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16 Things I Learned At My First Hula Hoop Workout

Get hip to the hoop.

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1. You can't not get excited about hulahooping for an hour.

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I may be uncoordinated, I may be awkward, but hell yes I am excited for a playground-themed workout at London Fields Fitness to shake up the middle of my work day.

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4. Hooping is a legit full-body workout.

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Over the course of the hour long class, you'll work your legs and abs hard, plus tone up your arms and get some cardio in. And it's actually pretty fun!

5. Weighted hoops are the way to go.

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A heavier hoop amps up the resistance on your abs. For newbies, it's best to use a larger, lighter hoop.

6. Anna, the instructor, is motivating and easy to learn from.

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And can also pull off dressing like a blue smurf better than just about anybody.

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7. And my classmates were really supportive.

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My class was full of ladies of all ages and varying experience with hooping. It was such a fun and encouraging environment, and all of the girls were super helpful! The hooper to my right told me not to worry, she couldn't do anything at all her first day, while the seasoned pro to my left gave me some helpful tips about keeping the hoop going (lock your abs!)

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During my class, we used the hoops plenty for their "traditional" purpose, but we also used them to balance during body-weight exercise, to mark jumping points, and to create a cardio circuit.

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15. I can't wait until I can do this:

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This girl is the SEXIEST octopus.

16. Don't be intimidated, anybody can hoop!

*With lots of practice.

Check out the HulaFit website and Anna's page to find a class near you.