If you are not sure what size hoop you need, stand up and measure the distance from the floor to the mid-point between your navel (belly button) and your sternum (middle of your ribs).
* The quickest and easiest way to find this point is: find your tummy button with a finger.
* Then place your other hand sideways above that finger, with three fingers above it.
* Now move the finger marking your tummy button above your other three fingers. Presto! this is the place!
* Measure from the floor to this point to gauge the diameter of your first hoop.
NB. If you want to use your new hoop in your living room, or a similar confined space, please double check that it will fit. Sorry, but we can’t replace a new hoop if you find it is too large for your chosen hoop space.
If you don’t know whether your hoop will fit your room, grab a broom handle (or similar) and measure from one end to your hoop diameter and make a mark. Hold this mark at your waist so the handle or stick extends horizontally as far as the hoop itself would. Then slowly turn a complete circle.
If whatever you are using to check your space collides with anything in the room, you will need to reconsider your chosen hoop size!
At the start of your journey, go for a slightly larger hoop. As you gain confidence, you may want to use a slightly smaller hoop. Larger hoops rotate more slowly, so there is more time to coordinate your movements. Smaller hoops are faster and require more effort to to keep them going. If you are learning new moves, a slower hoop is generally better, particularly if you are new to hooping. Your hoop size needs will change as your skills improve.
Many hoopers use more than one hoop – smaller, lighter hoops for hand moves, and bigger, heavier hoops for the body.
As we are all different, there is no perfect way to determine the ‘ideal’ hoop size!