The belly button rule is a hula hoop size myth!
Developmental specialist and gnarly owner Breezi has been fighting this good fight for 5 years, and even with a physical store location where we continually engage with the community, the myth remains mysteriously intact.
What is the best Beginner Hoop Size?
Beginner hula hoopers first need to assess if they can hoop on their tummy. If you can hoop on your tummy, then you do not need a weighted hula hoop. If you can hoop on your tummy, then your hoop should not be at your belly button. Weighted hula hoops are only meant for learning how to hoop. Weighted hoops damage your body, and do NOT offer proper exercise.
Hoop diameter sizes at your belly button are for Beginner-Tummy-Hoopers ONLY.
The belly button rule for hoops is not true!
An outer diameter of 36" is your standard beginner hoop size for lightweight hoops, such as Polypro and HDPE.
gHwc offers hoop racks of every hoop size. If you can, come into our hoop shop location in Madison to explore your hoop size and find your best diameter hoop size.
There are 2 main Beginner Hoop Sizes:
1) 36" OD is best for beginner lightweight hoopers. Basic tricks & tummy hooping is best. Outer body may be difficult with larger hoop size.
2) If you can hoop on your tummy, and desire to engage in hoop tricks, bump down to 34-35". You will be able to better Isolate off-body, as well as explore the geometry around you. This diameter size will allow you to better understand chest hooping, leg hooping, and low down tricks for a more thorough discovery.
I am a shorter person. Does my height affect my Hoop Size?
Shorter hoopers use smaller hoops. Shorter hula hoopers may be better off starting with a smaller diameter hoop size. Shorter hoopers arm spans need to be considered for off-body hooping. With arm span in mind, the hoop can not be dropped too much in diameter as it may spin too fast for beginners on-body (31" for example).
Shorter hula hoopers need to find a hula hoop size that will not be too fast on-body, and will also not hinder growth off the body.
How do you find your go-to hoop size?
Through research, and not myth, a few amazing calculations for your hoop size have been found.
Divide your total height, in inches, in half.
This diameter is your ultimate go-to.
For Beginner Trick Hoopers, add 2-3"
For absolute Beginner Hoopers, add 5"
Hold your hoop in one hand.
Holding your hoop, put your hoop across your body, nose to held-in-hand.
This diameter from Nose to Gripped Hand is [roughly] your ultimate go-to hoop size.
Best Beginner Mini Hoop Size?
Your twin mini hoop size is very important!
Too big of a diameter, and your hoops won't flow and fold easily.
Too small, and the spin may be too rapid to properly trick.
Twin Mini Hoops should fit between your Gripped Hand and Face. This should not be a tight fit.
20" OD is the best beginner mini hoop size, of 5/8" polypro tubing.
The skinnier tubing of 5/8" is more manageable for finger work, faster tricking, and geometric manipulations. 20" outer diameter is perfect for both flow and tech.
Best Hoop Size for Children?
Kid hoops should be safe, non toxic, of quality, and NOT TOO SMALL.
Hula Hoops for children, basically, follow the same sizing rule as shorter hula hoopers.
If your Hoop Diameter is Too Small, then your hoop will not rotate easily.
Twin Mini Hoops are mistakenly thought of for children.
Breezi, your Developmental Specialist, has intensely worked with children. Creating programs, offering diverse workshops, and diving deep into the movement realm within classrooms and beyond are a few dynamic approaches to working with children and hoops.
A Kid Hula Hoop should not exceed 34", ever.
Most hula hoops for kids are 30" OD.
30"OD is best size for kids/children because your child will grow into this diameter size almost perfectly!
30" is the standard go-to diameter size for most hoopers after learning.