HulaFit is the brainchild of husband and wife power couple Anna and Rowan Bryne and is one of the funnest ways to get fit! Anna first discovered hooping at the legendary Burning Man Festival where she was awe stricken by the performers. After this experience, Anna learned to hoop and hasn’t looked back since. She has performed everywhere from Shanghai to Ibiza and created a vibrant hooping community in London. After a direct request from a fan, Anna realised that hooping had the potential to be a fitness class as well as a hobbie and HulaFit was born!
It is a great way to ease yourself into a fitness routine – gyms and studios can be extremely intimidating while HulaFit is a more approachable, palatable idea! I went to check it out and find out just how strong (or not) my core really is…
1. Barely broke a sweat
2. Too out of breath to sing along
3. In the zone!
4. Couldn’t move the next day
The class scores a 3.5 – the first half of the class is done with hoops weighted to 1.5kg and boy can you feel it! As a complete novice to hooping, not only was it difficult keeping the weighted hoop in the right place, it was painful every time it fell to the floor, hitting my legs on the way down. Bruising is to be expected.
To keep the hoop going, you must keep your core engaged. In pilates, for example, it’s easy to relax your core every so often even when you’re meant to be ‘pulling your belly button to your spine’ whatever that means. However, when hooping, as soon as you stop tensing, your hoop stops hula-ing. It’s tough staying tensed for more than 5 minnutes… In addition to hooping, the class involves some more familiar activities which are carried out with the hoop as an aid – squats, jumps, stretches – but all with a twist. Summary: you will definitely feel it (and maybe see it) in the morning.
1. I would rather be in bed
2. Glad I tried it once
3. Such fun!
4. Sign me up now
The class gets a 3! How could hula hooping not be fun?! Anna is a great instructor with great taste in music, which always helps. The most fun part is just playing around and seeing what you can achieve. I changed hoops about 3 times to find the right one for me and when I found it, I didn’t want to stop! If you think this class is about just standing around and hula hooping on the spot for 45 minutes, you’re in for a shock. There was spinning, swirling, thrusting and booty-hooping. To discover what that involves, you’ll have to try the class.
The Fine Print
HulaFit is extremely popular and classes always sell out so make sure you book in advance. Classes take place Monday-Friday in locations across London; Camberwell, Hackney, Kennington and King’s Cross. Prices vary slightly depending on class time and location but are reasonable with the cheapest being £5 and the most expensive being £8 in advance. There is also a loyalty scheme – every 11th class is free! For more information and to book, get in touch with HulaFit below.
If you want to get fit while having fun then HulaFit is for you! It is a great introduction to fitness and suitable for beginners. If you are a proper gym bunny it may not appeal, unless you fancy trying something different. While the class was tough on the core, it wasn’t an intense full body workout. I would love to go again, mainly because my competitive streak wants me to get really good at hooping!
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