A series exploring Boston’s most unique fitness classes by someone who hates fitness classes.
Hula Hooping was a summertime staple in our neighborhood growing up, as I’m certain it was for many.
So when I hear about a Hoop Fitness class at the Cambridge Dance Complex, I can’t sign up fast enough. I’ve been on the hunt for unique fitness classes all over town and by the sound of it, this one fits the bill.
We start with the most basic of moves: keeping the hoop up. It takes me a few tries to get my rhythm back. I calculate in my head and try to remember the last time I did this. It’s possible that it’s been 20 years. I’m not as good as I remember.
Once we’re able to keep our hoops afloat one way, the instructor challenges us to send the hoop in the opposite direction. It takes a lot of concentration on my part to send it clockwise. Turns out I’m a counterclockwise kind of girl.
The physics of hooping is pretty simple: Rock your hips forward and back to keep the hoop circling your waist. When the hoop starts to drop, increase your speed to get the hoop to creep back up.
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