Monday, September 28, 2009

The Hula Hoop Experience

So yesterday my day started off pretty normally with work at 9:45, where there were very little people roaming the streets and coming in. So I spent the morning chatting up the odd customer and redisplaying things and tidying. Fortunately the day went pretty fast and three o'clock came soon enough. I popped home and changed and then biked over to In essence Studio for my first Hula Hooping class.

Things I learned yesterday:

  • Your ability to hula Hoop has nothing to do with you really but rather with the size and weight of your hoop

  • Adults have giant hula hoops

  • Once you have a big hula hoop, keeping it up is easy... I am being totally serious and honest about this! It really works!

The class had just under ten people in it and most of us borrowed big hula hoops as we didn't have our own yet. We had to spread out across the room but also maneuver around the stripping poles, which is another class that I am not sure I am brave enough to take, due to my spaghetti noodle arms and ungraceful ways.

Anyways, so once we are all over the room the instructor put on some music and showed us what to do, which included where your feet go and where to put your arms. I never thought that would be an issue until I got the hoop going and found myself with my hands tucked in T-REX style at the side of my chest.  We tried walking with the hoop or rather dancing, and twirling around all while keeping the hoop turning.

Next we twirled them on our arms, switching from arm to arm, and due to the push of gravity, it actually tires your arms very quickly and you can feel yourself working out. The hour went by so fast and I am so excited for next week. The instructor makes custom hoops which I didn't order but I think I will call and order one because I want to practice all week. 

For those who are skeptical about whether this is a legitimate form of exercise, we were told that it burns around 400 calories an hour and is probably the best ab workout you can get. I woke up today and was not sore but can definitely feel my abs forming already. The work out is different that doing a million crunches and makes you feel energized. I didn't feel like I was working out in the sense that I wasn't bored or wishing for the time to pass, but  I was sweating and feeling my body working.

So there you have it! The answer to the call for exercise that is fun and actually works your body! This may be my new favourite things to do, although I do start Uganda dance this week, so we shall see!

Last night I also went to my good friend Andrew's house and we made Borscht and Heros sandwiches for dinner, which were incredible.  I will post the recipe for the sandwiches once I get it, because they were incredible and totally worth making. We sat and watched this old French movie called The Visistors (Les Visiteurs) which is one that I used to watch in French school as a kid. You should all check it out as it is silly beyond belief but has those charming 90's effects and scenery.


Alright my dears, I am headed to work once again and then to my second DJ class tonight. I'll give you the scoop on that later!

Have a delightful day!




  1. I don't know If I said it already but ...This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I'm glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

  2. Thanks JimmyBean! I'm hoping to have pictures and other fun stuff once I get my ancient camera to work! Thanks for reading :)


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