I've actually been sitting on this review for a little longer than I would like. Partially because it was one of those reviews I actually had to spend some real time testing and partially because the last few months have been a total whirl of hospitals for Dylan, doctor appointments and some news on my dad that sent me for a total loop. I really wanted to save this one till I could show you guys my super hero hooping skills. I've yet not mastered the hoop as fast as I thought I would but I did go out and buy Connor a tiny toy hoop of his own and this is the one exercise he actually begs me to go outside and do. "Lets go do our hoops mommy!" I'm sure my neighbors think I'm just a hoot.. me and my three year old outside giggling and trying our best to actually keep our hoops up more than three minutes at a time.
Check out a video of Jennifer the creator of the Tailspin Hula Hoop, its inspiring!
I can tell you that hula hooping will provide you with an excellent work out. Usually I'm sweating within just a few minutes of hooping even when I'm doing poorly. It's also an excellent play activity that you can do with your kids and still get some much needed exercise in for yourself. I picked up Connor's hoop at the Dollar Store and he couldn't be more thrilled though unlike Connor's hula hoop my Tailspin Hula Hoop is much larger and heavier than his hoop which makes it not only great for a workout but more appropriately sized for an adult body. My hoops is a custom made hoop which is sort of a hybrid between my two favorite hoops on the Tailspin site, the signature Tailspin hoop and the Moondance. I really loved the Tailspin's pink glitter hearts tape as well as the glow in the dark, but I really didn't want to spend more to get the glow in the dark tape, my second choice was the Moondance with its purple sparkles and bright silver tape. In the end the owner and designer Jennifer made me a custom hoop that combined my two favorite hoops into one super cute and ridiculously gorgeous hula hoop. It's so pretty that I proudly display it against the wall in my living room. I'm really actually quite pleased I went with the silver over the glow in the dark as I rarely hoop after dark and the silver against the pink sparkle hearts really catches the sunlight.
Most hooping experts recommend you start out with a larger hula hoop when you first get started, the standard size, and move down to a professional hoop once your ready to start doing "tricks" or just need more of a workout. Though it would seem to be the opposite, the larger the hoop the slower it rotates and the easier it is to manage. I'm quite short (4'10 with shoes on) and my hoop is Tailspin's standard sized hoop which is 41inches tall and it hits me right in the middle of the chest if not a little above.
If your looking for a workout routine that is a little out of the ordinary and tons of fun to do I highly recommend hula hooping! Tailspin has a great selection of hoops but if you don't see what you want, Jennifer would be happy to work with you on making the hoop of your dreams. Her turnaround is amazingly fast as well. I told her what I wanted and I ended up with a finished hoop in just a few days, far far faster than I expected.
Visit the Tailspin Hoops website and check out their awesome selection of hula hoops as well as their new travel hoops which break down for easy storage and travel!
Disclosure: We were given a custom Tailspin Sparkle Hula Hoop free of charge, we were not compensated for this post in any other way. My opinions and comments on items we review are always my own and are never influenced by sponsors.