'The hula hoop is the perfect tool for social distancing'

Abby Close, a hula hooping lover who started a business out of her passion during the COVID-19 pande

Running hula hoop classes in Coombs Ford has helped Abby feel part of the Suffolk community - Credit: Danielle Booden

A young woman from Stowmarket, who was jobless at the start of the first lockdown, has found a new purpose thanks to hula hooping. 

Girl hula hooping in garden

Abby Close a hula hooping lover who started a business out of her passion during the Covid-19 pandemic - Credit: Danielle Booden

In the last year the popularity of hula hooping has grown massively and this week it was even discussed on Good Morning Britain. 

But 'hooping' is not a new hobby for Abby Close, 25, - she has been addicted to it since she was 12! 

Miss Close said: "When we went into lockdown last year,  I was out of work at the time and I had the opportunity to do some research around hula hooping as that was something that was such a big passion of mine."

Abby Close, a hula hooping lover who started a business out of her passion during the COVID-19 pande

Hula hooping has helped boost Abby's mental health after losing her job in the first lockdown. She now works in marketing as well as running classes - Credit: Danielle Booden

Having struggled to find any hula hooping classes in Suffolk she decided to start up her own at Stowmarket Community Centre in Combs Ford in September 2020. 


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Miss Close added:  "My mental health was not very good this time last year  because of everything that had happened.

Abby Close, a hula hooping lover who started a business out of her passion during the COVID-19 pande

Abby runs hula hoop classes that are streamed across the country and will also resume outside classes in April - Credit: Danielle Booden

"I find that having my hoop is just a really good way of releasing stress and anxiety."

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"You are focussing on keeping the hula hoop up and it encourages you to put on some boppy music, and that cheesy music really does help." 

Abby Close, a hula hooping lover who started a business out of her passion during the COVID-19 pande

Abby Close says hula hooping is perfect for social distancing as it creates a barrier around you - Credit: Danielle Booden

Though she was only able to run face-to-face classes for a few months before the winter lockdowns, she describes them as 'fantastic' and now broadcasts online across the UK. 

Miss Close runs the classes alongside her new job in marketing.

Her outdoor classes should start in April when Covid restrictions are eased further:

Miss Close added: "With the hula hoop you do have a restriction on class sizes but I think that makes people more reassured in a way because they feel safe. 

"The hula hoop is the perfect tool for socially distancing as you have got a metre around you."

Having lived in Suffolk for six years Miss Close says that since starting her 'Hula With Abs' classes, she has really started to feel a part of her local community. 

If you are interested in trying one of her online or in-person classes you can find out more on the Hula With Abs website or Facebook page








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