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How to Do Hip-Hop Popping Exercises

Learn how to do popping exercises in this Howcast hip-hop dance video featuring choreographer Jarrieth Patterson.


Yo, what's up? Fellas, the next subject we're on is popping. All right, so basically popping is certain isolations of the body or certain hits; arms arms, legs legs, shoulder shoulders, whatever one you prefer. Pop what you feel; wherever the motion is going to be, hit it. We're going to start with some popping exercises. These exercises are basically going to help you with your hits. They call them dime stops, like in football, because you have to stop on a dime.

So, what you want to do is stretch your arms out as far as you can and separate your whole entire body, all right? You're going to reach, spread your fingertips, spread them wide and then ball your fingertips slowly like you're getting mad at us. You're getting mad and mad, madder. Pull them tight and hold it for about eight seconds and then let it go. Shake it out. Same thing. Do it as many times as you want. This is going to help you build muscles in your forearms, it's going to help you build it in your shoulders. And your muscles right here.

So another one is to do, is when you're in the mirror or just sitting at home bored, you just hit, hit. It's like popping is more of a flex. So think about flexing your arms. You want to flex, flex, flex, flex. Remember, this is nonstop. Stop on a dime, stop, stop. These little exercises will help you out at home, so once you get it down and you feel comfortable you can move out of practice mode. All right?

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