Powerhoop... Fitness with a 'Twist'

April 3, 2016

We would like to introduce you to Powerhoop! We cannot believe how successful this class has been and the fact our members absolutely love it, is a credit to our lead instructor Donna Ahearn! 

Don't be fooled into thinking this class is just about spinning a hoop around your waist, it isn't! This class incorporates full body conditioning with an emphasis around strengthening, and more importantly, stabilising your core! From my point of view, the best thing about this class is how much fun everyone has!



Some of you may ask, "Does it work?"... well read this... (Information copied from http://www.powerhoop.co.uk/Powerhoop_Study


"University Study Confirms: Powerhoop Reduces Waist Size"


Fitness experts claim that it's impossible to "spot reduce." Powerhoop is proving them wrong.


Powerhooping may be fun, but it's a fitness activity that can be taken seriously. A new study by researchers at Canada’s University of Waterloo Spine Biomechanics Laboratory, one of the world's foremost sports medical research facilities, has now confirmed that regular Powerhooping causes the waist to shrink. The subjects were fourteen mildly overweight women who used a Powerhoop for fifteen minutes per day, five days per week, over a period of six weeks. The researchers collected several types of data, including calories burned, subcutaneous fat measurements, subjects’ body measurements and muscle activation.


On average, subjects experienced a significant decrease in waist and hip circumference, and waist‐to‐hip ratio. Average reduction in waist size was 3.35 cm, with three of the fourteen subjects losing between 5 and 7.5 cm around the waist. The hips also shrank, but not as much. (The "hourglass shape" was therefore accentuated.)


Additional findings from the study:


  • Calorie expenditure during normal use varied from 300 to 420 kcal/hour: higher for inexperienced users and when the hoop was used in the “non-preferred” direction.

  • The participants lost on average 1.1 lbs, not reaching statistical significance, although two of the subjects lost over 6 lbs during the trial.

  • Muscle activation was significantly higher with a Powerhoop than with a traditional lightweight hula hoop. Powerhoop was compared with a conventional hula hoop using a technique called electromyography, which calculates the impact of the hoop as percentage of the maximum voluntary contraction. Not surprisingly, the Powerhoop produced higher activity in every muscle compared to the conventional hoop. In the Rectus Abdominus (the main part of “the abs”), muscle activity was up to 70% higher.


The researchers also made a surprising finding regarding the distribution of fat on the body. On average, the subjects had slightly more subcutaneous fat (under the skin) after the study period, despite the fact that their waists were narrower, their muscles stronger and their bodies slightly lighter. One interpretation is that the amount of “belly fat” (visceral fat stored deeper in the abdomen) had decreased and redistributed itself, possibly as a result of the powerful “massage” effect from the hoop. This would be a sensational finding if proven to be true. Visceral fat is difficult to burn, and is linked to coronary disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and other obesity-related diseases. For now, the theory stands with a big question mark until the researchers have done a follow-up study, for example, using bioelectrical impedance analysis to measure the amount of visceral fat before and after the trial period.

If you would like to come along and try a Powerhoop class at Brooke Weston, it is currently on Friday's 7pm - 8pm in our Weston Theatre.






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