Thursday, March 11, 2010

Could Hooping Be the Next Fitness Craze?

Source: The New York Times (Summary by NIM)

Exercise trends come and go but few are lucky enough to garner the backing of celebrity spokespeople. That said, hooping must be something special if celebs like Oscar winner Marisa Tomei and Michelle Obama are on board.

Mind you, this isn't your childhood hula hoop we're talking about - it's a weighted, adult-sized hoop that can be used on any part of the body to offer a muscle-toning and fat-blasting workout. In fact, Marisa Tomei loved it so much the first time she did it, she was hooked and is now making a fitness video all about hooping! “You just can’t help but laugh and smile when you’re hooping,” she said.

Some exercise physiologists are skeptical about hooping, stating that it probably won't be a hit in classes, since spacing is key and giant hoops can certainly be awkward if there are many of them being flung around in a room. But hooping instructors disagree, saying that a lot of hooping students want to do it for the exercise, but they also like the playfulness of it. Who knows - I guess only time will tell when it comes to this (somewhat) new trend!

Find out more about Marisa Tomei and Hooping by reading the article called "Hooping Already Has Its Own Jane Fonda" from the New York Times (Mar. 9, 2010).