Hula Hoop Class Turns 1950s Staple into Modern Fun

Harper College is offering a new calorie-burning course that combines an old-school toy with new-school exercise. The Hula Hoop Fitness class will begin Tuesday, March 19, with workouts designed for core strengthening and cardiovascular health. The noncredit course, offered through the College's Continuing Education Department, jumps on an evolving trend that has seen hula-hooping grow from a basic physical activity to a form of dance called Hoop Dance - which will be taught in the class - in the last decade.

The movement has been popular on the West Coast for years, but is just starting to catch on in Chicago, instructor Cynthia Narcisi says, and she says it's something anyone can, and should, try. "I can teach anyone to hoop, no matter their experience," Narcisi says, "It's so much fun that it doesn't feel like a workout at all."

The course, which can burn up to 600 calories in an hour, will incorporate traditional movements like lunges and squats, with the added hula hoop challenge. It runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

For more details on the class or other fitness courses, call 847.925.6300 or visit

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