"As well as being loads of fun, hooping is factually seriously good for you!"
Come and try a class to see what the Hoopla!s all about, or drop by one of our public events to try on one of our hoops - the next Probestunde and Intro-to-Hooping Workshop dates are listed below. For upcoming events, connect with us on our social platforms (see above) ...and if you'd like to learn more and make hooping part of your regular routine, we have weekly evening & weekend classes running all year in Berlin. * We're also working on an online teaching series for the rest of the world :)
About Hoopla! - We established Hoopla!Berlin and the Hoopla!Method™ of teaching, specifically to help make it easy for ordinary people to be able to experience hooping and for every-body to get the most out of using a hoop. Our Course program consists of more than 160 moves which can be used for fun, fitness & body-work, as a form of dance, freestyle movement ...even for self-empowerement, meditation or to help with creativity. However you want to spin it hooping is good for you! We now also have a specifically fitness/exercise oriented program consisting of 80+ moves to work the body. Our methods were developed over time through our experiences as performers and instructors - by now with more than 2500hrs of professional teaching experience. We strongly believe that literally everyone can benefit from hooping, regardless of lifestyle, job, age, physique, religion or shoe size and should definitely try on a proper adult-size hoop to feel the fun, the goodness and the nearly endless possibilities for movement & positive body improvement inside this simple but amazing circle.
About Hooping in general - It is a fact that hooping is physically and mentally good for you ...and it comes with a built bonus in the form of the fun factor, so you are more likely to want to learn more, get lost in it, and keep doing it without finding it a chore. Not only will you get a super-effective workout for the body `just by playing´ with a hoop, the positive effects on the mind are pretty amazing too: As well as making you immediately feel good activating extra amounts of endorphins and serotonin, the actual nature of the continuos circular flowing movements and the unconscious multi-tasking necessary by default, hugely improve fluid thinking, mental discipline, hand-eye coordination and reaction time.
The body aspect is based on simple physics: While hooping, your body is making non-stop, impact-free, rhythmic movements at a rate of 100-150 movements per minute (below 100 revolutions/min the hoop looses momentum and starts falling // pumping it up to 150+ rpm is a serious workout!). The movements are of a pulsating nature (having a similar effect on the muscles involved as 'trendy' EMS but in analogue non-intrusive form) a great amount of balance and counter balance is also required to keep the movements in line (exactly as you do when using free-weights). The movements required to keep a hoop spinning activate, strengthen and tone all muscles involved from the mid-section, core, legs and glutes down to the toes and all the way up to the neck at an incredible rate. Using the variety of moves we teach, literally all muscles of the body can be engaged. Moves can be done on repeat to target, or in sequence for a flowing non-stop circuit training effect. We've only been able to find one harmful side-effect ...that it is rather addictive!
About our Hoops - Hoopla!Hoops are made specifically to be easy to learn with and easy to use for both on & off-body moves, for fun, for dance & freestyle and to provide a pain-free source of fitness - unlike Heavy/Exercise Hoops! Our design is based on over 15yrs of experience using hoops and teaching thousands of people with them. What makes our hoops work so well is the right weight to size proportions - all under 1kg ...Note: a hoop any heavier cannot safely or painlessly be spun fast enough to achieve anything other than a massage, certainly not any 'exercise' - or fun!! Our hoops are based on the original uncomplicated 'Californian Style 'Dance' / Body Hoops' which started the revival of hooping for adults in the 90s. We manufacture them in Berlin, individually shaping each hoop using a single piece of tubing before fitting it with a special joint which enables Hoopla!Hoops to fold down for easy-transport - yes we only make Travel-Hoops - this is so you can easily take them with you anywhere you go! We offer 3 basic sizes to satisfy most speed, style & skill requirements and can also make individual sizes by request. As each hoop is 'custom-made' you can also choose your own individual design & colour specifications. Prices start at 40eu.
