The hula hoop concept has been around since at least 500 BCE and became a mass-market fad in the late 1950s thanks to Wham-O and its lightweight plastic tubing. It’s still great for some fun and a decent workout, but does require coordination to keep it going that a lot of us don’t have. The Dreacompy Vibration Pulse Hula Hoop tries to add some smarts to the modern hula hoop and create a more workout-centric device that you don’t have to be as coordinated to keep moving.
In the box you get the six hula hoop pieces (which can be broken down into two individual segments for 12 pieces total), center connector and vibration motor, weighted light up gravity ball, DC to USB charging cable, and instructions. Unfortunately, you only get the one DC to USB charging cable.
Since for whatever reason the included charging cable is not what most people have around like microUSB or USB-C, you’ll likely need to wait to charge the weighted light-up gravity ball until after the center connector and vibration motor. It’s frankly a rather frustrating oversight.
Once everything is charged, assembly is straightforward. Push the buttons on each side of the hula hoop piece and snap it into another piece, then release the button to lock it into place. Do this until it fits your waist size, making sure you insert the weighted gravity ball into the track on the center connector before snapping in the final piece.
Although it says it fits up to a 40 inch waist, for my 36 inch waist (and t-shirt) I still had to use all but one of the pieces, so keep that in mind.
Once the belt is secured you can choose one of three levels of vibration – or none at all – and then get hula hooping. I needed to get the weight in motion by swinging it with my hand before swinging my hips, but I had no issues maintaining a reasonable number of spins once I got it in motion. As expected, I got better with practice.
While this still requires a little bit of skill to keep spinning, the advantage is you don’t have to constantly pick up a fallen hoop. The vibration and weight do add additional interest and fitness factors over regular plastic hoops. It’s by no means perfect, but I do think it’s a lot of fun as an alternative form of cardio.