What to wear?
You will probably be most comfortable in workout clothes. Avoid shiny fabrics or anything too bulky – these just make it harder to grip and feel the hoop.
Can I change my clothes at the studio?
Sure. There’s a large bathroom where you can change your clothes, and there are benches with storage basket where you can stow your stuff.
What about footwear?
This is completely up to you. Some people prefer to be barefoot or in stocking feet; others prefer the grip and foot support of shoes. One caveat: no wet or excessively dirty shoes (think winter or serious rain.) The floors are very smooth here, so wetness creates a slipping risk. If your shoes are wetter than can be dried off on a floor mat, you will need to change into other shoes or go with socks or bare feet.
Is hooping good exercise?
It is great exercise! It tones and strengthens muscles and it helps to improve balance and coordination. And the American Council on Exercise gave it great reviews for its cardio benefits: http://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/1094/ace-sponsored-research-hooping-effective-workout
Will I bruise?
Bruising is common when you start hooping on any new area, be it waist, legs, whatever. When your body is first learning the timing of the movement necessary to keep the hoop going, the repetition of the exaggerated contact motion can make some pretty impressive black & blues! As your body adapts to the hoop, the movement refines itself and smooths out. If you do have bruises, give that area a rest; hooping on bruises isn’t a good idea.
I’ve never been able to keep the hoop up. Is there any hope for me?
Absolutely! Working with a hoop that is sized appropriately for your adult body makes a huge difference; good instruction and helpful tips are next, and we’ve got you covered for all of that. Add a little patience and a good attitude on your end, and you will soon be hooping!