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If you're looking to get fit before the wedding, perhaps you should consider investing in a hula hoop instead of a gym membership. The first time I picked one up was five years ago when I watched an awesome video on YouTube. Turns out the woman named Rayna was a certified instructor for fitness and dance for Hoopnotica. I spent some time looking them up and immediately found a DIY hoop tutorial and hurried to Home Depot to purchase supplies. It was nice to make the hoop myself, but I ended up with enough materials for 9 more hoops! It's definitely easier to stick to buying a beginner hoop or Hoop Kit from Hoopnotica.


My homemade hoops are great for learning new tricks and throwing around, but Hoopnotica heard of my urgency to lose 2” before I bought my wedding gown and graciously sent me this two-in-one hoop to aid in my weight loss goal! Their hoops are handmade with love here in California and more importantly, they make instructional DVDs to learn on your own. They have a location in Venice, they offer sweet tutorials online & they certify instructors across the country. I’ve also seen and shared some of their inspiring posts, lovely images and, of course, their sales on Facebook!! In my opinion everyone should have a hula hoop.


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Here I am with “the Mrs’” in Morro Bay, CA. My lovely photographer is Chuckles.

Because I’ve never liked going to the gym, or running for that matter, the decision to do a hula hoop workout was easy.  It’s a fun, low impact cardio workout and quite perfect for me. It is also boosting my coordination and confidence for when I take my long walk down the aisle! For the next 30 days I will be using my hoop, thoughtfully named “the Mrs.”, to hopefully lose 2” total to tone up before my wedding day.

In one hour hooping you can burn between 400-600 calories in the comfort of your living room. It’s so effective because it engages several muscle groups simultaneously including abs, glutes and thighs. The Mrs. is also weighted which results in a more intense workout! Regular hula hoops that you can get at a toy store barely weigh anything and don't give you nearly the same results!

A new Hoop costs $19-$69 individually or you can get a Hoop Kit starting at $29.99. The cost of an average gym membership without a pool in central California is $120+ per year, while the Snow Day Warm Up Kit with 4 DVDs, a breakaway fitness hoop, and a mini hoop for your Christmas tree in only $89! I cannot say enough about how I feel I am getting the better deal here- plus I'll be having alot more fun than running on a hamster wheel at the gym.


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Join me this winter if you too want to get fit for the upcoming wedding season. Hoopnotica also wanted to give away a Level One Instructional hula hoop workout DVD to a lucky BSB reader! Add more play to your workout! You can enter to win this prize via the giveaway widget below!


A Big Thank You to my Fairy Hoop Mama for the new hoop and for creating a wonderful online social community which shares free tutorials, tips, and tricks.

* Sarah received a hoop for free in exchange for her review. All opinions are 100% her own. 

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About Sarah

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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  • Juliet morgan

    I would love to try this! i cannot ever make it to the gym on a daily basis as i hve a 14 month old to take care of on top of two full time jobs!! And of course planning my DIY wedding with Mr B. This would be great so i could still spend time with them but get exercise in!!

    • Sarah LaRaine

      Juliet, the owner and CEO started to lose her baby weight and in the first DVD you see her in her living room with baby in view. They also have pregnancy hoops, which also rocks for friends who want to stay fit.

  • Dana

    This sounds like a blast! I like that you can hula hoop at home, while just hanging out and watching TV 🙂 Plus, I can only imagine that my fiance would love it!- Reminds me of a YouTube video of a very skilled hoopper he came across…would be more along the lines of something to learn for the honeymoon! 😉 ha ha!

  • Sarah LaRaine

    Yes Dana it does draw the attraction when present. They also have travel hoops perfect for the destination wedding.

  • JEN

    Awesome hoop, I need that one now too! It definitely works-I lost 150lbs the first 12+ months I started hooping and my husband lost 120lbs!

    Fair warning, it’s a slippery slope, next thing you know, you’ll be signing up for a teacher training…:P So glad you are enjoying it and happy hooping!

    Hoopnotica Director of Teacher Development/Master Trainer
    [email protected]

    • Sarah LaRaine

      Yes Jen, I am always asking my fiancé to hoop. It’s great to do as a couple!

  • dreamforbride

    Such a cute story! Love it.

    • Sarah LaRaine

      Thank you!

  • Amber Gaglione

    My wedding date was 12/29/2006, but with baby number 1 on the way due Feb 3rd, this seems like a great idea for post pregnancy! Can I still enter?

    • Sarah LaRaine

      Of course Amber! They even make pregnancy hoops, I just love their workout philosophy.

  • Awesome post Sarah! I might need to add this to my workout to widdle my middle. 🙂

  • Crystal

    I was married earlier this year (April 6!), but my husband and I are on a path to make out lives healthier (especially before the babies start coming!) and I haven’t found anything that really helps ME out. I remember once taking a training class on hooping YEARS ago and it was SO much fun! I always had it in the back of my mind and it’s awesome that it’s here on my screen! I would LOVE a beginner hoop so I can keep up with my husband and prep for a healthy happily ever after!

  • Melissa L

    Getting July 26,2014 and my favorite design is the Daisy Duke one 😀 Need some fitness after the holidays are done! Got a beautiful dress to get into to 😀

  • Tiffany

    I would love to win the travel hoop so that I can keep working out on the road! Besides, it will come in handy when I need to burn off stress at my April 25th destination wedding.

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