Note:  In this tutorial we used the Poly Pro Dance Hoop .   However, you can use any dance OR fitness hoop to perform these drills.

I’ve received a LOT of questions about what to do with arms while waist hooping!  So today we are giving you a few drills to practice while waist hooping to not only relieve the fatigue of holding your arms out to the side, but also to add some excitement to your waist hooping!  You’ll learn a basic resting position, and two variations of the belly break.

  1. Watch the video called “Belly Breaks”  .
  2. Practice the resting position, basic belly break and open handed belly breaks.
  3. If you have additional time, include 15 minutes of “free hooping”.

In Part Two of our challenge, I wanted to cover a topic that can take you from good to great, from beginner to expert, from struggling to success.  It’s pretty simple in theory, but are YOU DOING IT?

Belly Break Tutorial

Ginean McIntosh's Inspirational Wake Up and HOOP

PART TWO: From good to great, from struggling to success, from beginner to expert.  What’s the number one predictor of success?

I’ve worked with a lot of personal training and nutrition clients.  There’s one variable that will determine whether someone reaches their goals.  Yes, we could spend time talking about how to write effective goals, what the correct path to fulfill those goals should be, and whether we are even ON the right path.

But even though the number one predictor of success is simple, it’s hard to achieve given our busy, crazy, rat race lifestyles.  It’s consistency.  Consistency is the number one predictor of success.  In fact, in a Journal of the American Medical Association study, they looked at success among dieters across various nutrition camps (high carb/low carb/high protein/low protein, etc).  They found VERY little difference among the success of these various diet strategies.  But they did find the number one predictor among all these camps was consistency.

In part two of today’s challenge, what I would like you to do is sit down, take some time to reflect, and answer the following questions:

  1. Are my actions consistent with my goals?
  2. What am I consistently doing daily to reach those goals?
  3. How can I improve?

One of the things that is SO fantastic about hooping is that you can hoop ANY WHERE, ANY TIME, IN ANY OUTFIT.  Coming from someone that has been involved in gymnastics, dance, competitive powerlifting (with belt, special socks and a wresting singlet), triathlon, swimming, etc., one of the things that makes hooping so incredible is that there’s no excuse.  It doesn’t matter where you are, what you are wearing, the amount of space you have or even who is watching!  You can pick up a hoop, boost your mood and have a kick butt workout in no time.

Many thanks to my dear friend Ginean McIntosh for sharing her inspirational wake up, roll out of bed and GO!  I challenge each of you to spend one morning in your pajamas and just hoop it up!  I bet you’ll start your day with a smile.

This Challenge Contributed by:

Leigh Little
ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist

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