This is my first hoop and I really like it. It is easy to set-up and the video that comes with the hoop is a great workout. I like to think I am a fit person, I do high intensity cardio at least four times a week, and the video had me sweating bullets and panting 30 minutes in. My only complaints would be that the circumference is very large so you need to give yourself a lot of space or else you'll knock things over. Also, the hoop caused bruising after my first time trying it out. I looked on some hooping forums and bruising is normal but I had to stop hooping until it healed. Once the bruise faded though it didn't come back. I would definitely buy this product again and am hoping to find some others videos to try!
Meghan May 13,2013
4 of 5 stars
great way to add fun & calorie burning into your day
I shopped around, checked the reviews, then decided to give this hoop a try. Other reviewer concerns included the durability of the foam covering, discomfort when hooping, and the large circumference.
My kids were using it, hit the corner of the cabinet, and tore the foam within a week. The foam increases the comfort level so it's a trade off. I found it to be mostly comfortable. I may exchange it for a new one or just keep using it. It doesn't affect the function of the hoop. Allowing enough clearance is important so you don't knock things down or gouge the foam. The sections of the hoop lock into place and it's pretty compact when taken apart for storage or travel. I haven't had any trouble with the sections coming apart during use.
The packaging says you burn 210 calories per 30 minute workout but I have done it for 10 to 20 mins a couple times per day. It's a fun, zero impact way to fit in some exercise.
I would buy this product again.
This product is great! I bought it as an addition to the workout program I already had. The DVD included is a great addition to the product. The quality is great... easy to grip, not too hard, and not too soft. It is also a great value, I wasn't able to find much else for the price offered.
I bought this because the price was better than others I found online. I didn't even really notice that it had sand in it when I made the purchase. However, it turned out to be the best decision! The sand gives you the 10-lb weight of other balls but it is more compact, much easier to grip and hold onto. It is durable and easy to handle. Also, as mentioned, it was the best price I found online (without club memberships) that fit the bill, so it was a total win-win.I didn't buy it for the DVDs but I received two copies and both worked fine (other similar products had complaints about the disc). They actually have a very good workout on them, too.
I'm a fan of medicine balls especially this one. It is sand filled and soft. I was skeptical at first because it's shell is so soft that I thought it would get punctured and leak sand everywhere, but so far so good. It's comfortable and grippy so even when I'm sweating I can still grasp it. The DVD it came with didn't work in any of my DVD players or computer. It doesn't seem scratched, but perhaps not in the right format, but not a deal breaker. I didn't buy the ball for the DVD. I love this exercise implement. Its one of my favorites to work with and it was affordable.