here is a list of the gadgets we now use and love.


Samson AirLine Micro Earset Wireless System

This little gadget is a life changer for any teacher or speaker. Wireless, light weight, handsfree and a great investment. I have tried many other head mics and this is by far the easiest, most versatile and most cost effective one. I want to buy more just in case they ever consider stopping production. My fav gadget ever.

We bought ours on Amazon and got the best price.


AR2CAM: Airline Micro AR2 Camera Hot Shoe Mount

This is the little plastic mount that you will need if you are using the wireless Samson AirLine for videos and need to mount it to your DSLR camera.

The link above is for a mount I found on Ebay but you can search for one in your own area. I always check product reviews and seller reviews before purchasing online and ask the seller questions if I am unsure.



Lapel Mics are your best friend.


This is the RODE lapel mic that I am using in the video. Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones I have it plugged into my iPhone and I recorded my voice as I was speaking to the camera and then added it to the video when I was editing. It sounds crisp and high quality and was easy and inexpensive to capture. Sometimes I use my Samson AirLine Micro Earset Wireless System but a lapel mic is more discrete and clips on easily.


We invested in a Sennheiser EW 112P G3-A omni-directional EW system many years ago. If you have the budget then this is the best but I personally would go for a less expensive and less complicated option in the beginning. Find a high quality lapel mic, with good reviews that will plug into your phone. Record your voice for videos through your SmartPhone using a voice recording app. This will give you better quality audio for your videos.



Another option for better sound quality through your SmartPhone, particularly if you are recording video is a Rode VideoMic Me Directional Microphone for Smart Phones. Affordable and heavy duty. It is what I use to improve the sound quality on my videos that I shoot for Facebook groups and Instagram if I want my voice to be a little more clear but I don’t need to set up too much, just plug in, hit record and then upload.


If you want one step up from that for your SmartPhone, I would probably go for the Rode IXYL Condenser Microphone.


Other microphones that we have used for great sound quality when outdoors and indoors recording voice.


Rode VMPR VideoMic Pro R with Rycote Lyre Shockmount : sits onto of your DSLR camera and picks up great sound, especially if there are other noisy distractions around.


A more economical version might be Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount We use this one a lot to pick up great sound for videos indoors when using a DSLR camera.


House of Marley Bag of Riddim Bluetooth Portable Audio System

I have three of these sound systems and have had them for years. I invested in these because they are portable, have great sound quality and they were easy for myself and my teachers to use and carry around. I also love this company and their designs.


UE BOOM 2 Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker (Waterproof and Shockproof)

I love the UE Boom speakers. So portable, great sound and easy to use. A yoga teacher friend (who is also a musician so he knows his sound) was saying that he sets up two UE Booms in classes and in his house. One on each side of the room. The coolest thing is UE Boom now have an app for iOS and Android and you can set up your UE Booms to get surround sound. Such an affordable and effective sound solution. Apparently you can synch up to 50 UE Booms at one time (if you want to go extra!)

And they have a cute video ad

You can also get UE MEGABOOM as the name suggests they are MEGA!

I would put these UE Boom speakers in my most used and must have list. Absolutely.

And there are cool colours. And different shapes. I personally have not used the UE Roll but I would like to try them as I really like the design and size.


Blue Yeti USB Microphone

I did not show this table mic in the video about but I should have. It is the most cost effective and best quality way, in my opinion, to do voice over work on videos. Sturdy, stable, good quality, easy to use and allows you to sit at your desk comfortably and speak clearly into the mic for awesome, professional quality voice over videos on a budget.


Apple iPod shuffle 2GB

A cost effective, simple and portable way to keep your class playlists with you. I also transfer podcasts, practice playlist and audio books onto my iPod shuffle because it is easy and light weight.

The downside is that there is no screen so you have to make sure that you are prepared and your playlists are in order if you are using one of these for your classes or workshops.

The iPod Nano is awesome if you need a screen and like to see what songs are on your playlist, but you still want something lightweight and easy to plug in anywhere. I carried one of these everywhere with me for years.

Of course there are other music players on the market, but I have never used any of them. I would highly recommend checking reviews and talking to friends who have used the equipment before spending your money. Or buying from sellers who offer refunds if you are not happy.


Lighting Solutions
The cheapest, best source of light is the Sun but it is inconsistent and simply not around if you want to video at night, so here are the lights that we use and love.


On a budget? Want to look fabulous on video with continuous light? Get a lighting kit that will brighten things up. This was the first kit we purchased and we still have it. Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit by LimoStudio


The larger continuous LED lights we use now are Jinbei EF-200 5500K LED Video Continuous Sun Light Lamp Bowens Mount Much more powerful and adjustable. We also bought softbox attachments for the front of each light to create more of a glowing effect and not such a harsh, bright light. I believe the ones we have are similar to these StudioPRO 60 Inch Octagon Softbox Photography Light Diffuser You can get various sizes and shapes. Look for the ones that fight your exact lights and will fit in your space.


These are the LED light panels that I show in the video Aputure Amaran AL-528W LED Light I bought two of them to shine a little extra light on things but they are best for small areas and direct light. They would not be my first choice for larger areas, great but not the absolute best as they are limited in the distance they can radiate.


Tripods and Stands
If you are investing in any kind of equipment, whether it be a SmartPhone, lighting or cameras, you want it to be safe so you will need some light weight but study tripods or stands.


