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I recently decided that it was time to put my money where my mouth was and purchase some kind of exercise equipment and tone up. After looking at various equipment (there is so much variety!) I decided that I would give 'hoola hooping' a go. I hadn't done this since I was a little girl (many years ago!) and I usually give up shortly after I start any kind of exercise due to boredom so thought this would be fun.
The hoop is quite expensive but prices can vary. They currently retail at 49.00 from their actual website (WWW.powehoop.co.UK) and can be found on Amazon and Ebay too. The website states there are 3 different size/weight adult hoops. These are:
3lb (1.5kg) 104 cm diameter hoop - better if you easily bruise and you stomach/lower back isn't very strong.
4lb (1.7kg) 102 cm diameter hoop - most popular, suitable for most people
5lb (2.2kg) 105 cm diameter hoop - recommended for men and experienced users.
The one I have is the 4lb one.
The product is presented in a gift box complete with instructions. It is easy to assemble by joining together the coloured pieces, clicking the slots into place. There are ridges in the inside if the hoop which hold the small ball weights and massage you as you exercise
It tells you on the box that 10 minutes of hola hooping can burn 300 calories. I haven't had mine for long and currently use it for about 10 minutes per day for 5 days a week which I will gradually increase as I go on. It did take me quite a few attempts to get the hang of it! Once finished with the hoop it can be easily taken down for easy storage but I leave mine up as I use it regularly and it doesn't take up much room anyway.
It claims to tone your glutes, thighs and hips, improve core strength, slim your waist, flatten your tummy, strengthen your back and increase core stability. After using the hoop for a few weeks my stomach definitely feels tighter and with continued use am looking forward to hopefully seeing some good results.
Charity stores are going to be my downfall eventually as I tend to buy more than I donate. So instead of de-cluttering I accumulate more and more stuff that I "absolutely need". Most things eventually find their way back to the charity store but the Powerhoop Weighted Hula Hoop is here to stay. For only ten pounds it was a real bargain now that I have seen the retail prices from over thirsty pounds on here. Hula hooping seems to be one of the latest fitness trends aiming to improve general fitness and a flat tummy for the next bikini season. The Powerhoop is weighted which makes the workout more effective and it is supposedly easier to keep the hoop spinning. It comes disassembled into smaller sections and you can chose how big you want your hoop to be. I went for the biggest possible size to make hooping a bit easier.
Not having used one in many years it did look a bit daunting at first but it turned out to be great fun!
Unsurprisingly parts of it are pink, following the trend that most fitness products apparently aimed at females have to look as girly as possible. It least the hula hoop includes other colours as well, making it look more whimsical and I don't have to be as embarrassed to store it in my living room. Storage wise I usually leave the hoop assembled as it makes me more likely to use it regularly. Knowing myself I would never touch it again if I were to take it apart after every workout. Though I would recommend keeping the box just in case you are moving or need to store it securely for a while.
Usually I am terrible with assembling anything as I am way too impatient to read manuals properly. Luckily the hoop can be put together by anyone within minutes as the pieces just easily slot into each other. It takes a bit of strength though but you should be done within five minutes. I was fairly surprised by how wobble-y the finished product was. I expected it to be a larger version of a children's hoop but this one here feels a bit unstable. Even after double checking all the connections I was not convinced with its stability.
Hooping itself was super difficult at first and had nothing to do with the fond memories I had of my sparkly yellow children's hula hoop. It took me over a week of daily practicing to keep the hoop spinning for longer than twenty seconds and my feet looked like somebody ran them over with a car due to all the bruises I got when the hoop crashed down on them. My tummy looked fairly similar as I developed huge bruises around my hips. However, I bruise very easily and my housemate who uses the hoop as well did complain about pains but never showed any bruises. The pain was quite intense at first, mainly in the upper stomach area but aching muscles are usually a sign for a good work-out.