NOTE: With the growing populaity of hooping and the mass realization that they're actually fun and good for you, there are many ideologies and types of hoops on the market today and also many ways of spinning them, from small light circus/juggling hoops to the scary *and unnecesarily painful* large 'heavy-hoops' sponsored by the fitness industry ...and they are by no means the same in feel, usability or desired effect! It's vitaly important to choose the right hoop for the right purpose & find out what suits your needs best - it's no different than choosing the right bike for the right purpose between say a bmx, racing, city, track, mountain or downhill bike. You should definitely compare before committing to a purchase ...with us, you're more than welcome to come try one on and really feel what the Hoopla!s all about :)
Curious about hooping...
An introduction to the many aspects of using a hoop
on-body and off-body for dance, freestyle & fun
and about the inherent fitness benefits of hooping
75min workshop 25,00€
* Special offer: Workshop+Hoop 65,00€ (incl. 3-colour 'grip' travel-hoop) *
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org - subject 'Workshop'
Just try a class...
Come see what our classes are all about, get a
feel for a hoop, our proven step-by-step teaching
method and learn some fun moves in the process
Book a date
** If you have experience it's also possible to come try
a lesson in one of the current on-going courses
* Special offer: Probe+Hoop 55,00€ (incl. 3-colour 'grip' travel-hoop) *
Registration: email@example.com - subject 'Probe'
Hoop your body...
Learn 80+ ways to spin a hoop to work the body
for fitness, exercise & prevention that's loads of fun
...just hoop it!
50min classes 15,00-20,00€
* 5-10€ +Hoop discount available (incl. 3-colour 'grip' travel-hoop) *
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org - subject 'HooperFIT'
Join a weekly Course...
Starting May/June 2023
Hoop regularly!! Come learn new moves every week
to grow in confidence, improve your movement
and strengthen your body in a super fun way
• Beginners L1 (Tu.Su.)
• Essentials L2 (TBA)
• Move&Groove I/II L3/L4 (Su.)
• Freestyle&Flow L5 (TBA)
• Advanced L6/++ (Tu.Th.)
8-lesson Course 150,00€
* Starter offer: Course+Hoop 185,00€ incl. (3-colour 'grip' travel-hoop) *
Registration: email@example.com - subject 'Courses'
* Class Hoopla!Hoops are always provided to use for all our lessons *
To register and for up to date class availability
Tel: +49 174 477 8379
Tel: +49 (0) 30 4404 5749
For fresh hoopNews, new course & event dates >> connect with Hoopla! on Facebook @ facebook.com/hooplaberlin.fanpage
For hip-shaking 'HoopTunes' Mixes direct from Berlin >> check out our sounds @ soundcloud.com/hooplaberlin
* Music is an integral part of hooping! *
For a fine selection of specifically hoopable music check out the Hoopla!Music archive of taylor-made HoopTunes mixes ...for your hipshaking pleasure!
Mixed by Hooperfunk
About our hoops: All Hoopla!Hoops are 'Travel-Hoops'. We make them using a solid joint and a one-piece-design for durability, using a special 25mm tubing that is totally rigid when opened up for stability, but flexible enough to allow the hoops to coil down for easy transport. We make every Hoopla!Hoop individually with meticulous care at our workshop in Berlin using the best materials sourced from around the world.
Prices start from 40€
What's my size??
Hoop size is simple physics - the bigger the hoop the slower it moves and the slower you need to move with it / the smaller the hoop the faster it comes around, requiring more precision from you to catch it's rhythm.
To start body-hooping, we recommend the 'standard', it has the right size and weight to make it and you move at a reasonable rate - which makes learning to use it easy ...and therefore fun!
BODY SIZE HAS NEXT TO NOTHING TO DO WITH HOOP SIZE the speed and amount of movement required to keep a hoop going does not change according to body size ...personality however does have an influence, as some like it fast & some like it slow. * Note: Speeding up a bigger hoop is no problem, but there's no going slow with a small one.
