How to Do Hula Hoop Stalls

Learn how to do hula hoop stalls from hula hooping expert Natalie "McFancy" Wise in this Howcast video.

Hula hoop stalls are basically the idea that the hoop stays still for a few moments, maybe even a few seconds in time. So you can do stalls in a variety of ways. We’re going to focus today on stalls on the waist, and I will give you some examples of other versions of stalls after.

So we’ve got the hoop going on our waist. Basically, what you’re going to do is you’re going to notice whenever the hoop is in front of your body. Notice when it touches your belly. You can time this by counting, noticing when it’s back, back, back, back or front, front, front, front. And you’re going to put your hand in front of the hoop in the way that when it touches your belly, so it touches my belly, I grab when it’s in front of me. Then I’m going to allow the hoop to come around to the front, keeping it horizontal. You’re going to hold for a few moments, and then maybe push it back the other direction.

So let’s practice the stall on the other side. Hoop is touching my belly. It’s coming around. Front, front, front, front, grab, stall, and back the other way. So if you notice, the stall happens when I grab the hoop and hold it still. And we go back the other way, and it’s still for a moment. Notice that whenever I grab, I’m leaning out to the direction that I’m stalling the hoop for a little bit of dramatic effect. It also smooths out the transition a little bit. So it’s a way to hide that choppy stall. Stall. Just stall. And that’s how you do hula hooping stalls around your waist.