Shaping Up

Get Killer Abs with a Hula Hoop

I can still remember what the first hula hoop I ever owned looked like. It was large and purple with Pocahontas’ face all over it. I was obsessed with the Disney Native American princess and hula hooping. I couldn’t get enough. When it was winter, I’d be in the kitchen swinging my hips back and forth.

I didn’t let the weather stop me from getting my hula hoop on. So when I heard there was an at-home hula hoop workout, I knew I had to try it.

Hula hooping as a means to getting killer abs has gained a lot of popularity over the last couple years because famous faces like Beyoncé and first lady Michelle Obama are huge fans of it. And for $40, the FXP Hula Hoop System will probably be one of the most fun at-home workouts you’ll ever do.

Created by Niece Pecenka, the package comes with the FXP Hula Hoop, carrying bag, non-slip mat, level 1 DVD, and workout guide. The hula hoop provided is very easy to put together or take apart. And no need to worry about constantly trying to keep the hoop on your hips–easy spin technology allows you to spin it with ease.

To get started, I chose the Fit in 15 – Cardio workout. I was feeling lazy that day ,but still wanted to get in a good workout. The exercise may have only been 15 minutes, but boy was it a true workout!

Pecenka starts by having you spin your hoop for a good 5 minutes to get your heart rate up. And as you spin, you move your arms out and in, while doing lunge squats and moving your body up and down. You’re not just tightening your core, you’re working your arms and leg muscles–a true total body workout.

Afterward, you use the hoop to help you do other leg exercises like lunges and squats.

In her other sessions, Pecenka shows you how to use the hoop to stretch and specifically work your arms and legs. The best part about the workout is just spinning the hoop. It’s like taking a step back into childhood. I was nothing but smiles during my exercise, even as sweat accumulated on my forehead.

About Dara Adeeyo


Dara is a freelance writer, nail art addict, and uncertified Beyoncé expert. She loves a good workout, but also love eating Nutella out of the jar. Follow her daily adventures on Facebook or Twitter @dadeeyo