If you're already comfortable in the big easy size and know that you prefer to spin fast, go on down to a smaller size * and give your big hoop to someone new or keep it for when you want to relax :)
Our Hoopla!Hoops do come in 3 sizes to satisfy all personalities, hoopabilities and speed requirements:
• Standard - For all abilities - 110cm • 700-750g
• Dynamic - Intermediate skills - 102cm • 600-650g
• Trixter - Fast moves & off-body - 95cm • 500-550g
* Ideally you should have all three - different speeds for different moods & different styles of music .oO°
NOTE: If you've tried and failed before, your hoop was probably the problem, too small, too light, too big or too heavy make things difficult. Yes weight does play a big role: A hoop that's too light maintains no innertia & one that's too heavy can potentally be painful and even bad for your spine. * Stay away from 1kg+ 'exercise hoops' unless you're super fit ...if you want more exercise, get one of ours and spin it faster!
OTHER TYPES OF HOOPS OUT THERE:
• Children's hoops - too small and too light for adults.
• 'PolyPro' type small (50-80cm) super-light hoops - about the same size and weight as a children's hoop, initially 'designed' by jugglers for easier use with the hands ...which makes them not so satisfying for on-body hooping!
• Mass-produced weighted 'Heavy Hoops' for 'Exercise' - sold online 'to slim your waist' ...which is all a total farce, seeing as the unnecessary extra weight makes it impossible to spin them fast enough to have any effect other than a 'belly massage' !! ...that is once you get past the discomfort of a heavy thing pounding your mid-section ...as a bonus, a hoop that is 1kg or heavier should only be used on the waist, severely limiting it's ability to train any other body part!! DON'T DO IT...
If you have any questions about hoops or sizing, or just need help to make sense of it all, please feel free to ask... firstname.lastname@example.org
Big or small, private, public or corporate, hoops can bring movement and a unique entertainment factor to any event!
...but not like the cliché 'someone on stage spinning dozens of hoops for 15min'. Our speciality is getting your audience involved in enjoying hours of hip-action themselves.
Imagine actually having your guests moving and grooving, laughing and having a great time. Not only will they have loads of fun and learn how to do something that's positively good for them, even more importantly for you, they will definitely remember the day!
• The German Pavilion at EXPO2010 in Shanghai
• DMY International Design Festival (trade-show)
• Bread & Butter Fashion Fair (trade-show)
• TheKey.TO Sustainable Fashion (trade-show)
• The Hayward Gallery London (opening)
• Lange Nacht der Museén (opening)
• SMART Mercedes Benz Roadshow (event series)
• Namaste Ibiza (event)
• Karneval der Kulturen der Welt (parade)
• Electroswing Revolution (event)
• Fusion Festival (event)
• Zwei Raum Wohnung (video)
are just some of our past clients.
Our interActive HoopZone Packages come complete with instructors, a set of custom made adult size hoops and a groovy 'hoopable' soundtrack to help induce the hip movements - live dj is available on request - highly recommended for extra visual impact. Our Hoopla!HoopZone can easily be set up in nearly any space by our professional team. The portability of the set-up allows us to offer it for nearly any occasion, nearly anywhere in the world.
With over 15 years experience in event production, promotion and management our team is more than capable of helping you out with every detail...
InterActive HoopZones are ideal for...
Also available for...
Film & Commercial work
To make any occasion memorable ...all you need to do is add a bit of Hoopla!
+49 (0) 30 4404 5749
+49 (0) 174 477 8379
A hoop is more than just a tool or a toy it's becoming recognized as a life-style accessory - as it should - and we believe it should therefore be as individual as the person buying it ...for this reason, with us you get to choose your own colours + design + style!
Ordering one is easy as 1 • 2 • 3 . . .
