What's the right size & weight?
Since every person has a unique body, these tips are only a rough guide.
Shape, size, age, and goals all factor in deciding the right hoop size and weight. Are you trying to hoop like you did when you were a kid? Are you trying to burn over 400 calories a session? Or do you want to look like the cool, sexy hoopers you’ve seen in circuses and on YouTube? Whatever your goal, we can help you find the right size, weight, and style hoop to meet your needs.
Which category do you fall in?
We divided information between two main hoop categories: Weighted Exercise Hoops and Dance or Performance Hoops. Both categories are great for exercise, so we refer to the heavier 1.5-2.0 lb. hoops as weighted hoops, and the lighter 0.75-1.5 lb hoops as dance hoops. Weighted Exercise hoops are more popular with individuals who want to learn to hoop, have fun, lose weight and take a few inches off their midsection; but are not so interested in learning off body tricks and hand moves that are popular with hoop dancing.
Weighted & Exercise
We recommend a hoop you can comfortably rotate for a minimum of 10 minutes. Most people prefer their hoops somewhere just below the belly button and up to the middle of the chest. Canyon Hoops are measured from the floor to the top of the hoop. There are three standard sizes of Weighted Exercise Hoops: a small adult hoop at 38 inches diameter & 1.525 lbs, a mid range adult hoop at 40 inches diameter & approx. 1.75 lbs, and a regular adult hoop at 42 inches diameter approx. 2.0 lbs. We can also make any custom size hoop on request.
What is right for you?
If you are 5′ 3″ or smaller in height and less than 10 pounds overweight, the small adult is right for you. Some people prefer a small diameter hoop to do tricks and dance moves that require faster hoop rotation. Remember: the smaller the hoop circumference, the faster the hoop rotation. The advantage of a smaller lighter hoop is that you will get your heart rate up a bit quicker and get a faster aerobic workout for overall health and fitness. Larger heavier hoops rotate more slowly and offer easier control. If you are 20 pounds or more overweight and are average height or taller, we recommend a larger hoop. Don’t forget your waist size when choosing the right hoop. If your waist size is above normal for your height, get a bigger hoop than you might otherwise select. The benefit of a larger hoop is that you can vary the intensity of your hooping from faster to slower. If you are a beginner, would prefer learning at a slower rate, and/or are considerably overweight, you will do better to start with the larger hoop, so that you can experience immediate success, which encourages you to continue working out with the hoop.
Many people believe a hoop’s weight is the most important factor in weight loss. This simply is not the case. Regardless of how you exercise, you lose weight by using oxygen while increasing your heart rate and burning calories! If the weight of the hoop allows you to maintain control and work up a sweat, the hoop is the right size and weight for you, even if it only weighs one pound. Using a hoop that’s too heavy may even be harmful, due to bruising and the potential to aggravate any existing health concerns. We don’t recommend hoops with gimmicky waves or magnets, as they almost always produce bruises, and are usually heavier than needed. Canyon Hoops have a smooth inner surface to prevent bruising and harmful effects of hooping.
Dance and Performance
Dance and Performance Hoops are ideal for the individual who wants more variety and challenge in their hooping routine, or intermediate and experienced hoopers. These hoops are designed for faster paced workout, dance tricks, and off body moves that require light weight and fast rotation. Dance and Performance Hoops are 32 to 40 inches in diameter, 0.75 lb to 1.5 lbs in weight, and are designed to give a bit more of a challenge to your hooping routine.
Why Tape is key for Dancing.
We have four main styles of dance hoops available. Lightweight hoops more quickly raise your heart rate and, frankly, do not hurt as much when you smack yourself in the shin or head practicing some of the fun moves involved in hoop dancing. All of our Dance & Performance hoops, and decorative taped exercise hoops, have grip tape (gaffer’s tape) added for better control during body hooping and easier hand grip during isolations, breaks and other off body dance moves. Grip tape can be added to any hoop on request, including our Polypro, LED, Children/Youth, Mini Hoops and even our vinyl taped exercise hoops.
More Hoops & LED
The featherweight Polypro Hoop is the go to hoop for the intermediate and advanced hooper. Ideal for hand manipulation tricks, directional changes and breaks.
Mini Hoops are a pair of small matching hoops which spin over your hands while moving your arms to create beautiful flow movement and patterns. This is a great upper body workout and a perfect compliment to traditional hooping. Buy the instructional DVD to get yourself off on the right foot.
Our LED’s are great for nighttime fun for the whole family. Check out our demo videos and remember they come with a 1 year parts and service warranty, battery and battery charger.
Still not sure?
It’s all good. We don’t recommend using charts to select your hoop, as more often than not, you will be fit with the wrong hoop. If you are still unsure which size is right for you, or have questions about our hoops, please don’t hesitate to contact us: