Last week I tried my first hula hoop class with a couple friends.  I’ve been wanting to try this for years.  I was a tad worried that I would be so bad (I’ve actually tried to hula hoop recently so I knew it wasn’t easy) that I wouldn’t be able to do anything in the class, which would make it a little boring.
I was better than I expected.  The hoops are large and slightly weighted, which makes hula hooping easier.  That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a challenge.  I could not reverse directions.  Attempting  to move my body backwards felt impossible.  That says a lot to me about things I could learn in a hula hoop class, especially since I teach Pilates, which is all about balance.  It seems like I should be able to do something backwards.  It was the biggest draw for me to want to return to the class.
The class flew by.  It was fun, and filled with students that ranged from about ten to about seventy.  I like that one class could such and age range.  The instructor from River Rock Yoga in Wethersfield explained the concepts clearly.  The studio offers hula hoop classes once or twice a month.  I think once a month is a good frequency because, for me,  I think I’d be bored with a weekly hula hoop class, but once a month, would just be fun.  I didn’t feel that sore afterwards, so it didn’t feel like a great workout.  But workouts don’t always have to be tough.
Certainly playing with a hula hoop is fun.  Attending with friends is a good way to go because you can laugh with and at each other.  So, I’d definitely recommend checking out a class—grab a few friends, or your kids or your mom and try it out.