Hoopnotica: A Hula Hoop Fitness Review | The Budget Savvy Bride
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Not only did the West Coast escape a wicked winter this year, but we have been experiencing spring-like weather for the last month or so. I enjoy going to the park to hoop on these 90 degree days (yes, 90 degree days!) when I am not running up & down flights of stairs at work. Over the last two months I made it a challenge to hoop 30 minutes each day for 1 month. I kept my hoops in the car for any chance to complete my 30 minutes daily. My hoops came to work too; I ask my employees after each Team meeting to hoop with me. Sharing hooping with co-workers & friends has been fun, and a great way to skill swap tricks and share tips. Teaching my friend’s kids to hoop has also been very rewarding.


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There is no doubt “The Mrs.” or my sparkling white hula hoop will be attending the wedding with us in Las Vegas, but let me tell you about the last 2 months and the experience I had using this fitness tool from Hoopnotica.

Shape, Style, and Fit:

My new Hoopnotica Breakaway has great shape and its adjustable size is nice for more speed when you want it. Currently, I keep the extender piece attached so I don’t lose it on my adventures. From time to time you have to re-secure the connections at the extender, as well as, re-shape the hoop in to a smoother circle. I really like how at all times of the day this hoop stands out. The glitter tape design catches any light including street lamps at night. Inside my hoop I also catch sparkles of light when spinning. The biggest difference from “The Mrs.” and my beat up homemade hoops is their overall weight. The Hoopnotica hoop is noticeably heavier and I did bruise, but it’s to be expected.


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My Success:

My challenge to hoop turned out to be not 1, but 2 months long. My goal was to lose 2” by the time my dress was delivered. On my first fitting I already needed the corset sides taken in 1-2” inches. Another month later I took the dress to be altered for a total of 5.5” inches taken in; no other alterations from my online dress were needed. Our budget included $100.00 for alterations and I paid $80.00 to our local gown boutique’s seamstress. Not too shabby. In total I lost 16lbs in 60 days hooping 30-60 minutes about 5 times a week. I believe my challenge was a huge success on the waist and on the wallet. 


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My Plans to Hoop:

Like I mentioned, I am sharing this experience with all my friends and giving them an opportunity to hoop together. At the moment I am teaching myself a few new tricks from the Katie Sunshine tutorials, one is called The Vertical Step Through & the other one is a Knee to Waist Transition. You can see those tutorials and more here. And for more Hoopnotica Tips & Tricks visit their website or Like them on Facebook. My next challenge hooping will be to continue practicing and perhaps head down to Venice for a class or two with the best Trainers. Hooping is my new favorite daily workout!

How do you make time for fitness during wedding planning?

*As per my previous post, I was given my hoop for free for review purposes.
All opinions shared here are my own and are in no way influenced by product received.* 

Hi I'm Sarah, a 29 year old Modern Seamstress and Fabricworm. Chuckles and I are planning a glamorous DIY destination wedding April 2014 in Las Vegas before we set off on yet another adventure together.

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