Glossary of Hooping Terms

Breaks:
A Break is when you purposely stop the hoop from spinning.
 

Current:
The Current is the direction the hoop is spinning. When you first begin hooping, you will notice that it is much easier to spin the hoop around one way then the other. This easier way is your Natural Current. If you naturally feel more comfortable when your hoop moves towards your left side of your body, you Hoop Left. If you feel the opposite is true, that you prefer when the hoop moves towards your right side, you Hoop Right.

 

First/Second Hand:
When you take your hoop and spin around your body in your natural current, the hand that does the majority of work in putting the hoop in motion is your first hand. Naturally the other hand would be your Second Hand. For example, if you feel more comfortable hooping with the hoop moving towards the left side of your body, you would Hoop Left and your First Hand would be your right hand, the hand that propels the hoop in the left direction when you are hooping naturally.

 

Flow:
There are many disputes about the definition of flow. To me, flow means when you get past the point of trying to make tricks happen, and you and your hoop are able to move in a natural way as one.

 

Gaffer Tape:
Used primarily in theater, photography, and video production. Gaffer tape is a strong tape with a rough texture that add grip to a hula hoop.

 

Hoop Jam:
An informal gathering of hoopers to meet, practice, show off their skills, or just have fun.

 

Horizontal Plane:
When the hoop is spinning parallel to the ground. When you are standing, and hooping at the waist, you are hooping on the Horizontal Plane. For more about Planes, check out Understanding Hoop Planes

 

Isolation:
Spinning the hoop, while keeping it stationary in space.

 

Off Body:
An Off Body trick is a move where the hoop spins around your hands, elbows, or feet. The hoop can also be thrown or rolled away from you. Poi Hooping is Off Body hooping.

 

On Body:
An On Body trick is a move where the hoop spins around your torso, legs, head, or neck. If your body is inside the hoop, you are generally doing an On Body trick.

 

Polypro:
Polypro hoops are fast, light-weight performance hoops. Polypropylene, also known as polypropene, is a type of plastic used for tubing. Polypro hoops are usually made with 3/4″ tubing and come in a variety of colors.

 

PSI:
Pounds per Square Inch. Most hoops are made with Polyethylene tubing, which is mainly used for irrigation. PSI measures how many pounds of water pressure per square inch that the tubing can handle. It is the best way to tell how thick and heavy the tubing is. Hula hoops are usually made with tubing that ranges from around 100psi (light) to 160psi (heavier).

 

Reversals:
A Reversal happens when you switch the direction the hoop is spinning to the opposite Current. As in going from Hooping to the Left, to Hooping to the Right. Usually done after a Break.

 

Sustained Spinning:
To keep your body consistently spinning while hooping. There are many tips to keep from getting dizzy, such as either focusing on the ground or your hoop.

 

Vertical Plane:
When the hoop is spinning perpendicular to the ground. When hand hooping, usually the hoop spins on a Vertical Plane (though there are exceptions). For more about Planes, check out Understanding Hoop Planes