Beginner Hooper's Guide to Hoop Sizes

Beginner Hooper's Guide to Hoop Sizes

by The Spinsterz Department of Knowledge

Hooping is great exercise. It's fun and easy to get started, which makes this form of exercise an absolute favorite!

The most commonly asked questions are:

  1. What size do I need?
  2. Where can I get a good quality hoop?

Plan to get two hoops.

Hoop Size

Different sizes and weights serve different learning purposes and goals. Get one larger hoop and one smaller hoop. Or get an all-in-one with a size changing trainer hoop!

The larger hoop is for learning on-body moves like waist hooping, chest hooping, and shoulder hooping. They are great for sustained exercise. The small hoop is for learning off-body tricks like isolations, chest rolls, tosses, and coin flips.

Thinner and/or smaller = lighter and faster. Thicker and/or larger = heavier and slower.

This is a general guide to how big these sizes are in relation to a female and male body. An XL hoop typically comes up to the chest area, and a 20" mini hoop reaches around the knee area.



Choosing Your First Larger (Heavier) Hoop:

These hoops are generally made from polyethylene tubing and range in size from 3/4" to 1" in diameter. The thicker the hoop, the heavier it will be.

Choose from three weights of exercise hoops: 1.3LB, 1.5LB and 1.7LB.

1.3LB, 3/4"

This hoop is best for someone who is either already familiar with waist hooping or who falls into the category of small-medium waist, 5'5" or smaller and under 140 pounds.

1.5LB, 3/4"

This hoop is a little heavier and will be easier to hoop with if you are an absolute beginner. This hoop is best for someone who 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.

1.7LB, 1"

This hoop is a big one and feels 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.

Choose your large hoop now!


For your smaller hoop, you will want it to work well with your arm and/or leg length. Your height plays a bigger role in choosing your small hoop.

The smaller hoop is used for combinations of tricks, faster spinning and more intermediate and advanced dance maneuvers.

3/4" 7 - 14 ounces

You can get this hoop bare or taped (tape will add around 2 ounces).

5/8" 5 - 10 ounces

This hoop is the lightest and for that reason it is sometimes more challenging for people to use! This hoop is great for smaller frames and people who like to hoop fast and not feel the weight of the hoop.

See the chart below to help choose your hoops.

Choose your small hoop now!

Here is a general sizing guide to help you place your order!


Big hoops and small hoops typically range from $30-$50 each, depending on the place you purchase from. Expect to pay $30-$50 for a sturdy, well-made hoop. Be careful of $5 mass-produced hoops from Walmart or similar stores, which are not calibrated for fitness or dance. In addition, they break and bend easily and are not meant to last.

Get your hoop now! Give it a whirl! Check out our Beginner Hoops!