According to Sir Isaac Newton, a body in motion tends to remain in motion, which explains why humans occasionally depart the Earth via Gravitron. Experience centrifugal motion while remaining firmly grounded with today’s Groupon: for $21, you get three body-hooping classes at Nola Hooping (a $60 value). Perpetually gyrating fitness buffs can choose from seven locations (listed in the sidebar), and an adult must accompany participants younger than 16 years old.
A hip-limbering hula-hoop-style class, hooping offers a low-impact way for exercisers of all fitness levels to strengthen cores while potentially burning about 500–800 calories per hour. Choose from three separate classes: the 45-minute basic hooping class, which teaches fundamental moves; the 50-minute hoopilates workout, which synergistically combines Pilates and hula hooping; and the 30-minute cardio hoops class, which is a high-energy cardio class that will engage even the most languid of abs. Hula hoops are also provided for in-class use, so there’s no need to cobble one from old timey wagon wheels.
Unlike dragging elliptical machines from one room to another, swinging hula hoops is a fun, stress-relieving activity in a group setting. At Nola Hooping, classes are available at various times throughout the week. Check the schedule to register for classes online.
Most hooping classes meet outdoors; in the event of inclement weather, participants will be contacted with a rescheduled date.