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Learning to hula hoop is a lot easier and a lot more fun than you probably think it is. Find out how to learn to hula hoop with help from a professional dance fitness instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sabrina Moxie with Body Lingo, and I'm here at Body Lingo Dance Fitness Studio in South Pasadena, California. Today, I'm going to show you how to hula hoop. Now a lot of times, you'll see people hula hooping, and they'll hula hoop like this. There are actually some tips that you can use to make it a lot easier, make it a lot more stable and really engage your core. Hula hooping is a great exercise and you can burn over 400 calories an hour. So what a great way to laugh, have fun, dance and still get a great workout. Now one of the first steps you'll want to do is find your balance. I encourage you to step one foot out, either leg it really doesn't matter. I say experiment with both since you've found where your personal balance is and just make sure that you have an even weight distribution. So from the side, one foot out, kind of wiggle to make sure you have an even weight distribution. Now you don't want to be so far out that you have limited hip motion or so far in that you have limited hip motion but a nice comfortable open stance. The next thing to remember is that hula hooping is not really done round and round it's actually back and forward. So make sure that you have the ability to move back and forward so that you can really give the hula hoop a good push. The round and round makes the hula hoop go around your body but it's really the tilt up with the hips that keeps the hula hoop up on your waist. The last thing to remember is when putting on your hula hoop, you want to have it flat against your back like a dinner table and you want to have a nice, solid push onto your body. So if you start your hula hoop out here it will stay out here, I call it the wonky factor. If you start your hula hoop off wonky, it will stay wonky and continue to go around your body until it hits the floor. In the beginning you might find that's where you're getting a lot of your exercise, picking the hula hoop up but for good measure you want to make sure that you have the hula hoop nice and flat on your lower back, take a nice step out, push the hula hoop all the way onto your body and then do what I call the Elvis. I refer to Elvis because everyone knows what that looks like, a good hip tuck, loose knees and a whole lot of hip action. So I'll demonstrate, a nice open stance forward, nice and flat like a dinner table, push it all the way on and go into the Elvis. Now remember, wherever your hips are is where your hoop is going to be. So you're actually driving the hoop with your hips. If you aim your hips down, the hoop will be down, if you aim your hips up, the hoop will be up. Remember that you're always in control and the hoop is a circle. It's not going to make a U turn, it's not going to make a hard left. As long as you are consistent, your hoop will be consistent. Have fun, practice a whole lot and you'll get the hang of it. Now this is an adult size weighted hula hoop and these are actually available on our website at www.bodylingo.org. For more information, visit our site to find classes that you can learn to hula hoop. My name is Sabrina Moxie. Have a great day.

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