SEYMOUR - Two local women are putting a new spin on an old pastime with their program "Hula Hoop Fitness," and summer campers in Seymour were able to take part in one of the hula hoop classes today.
Nicole Heriot and her business partner, Jackie Ribalaigua, came up with the "Bring the Hoopla" idea three years ago. They say anyone can take part in the activity as long as they put in some effort and move their hips. The partners, who make the hula hoops by hand, have customized classes for every age group. They teach people from the ages of 5 to 70 years old.
The summer campers learned new tricks and moves with their hoola hoops. Heriot says the teacher mixes her hooping routine with dance, creating a beautiful performance aspect to the hula hooping, which the campers were able to watch and try out.
Heriot and Ribalaigua guarantee the workout can make anyone break a sweat, and say it builds endorphins and increases concentration and flexibility. People can burn from 500 to 600 calories an hour hoola hooping, according to the partners.