I’ve been learning to hoop. A year ago I couldn’t even do basic waist hooping – I just couldn’t get the hoop to stay up. Since then I’ve been working mainly on chest and neck hooping, and the necessary connecting trick, picking the hoop up from the waist to chest or neck. There are two ways to do this: with the arms up, using only the torso (really difficult), or with the arms inside the hoop, using arm movements to help (not so hard). I was doing the with-arms version. Last Sunday, over 3 hours of sunny Sunday arvo bbq/training session, I’ve finally gottten the hang of it. My left elbow was a bit sore from being whacked by the hoop, but hooray!
Except that on Tuesday at work I was in a hooping mood, and right there was a wide circle cut out of perspex…. And on Wednesday I looked like this:
Turns out flat perspex sheets are a bit sharp and painful when swung around the less padded parts of the body at speed. Several people have asked me if I was beaten up. Just in time for wam weather & short sleeves. Awesome.