Take one lackadaisical stroll around Central or Prospect Park and you can’t miss them — those often scantily clad men and women spinning a hoop around their bodies as if it was air. While the act looks like a mix between a child’s game and a hippie pastime, hula hooping is actually a hardcore workout for those who do it right, and a skill the folks at Groovehoops eagerly want to share in their weekly classes at the 14th Street Y.
What to Expect: First and foremost, the instructors who teach the Monday night Groovehoops class want you to have fun, and if you burn calories and work off your love handles to boot, even better. The course is a mixed bag of seasoned hoopers and newbies, a distinction they make by splitting the room into abilities. That way, during this one-hour-and-15-minute class you won’t feel overshadowed by the guy who can spin three hoops at once while bouncing on one leg; and, more advanced hoopers don’t have to worry about being hit by a wayward plastic circle while they master shimmying the hoop. Overall, with dance music and an energetic vibe, it’s a fun way to spend an evening. And, while you might not learn a groundbreaking skill, during this hour of movement, you’ll hardly realize that you’ve been working out.
Price: $12, pay at the front desk
When: Mondays 8-9:15pm; for more information, check out groovehoops.com
Where: 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St., 646-395-4310
What to Bring: They provide all the hula hoops you need, though if you want to bring your own, feel free to do so. Otherwise, wear comfortable clothes and nothing that will catch while you’re hooping.