How to Make an Aluminum Hula Hoop

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How to Make an Aluminum Hula Hoop
Hula hoop your way to fitness (waking man sign with hoola hoop image by Michael Shake from

Hula hoops can provide hours of entertainment for children but they are also used by adults for exercise purposes. Hula hooping strengthens muscles in the abdomen, back, legs, and buttocks. It is also great for weight loss as it as an aerobic workout that builds muscles to burn fat faster. While many toy hula hoops are made out of plastic the hula hoops you use for exercise are made out of aluminium. Aluminium hula hoops are superior to others. As Trapeze Rigging states, "Aluminum hoops respond better to the inertia in comparison to plastic hoops that tend to warp, losing a lot of the inertia or energy."

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Things you need

  • Aluminium tubing
  • Measuring tape

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    Search for aluminium tubing. You are going to need curved aluminium so that it will form a circle. Bending your own tubing would require specific skills and expensive machinery so it is best that you order it from a company. Certain companies specialise in curved aluminium. Find a reputable one.

    How to Make an Aluminum Hula Hoop
    To save time and money, order your aluminium tubing already curved. (metal rack with tubes image by Vanessa Pike-Russell from
  2. 2

    Determine the size of the hula hoop. The best way to do this is to stand up and measure the length from your foot to the area between your waistline and your shoulders with your measuring tape. Once you have this measurement divide it in half. This will be the length of each of the 2 pieces of tubing you need. For example: if it was 3 feet between your foot and your mid-chest level you will need to order 2 pieces of 1/2 foot tubing.

  3. 3

    Order your aluminium. Specify the sizes of each piece. Let them know that each of these pieces need to be arched into a semi circle that will form a perfect circle when joined.

    How to Make an Aluminum Hula Hoop
    Be as specific as possible when ordering your aluminium. (woman talking on cell phone / mobile phone image by Katrina Miller from
  4. 4

    Take your aluminium pieces to a metalsmith. This is an easy project for them and an inexpensive one for you as you only need to pieces to be joined together. Tell the welder that this will be a hula hoop and you will need the joined pieces to be as seamless as possible.

Tips and warnings

  • You can decorate your hula hoop by wrapping coloured tape around it. This will also provide a better grip for handling the hula hoop.
  • Do not attempt to weld materials on your own without proper training.

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