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“You Know You’re Addicted to Hooping When… “: an international Facebook group of women and men with all levels of hoop experience from the beginner to the advanced. We are from all walks of life with an Addiction to the Circle and One Common Goal: To Master The Flow.
The group started with one person, Sheila Sumrell, in November 2014 which has grown to over 960 members to date. She found that in her own journey there were funny things that were happening to her as a result of her addiction to hooping, things that only those within this art form were able to relate to, so she decided to form a group with the name, “You Know You’re Addicted to Hooping When…?” and to see if there were others who were just as obsessed. Having an addiction to hooping in Sheila’s opinion can be a positive and healthy addiction. A way to bring balance, discipline, creativity, peace of mind, and good health.
The primary question that is asked to each member upon acceptance is the question, “You Know You’re Addicted to Hooping When…?” and each member has to indicate exactly why they are addicted. Some of the responses are outrageous and only those who are into hooping can possibly understand. We have selected for you 25 of them:
“You Know You’re Addicted to Hooping When…you start creating phrases based on hooping, hooping is life”.
” You Know You’re Addicted to Hooping When…you consider not going to work only so you can stay home and keep drilling or flowing…Then to convince yourself to go to work because you need money to buy new hoops”.
“You know you’re addicted to hooping when you can’t pass your hoop without picking it up, you’ve transformed your friends and family into hoopers, and you immediately regret not bringing your hoop with you when you leave your house.”
” You Know You’re Addicted to Hooping When… you factor hoopability into all your clothing choices”
“You Know You’re Addicted to Hooping When. ..? When unimaginable doors have opened as a result of this art form and you’ve been blessed and fortunate to have some incredibly gifted and talented individuals be a blessing to you and you to them. Hooping is now my way of life!”
“You know you’re addicted to hooping when for the first 8 months you worked at your job everyone thought you were REALLY into basketball because you were always talking about hooping after work!”
“You know you’re addicted to hooping when you can’t hear a song without visualizing hooping to it”
“You know you’re addicted to hooping when…you change the lyrics to every song you listen to with hoop lingo… when you close your eyes and can do amazing tricks in your head but not in real life”
“You Know You’re Addicted to Hooping When…?… “having space for hooping” is one of the most important selection criteria when looking for a new apartment or shared flat! (true story)”
“You know you are addicted to hooping when…
No matter where you are, no matter the music, you are mind hooping. Listening to a friend at a bar. On a date. On the train. Walking down the street.
And every time, you suddenly realize you have been playing with your imaginary hoop. You’re hands have been twitching, your head bobbing. You’ve been dancing ever so slightly down the street or in your seat.
People are staring, but you don’t care. Cause that was a great mind hoop.”
Darcie Van Hamlin
“You know you’re addicted to hooping when you’re at a party with your friends and you don’t talk to anyone and just hoop the whole time.”
“You know you are addicted to hooping when you carry your hoop everywhere, spend all your internet time looking at hooping videos, and encourage others to pick up a hoop and give it a spin!”
“You know you’re addicted to hooping when you are driving in your car and you practice ghost isos on your steering wheel when turning”
“You know your addicted to hooping when you buy a hoop over the things you actually need.. “
Brittnay Leigh Musick
“You know your addicted to hooping when your always trying to get non-hoopers to become hoopers!”
“You know you’re addicted to hooping when your nickname around town is hula hoop because you never leave the house without them!”
“You know your addicted to hooping when you a) have more hoops then shoes, b) choose your clothes based on whether or not you can flow in them and c) when every song that plays on the radio is now a choreographed hoop dance in your head that would look AMAZING if only you could do those all those rockstar moves you have plotted.”
“You know you’re addicted to hooping when you think a hoop page is your news feed”
Frances Ann Pate
“You Know Your Addicted To Hooping When every time you see a hoop sale you have to fight the urge to buy one! LoL!! Serious hoop addict problem!!”
“You know you are addicted to hooping when just ” one more song ” turns into 2 hours”
Mbalenhle Fires a’Light
“I knew I was addicted to hooping when I honestly felt like my hoop was my best friend and it was possible for me to have tons of fun anywhere as long as I had a hoop….I haven’t gone anywhere without a hoop or some kind of prop for the last 7 years lol…♥♥♥ I am so grateful for this simple circle opening up my life path as a performer”
To date this group has performed eight international group collaborations including a video with children of hoop performers, a dedication video in Memorium to the late Marium Akhtar and 23 of some of the most outstanding male hoop performers that can all be viewed on the groups Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC17sXaiLofhPjHXflx_0r1w
We continue to produce excellent collaborations as a group and continue to grow in this art form. Everyone is WELCOMED to join our community on Facebook and to be part of our big hoop family: https://www.facebook.com/groups/YouKnowYoureAddictedToHoopingWhen/