What size hoop should I get?
What's the best weight for exercise hooping?
How do I know what tubing to get?
These questions and more we get on a daily basis from people just like yourself looking for help in picking out the optimal size hoop. The problem with this is that there really is no magic formula as it all depends on what your height, weight, size, and hoop goals are.
We'd like to help alleviate some of the frustration with hoop selection, so we created this handy guide that should help you in your hooping adventure.
What are you most interested in?
These hoops are generally made from polyethylene tubing and range in size from 3/4" to 1" in outside diameter. Another way to think of it is how thick the hoop is, the thicker the hoop, the heavier it will be.
We have three weights of exercise hoops for you to pick from; 1.3LB, 1.5LB and 1.7LB
This hoop is best for someone that is either already familiar with waist hooping or that falls into the category of small-medium waist, 5'5" or smaller and under 140 pounds.
This hoop is a little heavier and will in general be easier to hoop with if you are an absolute beginner. This hoop is best for someone that is looking for a good workout and looking to lose weight. It bridges the gap between the lighter 1.5LB and heavier 2.7LB hoops. This is best for someone with a Medium-Large waist, 5'6" or taller and under 220 pounds.
This hoop is a big one and honestly feels really nice as it is rolling around your body. This hoop feels like it is massaging your internal organs and your belly, which is actually a good thing and helps to get blood moving as well as detoxify your body. This hoop is best for someone with a Medium - large waist, 5'6" or taller and upwards of 175 pounds.
Choosing a dance hoop or a hoop that you can use for combinations of tricks, faster spinning and more intermediate and advanced maneuvers is in some ways easier as you already know how to hoop and what you like do do.
In the dance and performance hoop category we carry polypro in both 3/4" OD and 5/8" OD, both will be great dance partners and we'd like to help you narrow down your decision on what size to get.
3/4" OD, 7 - 14 ounces
This hoop is the go to for most intermediate and advanced hoopers, you can get it bare or taped (tape will add around 2 ounces). If you've been using a weighted exercise hoop and want to start using a polypro, its going to feel REALLY light. In this case we suggest getting something on the larger side, somewhere around 35"-37" in diameter.
5/8" OD, 5 - 10 ounces
This hoop is the feather weight of the bunch and for that reason it is sometimes more challenging for people to use. This hoop is great for smaller frames and people that like to hoop fast and not feel the weight of the hoop. This hoop is NOT recommended for breaks and reversals as the tubing is thinner and could kink if you are hooping in hot conditions.
Size of Hoop
Now that you've got a better idea about what weight of hoop you should get, now lets concentrate on size. There are a few methods for choosing a size floating around the internet that I will mention below.
I'm looking for a beginner exercise/fitness hoop, what would you recommend?
- If you are under 5’4 then grab yourself a 38”
- If you are under 5’10 then check out the 40”
- If you are over 5’10, grab a 42”
- If you are over 5'10" AND over 220 get a 44"
I'm a beginning hooper, how do I figure out what size to get?
The most general rule of thumb is to measure from the ground to your belly button and add 2-3 inches to that number.
I'm still a beginner, but I've got a few moves down and want to progress, what size should I get?
A very simple measurement if you fall into this category would be to take your height in inches and divide by two. I like this method, and still feel that adding 1-2 inches to that number would serve you well.
If you'd like to learn more about the different types of tubing and what's up with all the hoopla about polypro, check out our Hoop Tubing Reference Guide.