May, 2021 marked 10 years since we sold our first hoop! To celebrate, we took a trip down memory lane to honour our 10 best moments. Check them out here:
When our business first started, it wasn’t actually "ours" at all. . .it was MINE (Kate)! But one day Cody watched me as I put tubing on the ground outside and tried to line it up with another hoop (to figure out where to cut). He couldn’t believe I wasn’t measuring. And when I told him I had no idea how to calculate the circumference since I also had no idea what the diameter should be, he couldn’t take it anymore! Cody was a welder when I first met him, but that clearly wasn’t his calling. His annoyance with me quickly turned into a passion for hoop-making and now he won’t even let me touch them! Get the low-down on our hoops: here.
If you can’t tell from the picture, we’re feeling a 50/50 mix of fear and excitement. When a studio owner in a small town heard about my hoop classes, she insisted I come out and get a program started for her. I told her honestly that I didn’t know how to do that. But her insistence motivated me to figure it out. So, I took the piles of handwritten lesson plans I had created over the years, dusted off my group fitness textbooks, and started putting together our first Instructor Training Manual. I printed it out with our laser printer and finished stuffing them into duo-tangs around 2am the night before the event. I was so nervous, and scared I was going to run out of material and send everyone home bored. . . instead I discovered that I needed at least double the time I planned for with the new hoop teachers, and that I loved training instructors even MORE than teaching classes! Learn about the program we created: here.
Sorry folks, we can’t tell this story without ruining the magic!
Did you know that shipping companies will charge you for the whole size of the hoop, even though it has a giant hole in the middle?! SO ANNOYING. It took several years, but we finally figured out how to size, fold-down, stack and wrap our hoops just right so we can get as many as 6 in one package! And now we ship internationally through Canada Post! Head to our store: here.
Printing out our first Hoop Play Instructor Certificate felt unreal. . . getting it officially recognized by our provincial fitness association - and every other one we submitted it to, all across Canada - was a major achievement. . . but actually teaching the program to a gymnasium full of professional fitness instructors was downright frightening!! But it went SO WELL, and after that I was more confident in our program than ever before! Get a hold of the lesson plans I shared with instructors: here.
Step 1: Give the megahoop a spin!
Step 2: feel the JOY!
Step 3: Put the hoop back so others can play!
If that hoop could talk. . .
Remember when I said welding wasn’t Cody’s calling? One spring day I woke up with a terrible flu. I didn’t want to cancel the gig I had at a school, but also knew I didn’t want to barf on a bunch of kids. To my surprise, Cody said he would step in. . .and when he came home that night, he was BEAMING! Since then, Cody has spent most of his days with kids. . .he co-developed the children’s programming component of Instructor Training, taught at schools in SK, AB, BC & ON, worked as an EA for a year, and now works as a TA in our local Montessori School while he completes his Bachelor of Education degree! Connect with Cody: here.
Of all the adventures our little hoop business has taken us on, this one was by far the greatest! At first we thought we would just spend the summer vending and camping. . .then we decided to host a few instructor training events in the fall. . .and before we knew it we were touring from Victoria BC to Brampton ON, training hundreds of new instructors, selling thousands of hoops, and stopping in schools along the way! In total we spent one whole year on the road, in our 45 year old RV, with our 4 year old daughter, our cat, and no running water! We strapped our hoops to the roof and stayed in some strange and beautiful places. . . most importantly, we met so many amazing and caring people, many who traded us a hoop lesson for a place to park for the night, and for that we are so grateful!
You can tell this was a big deal because of the paper crowns!!!!!!!
Those of us who truly love hooping, know there's nothing greater than watching a newbie fall in love with it! That's why teaching has been my passion for so long. Then, when I started training Hoop Play instructors, I felt even more alive knowing each person I trained meant way more people were going to discover hooping than I could possibly reach on my own! Now, seeing Hoop Play Instructor Training events pop up (that are NOT hosted by me!) truly brings my journey full-circle!
If you are hoping to become a Hoop Play Instructor, its not too late! Laura Hutt of Radiant Life Hoops (pictured above) is a fully trained Hoop Play Instructor Trainer and she is ready to teach YOU! You can find Laura: here.
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