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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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19 thoughts on “Do I really need a weighted hoop?

  1. I don’t have a fit bit, but do have some unique experience and results from a Big A Hoop. I made myself a hoop twice the size of my 42″ from 1″tubing. It has 2 connectors, so it folds into a figure 8 and can be hooped folded as a double, or opened up into about a 7′ dia. hoop. It takes/builds ab muscles to use it, but doubled up or opened up it is a comfortable core work-out. Much safer than the exercise hoops because the weight is distributed evenly, just as if you had 2 regular large hoops on. Shoulder hooping is much easier, as if in slo-mo. It is simply an amazing workout from the shoulders to the toes. If I’ve gained a few pounds being a slug, just 2 – 3 sessions for 20 – 30 minutes each, firms and whittles everything.

  2. So agree with this! Also another tidbit: with how many times I toss my hoop and have to run after it, I have tracked about 1 mile of “walking” in an hour of hooping with my walking app!

  3. Did you rest between trials and let your heart rate go back down before switching hoops? Results may be inconclusive if not since your heart rate could have been elevated from the previous trial to start with

    • Agreed. This experiment is incomplete. You should do this the other way too, start with the dance hoop and then do weighted and see what the results are. It may still be that the dance hoop is the winner but it’s yet unproven.

    • Yes, all rested up. I did this test years ago with a personal trainer and they suggested the same thing.

  4. I have a weighted hoop (Fithoop 1.5 kg) which I got about 2 years ago. It is gathering dust as it left bruises, limited my movement, and was too much of an easy hoop as far as energy expenditure. I compared it with my regular dance hoops, using my TomTom Fitness Watch, and every hoop I have made me work harder than the weighted one. So, that is why it is gathering dust 🙂

  5. After much experimentation, I believe you’re absolutely right. But, it’s not just the weight. I have a hoop made of 1/2″ battery cable and it flexes a lot sucking a tremendous amount of energy. My polypro doesn’t flex much and has a bit of spring, returning some. I can’t wait to try pex, and will probably do something like carbon fiber or fiberglass before I’m done. While you’re at it, I’d love to see a graph of diameter to calories. As soon as I can hoop longer I’ll try it.

  6. Hi
    My opinion is ( with weighted hoops) gets you a more toned body .
    And with the normal ones they make you burn more.
    And I use Garmin vivoactive HR and it is more accurate than the fitbits I’ve used so many and I can tell u Garmin is the best!!

  7. I think the FitBits measure how much a person is moving. So I would expect the lighter hoop to have better results. I would expect the weighted hoop to build muscle faster. I don’t think the FitBit can measure that. However, if I had to choose between a weighted hoop and a dance hoop, I’d choose the dance hoop. I like the feeling of moving freely without being weighted down.

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