The new fitness craze: Hula hoop your gut to a six-pack

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW YORK (PIX11) – The hula hoop isn’t just for kids anymore.

Those looking to shed some pounds and trim that tummy are turning to the old school toy for a workout like no other.

Sheryl Wilson, a mother of two and founder of “Fitnotic” is a certified hoop-dance instructor, teaching just about anyone willing to move their hips an effective and inexpensive way to get fit. In some cases, they don’t even have to leave their house.

“When you’re hooping, you’re working your core,” Wilson explained. “You’re working every part of your body that you want to work.”

“If you’re hooping on your waist – you’re trimming that waist down. If you’re hooping your legs – you’re toning your legs.”

For those who loath the treadmill, hula hooping may be your savior. According to Wilson, an intense workout with the hoop can burn up to 600 calories.

If it’s a six-pack you’re looking for, look no further.

“Crunches in my opinion are very ineffective and unsafe way of targeting the core,” she said. “Anytime you have that core engaged like when you’re hula hooping, you’re moving your body in all those types of ways ,[and] you’re strengthening in the very best way you can.”

The dynamic, functional movement someone engages in while hooping, Wilson says, puts your core to work in a way where a crunch or sit-up can’t even compete.

With a busy schedule that has her preoccupied for a good part of the day, Kaela May, a client of Wilson’s, says the hula hoop routine is not only effective but incredibly convenient.

“I commute from Long Island, so I don’t get home till 8-9 o’clock,” May told PIX11 News. “I’m not going to get up and go to the gym after that.”

“So I grab my hula hoop, I go outside, I spend 25 minutes and I feel better. Yeah, I feel exhausted but I get my workout in.”

For more information on Fitnotic and hula hoop routines, visit their site.