Review: FXP Fitness Hula Hoop System

I received the FXP Fitness starter kit for the purpose of this review, but with no other compensation. All opinions are my own.

fop fitness hula hoop system review

First, I just want to say that I love this program. When you can workout and it doesn’t feel like a workout, that’s the difference between reaching your goals or not. You’ve got to make things fun. It motivates you so much to get in there and get your workout done when you are looking forward to it.

You might be wondering how effective of a workout hula hooping can be. When you add in lunges, squats, barre moves, and isometric work it becomes extremely effective.

fop fitness hula hoop system review

This is what you receive with the starter kit, plus a small (about the same size as the DVD case pictured) non-slip mat so your hoop doesn’t slide around while you use it for balance while doing things like lunges. You also get a workout guide that gives directions and proper form for 18 different moves you can do with your hoop, like the one pictured below.

dust the table - fxp fitness hoop

fop fitness hula hoop system

Okay, onto the workout. You have four choices: cardio, lower body, arms & abs, or play all. Here’s a bit about each one:


15 minutes long, burned 110 calories

You do basic hooping, but then add in a plie squat and a kind of half lunge. You then put the hoop to the side and use it for balance while doing lunges and squats.

I loved this because it was fun and went by so quickly. The instructor, Niece Pecenka, is just motivating and cheery enough with her instruction without being grating. I want to point out too that the other woman in the video has a different color hoop and at first I thought maybe one was weighted, but learned that you can choose aqua, pink, or a purple hoop. They’re all the same weight, just different colors.

And to put the calorie burn in perspective, I just did basic hula hooping one night for 43 minutes straight (while watching Teen Mom haha) and burned 120 calories. So 110 calories for 15 minutes is really amazing. I’ve been doing the cardio portion and then either the lower body or arms & abs and feel that I get an awesome thirty minute workout in.


15 minutes long, burned 38 calories

This is exactly what it says it is. It’s very straight forward lower body moves you do while using the hoop for balance. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the arms & abs segment.


15 minutes long, burned 40 calories

I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but was pleasantly surprised. What I loved about this workout is that I was able to use the hoop to assist in moves I wouldn’t normally be able to do otherwise. For example, holding the hoop like this and then slowly leaning back into a v-sit.

I think it’s brilliant to use the hoop as a prop to makes certain moves easier. But don’t think it’s not challenging, because with all the reps and pulses you will definitely feel the burn!


If you’re a fan of at-home workouts, then I would absolutely recommend this. It’s such a great way to mix up your routine. Plus, I am now incorporating the hoop into my other workouts and using it for balance or assisting with tougher, pilates style moves that I have a hard time with.

I want to thank FXP Fitness for allowing me to try out the starter kit because I truly love it! Here are some promo codes if you’d like to try it out as well:

There’s a 20% off sale through April 30th with the code LOVEME20. I was also given the promo code HOOP15 for you guys as well for 15% if you order after the 30th.

If you have any questions about the workouts just leave a comment or e-mail me and I’ll be happy to answer!


Meal & Fitness Plan for the Week

grocery list

I still need to go grocery shopping for this week’s meal plan. I normally get it done early on Sunday or wait until Monday morning so it’s not as crowded out. But the fridge is seriously bare so I need to head out after I finish up this post. I’m really excited about the mini pepper nachos on Friday because they sound so good!

Here’s the rest of meals for this week:

Monday: baked potatoes, corn on the cob, and baked beans

Tuesday: lemon roasted chicken breast, asparagus, and roasted potatoes

Wednesday: vegan red lentil stew

Thursday: mini pepper nachos with corn, black beans, and avocado and Spanish rice

Friday: out to eat

calories burned during spin class this week

calories burned during spin class this week

I took a great spin class on Saturday and am looking forward to another class this week. I’m hoping to do a lot of walking this week since the rain seems to be over with.

grounding yoga for balance
hoop workout
– spin class
– weekend hike

I’m headed out to go grocery shopping. Enjoy the rest of your day!


Fun In Atlanta

skyview atlanta

I’m back after a quick trip to Atlanta for the past couple of days. My husband was in town for RailsConf, so Waves and I tagged along and explored the city while he was at the conference.

Waves and I had a great time! She especially loved riding on the SkyView Atlanta ferris wheel, pictured above. She kept going “ooh!” and then said, “hold my hand!” when I told her to look down haha.

Tofu steaks & vegetables from Mini Choo Choo in Atlanta.

Tofu steaks & vegetables from Mini Choo Choo in Atlanta.

We ate at some good places too. We had veggies, rice, and tofu steaks at Mini Choo Choo one night. It was good, simple, and cheap. I only wish that what I got could have been made spicy, but they said the tofu option was the only dish where you couldn’t modify spiciness.

I also went to Green Sprout which is an all-vegetarian Chinese restaurant. I had the General Tso tofu, hot and sour soup, and spring rolls. The soup and spring rolls were really good, but the tofu was a little too sweet for me. I would definitely go back there but order something else next time.

Waves and I stayed really busy. We went to the zoo, the children’s museum, out for doughnuts and coffee, and just walking around and exploring the city. If you go to the children’s museum, you can save $2 off each ticket by ordering through their website. Just a tip to save a few dollars.

I’ll be back on Sunday with the weekly meal and fitness plan and then a review of the FXP Fitness hoop workout on Monday (it’s awesome). Have a great weekend!