My Hoop Group – Spin Revolution featured in Charlotte Magazine


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Hooping It Up

By Michelle Boudin

For two hours, you can whittle away your midsection at a Hoop Jams session in Plaza Midwood.The latest fitness craze to hit Charlotte isn’t in a cold fitness room or spin class. instead, it takes place every Sunday afternoon in a 6,000-square-foot photography studio in Plaza Midwood. No weights, no workout mats, not even an instructor. But at Hoop Jams, there is often a DJ and everyone has … a hula hoop.

Turns out the game once relegated to kids’ birthday parties is a great workout (Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, and Liv Tyler are just a few notables hooping it up to stay in shape). Organizer Jim McGuire says there are Myers Park and Dilworth moms hooping next to hippies and twelve-year-olds. “it’ll be mainstream in a few years,” he says. Want to get your hoop on? Head to McGuire’s studio at 1212 east Tenth street on Sundays (starts at 4:30 p.m.) and Wednesdays (starts at 6:30 p.m.) for a two hour sweat session. You can purchase your hoop there.

This article appears in the April 2010 issue of Charlotte Magazine

Published by Cara Zara

Professional entertainer and educator Cara Zara has performed at festivals, events, libraries, charity functions, and summer camps throughout the Southeast and has interacted with over 250,000 children. She has been teaching her popular programs since 2011 and has taught at over 200 private and public schools throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. She loves inspiring children to learn and be physically active through fun movement and laughter.

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