Hula Hoop – the second class

By Amy Lawrenson

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I didn't get a chance to practice this week as the studio where the hoops live was packed with classes every time I was at the gym. Luckily some of the moves from last week must have subconsciously sunk in because in the actual class I was able to lift my arms and kick my legs in time with the teacher. I’m still not able to walk forward or move in a circle while spinning the hoop though.
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After the class I was feeling a little dejected so asked the fitness instructor whether all the moves were necessary, or would I get as much out of the class if I just stood there and spun my hoop? 'The moves are there because if we stood in here for 30 minutes just spinning a hoop round and round we'd get bored' she said. Phew! 'But, some of the leg exercises do engage muscles and the extra movements burn more calories' she added. Damn, looks like I will have to practise if I want to reach my full hooping potential.

On the plus side, those extra arm and leg movements I managed are definitely doing something. My stomach, arms and legs were aching all day Sunday and Monday – that’s got to be a good thing.
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