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