1 • Choose your design & size (see size tips below)
2 • Decide on your colours & if you want extra grip
3 • Fill out the order form -or- mail your request to: email@example.com
Our team will confirm your order and your hoop will be ready in 2-3 days time. You can pick it up in person at our Berlin office, one of our classes, or we can have it delivered to you ...anywhere in the world.
For questions about Hoops and hooping in general
* What hoops & hooping can do for you
* Buying a proper adult-size-hoop
* The new Hoop-at-work initiative
* Hoopla!InterActive business/private rental
Just drop a line ...we're happy to help!
• Course cost: 8 lesson courses 150€
• HooperFIT: 5xCard 90€ •10xCard 150€ •Drop-in 20€
• Probestunde: Single taster class 15€
• Intro Workshops: 75min lesson 25€
• Private Lessons available by request
• Group lessons & Workshops available by request // also for private events // work events // as an activity area at a public event.
* HooperFIT 5x card is valid for 2 months // 10x card for 3 months * One card can be used on both Tu&Th.
Come and join the hip movement!
...your body will thank you :)
Our regular weekly classes are taught at two locations in Berlin - Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday lessons take place at our large bright 250sqm studio with high ceilings in Prenzlauerberg. Smaller classes take place at a cool subterranean private studio in a reclaimed factory building in Mitte.
With over 2500 hrs of class time teaching hooping we've helped thousands of people to find their groove, work-it-out in a hoop and feel great about themselves ...what are you waiting for ? we'd be happy to get you moving & grooving too!
...if you have any questions at all about learning to hoop, or need a consultation to determine which class / Course Level would suit you best, just contact TeamHoopla at firstname.lastname@example.org
It's never too late to start a good thing
...just hoop it!
Whether you're an absolute beginner or already love hooping, whatever your hoopability we can find a class / course to fit your skill level.
We teach two types of classes focused on body movement and on fitness ...all while having fun :) Our new HooperFIT drop-in classes are open to anyone of any level vs. our progressive learning Courses which start from the start and move through over 160+ moves through 6 levels. In both types of classes you'll learn 3-5 new moves and techniques per lesson, which you can combine with moves from previous lessons into fun sequences or do on repeat for fitness results. All moves are first taught step-by-step to the group and then time is given to experiment and play.
We take teaching & learning seriously, focusing on proper technique of movement rather than waste time on achieving precise coreographies - we call it 'freestyle hooping' with the goal of helping everyone develop their own style and individual practice.
The Courses are split into 6 sections consisting of 8-lessons each: L1 & L2 contain all the essentials, including the all important transfers to move the hoop on and off body. L3 & L4 build on the essentials to get you really moving and grooving once you're already comfortable in a hoop. In L5 we will teach you loads of fancy moves to add to your repertoire of movement & in L6 we combine various selections of all 160+ moves in each lesson to come up with superfun combinations and work on helping to smooth out your flow.
L1 Hooping Essentials * Suitable for Beginners
L2 Hooping Essentials II
L3 Move & Groove I
L4 Move & Groove II
L5 Freestyle & Flow
L6 Advanced Flow & Combos
Anyone can join our HooperFIT classes at anytime vs. our Courses which start as we get enough people together to form a group (6-12 participants). HooperFIT classes are on every Tuesday & Thursday and are run on a come-as-you-like pre-purchased card system vs. our Courses, which have a set dates and require an 8 consecutive lesson commitment per level / round * missed classes of a Course CAN be replaced if ample advance notice is given.*
For more information, registration requests and for current class availability...
The concept of Hoopla!Berlin was developed by ex mountain-bike racer turned hooping instructor Balazs Ari (CAN/HU) & life coach / contemporary artist & hoop designer Rachel Catton (UK). Their mission, through teaching classes, producing easy to use custom travel-hoops and supporting & hosting events with hoops, is to help improve people's lives by making it easily accesible for everyone to try on a proper adult size hoop and feel the goodness inside, and to help every-body discover the potential life changing benefits of simply moving with a big beautiful hoop.
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