Sophie is part of the crazy Active Life team and delivers the Hula Madness, Dance fit and Weight Management Programme in the Southend area.
Hula hooping is great for working the core muscles. Spinning a hula hoop works 30 core muscles, including glutes, thighs, abs and lower back muscles that support and stabilize your posture. The rhythmic, all-over workout is a low-impact way to balance muscle tone throughout your core. It can also help with weight management as you can burn up to 450 calories in an hour.
Sarah Potts of Active Life says: “We deliver Health & Wellbeing sessions in the community to people of all ages and abilities. We have a team of 24 experienced and motivational female fitness instructors who share a passion for helping people to live a healthier lifestyle, both physically and emotionally. With over 80 sessions every week across church halls, community centres, schools and more – there really is something for every-one of all ages and abilities.
Tutor Sophie is a charismatic leader and we caught up with her and the gang at Southend Pier on a beautifully sunny afternoon. Hula hooping, we thought…easy! After watching them for half an hour continuously swivel their hips we thought there is definitely more to it than meets the eye! The hoops themselves are weighted which makes it easier to keep the hoop balanced and moving on the waist and hips. Sophie even threw in some ‘trickster’ moves with a special hoop she had brought along.
As the Active Life team went off for coffees we all thought what a great friendship group this was and definitely something to try for 3030 Essex in June. A true inspiration for 3030 Essex!