A professional weighted hula hoop can be an effective and enjoyable way to improve your overall level of fitness and lose weight if used properly, but you can even put some craft and creativity into the task by making your own weighted hula hoop. You can make a hula hoop using just a few basic materials and tools, and have the advantage of choosing the exact weight and size of your professional weighted hula hoop.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Poly tubing, 1 inch or ¾ inch
- PVC cutter
- Hair dryer
- PVC connectors the same size as the tubing
- Electrical tape
- Water or sand
- Pipe insulation (optional)
Choose a height for your hula hoop, from the floor to somewhere between your waist and chest. Keep in mind that smaller hula hoops require more energy to rotate and will result in a better aerobic workout, while a larger weighted hula hoop is easier to rotate and may result in a longer-lasting session of hula hooping.
Measure the poly tubing based on the height you have chosen; for a hula hoop that is 32 inches in diameter, you will need about 8 1/3 feet of tubing, while a hoop that is 45 inches in diameter will need about 11 ¾ feet, so expect to use somewhere between eight and 12 feet of tubing depending on your height.
Use a PVC cutter to cut the poly tubing to make a hula hoop.
Pour in water or sand to create a weighted hula hoop. Keep in mind that more weight will create more inertia for the hula hoop when rotating and reduce the level of aerobic exercise you do while hula hooping. Add roughly two cups of water for per pound of weight you wish to add, and weigh sand before you add it as different types of sand vary in weight.
Soften the two ends of the poly tubing with a hair dryer, keeping the ends elevated to avoid spilling any water or sand you have added.
Push the softened ends of the tube over the connector until they meet in the middle, then secure with a strip of tape to seal and avoid pinching when you hula hoop.
Add pipe insulation if you desire, particularly if you added a lot of weight, since a professional weighted hula hoop can cause bruising if you are not used to hula hooping.
Tips and warnings
- You can also create a weighted hula hoop from a standard adult hula hoop by wrapping the hula hoop with weighted tape, available at most athletic stores, if you don't want to make a hula hoop from scratch.
- Refrain from using a weighted or unweighted hula hoop if you have chronic back pain or a history of back injuries.
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