The versatile tripod that I demonstrated in the video is the MeFOTO Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod/Monopod Kit Highly recommend this one, we use it often and it works for a variety of angles. It is strong but I use it mostly for my light weight cameras or my iPhone.


You will need to make sure that you have the right mounts for your tripods depending on what gadget you are connecting to them.


Here is a head we use for bigger cameras and video work Manfrotto 128RC Micro Fluid Head with 200PL 14 RC2 Rapid Connector Plate


Here is a SmartPhone holder that I use most commonly Shoulderpod S1 Professional Smartphone Rig


Here is a less expensive version iGadgitz PT310 Black Mini Lightweight Tripod



We have tested many cameras over the years. I personally use my iPhone a lot for quick videos for Social Media but for YouTube videos and professional online course videos we use a range of cameras. I have included links below to the cameras we have invested in. In order of price, at the time this blog was written.


Canon EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-55 IS STM Kit This is a great place to start if you are on a budget and looking for a DSLR camera for online videos.


Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY DSLM Mirrorless 4K Cinematic Camera Body Only (Black) This is the camera I showed in the video above. It is compact, light to carry around, it shoots in high quality 4K, it is great for photography and video.


Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm STM Lens When we started making YouTube videos we used this camera most commonly. It has a great autofocus (so you will not be blurry) and is still popular with online teachers and vloggers. The video above was shot with this camera.


DJI OSMO (NA) Handheld Fully Stabilized 4K 12MP Camera Floatly, fabulous and dynamic footage. This is the gadget for you!


If you are using high quality cameras you will need to grab a couple of memory cards. Make sure you get the ones that fit your gadgets.


Changing your camera lens. If you are shooting your videos in a small space but really want to capture the whole space you might consider buying a wide angle lens like Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. Sticking with the kit lens that comes with your DSLR camera is great if you are on a budget but if you want to experiment and play with different captures then you might consider purchasing a range of lens.


We have also bought the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom Lens for our Cannon DSLR because it is great for well lit indoor spaces and outdoor videoing. Has greater zoom so can experiment with various focal lengths allowing more variety in your video shoots.


Other Essentials

Belkin 6-Foot MIXIT Coiled Aux Cable (Pink) I have a few of these. Valuable. Needed. Never assume every space, studio, festival has it’s own cables. Always come prepared, always ask what system they provide or take your own.

My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive If you are shooting video you need somewhere to store it and to back up all of your files. Essential.

MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop Is my lifeline. It is here that I prepare all of my notes, playlists, ideas, write blogs, reply to comments. Lightweight. There are others ont he market. This is my fav.

Charging station If you have several gadgets on the go I highly recommend buying yourself or making yourself a charging station with multiple USB ports for charging everything at once. You want to be effective with your time and there is nothing worse than running low on battery mid video shoot.


OK longest blog post ever, but to finish up here is a summary of what I personally would invest in if I was on a tight budget but I wanted to create some quality videos/workshops online or offline and wanted to get started soon.


Get Started on a Budget

  1. Headmic – Making sure you are heard clearly, don’t lose your voice or students who can’t hear you online or at festivals/workshops/talks – Samson AirLine Micro Earset Wireless System
  2. Camera -A SmartPhone for videos and tutorials, if you want something compact, versatile and easy to use.
  3. Lighting -You will need great lighting though so that even if you are using a SmartPhone camera you can get a relatively nice video quality. Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit by LimoStudio something inexpensive but with all the pieces in one kit to begin with.
  4. Video microphone -A lapel mic Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones to plug in to your SmartPhone if you are doing a lot of talking to camera videos. You want your quality of voice to be clear. If you are using a SmartPhone and don’t want to wear a lapel because you are moving around then consider Rode VideoMic Me Directional Microphone for Smart Phones to pick up good voice quality. Of course the closer you are to that mic the better quality it will be.
  5. Speaker & music player -Teaching indoors or outdoors, get yourself a portable speaker system. I would consider 2 x UE BOOM 2 Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker (Waterproof and Shockproof) and get the app to set up the stereo sound. And then of course a heavy duty iPod to store your playlists and pump your tunes, along you could also use your laptop but I prefer to take really good care of my laptop and keep it in my living room or studio space.
  6. Tripod – A strong and adjustable tripod to take anywhere you shoot video MeFOTO Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod/Monopod Kit and make sure to get the right mounts for the equipment you intend to use. On a total budget and using a SmartPhone go for something like iGadgitz PT310 Black Mini Lightweight Tripod
  7. Clean, uncluttered back drop or back ground


Looking forward to seeing your videos. Leave your links and ideas below in the comments. If you do create some awesome videos please link me up so I can enjoy and share them with others.


Here are some other videos we have created using a variety of the gadgets I talked about in this blog.





Please note : It is important to decide what types of videos and tutorials you would like to create. All of these recommendations are based on equipment that we have been using for many years to share online courses on and the Hooplovers YouTube Channel

This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means I receive a tiny percentage like 4-8% if you make a purchase using any of the link but I appreciate everything and it helps keep this blog going! Please do your own research, decide what is best for you. 



25 Hula Hoop Tricks with Tutorials : Fun Hand & Arms Tricks You Might Not Have Tried Yet

25 Hula Hoop Tricks with Tutorials : Fun Hand & Arms Tricks You Might Not Have Tried Yet

  There are hundreds of ways to spin a hula hoop and not all of them are on your waist (although that is super fun! Try it out ) Learning hoop tricks is a great way to strengthen your body and tone your arms but will also give you great focus for your workouts and dance.… Continue Reading

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