Several exercise studios have popularized the idea of using a weighted hulahoop as a way to build core strength. Some of the hoops they provide in the gym weigh as much as six pounds. These weighted hulahoops may be filled with water, or sand, or made of very heavy tubing.
When I’m take the hoops to a street fair or a festival, women (usually) will ask me if I carry weighted hulahoops. My answer is usually, “yes and no.”
Pluses of a weighted hulahoop:
+core strength workout in less time
+more fun than situps, crunches, or any form of ab machine
+because they tend to have a smaller diameter, they are easier to carry in a car (they fit in the backseat)
-not as much fun as a “regular” hula hoop
-can’t do tricks
-get boring quickly
-if you don’t learn to hoop in both directions, you can get an unevenly toned backside (one fit, one flabby*)
Unless you really need to use a weighted hulahoop for a specific workout, consider trying a “regular” adult size hula hoop, made for your height and weight, and learn to dance with it. You’ll get almost as much of an ab workout, and you’ll probably find that you’ll get a better overall workout because you will be in the hoop longer, and get a cardio benefit in addition to the strength and flexibility training.
If you can’t find a hoop for sale in your part of the world, you can make your own and fill it with water or sand to create a weighted hulahoop.
*One of my clients said, “half fit would be better than what I have now!”
I make and sell hoops for people in Eastern NC, most of whom buy them at events. If you don’t live nearby and are looking for a custom hoop by mail, try Diana Lopez’ hoops from Body Hoops.