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Two Classy Chics Blog - Review and giveaway of a Canyon Hoops Weighted Exercise hoops in decorative glitter or primatic tapes. Check it out: http://twoclassychics.blogspot.com/2010/12/canyon-hoops-weighted-exercise-hoops.html
Here is a link to Hooping.org which contains an article I wrote titled "The Great Weight Debate". It has been very popular and has received a lot of feedback. http://www.hooping.org/archives/000531.html
Here's a link to a hooping article in Prevention Magazine featuring Canyon Hoops -
This is an older link to Diet Magazine and a Boston Newspaper artice about hooping.
Read a unbiased detailed review of Canyon Hoops at this site.
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/fitness/la-he-gear23-2009feb23,0,420871.story This article is reprinted in its entirety below.
Hoop Review Article printed in the Los Angeles Times Monday February 23, 2009 reviewed by Roy H. Wallack. Wallack is the author of "Run for Life: The Anti-Aging, Anti-Injury, Super-Fitness Plan to Keep You Running to 100."
Reviewed: Hoopalicious Storm Hooper, Hoopnotica Fitness TravelHoop, The Infinity Travel Hoop by Body Hoops (also available at Canyon Hoops), the Original Hula Hoop by Wham-O, and Canyon Weighted Hula Hoop.
Truth is, when I planned this review of fitness hoops and attended a 90-minute hooping class in Santa Monica last Sunday, I did not know that hooping had become a giant fitness trend and that Marisa Tomei used it to get in shape for her role as a stripper in the Oscar-nominated film "The Wrestler." But I can tell you that it is a smile-inducing, easy-yet-challenging, sweat-drenching, skill-building core workout for an uncoordinated male, and that when I woke up Monday morning I swear my gut had shrunk by an inch or two. And having seen "The Wrestler," I can also tell you that I recommend the products below to every woman in the universe. Roy M. Wallack - February 23, 2009
Hoopalicious Storm Hooper: Mid-size (40-inch-diameter), mid-weight, one-piece hoop.
Likes: Great spin, balance and whip off the hip. At 1 1/2 pounds, it is within the ideal weight range for fast adult hooping. (Note: More than 2 pounds is said to slow speeds.) I like the way it digs into your skin as it circumnavigates your midsection -- part massage, part fat zapper.
Dislikes: None. Price: $40.
Hoopnotica Fitness TravelHoop: Large (44-inch-diameter) take-apart hoop that breaks down into six 4-ounce, 23 1/2 -inch-long sections for easy packing or storage.
Likes: Great spin characteristics. Simple, no-tools, male-female snap-in assembly. Feels solid -- indistinguishable from a one-piece hoop. The soft tape makes it comfortable for your body, and it's the quietest of the bunch when hitting the floor. Can be used as a five-section, 37-inch hoop for kids. Weighs 1 1/2 pounds.
Dislikes: Though convenient, the tiny, quarter-inch pushpins that disengage the sections tend to hurt your thumb as you push. Eventually, I used a coin to push them.
BodyHoops Infinity Travelhoop: Large (44-inch-diameter) hoop that coils down to 22 1/2 inches via two swivel connectors.
Likes: I felt like a magician as I twisted it into a figure-8 and folded it over into a double loop. At 2 pounds (a third heavier than the others), it seemed to deliver a tougher workout, without giving up speed. You get this one going, it practically gives you a deep-tissue massage. Does not pack as well as hoopnotica.
The Original Hula Hoop by Wham-O: Smaller-sized hoops (maximum 36-inch-diameter) for kids.
Likes: Similar core-shaking workout as that of the adult hoops. In fact, even more effort is required to maintain the momentum of the 36-incher's thin, featherweight (8-ounce) bulk. You can't beat the price -- or the history. Although hoops were used in ancient Greece, Wham-O trademarked the name Hula Hoop and sold 100 million of them at $1.98 each in 1958. A little ball inside makes a banging/swishing noise as you spin it.
Dislikes: Not as fun as the adult hoops. Too much work. And the noise gets irritating fast.
Canyon Weighted Hula Hoop: Adjustable-weight, travel-friendly hoop that can be filled with water for a total weight of 4 pounds.
Likes: Best versatility of the bunch. The 42-inch-diameter, 2-pound hoop comes apart in one spot with a built-in male-female connector, coils down to 22 inches for travel, and can be filled with up to four cups of water -- 2 extra pounds. You can use a couple of layers of duct tape or tape supplied by Canyon to secure the closure. Although warned that heavy hoops are slow, I found that true only for the initial start; quickly it was whizzing around me like a helicopter blade; I thought I was going to levitate. Your abs and back definitely feel the extra weight; if the Infinity is a deep-tissue massage, this is Rolfing and chiropractic all rolled into one. That isn't sweat you feel; it's your fat cells crying. But at this price, your wallet won't.
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"hi ron, i wnated to let you know that i am LOVING the hoop you made for me!! i'm using it about 15min/day, it's totally comfortable and i actually look forward to it :) of course i could be doing more time...but it's 15 min i wasn't doing before, plus i find it meditative...i just crank the music and go to town, takes my mind off work in the middle of the day. many thanks for your advice and a great product!" julie, seattle, wa