Sweating is something you should get used to during the workout. It looks so simple and easy but is really hard work. I do consider myself a fairly sporty person but I never lasted longer than five minutes at first. After six months of more or less regular practicing I am ok with half an hour but really, that is my limit. It is a very effective workout and tones your tummy rather quickly. It also improves core strength and flexibility. My lower back has always been a problem area for me but practicing with the hoop increased muscle strength and stability and improved back flexibility.
Powerhoop Weighted Hula Hoop is a great product for anyone trying to get fit while having fun instead of boring stepper sessions. You will need to be patient at first but eventually you will get the hang on it and spin the hula hope like you used to do as a child easily. The Powerhoop is made from sturdy material and the connections still go strong even after six months of use. It is easy to disassemble and therefore easy to clean.
When using it wear something tight and preferably made from cotton or some other "rough" material to increase friction. Yes, that is cheating a bit but hey, if it helps then it helps. Also for the sake of your toes wear shoes when working out. The hoop is heavy and it hurts tremendously when it falls on your feet every few seconds. Obviously the better you get the less it should fall down - at least in theory. To be honest it does not matter much from a fitness point of view if you are only able to keep the hoop spinning for a few seconds. Bending down and picking it up from the floor exercises your thighs and increases lower back flexibility. Not what the hoop was intended to do but it is still a workout.
After a while I figured out that the best way to keep the hoop spinning is standing with your feet a bit more than hip-wide apart slightly turning towards the side you are rotating your hips in. So if you want to spin the hoop clockwise turn to your right. Instead of moving your hips in big circles I push up the hoop in a whipping motion. Steady speed is important but the most important thing is not to think about it! As soon as I was thinking "yes, been holding it up for 30 seconds" lose my steady rhythm and the hoop crashes to the floor.
It is a great way to exercise but before spending so much money invest in a normal plastic hula hoop for children and practice, practice, practice!
I've bein trying to tone my belly after losing a couple of stone last year for a while, and after seeing a youtube tutorial on hooping and learning about the positive toning effects it can have, such as losing 2 inches from your waist a month if done with a weighted hoop, saved up and got myself one from Amazon, which set me back a humongous £50 including delivery, which is alot but I got the 4 pound one which is as far as i'm aware the heaviest available.
I don't think i could bring myself to buy another one no matter how much i love it as £50 is a huge amount of money to me. To be fair though, i've had my hoop for 6 months ish and it's good as new and very solid.
Appearence wise it's like a rainbow! It put me off a bit as it seemed childish but now i don't really care as i'm too busy spinning it around! It came dismantled but was easily put together following instructions and once put together was solid.
I didn't really mention that before buying my hoop i practised with a lightweight kiddy one so easily got the hang of it which made the use of the weighted one alot easier as i'd had practise. The weighed one in my opinion is actually more comfortable to use than the lighter one and the material is nice and sturdy instead of cheap lightweight plastic.
It states on the Amazon website that this is suitable for kids aswell as men and women, but to be honest 4lb is slightly heavy for a child to hoop and i don't think i'd reccomend it for a child, however it's ideal if you want to tone up and lose a bit of weight while having fun! I'd reccomend buying a cheap hoop at first to see if you actually enjoy it, though.
I've had positive results in 6 months of getting my hoop and my hipbones are much more visible aswell as my stomach bein alot more toned, although there's a bit more work left to do before it's bikini worthy!
When I first read in a fitness magazine that hula hoop-ing can help you tone up and lose weight, I have to say I was a little sceptical. I always associated hula hoops with childhood and fun, rather than losing weight. After I researched it online, however, I found that it can indeed improve your fitness levels generally and so I invested in this product. As I'm only small I bought the 1.5lb hoop, for around £35.
As I just said, I spent around £35 on this from Amazon. This is fairly expensive, but for the weight loss/toning you achieve, I would say it's a fair price and I would pay it again.
To be honest, I'm not really too bothered about the way my fitness equipment looks, as its job is to get me looking good as opposed to looking good itself. However this product does tick the boxes when it comes to appearance as it's fun and coloured.
