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University Study Confirms: Powerhoop Reduces Waist Size

Fitness experts claim that it’s impossible to “spot reduce”. Powerhoop is proving them wrong.

 

Powerhooping may be fun, but it’s a fitness activity that can be taken seriously. A new study by researchers at Canada’s University of Waterloo Spine Biomechanics Laboratory, one of the world’s foremost sports medical research facilities, has now confirmed that regular Powerhooping causes the waist to shrink. The subjects were fourteen mildly overweight women who used a Powerhoop for fifteen minutes per day, five days per week, over a period of six weeks. The researchers collected several types of data, including calories burned, subcutaneous fat measurements, subjects’ body measurements and muscle activation.

On average, participants experienced a significant decrease in waist and hip circumference, and waist‐to‐hip ratio. Average reduction in waist size was 3.35 cm, with three of the fourteen subjects losing between 5 and 7.5 cm around the waist. The hips also shrank, but not as much. (The “hourglass shape” was therefore accentuated.)

 

Here are the most important findings from the study:

  • Calorie expenditure during normal use varied from 300 to 420 kcal/hour: higher for inexperienced users and when the hoop was used in the “non-preferred” direction.
  • The participants lost on average 1.1 lbs, not reaching statistical significance. However, two of the subjects lost over 6 lbs during the trial.
  • Muscle activation was significantly higher with a Powerhoop than with a traditional lightweight hula hoop.

The researchers also made a surprising finding regarding the distribution of fat on the body. On average, the subjects had slightly more subcutaneous fat (under the skin) after the study period, despite the fact that their waists were narrower, their muscles stronger and their bodies lighter. One possible way of interpreting this is that the amount of “belly fat” (visceral fat that is stored deeper in the abdomen) had decreased and redistributed itself, possibly as a result of the powerful “massage” effect from the hoop.


This would be a sensational finding if proven to be true. Visceral fat is difficult to burn, and is linked to coronary disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and other obesity-related diseases. For now, the question will have to stand with a big question mark after it until the researchers have done a follow-up study, for example, using bioelectrical impedance analysis to measure the amount of visceral fat before and after the trial period.

Lastly, Powerhoop was compared with a conventional hula hoop using a technique called electromyography, which calculates the impact of the hoop as percentage of the maximum voluntary contraction. Not surprisingly, the Powerhoop produced higher activity in every muscle compared to the conventional hoop. In the Rectus Abdominus (the main part of “the abs”), muscle activity was up to 70% higher.

Source:  “Analysis of physiological and biomechanical variables over a 6 week trial using a Powerhoop together with investigation of mechanisms of hooping.” Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1

Powerhoop classes PROVEN…IT WORKS

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FLATTEN YOUR STOMACH! STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE! ADD A NEW TWIST TO YOUR WORKOUT!

No longer is the ‘Hula Hoop’ but instead..the POWERHOOP!

Shake & Shuffle are introducing Powerhoop classes to their timetable. Combining old fashioned fun with modern design, Powerhoops give great enjoyment to all who use them yet are fantastic “waist-whittlers”!!

These weighted, padded Powerhoops are a fun and effective way to slim your waist and strengthen your core muscles. They’re weight and large diameter make Powerhoops easy to use, even for those who never succeeded with old fashioned plastic hulahoops (like myself!)

Benefits include:

  • Weight loss/calorie burn
  • Improved coordination and endurance
  • Reduced lower back pain and stiffness
  • Slimmer waist, glutes, hips & thighs

These brightly coloured hoops can work wonders! With regular use – just a few minutes a day – the results will speak for themselves.
Lose inches and lb’s – from one group measured the minimum loss was 1 inch! Some lost up to 4 inches!!

Powerhoops are easily dimantled to store in a small box so they do not take up space. Or, simply stow it behind a sofa for ease – you are more likely to use it if you can see it! Just a few minutes a day, for instance, the ad breaks of your favourite TV show. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a female-only activity. Powerhoops are great for men, women, girls and boys! We have had more men try it out and buy hoops than you’d believe!

At £45, you can have great fun as a family (kids LOVE these hoops!), slim down in time for Christmas and have great fun and laughter during the process! You do not need to own a Powerhoop in order to come to our classes, simply book your place and you can loan a hoop each class!

Please let me know if you are interested in buying a Powerhoop for yourself or maybe for a loved one for a unique Christmas present. They are selling like hotcakes and new orders are going in very soon!

Classes will be up and running very soon, please put your name down ASAP if you are interested in joining! Find us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news on new classes starting…

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Vicky Wright

Shake & Shuffle

info@shakeandshuffle.co.uk

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