Crazy For Polypro

19 Oct

It’s official. I’m completely in love with my new polypro hoop.

I resisted trying one because I thought it might be too “advanced” for me, but I’ve found that it has completely changed my hooping and flow for the better because it’s so light. It has quickly become my favorite hoop!

I have used the 1/2 inch black irrigation tubing and you would think that they would behave much the same way. But they are very different! The best way I can describe the difference is that the polypro is more responsive and less clunky than the regular tubing. It even behaves differently than my HDPE hoop…it’s much more flexible, which makes certain moves easier.

It goes SO fast when I want it to…and lately I’ve really liked hooping to fast stuff (side note: Nick is using a polypro hoop in these videos). Fast hooping = great workout! Hoopcamp + hooping really fast for about 1/2 hour a day makes my body happy in all the right places. Matt has noticed…tee hee ;-)

In the photo above, I’m smiling because I’m so HAPPY I can hoop with this smaller/lighter hoop INSIDE the RV! I can spin the heck out of that thing…which is pretty amazing in a small space. With cooler weather upon us, it’s nice to know I can still get my fix.

I’ve cut it down to 35 inches and will probably go down to 34 in the next couple of months. That range seems like my new “happy place”. I have the inside of the hoop “lined” with thin white gaffers, and the outside of the hoop is sanded. I’m pretty rowdy with it on gravel and such, so I don’t have pretty mirror tape covering this one. Just a few pieces to give some color.

I wouldn’t suggest a polypro hoop if you’re just starting out, but don’t be scared to try one! Try new things…spice it up! You’ll like it.

What have YOU done lately to change up your hoop practice? Have any of you tried a polypro hoop?

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If you want to make your own Polypro hoop, Rich breaks it all down here.

If you’re not really the DIY type, or you don’t want to buy in bulk…you can get your polypro hoop at the following stores:

Danielle at Hoop Horizon
Lara at Superhooper
Rich and Spiral at Hoop Technique
Kendra at HappyLoveHoops
sells them as well, but her shop is currently closed.

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15 Responses to “Crazy For Polypro”

  1. Jenna October 19, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    My first thought upon seeing your picture… Is she crazy??? :) That’s awesome you can hoop in such a small place! I’m in the process of downsizing my hoops so when it gets cold I can *safely* hoop in my living room.

    I started “lining” my hoops with gaffer, too, and it does make a wonderful difference! I’m trying to get vertical hooping down and it seems to help the hoop stick to my upper body better. I feel like I’m doing dirty things to the air LOL!! By the way, your form with that move is lovely in your practice video!

    • livelightly October 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

      I’m not crazy!! Well, maybe a little. Anything for a hoop, right? ha

  2. Betherann October 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Yeah!!! Love this. And I’m also loving my own polypro. Thank your hubby for me! :)

    • livelightly October 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

      Hey Beth! So glad you love it! The one I sold you is actually an HDPE hoop. You should definitely try the polypro too because you have a pretty fast hooping style. You will love it too!

  3. Barbra October 20, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    Love this pic! I’ll have to show my hubby. We keep talking about RVing :)

    We’ll be having a hoop-making party to make polypro soon and I can’t wait. I already have a few PP’s but I’m thinking a few more won’t hurt.

  4. Jentree October 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Did you use the pop rivet gun and drill to make your polypro?
    I’m considering making one but just doing a “semi-permanent” closure with grip tape.

    Thanks!

    • livelightly October 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

      Mine is riveted…I did use it for awhile unriveted, but it kept popping apart. I didn’t have it taped though. I like the rivets just to keep it together better :)

  5. Jentree October 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    Thanks…I’ve been looking at the Hoop Horizon site and figured out that I can buy from her and pick it up locally, so I think I may contact her and stick with the riveted hoop.

    • livelightly October 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

      Definitely…Danielle is awesome to work with and could answer your questions about the rivets. If I remember right, I think she prefers the rivets. Enjoy…you’ll love it! Tell her you saw her link at The Happy Hoop!! :)

  6. Laura Scarborough November 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    holy cow — it’s so funny — I just had some of the most major hooping breakthroughs in the last 2 days – because of my polypro hoop – so incredible — but I actually played with going extra large – (38″) the weight and swing has informed all my other body movement going wider larger – it’s so interesting — i lOVE MY POLYPRO HOOP/S too! (i also have a set of matching 33″s too) — love the little zippies esp for your TiGHT SPACE — so AWESOME GURLIEEEE –

  7. Julie Ibach March 8, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    So glad to read this…I too have just “graduated” to a lighter smaller black PVC hoop and have been wanting to try a polypro hoop. I’m gonna get one now!! And, I live in an RV! An airstream trailer actually, it’s pretty tight inside, so I still don’t think I’ll be able to hoop inside. I could’ve in my old rig though…it looked just like your pic!

    Rock On!!

  8. Jim Rumley April 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    I so enjoy watching the hooping, maybe its time I tried it too.

    • Vivien Park April 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      Really great pic! You radiate happiness. I’ve been hooping for just one month now and pausing from watching youtube tutorials like mad, I discovered your blog. Thank you so much for sharing!

      • Lovie August 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

        Yo, that’s what’s up trlfutulhy.

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