The only problem I had with the product was actually getting into the swing of the hula hoop. At first I found it very hard to keep it going round my waist seeing as I hadn't practised doing it since I was a child. After I got over this initial hurdle I found it really really useful. I feel that I'm a lot more toned around my waist and have actually lost 3lbs since using it. I would reccomend using it alongside other exercise and healthy eating to get the best results.
This is a fun product, so much so that you don't really feel like you're exercising. The price is fair and it really does give you results. I would reccomend it to anyone.
As you read this review you may begin to query how a hula hoop can actually allow you to lose weight and tone. I must admit this was my thought when i stumbled across quick weight loss tips. But since buying this product i have never been happier.
I have always been the type of person who wants to lose a few pounds quickly so have always opted for drastic diets (which have included low calorie intake, no carbs and also ready meal diets) which I have failed at drastically. However the Hula Hoop is something i can grab for a few minutes a day and see remarkable results.
The hula hoop itself is weighted which allows you to perfect your hooping technique much easier (the weight means the hoop circles slower so is easier to keep up). I won't deny it does take a few days of practice to be able to keep the hoop 'up' and during this time you can bruise due to your body not being used to a strange object spinning round your waist but once perfected you are able to keep the hoop up for hours! Another great reason for the weighted hoop is that is means your body has to work harder thus burning more calories.
According to statistics on average half an hour of hula-hooping burns 200 calories (so eat a kit-Kat while hooping and it won't touch the sides lol). The 30 minutes can be broken up in to smaller sessions, a great tip would be when watching TV at night hula hoop through the adverts (Each advert break usually lasts 3 minutes so just ten of these would be your full workout!)
I will however give you some tips on how to perfect you hooping technique - firstly most people seem to throw their hips round and round crazily to try to keep the hoop up (this will NOT work) the best technique is to move your hips forward and back in a flicking type motion, you should be almost still when moving the hoop - the strength should come from your inner core rather than hip thrusts!
Another great point is that it the hoop is easily stored due to being made in to 8 parts which slot together quickly and simply. This means your hoop can go wherever you do! You can also add and take away these sections to make the hoop bigger/smaller. For beginners it is best to start with a large hoop meaning less effort in spinning the hoop around but as you become more advanced try taking sections away for a more challenging workout. The right size hoop is also very important it is recommended that the hoop should stand just above hip level (so with the option of adding sections to this hoop - is a great product for everyone)
There are lot of health benefits from hula hooping due to its aerobic nature these include improved blood circulation, increases heart rate, strengthens muscles and also improves the flexibility of the spine! It is also said to massage internal organs and the best part increase energy levels!
I have personally seen great results from weight hula hoops within 5 days I felt more alert and my stomach muscles felt and looked much smoother and more defined. The hoop is also great for people with the little bit extra weight to move mainly due to being easier to use than gym equipment and also because you only use it for small periods it less daunting than hitting the gym. It is always a good idea to check with you doctor before using any fitness equipment including the hula hoop.
Overall i feel this product is amazing, it is quick and easy to use. Yes the price might seem slightly steep when purchasing but you have to remember this is cheaper than one months gym membership and great because you can use in the comfort of your own home. Buy one today and be amazed at the result you gain within 2 weeks!
I used to love hula hooping as a kid but over the years, it's just one of those things that you don't really do anymore. I bought my kids hula hoops the other week though, and as they wanted me to join in, and as I'd seen this item advertised online, I bought myself the ACU Powerhoop. The idea behind this was to kill two birds with one stone, play with the kids with their hula hoops and get some extra exercise in the process.
The Powerhoop is a weighted hula hoop (it's 1.5lbs instead of the very negligible weight of a normal kids hula hoop), and it's designed so that it's easier to use than a normal hoop, staying around your waist for longer and letting you have a nice long workout with it instead of constantly having to pick it up when it's fallen to the floor.
