I learned about this style of hoop form a friend of mine who very successfully changed her lifestyle and lost more than 100 pounds. Hooping started it for her. I thought why not?
But it took me more than a year to actually make my own and the first ones weren't for me at all. My little Brownie Girl scouts come down to the cafeteria on Friday afternoons after a busy week of school. They would like nothing more than to race around the cafeteria for an hour, but that is not on the agenda. I wondered if these new, improved, exercisey hoops would help.
I headed over to Lowes for black irrigation tubing. I found what I was looking for and perplexed the staff. They had never heard of making hula hoops out of irrigation tubing. I started with 100 feet of 3/4" 100psi tubing. I learned about making hoops form the many tutorials out there. I read about different options for tape and decided to order the gaffer tape.
Both Jason Unbound and Karen Tiede have helpful tutorials and information on hoop making.
My husband already had a pair of cutters for the tubing and also a heat gun which made the connectors slide in easily. Taping went pretty well. I certainly got better as I went along.
Ten hoops later and we were hooping! I made 9 smaller ones for the girls and one big one for me.
The Brownie Girl Scouts LOVED the hula hoops! It made the transition from school to scouting go much more smoothly. We also used the hoops at the end of the meeting when kids are being picked up.