Event Date: 7 December, 2013

Who would have thought four girls with four hoops would create what is now fourfits? Yep. This day was quite monumental moment for us all, it marked the beginning of our journey.

London. We live in one of the most exciting cities in the world, there had to be ways to work out which were a tad more exciting than doing boring old ab curls at the local gym. Hula-hooping was one of my favourite childhood past-times so the idea of using it for fitness was enticing. Not to mention, our two instructors were part of Marawa the Amazing’s Majorettes (pretty cool!):

As we arrived at the town hall my initial thoughts were ‘ok, pretty grande for a class but entirely fitting’. Imagine Fame scenes at drama school - that is exactly what this place reminded me of. There were many girls trying out the class and I instantly regretted not wearing colourful leg warmers after laying eyes on the hula hoops. It was like candy-heaven. Bright and glittery is the only way I could describe them.

We were told to find a space and grab a hoop. Prior to this, the last time I had hula hooped was perhaps primary school. It wasn't really a skill I deemed necessary in my adult life. Surprisingly though, I was nowhere near as bad as I thought I would be, keeping the hoop going as I bopped along to the beat.

As a little girl in the playground I would twist my hips from side to side. It was the way I learnt, the same way all my friends did it, it was ‘the way!’. I was now being told the correct way of hula hooping was to gently move your hips forwards and backwards! Really? Reluctantly I did as I was told, and surprisingly it worked. It actually made sense and my technique instantly improved, I was really enjoying myself and found it rather easy.

After a few more spins, she then introduced hula hooping on the wrist. The trick was to flick the hoop onto your wrist in a circular motion. Sounds easy right? Until she decided to introduce the hip with hand combo. I struggled with this at first, finding it the most challenging part of the class. After a few moments, I really got into the swing of things and I honestly felt like I was in a Circus act. I could have carried on all day.

We then moved onto lunges. Lunging forward. Lunging backward. Lunging sideways. All the while maintaining the hoop spinning gently on my waist.  As much fun as it was, I really wanted to know and see what the results could be if I continued hula-hooping on a daily basis. I just couldn't understand how something so fun could actually show results. I mean, I could feel my ab muscles contracting and working as I focused on maintaining the hoop on my waist; but were the results really true?

We asked the instructors if we could see abs since they continuously mentioned how amazing it is for them and wow - did they have ABS! Seeing their flat, toned stomach made me want to purchase a hula-hoop then and there! I never thought that a fun activity like this could produce the results I aimed for without the need for conventional sit-ups which I admit, I’m not particularly great at. 

As we neared the end of the class the instructor challenged each of us to see how many hoops we could spin before dropping them. As I started spinning the first hoop, the girls would take it in turns to throw one over my head one hoop at a time whilst I concentrated on maintaining my spins. I managed to hula 10 hoops before my abdominal muscles gave in!

The class is great fun and a laugh to do with your girls while at the same time bagging some nike fuel points! You don’t even realise you’re in a fitness class which is always a bonus. Great music. Great vibes. Great atmosphere.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking to get into fitness. Definitely something to try out with a few friends. I'm really glad I did this with my fourfits ladies -  a great start to our journey together.

- four the love of leggings