I bought my Powerhoop for £19.99 online which I didn't know was cheap until I looked around and saw that some places are selling them for nearly twice that much, so I recommend shopping round and looking on eBay too. The Powerhoop came in a bright coloured box along with full instructions. The hoop comes in 8 pieces so you have to assemble it yourself, but this is quick and easy. It also makes it easier to take apart and store after use if you don't want a 1m wide hula hoop lying round all the time, but I don't normally take it to bits when I'm done with it, as firstly I can't be bothered, and secondly I just keep it with the kids' hoops anyway.
The hoop itself is made from multicolored rubber and looks quite childish to be honest. They could have made it look a bit less like a kids toy I think, it would have been better all in one colour, but the kids like it as it matches their smaller normal hoops. The rubber segments have indentations on the inside which make my stomach feel quite well massaged after using this!
To use the Powerhoop, you just use it as you would a normal hula hoop, giving it one big spin to get the momentum going and them using your waist movements to keep it moving around your body. I found that it felt quite different to a normal hula hoop due to the added weight, but that after a while I quickly got used to it and actually found it easier in the long run than a normal unweighted hoop.
After 2 months of using the Powerhoop, I've found that the muscles around my stomach and lower back look more toned and there is definitely very little fat in that area now (there wasn't much before as I exercise regularly anyway, but still...). It feels like the Powerhoop has toned my waist down, and that I feel stronger in my core muscles. At the end of a 15 minute hula hoop session, I'm usually quite tired, though I've managed to do 30 minutes before. It gives me a thorough workout and it's surprising how many muscles you move using the Powerhoop. I was aching for ages the first week after using it, so I can recommend it as an effective exercise tool!
For a long time I have thought about getting myself a Hula Hoop as a form of exercising (to go with my various other bits) as well as something to tone my waist and stomach areas, I have often looked at them in the shops but always come home without one thinking when would I use it and also where would I store it. That was until I happened to come across the Power hoop a 1.5lb weighted hula hoop when browsing online one day, I just had to have it.
The Powerhoop comes in a brightly coloured box with the words ACU Powerhoop 1.5lb small written in blue writing across the top of it, below are pictures of a woman using the Powerhoop in various ways, there is also instructions about how to assemble and use the hoop. The hoop itself actually comes in 8 pieces of various colours (dark blue, medium blue, turquoise, yellow, orange, pink, red and lilac) Each segment is moulded to form what looks like finger grips around the whole hoop, on one end of each segment is a small white piece of plastic and at the other end is a hole, each white end pushes into the hole of another segment until you form a hoop with all the segments, once assembled the Powerhoop is ready to use, and once finished you can take the segments apart for easy storage. The ACU Powerhoop is about 104cm in diameter and weight (obviously) 1,5lb, this is the smaller version of the Powerhoops. The hoop is made from a rubber type material, this makes it quite soft on the skin, not harsh like some plastic materials, I find that this makes it more comfortable to use for longer periods of time.
What Is The Powerhoop
The Powerhoops is basically a Hula Hoop with a difference, we have all probably at some point had a go on a Hula Hoop, these light plastic hoops can be very hard to keep in place and keep the momentum going, however the Powerhoop has larger dimensions, is heavier making them much easier to keep in place, I have never been very good at Hula Hooping as a child I could do a few spins and it would drop to the floor, however I find the Powerhoops much easier to keep in place, meaning you can do a proper workout with it rather than spending most of your time picking it up from the floor.
How To Use The Powerhoop
The Powerhoop does come with some basic instructions to help you get going, it states that 95% of Powerhoop users will learn to use the Powerhoop within 10 minutes, I was not so sure judging by previous Hula Hoop experience, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I got the hang of it. Basically you treat it the same way you would the light plastic ones, stand with your feet apart and the hoop pressed against your lower back, then give the hoop a firm swing whilst moving your body backwards and forwards and round in circular motions, continue to do this to keep the hoop in place, aiming to keep the hoop going for as long as possible. It really is that easy, I had a few false starts especially as the hoop is weighted, it was totally different to other hoops I had used in the past, but I really did get the hang of it within a few minutes, obviously the more I have used the hoop the better I have got, and whilst I am not brilliant at hula hooping I am much better and can keep the hoop going for a much longer period of time than I use to. Using the Powerhoop really is the same principle as using a regular hula hoop.
