Though designed as a child’s toy, the hula hoop became known for its exercise potential when astronomers found themselves admiring Saturn’s sleek curves. Achieve astronomical fitness levels with today’s Groupon: for $28, you get a hooping starter kit from Hoopnotica (a $69.98 value), which includes:
- A travel hoop kit (a $49.99 value) that includes:
- One 42-inch travel hoop
- Carrying strap
- Beginning Level 1 instructional DVD
- Beginning Level 2 instructional DVD (a $19.99 value)
Hoopnotica rescues the humble hula hoop from the realm of retro toys and turns it into a serious workout tool capable of burning hundreds of calories per hour. After assembling the segments of a travel-ready hoop, hoopers twirl the 1.5-pound circle in intense yet impact-free workout sessions that bolster core strength and incorporate both stress-melting yoga techniques and cardio moves. The flashy, gold-streaked segments snap together to make a 36.5- to 42-inch ring, accommodating bodies and workout petticoats of different sizes. Two beginning DVDs guide spinners through the fundamentals of Hoopnotica’s vast aerobic oeuvre, starting with simple around-the-belly spins and on-the-hand twirls before moving on to include the chest and thighs on the Level 2 DVD.