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Video:How to Do a Hula Hoop Ab Workout

with Ellie Steingraber

Want to learn how to do a fun hula hoop ab workout on your own? Here, see tips and tricks for a great hula hoop ab workout.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Do a Hula Hoop Ab Workout

Hi I'm Ellie Steingraber. I'm a New York City-based circus performer and fitness expert. I'm brought to you by About.com to show you an effective ab-workout using the Hula Hoop.

Hula Hoop Ab Workout

Start by bringing the hula-hoop to your waist. Place the hoop att he small of your back, you just want to give it a little push. Do whatever you have to do to keep that hoop from falling on the ground. Hula-hooping involves a compound motion, forward and back as well as side to side. Pay attention to the speed and control that you need to use in both of those movement to keep your hoop from falling down. Hoola-hooping in itself is a fabulous ab workout.

Tips for a Hula Hoop Ab Workout

Once you're feeling comfortable here, experiment with lifting a foot, changing up your posture, taking your arms up or out, all the while keeping your abs really engaged. As a hoola-hooper, I am constantly using my abs in every trick I am doing. Whether it be hooping on my neck, my abs are always tight. Or my arms, even here abs are always tight. And of course, the waist. There is more than one way to get a good workout, using a hoola hoop.

More Tips for a Hula Hoop Ab Workout

Next, try taking your hoop to the ground. Bring your feet at about your shoulders, and place the hoop right above your head. We are going to use the hoop to assist us with some sit-ups. Hoop goes all the way back to your head, and reaching all the way forward. All the way back, all the way forward. Great, Next exercise. Lift your legs, bring them to the center of the hoop, make little circles with your toes. It doesn't look like much, but you should be feeling a pretty intense burn in your lower abdominal muscles. It is a very tiny movement, be sure you work it in both directions.

I'm Ellie Steingraber. I'm a New York City-based circus performer and fitness expert.

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