Benefits of Using The Powerhoop
Hula Hooping with the Powerhoop is an excellent form of exercise which combines agility, cardiovascular exercise and general movement, there are so many benifits of hula hooping including
Building Core Strength
Improved Muscle Tone
Using the Powerhoop as part of your workout will help to work and tone several muscles groups within your body including thighs, buttocks, arms and abdominal muscles, it also provides a good cardio workout at the same time, for me using the Powerhoop for as little as 10 to 15 minutes at a time gives me an excellent all over workout. It is brilliant if you are short of time as you only need to use the hoop for a short amount of time per day in order to feel the benefits and start to see results. Hula hooping with the Powerhoop will help to burn fat and increase your bodies fitness, it is an excellent way to lose weight, the Powerhoop promises to trim 2inches off of your waist a month, I'm not sure how accurate this is but since using my Powerhoop I have noticed a difference, I do not use mine religiously everyday its more of an in-between the gym thing and for when I want to do a workout but am a bit short of time, but using the Powerhoop really has worked and I have started to notice a slight difference in my muscle tone, as well as an improvement in using the hoop. Other benefits of hula hooping includes increasing blood flow to the brain and in turn increasing energy levels, I think I can agree with this as I have used my hoop in the mornings after I have got up and after using the hoop for a few minutes I really do feel more awake, I really can notice a difference between the days when I do get up and exercise and the days when I don't, I definitely go into work with more energy on mornings when I have exercised for a short amount of time in the morning (not before a coffee though)
Who Can Use the Powerhoop
Basically anyone the Powerhoop is suitable for men, woman and children. It is an excellent way to get children exercising as it it something they can have fun with at the same time, it is not like performing a serious workout but more like a bit of fun you can have with friends and family. The hoop I have is one of the lighter versions, this weight (1.5lb) would be ideal for the whole family including children and those you struggle with exercising. Hula Hooping with the Powerhoop can benefit anyone whether you need to lose weight, or just want to tone up or improve your general muscle strength, the Powerhoop can help. Even my fiancé has a go at the Powerhoop, probably not as much as me but he did agree that he could really feel the effects after using it.
For me this is the Powerhoops down fall is, it is not the cheapest item at £33.38, I purchased mine from Amazon, I think you can get them from other online store, however as I said I came across the Powerhoop by accident. There is a Powerhoop store however they are selling the hoops at over £40 from what I have seen Amazon is the best price. Whilst it is a little pricey I am pleased with the hoop and for me it is well worth the money. I would still recommend the hoop to anyone despite the price, the benefits definitely outweigh this.
Other products In The Range
As I have mentioned I have the 1.5lb hoop which I think is the smaller one and suitable for the whole family, however the Powerhoop also comes in various weights including a 3lb hoop, a 4lb hoop and a 5lb hoop, however the heavier they are the more experienced you need to be, the heaviest hoop is for those with very strong muscles and should not be used by beginners, the smaller lighter hoop is the best weighted hoop to start with. The size of the heavier hoops is basically the same give or take a cm, they also do weighted arm hoops to help tone arm muscles, they cost around £20. For me the lighter hoop is perfect as I want to tone my muscles rather than build them up and I feel that the heavier hoops could do this.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Powerhoop to anyone, it is an excellent form of exercise and gives you an all over workout including a cardio workout at the same time. it is suitable for the whole family and is a fun way to get children up and out of the house to exercise. The benefits of using the Powerhoop definitely outweighs the slightly high price. I would suggest the Powerhoop to anyone who wants and alternative way of exercising to the gym.
As some of you may know after reading my older reviews in march this year i decided to go on a diet and get fit , i had bought loads of exerciser equipment that all has worked well but after reading in a magazine i wanted a power hoop mainly as i was good at hula hoop at school but these ones were for exercise only.
