Hula hooping in the 50s (1)

How to Hula Hoop: The basics

How to Hula Hoop

How to Hula Hoop: The basics

How to Hula Hoop, from a 1969 toy instruction sheet

1. Hold Hula Hoop tightly against your back.

2. Start Hula Hoop circling with fast forward thrust of either hand.

3. Rotate body in circular motion. Hula Hoop can also be kept in motion by a side-to-side movement or forward and backward body motion.

How to Hula Hoop - fifties

How to Hula Hoop: Tricks and games

THE RINGER: Spin Hula Hoop in circular motion around neck.

KNEE KNOCKER: To circle the knee?, hold knees together firmly — now rotate knees in a circular motion.

THE STORK: Start hoop rotating just below knee — bend and straighten knee to keep Hula Hoop In motion.

UPSY DAISY: Spin Hula Hoop in a circular motion around neck slip arms through Hula Hoop and circle Hula Hoop to waist.

HOOP OUT: Start Hula Hoop at waist and rotate it slowly to knees keeping it spinning.

ALLEY OOP: Start Hula Hoop at waist and lower slowly to knees (like HOOP OUT trick). Speed up spin and bring Hula hoop to waist.

WRAP THE MUMMY: Start Hula Hoop at neck and bring it to knees — speed up spin and bring Hula Hoop back to neck.

HULA HOP: Stand on one foot and rotate Hula Hoop around ankle of other foot with slight kicking motion. Hop from one foot o other to avoid Hula Hoop as it circles around.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: If one Hula Hoop is fun — try two! Start two at one time at the waist.


The ’50s Hula Hoop fad gets millions twirling and whirling (1958)


The anatomy of how to Hula Hoop

PUT DOWN THAT HULA HOOP, Pop, unless you want a painful reminder that your lumbo-sacral joint went into lazy adult retirement years ago.

For the benefit of those puzzled parents who wonder what mysterious power is employed to keep a hoop gaily spinning around juvenile hips, Scope Weekly — a medical newspaper published for doctors by the Upjohn Co. — took hula hooping in for a clinical examination. Here’s the verdict:

Hula hooping is an excellent form of exercise for youngsters, but can cause disastrous consequences in an adult. This is because it involves muscles that the average adult doesn’t ordinarily 086-

Figure A shows how a child keeps a hoop in rotary motion by rapid reciprocating movement of the pelvis. All flexors and extensors of the vertebral column, the pelvis and the thigh are used (arrows). Figure B shows how rapid tilting of the pelvis is synchronized with sagittal flexion-extension. Muscle groups act singly and then in concert to produce gyratory motion. The muscles involved (shown by arrows) are iliacus, psoas, quadratus, lumborum and erector spinae.

Cartoon below shows an adult who thought there was nothing to it.

Antaomy of how to Hula Hoop - 1958

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