Hooping is getting a lot of press lately as a fun, sassy way to get in shape. Check out this Time article on hooping.
I personally think the claim that hooping burns as many calories as running on a treadmill is a bit farfetched. It really depends on what kind of shape you're in to begin with and if hooping is hard or easy for you to do. If keeping the hoop around the waist is a challenge then you'll burn more calories than another person who can waist hoop more easily. But don't get me wrong. I think it's an excellent way to get and stay active!
I've been introducing hooping to my clients and they love it, especially when I show them how to do moves like lasso/wild west or revolving door. In additional to working the abdominal muscles, they feel muscles in their backs, arms and shoulders working when we do off-the-body, arm moves. They also find it mentally stimulating to try the moves in both directions and with their less dominate arm or leg. I love that they laugh out loud which is good for the spirit!
There is a hooping community out there for you to learn how, as well as videos on line. In addition to the hoop moves you can learn in a standard class, I'm developing ways to add it to my existing Take It Outside Fitness classes as a tool for balance, resistance, core strength, agility and cardio drills. So stay tuned! I'll be adding fun, hooping class programs in the new year.