The power hoop cost £25.00 and comes in a nice gift box / storage box. The hoop is nice and bright colours and has to be joined together these slot click into each other ,looks more like a kids toy than a piece of equipment. When the hula hoop is assembled it has ridges on the inside these hold the small ball weights and when using the hoop the bumps and meant to massage as you exercise its fantastic. My hoop weighs 2lb and that's enough for me but you can buy them in different weights up to 6lb that would kill me.
As you may know hula hoops give the best for of exercise for hips , bum, abs and thighs as well as core strength. I use this for around 15 minutes everyday and that's long enough. The box states you can loose 300 cals in only 10 minutes using the hoop. When you are finished with the hoop it can come to bits and be put back in the box but i leave mines up as use it everyday. It is easy to use and actually found it easier than a plain hula hoop. I cant recommend the powerhoop highly enough.
For me the hoop has helped target the abs witch were my main problem since march i have lost weight got toned and feel way more confident i am back in my size 8 jeans and i mainly put it down to this powerhoop. I have also been taking a diet herbal substitute called chocolate and bananas these have also helped me achieve my goal and are fab.
Highly highly recommended gives a fantastic work out with good results.
After playing the hula hoop game on the Wii Fit, I really wanted a proper hula hoop to do some exercise with as I could feel a difference in my upper body just by doing the "imaginary" one on the Wii Fit. So using some gift vouchers I had, I purchased the Powerhoop for some real upper body workout.
The thing that really drew me to the Powerhoop is that it is weighted. Mine one weighs 2lb. So whilst you are trying to spin a 2lb hula hoop around your body you are (hopefully) burning more calories and Powerhoop promised that by using the Powerhoop I would burn 300 calories in just under ten minutes. I do think this is dependent on the person but it is definately a great selling point!
The Powerhoop is great to look at - it is really colourful and just fun, instantly transporting me back to my childhood. It is easy to put together just a case of clipping it piece together and you are ready to go! It is the same for dismantling too - you just unclip all the bits again and put them away.
I did find the hula hoop a bit hard to use at first as I am so used to either just a normal hula hoop or not using one at all for the Wii Fit. The weight was a little bit of an adjustment to make but definately a worth while one. I usually work out with the hula hoop for about 35-45 minutes as it takes around 15-20 minutes for you to start feeling the results of it.
It took about 3 weeks for me to start noticing any difference to my waist and hips but I took measurements and I had definately dropped 3 inches on each which I thought was pretty good for 3 weeks work and it was definately a motivating factor in keeping going.
The Powerhoop is not just a piece of equipment to help you lose weight and tone up alone. You will need to do other things too to make it work to its full benefits.
The Powerhoop is well made and of a high quality. It isn't just a work out instead it makes work outs fun. Definately a good work out buy!
I received this as a present last year from a family member not sure quite what they were trying to tell me or if they gave it me just because they knew how much I love hula-hoops, either way I was glad to have it!
The hula hoop was a regular adult sized weighted one. Mine is a 2lb weighted hula hoop but I've seen you can buy 4lb weighted ones. The product says that it helps to lose weight and tone your stomach while burning up to 300 calories in just 10 minutes. Of course I don't believe it could burn the exact amount it stated as peoples metabolisms differ and without going into too much detail calorie burning also depends on other factors such as age, weight, gender etc but I was still willing to use it for half hour everyday to slim my waist and work on my glutes, hips and thighs.
When it came to using the hula hoop it was very easy to assemble and dismantle, and storage wasn't a problem. The hula hoop is great fun can't help feeling quite childlike when exercising with it but the weight really does work on your waist and hips. It takes about ten to fifteen minutes when you start to feel the hoop working your body.
Personally, I found it to be really good for movement and cardio & after a few weeks my abdominal muscles and thighs had become more toned along with a lb or two shed. I'm very much into core strengthening exercises the likes of which Pilates & yoga programmes provide and I felt this also helped to enhance my core strength.
I'm not a 100% sure where my present was bought or how much it had cost but I've browsed and found that you can purchase them online from Amazon for around £29.99. A really great way to burn fat and tone your waist and legs, one of my favourites pieces of fitness equipment! Highly recommended!